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Ben Shapiro: DeSantis Campaign Announcement is ‘Full-Scale Rejection of Legacy Media’

“Ron DeSantis is going to announce his campaign for the presidency on Twitter. Now, there are a lot of people freaking out about this in the media…”

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Ben Shapiro praised Ron DeSantis’ unconventional campaign announcement strategy on the latest episode of his podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show. The Governor of Florida reportedly plans to announce his presidential run tonight on Twitter Spaces, alongside Twitter CEO, Elon Musk.

Shapiro notes the unique strategy DeSantis takes when interacting with the mainstream media and how this announcement continues his pattern of subversion.

“The way that DeSantis is launching his campaign is not with a traditional rally in the manner of Tim Scott or Nikki Haley or something, the way that he is launching his campaign is not with a campaign video, like Joe Biden from his basement. Instead, Ron DeSantis is going to announce his campaign for the presidency on Twitter. Now, there are a lot of people freaking out about this in the media because, frankly, it is a full-scale rejection of legacy media,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro continues to contrast DeSantis’ adversarial relationship with the legacy media with Trump’s attempt to gain air-time in the 2016 race.

“One thing DeSantis is doing here, that no other Republican really has done, is he’s just ignoring the legacy media. So Donald Trump actually had a lot of interactions if you recall back in 2016 with the legacy media, he was very friendly with Joe (Scarborough) and Mika (Brzezinski) over on MSNBC. He would appear on pretty much any show. He was going everywhere and he got a ton of earned media from that.”

With such palpable tension between most legacy media outlets and DeSantis, Shapiro describes the tactics he is using to get his campaign message across without being undermined.

“DeSantis, who knows that he’s being targeted by the legacy media — he just doesn’t do interviews with them because he knows that they are going to ask him ridiculous questions or edit him out of context.

“So instead what he has done, is interviews with media who are not gonna ask him ridiculous questions, and then he will answer questions from legacy media members during press conferences, and he tends to face-plant them because again it’s live and they can’t actually edit it,” concluded Shapiro.

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Dominic Carter to Helm 3 PM Timeslot on 77 WABC

Carter will continue to host his late-night programs in addition to his new 3 PM hour on the New York news/talk station.

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77 WABC has announced that Dominic Carter will take over the 3-4 PM timeslot previously helmed by Rudy Giuliani in the station’s daily lineup.

Carter will continue to host his late-night program from Midnight to 1 AM on weekdays and 11 PM to midnight on Sundays, in addition to his new 3 PM hour on the New York news/talk station.

“I’m excited about hosting an afternoon slot and grateful for the trust that Mr. Catsimatidis and Chad Lopez have shown in me,” said Carter. “It’s an honor to serve the New York City area listeners, especially on a powerhouse station like WABC Radio, as well as WLIR 107.1, our sister station on Long Island.”

“It is with great pleasure that I announce Dominic as our 3 to 4 pm host,” added Red Apple Media and WABC Radio owner John Catsimatidis. “Dominic is an exceptional broadcast journalist and political commentator, who presents all sides of issues relevant to our listeners. He’s done an excellent job with his overnight programs, and I know he will do the same with the 3pm hour.”

Carter steps into the timeslot previously held by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He departed the station last month after continually dismissing edicts relating to the way WABC would discuss the validity of the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani — who served as an attorney for former President Donald Trump — has continually claimed the election was “stolen” in favor of Joe Biden.

Red Apple Media President Chad Lopez shared he was excited to promote from within to fill the vacancy.

“Dominic brings a lot of energy to his programs, and he is an exceptional interviewer,” Lopez said. “Growing our own from within is always a recipe for success.”

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Dan Bongino: I’m Not Rush Limbaugh and Never Will Be

“I’d rather hear Rush on the radio too. But I can’t. Because he’s not with us.”

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Legendary news/talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died more than three years ago. And Dan Bongino is still reiterating that he won’t ever be able to replace the venerable host.

While responding to a listener who said he should be “ashamed” of the language he uses on his podcast and video program, noting that Rush Limbaugh never spoke that way, Bongino argued that you can’t compare him to the legendary host.

“I’m not Rush. Never will be. Neither will anyone else,” Bongino wrote. “I’d rather hear Rush on the radio too. But I can’t. Because he’s not with us. One day I won’t be either. Everyone has it coming. Me too.”

Bongino also balked at the idea that his language somehow precludes him from labeling himself a Christian.

“I don’t ‘claim’ to be a Christian, I am one,” he shared. “Doesn’t mean I’m anyone’s moral compass, and it certainly doesn’t mean I don’t battle my own demons every day. Trust me, you have no idea.”

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Michael Riedel: Mark Simone Was Right When He Said Doing Mornings Would Take 10 Years Off My Life

“People were not meant to get up at 4 AM.”

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Michael Riedel helms mornings on 710 WOR alongside Len Berman. And while he enjoys the work, he admits there is a downside.

While discussing a bevy of topics with Mark Simone Tuesday morning, Riedel was asked about getting up so early every day for the morning show that airs from 6-10 AM.

“I gotta tell you, you were very helpful in getting me this job and I’m deeply, deeply grateful. But the day after I got it, we were on the phone and you were like ‘Yeah, you’re gonna do the morning show. It takes 10 years off your life,'” he said with a chuckle. “Thanks a lot!”

“People were not meant to get up at 4 AM,” Simone joked.

“You’ve got that right,” Riedel said.

Michael Riedel has hosted mornings on the iHeartMedia-owned station since 2018 alongside Berman. But that doesn’t mean he’s any more used to the early alarm clock now than he was when he first began.

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