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Charlie Kirk: Tired of ‘Being Lectured By Activist Press’ Over ‘Domestic Violent Extremists’

“Do you think you would have heard about the story of a 41-year-old man who got in a car and hunted down an 18-year-old, if that 18-year-old was a black Democrat?”

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“Domestic violent extremist” is a new political buzzword, and conservative radio host and podcaster Charlie Kirk is tired of the phrase already, pointing out, in his view, it is only used to describe conservatives.

“Every time you turn on the television they’re talking about domestic violent extremists. We watch MSNBC so you don’t have to,” Kirk said. “So when they talk about domestic violent extremists, who exactly are they talking about? Well, they’re trying to create a caricature. They’re trying to create an idea that half the country is ready to start and foment a civil war. When you look at the news — especially in the last couple of days — you have to ask the question who exactly is committing the acts of domestic violent extremism? Who’s the one actually doing domestic violent extremism?”

Kirk then continued by pointing out the lack of media coverage surrounding the murder of a North Dakota teenager.

“Did you hear about the incident of somebody who hunted down a teenager based on their political views? Do you think you would have heard about the story of a 41-year-old man who got in a car and hunted down an 18-year-old, if that 18-year-old was a black Democrat? You think you would have heard about that story? Would you be getting push notifications from Apple News? Front page of CNN.com? Do you think that it would be something that would probably get denunciations from every major political leader?”

The Charlie Kirk Show host then lamented the use of the phrase and how it will be used to continue government overreach.

“We are being lectured to, non-stop, by the people in the activist press, about domestic violent extremism. They’re talking about it on cable television, they’re talking about it in congressional hearings, they’re talking about it as justification to expand and strengthen the Patriot Act, and this entire national security leviathan.”

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Former WAMU Reporters Take to Social Media After Layoffs Hit

Many of those affected by the layoffs took to social media to share they were included in the cuts, while others shared their displeasure with leadership and station management over the move.

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WAMU made a round of layoffs Friday morning that eliminated the positions of 15 employees on staff at the Washington D.C. NPR affiliate.

The outlet claimed it was ending its local news digital outlet — DCist — in an effort to refocus its strategy on audio offerings. When users attempt to go to the DCist website, a message appears reading “Thank you for visiting and supporting DCist. Since 2018, it has been a part of WAMU 88.5, the Washington region’s public media and NPR member station. As of February 23, the site will no longer publish new content. Please visit WAMU.org for local news and programming. You will be automatically redirected to WAMU.org in 15 seconds.”

Many of those affected by the layoffs took to social media to share they were included in the cuts, while others shared their displeasure with leadership and station management over the move.

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Nick Kayal: Widespread Phone Outages Shows Need for AM Radio

“It’s something that we need to continue to highlight and re-emphasize not just for this audience, but I think it’s also important to reach people beyond the little box that we live in, in talk radio.”

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Millions of AT&T and Verizon customers were left without use of their mobile devices due to widespread outages Thursday morning. 1210 WPHT morning host Nick Kayal believes it highlights the need for AM Radio.

While discussing the outages on Kayal & Company Friday morning, Nick Kayal argued that both the lack of cell phone coverage and the convergence of members from both sides of the political aisle coming to AM Radio’s defense shows the need for the medium to continue.

“Yes, we look at it selfishly. First and foremost, I think from a career standpoint, because of free speech and stations like Talk Radio 1210, that might never be on FM. Yes, you can get us on the Audacy app. Yes, you could watch us on YouTube. But we might always just be on AM, specifically, when we talk about am and FM.

“Now imagine it’s 2042. You’re driving a Tesla. And we have one of these communication failures where the grid goes down, so to speak, and you can’t use your phone. And you also compounded the issue with not having an AM radio. We speculated earlier this morning, if in fact this was a hack job. And you know, China does something like this or Russia…Now imagine throwing into the equation not having AM radio from a safety standpoint, you’d want to tune into 1210 in the in the event of a disaster or an emergency, or our sister station, KYW 1060.”

Kayal continued by noting that the message needs to continue to be shared not simply with those inside the industry, but to the general public.

“I really think, as we continue to pay attention to this story, it’s something that we need to continue to highlight and re-emphasize not just for this audience, but I think it’s also important to reach people beyond the little box that we live in, in talk radio,” he concluded.

Nick Kayal also gave kudos to The Atlantic, which had shared a story with the headline “Your Phone Has Nothing on AM Radio,” noting that it’s no longer just right-wing publications sounding the alarm on the issue at hand.

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WAMU Institutes Round of Layoffs, 15 Employees Let Go

WAMU plans to launch a local program with hopes of adding an additional app for the station. It also plans to expand its political coverage to include Maryland and Virginia, in addition to Washington D.C.

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WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington D.C., has instituted a round of layoffs that will see the jobs of 15 employees cut, with a shifting focus to audio upcoming.

The outlet is ending its DCist local news site amid the focus change, with the company saying the move allows it to prioritize its audio offerings.

“We’re making the choice to invest in what we’re better at than anyone else in this town, and that’s audio,” General Manager Erika Pulley-Hayes told Axios.

The report from Axios also claims WAMU plans to launch a local program with hopes of adding an additional app for the station. It also plans to expand its political coverage to include Maryland and Virginia, in addition to Washington D.C.

According to the latest Nielsen ratings, WAMU is the highest-rated station in the Washington D.C. market, finishing atop the rankings with a 12.7 share in the January ratings period in persons 6+.

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