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Kara Swisher: TikTok Isn‘t ‘Digital Fentanyl’

Kara Swisher disputes the claim that the social media outlet TikTok is a form of “digital fentanyl” after Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) made the comparison.

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TikTok has been at the center of various topics of conversation as the popular app has become illegal on all federal government phones. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) also compared TikTok to the drug fentanyl.

However, podcaster Kara Swisher disputed that claim on Thursday’s edition of “On with Kara Swisher,” Swisher said the comparison was “ridiculous.”

“Here’s the thing. They just can’t stop for a second,” Swisher told her producer Nayeema Raza. “Fentanyl is a massive issue across — a tragic and massive issue around the world. People are dying and TikTok is an addictive social network, is what it is. It’s not ‘digital fentanyl.’”

The representative recently called TikTok “digital fentanyl” during a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” The Chinese app is under scrutiny by the United States government, despite it being one of the more popular social media outlets. 

“This is what happens,” Swisher said. “This is what Trump did. Like you can say, we’ve got a problem here. We’ve got a security problem, we’ve got an addiction problem without having to go this far.”

“And I think it really undercuts what we need to do here when we’re talking about it, calling it fentanyl. It’s like — I just — it irritates me because we have an opportunity to do good things and then these people just can’t help but, you know, mug for the cameras.”

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Mark Kaye Launching New Podcast and Video Simulcast

Mark Kaye Saves the Republic will launch from the Republican National Convention next week in Milwaukee.

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Former nationally syndicated radio host Mark Kaye has announced a new podcast and video simulcast project that is set to debut on Monday, July 15th.

Mark Kaye Saves the Republic will launch from the Republican National Convention next week in Milwaukee.

It is the first project from the former radio host since he departed Cox Media Group as a nationally syndicated host in the 12-3 PM ET timeslot as the company’s replacement for Rush Limbaugh. His program originated from 104.5 WOKV in Jacksonville before he exited the post in February of this year. He was replaced on most stations by The Erick Erickson Show, which originates from sister station 95.5 WSB in Atlanta.

In addition to an audio podcast, the program will also feature a video simulcast on YouTube. Currently, Kaye has more than 33,000 subscribers on his channel.

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Megyn Kelly, David Webb Hosting SiriusXM Shows From Milwaukee During Republican National Convention

The Megyn Kelly Show — which airs on SiriusXM’s Triumph channel — will be live from Fiserv Forum on both Wednesday and Thursday next week for the convention.

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SiriusXM has announced its coverage plans for the upcoming Republican National Convention, which includes Megyn Kelly and David Webb being on-location in Milwaukee.

The Megyn Kelly Show — which airs on SiriusXM’s Triumph channel — will be live from Fiserv Forum on both Wednesday and Thursday next week for the convention.

Meanwhile, David Webb will take his program — heard on SiriusXM Patriot — to Milwaukee for the duration of the Republican National Convention. He has already secured interviews with former President Trump’s son Eric, and Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS).

Additionally, Stacy Washington will anchor evening broadcasts for SiriusXM Patriot from the convention floor in Milwaukee.

Julie Mason will lead evening coverage for P.O.T.U.S. for the satellite broadcaster. She’ll host a special program at 8 PM ET on Monday with live interviews from Media Row. Steve Scully will provide coverage for the channel from its Washington D.C. studios.

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710 KNUS Host Randy Corporan Exits

He added that since announcing his exit, he has been contacted by “truly conservative outlets” to continue his program, but said he won’t begin a new show until after the 2024 election.

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After more than a decade, 710 KNUS weekend host Randy Corporan has hosted his last show for the Denver news/talk station.

According to the host, Salem Media Group informed him it would not be renewing his contract late last month.

Corporan told CompleteColorado.com that after the death of his wife in June of last year, he considered ending the show. However, he persisted, commuting an hour and a half one way to continue the show.

He added that since announcing his exit, he has been contacted by “truly conservative outlets” to continue his program, but said he won’t begin a new show until after the 2024 election.

“I want to get the start of my new life going and sort myself out,” he said. “And I want to take care of some personal problems that need to be dealt with.”

Randy Corporan is listed as one of the defendants — along with Salem Media Group, parent company to 710 KNUS — in a defamation lawsuit brought forth by Dominion Voting Systems over what the election machine company calls “false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.”

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