The surprise announcement that Tucker Carlson will be moving his wildly popular television program to Twitter after he was fired by Fox News last month continues to elicit reactions across the media landscape. Radio host Grace Curley believes the move will be a positive one for the social media platform.
During The Grace Curley Show, the host argued against a point made by media reporter Brian Stelter about Carlson’s move to Twitter potentially turning the social media network into a “right-leaning platform” and his worry about who would “police” Carlson.
“No, no, it’s actually — and Elon Musk said that, he said he hopes liberals bring shows to Twitter — it’s actually cementing Twitter as a town square, where you can say what you want,” Curley said. “And that’s what we should be promoting. That’s what we should be advocating for. Policing someone’s words? I mean, what the hell is going on?
“This is at MSNBC. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but they say that with a straight face. They don’t understand how dumb they sound. The reason people want to watch Tucker is because he can say what he thinks,” continued Curley. “It’s the same reason people do not watch Brian Stelter when he’s on MSNBC. Because he can’t say what he thinks. Maybe this is what he thinks, and it just brings nothing to the conversation.”
Sean Hannity: I’m Honest About My Agenda When So Many in Media Aren’t
“You can be honest about your agenda. Just be honest. People will respect you more.”
There are often charges from one side of the political aisle to the other about media bias. Sean Hannity believes you can avoid those criticisms if you’re honest about your intentions.
On The Sean Hannity Show Wednesday, the nationally syndicated host argued that while he’s often accused of being just a talking head, he’s a journalist.
“Yes, we practice journalism. And yes, I’m a member of the press, and yes, we do investigative reporting. Yes, we give opinion, but we’re honest about it, unlike the other liars, frauds in the mob and the media,” said Hannity. “We give opinion. They do, but they never admit it or acknowledge it, and claim ‘I’m a journalist.’
“No, you’re not. You’re a left-wing political hack with an agenda. But you can be honest about your agenda. Just be honest. People will respect you more.”
Hannity’s comments came after he reported that Jim Biden, the brother of President Joe Biden, was being deposed before the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee as part of an investigation into alleged bribes the President, his son, and brother, received from various foreign and domestic entities.
Bill Handel: Every Got Into Our Business Differently
“My way was different. (John) Kobylt’s way, Tim Conway’s was different. It’s just different.”
In the talk radio space, there are many different origin stories. Some hosts are former politicians, some are former lawyers, and some came to the format after previously working in other genres. KFI AM-640 morning host Bill Handel shared that’s what makes the format great.
“I get up at three o’clock in the morning. I always get up and go read,” said Handel. “I’m reading a biography of Stanley Kubrick. Oh, really interesting, interesting guy, how he got into movies,” said Handel. “It’s always everybody has a different way of getting into movies.
“Everybody has a different way of getting this job. And that is a talk show host. It’s just all different ways of doing it. My way was different,” said Handel. “(John) Kobylt’s way, Tim Conway’s was different. It’s just different.”
Bill Handel — who was born in Brazil before immigrating to the United States when he was five years old — practiced law before ultimately landing a radio show. He now hosts mornings at KFI along with a nationally syndicated weekend show, Handel on the Law.
Bill O’Reilly: I’m Still Working Because I Need a Place to Vent
Bill O’Reilly has had an accomplished media career spanning multiple decades. So it would be natural to question why the 74-year-old is still working. He shared there’s one simple reason for that.
During a discussion with 77 WABC morning host Sid Rosenberg, Bill O’Reilly admitted he puts in too much effort for a man his age.
“I’m working way too hard for an old guy. why am I doing this? It’s really a neurosis. I am neurotic. There’s no doubt,” he joked.
When Rosenberg posited that O’Reilly is “too smart” to sit back and enjoy retirement, the former cable news host argued his career continuing is actually more about continuing to have an avenue to share his opinions.
“I get so annoyed and sometimes even angry at the unfairness of our country, that I’ve got to have a place to vent. That’s why I work. I’m comfortable. I’ve worked hard my whole life. I can do what I want to do. I could go over to Switzerland and yodel. I could just go to Tahiti and do the little fire dance.
“But it gets me so angry, and when I see people like me, from Levittown, from Brooklyn, from the Bronx, wherever, working their butt off to try to improve their state in life and give their family a nice life. And every time they turn around, they’re getting it right between the eyes by the corrupt incompetent people who are running our country.”