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Salem Media Vice President Details Difficulties With Associated Press

“This is absurd. It’s gone on forever with the AP, and they just don’t like it when someone calls them out.”

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Salem Media Group Vice President of News and Talk Programming Tom Tradup joined The Mike Gallagher Show Monday to detail recent dealings the broadcast company has had with the Associated Press, and its perceived biases against conservatives.

Tradup noted difficulties Salem has had with the news organization began last year with the Virginia gubernatorial election. He said “they have a bias that is unbelievable. Last year when Glenn Youngkin was running against Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia, Mike, hot race, everybody in the country was interested in it, and (the) AP covered it like crazy. Until there was suddenly a surge for Glenn Youngkin and it looked like he might actually win this thing.

“When we reached out to them to confirm that they would be covering election night at both headquarters, I got a note from them saying ‘Well, we’re planning on having cameras at candidate election night party barring any unforeseen emergency news event’. Which is kind of like if you’re Channel 2 in Biloxi, Mississippi, ‘Yeah, we’ll cover the Governor being in town unless there’s a fire down the street’.”

After saying the AP was unhappy with a column he wrote for TownHall.com about the inherent biases inside the news gathering organization, he brought up a more recent example.

“We wanted to know if they were going to feed us audio from President Trump last Wednesday speaking as the keynoter at the Hispanic Leadership Conference in Miami. They’re always calling him Mr. Big Lie and Mr. Border Wall, implying that Hispanics don’t like him. Well here he is addressing the Hispanic Leadership Conference, and all of the sudden the AP hemmed and hawed ‘We might, we might not’ and I said I need some answer. It ping-ponged back and forth to umpteen people in New York and Washington and our AP representative in Chicago and at the end of the day, no, they decided not to cover it.

“They sent me this — I just have to read this little portion of it — bizarre explanation they wouldn’t be covering it because of ‘AP Standards. As with all stories AP covers, our editorial discusses and evaluates to ensure they are held to AP standards. For Trump, this is important because we want to be sure we are putting out factual information. After the 2020 election especially, Trump has been known for spreading falsehoods about the US election results, which we want to be careful with’. So, in other words, they don’t want to cover Donald Trump speaking at the Hispanic Leadership Conference because he might spread falsehoods in AP’s world.

“I said to them ‘Ok, what happens if he announces he’s running for President again. Does that mean you’re just not going to cover his campaign?’ This is absurd. It’s gone on forever with the AP, and they just don’t like it when someone calls them out. In fact, our representative for AP — I feel bad for the guy because he gets trapped between me and the bigwigs in New York, he has to convey my dissatisfaction as a client to them — he’s basically saying ‘Hey look, we’re trying our best, but we can’t always do what you want’, but that’s not the point.”

Tradup did admit Salem Media Group needed the Associated Press, saying “we can’t be everywhere at once”.

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  1. Dave Dybas

    October 12, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    For a Radio Group that pushes a Republican/Conservative agenda and spends extensive energy condemning anyone who doesn’t … it’s apparent you do not want like the “consequences” of your actions. I hope you understand that others can object to your perspective and act in their own manner as well. You want others ( AP ) to treat you with equanimity but you choose not to present yourself in the same manner ? How foolish.

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David Pakman Ending Radio and TV Show

“This is a business decision as well as a decision about the future of media. I believe the future — especially for shows like this — is on digital platforms.”

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Liberal radio host and content creator David Pakman has announced he is ending his nationally syndicated radio show and subsequent TV simulcast.

Pakman — who had been hosting the program since 2005 — said the juice was no longer worth the squeeze.

“When this show started, it started as a radio show. And it started on community radio stations. It expanded to community television stations. It expanded to satellite TV,” he stated. “Over the years, the importance of those platforms has diminished. The amount of staff time required to service those platforms has not diminished. In fact, it’s probably gone up. And the interference that being on those platforms causes for our online platforms has become more and more significant.”

The longtime host will focus on the digital aspects of his endeavors. Currently, he has nearly 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube. Additionally, Chartable.com ranks The David Pakman Show as the 45th most popular political podcast in its most recent rankings.

He shared that the nature of the program — which was syndicated for just a one-hour timeslot — made producing content more difficult.

“If I got a good 80 or 90 minutes one day because of a great interview, we have to chop the interview up and divide it into two shows, and only put the interview online. We get a lot of complaints about that,” he shared. “In addition to this, we often have to curtail language — bleep things. Sometimes we forget to bleep and then that becomes a problem for affiliate stations.

“There’s a lot of little things … to be honest, there’s also a financial component where we’ve been producing the show for radio and TV at our cost. And it generates essentially zero revenue for us. So this is a business decision as well as a decision about the future of media. I believe the future especially for shows like this is on digital platforms.”

David Pakman shared that there are changes to his digital aspects that he hasn’t been able to announce yet, but is excited for the future of his program.

The David Pakman Show will end “effective at the start of August,” the host shared when making the announcement.

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Glenn Beck: CNN Tried to ‘Bully’ Ticketmaster Into Ending Tucker Carlson Live Tour

“So, who’s the real ‘threat to democracy’?”

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Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson announced a nationwide tour of live events that included conservative guests like Glenn Beck. Now, the nationally syndicated radio host is claiming that CNN attempted to get the tour shut down.

In a post to X, Beck alleged that CNN tried to interfere in the tour by pushing Ticketmaster — who is handling all ticket sales for the events — to end its relationship with the conservative firebrand.

“After the announcement of Tucker’s tour with ‘dangerous’ guests like me, CNN tried to bully Ticketmaster & arenas into canceling him,” Beck asserted. “For SPEECH. THAT. HASN’T. HAPPENED. So, who’s the real ‘threat to democracy’? Tucker or the Saul Alinsky activists pretending to be journalists?”

Beck’s comments were in response to an article posted to CNN.com by media reporter Oliver Darcy that claimed Ticketmaster was “profiting off” Carlson’s “hateful rhetoric.” Darcy asked for comment from some of the arenas set to host the former Fox News host about his controversial stances. No building, however, returned a comment to the CNN reporter.

“Companies with basic ethics should, of course, reject doing business with dishonest figures who profit by dumping toxic waste into the country’s information environment,” Darcy wrote. “But doing so puts them at risk of being targeted by those very same people who, like Trump, have tremendous sway over the vast majority of Republicans and a lightning rod for painful boycotts.”

Tucker Carlson Live will feature a series of live programs where the former cable news host will be joined by a rotating group of fellow conservative commentators in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Carlson has announced 10 tour dates in September in cities like Phoenix, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Kansas City, and Milwaukee, among others. Beck insinuated in his post he will be a guest at one of Carlson’s tour stops, but has not been announced as one. However, the former Fox News host has yet to announce a special guest for his stop on Wednesday, September 18th in a suburb of Houston, Texas. Glenn Beck is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano Added to 830 WCCO, KDWN Daily Lineups

“Listeners tell us they can’t go to sleep because stay up to hear what Frank is going to say next!”

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The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano has been added to the daily lineup at a pair of Audacy news/talk stations, 830 WCCO in Minneapolis and KDWN in Las Vegas.

The program, which originates from New York news/talk station 77 WABC, airs live from 1-5 AM ET.

“I’m incredibly grateful to be on both of these great radio stations. I’ve dreamt of being on the radio in Minnesota ever since Jesse Ventura ran for Governor. It’s great to be on a station that has so many independent thinkers,” said Morano.

He added his excitement for being added to the KDWN lineup by saying, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the air in Las Vegas, a 24/7 city. It’s great to talk to an audience in a city that’s up all night.”

“We’re thrilled to add these two great affiliates to The Red Apple Audio Networks,” added Red Apple Media and 77 WABC President Chad Lopez. “Listeners tell us they can’t go to sleep because stay up to hear what Frank is going to say next!”

In addition to now being heard in Minneapolis and Las Vegas, overnight program hosted by Frank Morano is also part of lineups at KMOX in St. Louis, WCBM in Baltimore, and WFDF in Detroit, among others.

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