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Jason Rantz: I Can Say What I Want About Politicians Because I Don’t Need Access

“I don’t need access to any member of any government agency. I don’t need the governor, I don’t need the mayor… I don’t need a sheriff. I don’t need any of that to do my job.”

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770 KTTH host Jason Rantz isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind. He says he has that trait due to the nature of talk radio.

The Seattle-based host argued that many other media members are hindered by the fear of angering their interview subjects — namely politicians — and losing access.

“If my job was contingent on that, it would be tough for me. I wouldn’t lean in. I wouldn’t do it, but it would be tough,” The Jason Rantz Show host said. “I’m not going to pretend that I would just be, ‘Oh, whatever. We’re gonna do my thing’. ‘Well, then you’re fired. Whatever, I’m standing for my principles’. It’s not gonna be that easy. I’ll get to that point, but I’m not gonna pretend it’s easy.

“But the thing is, I don’t need access to any member of any government agency. I don’t need the governor, I don’t need the mayor, I don’t need a council member, whether on the county level, I don’t need a sheriff. I don’t need any of that to do my job. Now, I’d happily interview these people, right?… I enjoy talking to people that I disagree with. And because number two, they’re almost never asked any tough question.”

Rantz continued by saying politicians generally can’t defend their positions when pressed by him, which leads to their lack of interest in appearing on his show.

“If they can’t defend their positions, they wouldn’t benefit from talking to me or anybody else that might question that,” remarked Rantz. “If they weren’t confident, they would come on in a heartbeat. They would talk to conservative media outlets all the time. They would correct us, they would humiliate us, they would appeal to our audience. Because you lose respect for people who get humiliated. That’s the truth. Even the ones you truly like are like ‘Ooh, ouch, maybe he or she is not on top of it’. They would do that in a heartbeat. But they don’t because they can’t defend their positions.”

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Sid Rosenberg: Maria Bartiromo the Only Sunday Morning Host Worth Watching

“George Stephanopoulos is an absolute disgrace. Kristen Welker? A disgrace. I watched Margaret Brennan take apart Netanyahu yesterday. What a disgrace.”

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Many conservative radio hosts have decried the perceived downfall of the Sunday political affairs programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC. Sid Rosenberg has joined that camp, noting that the program hosted by Maria Bartiromo on Fox News is the only show worth watching.

Before welcoming the Fox News host to his show on 77 WABC, Sid Rosenberg mentioned that his weekend routine usually includes sampling of Face the Nation, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and Meet the Press, but he has recently found admiration for Bartiromo’s program.

“I have my coffee and then I go to the news shows. I have to tell you — I’ve been meaning to say this for a long time. George Stephanopoulos is an absolute disgrace. Kristen Welker? A disgrace. I watched Margaret Brennan take apart (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu yesterday. What a disgrace,” Rosenberg said.

“The only show that’s worth watching on a Sunday morning — because she is far and away the best, it’s not even close — it’s Sunday Futures with Maria Bartiromo. What a spectacular show.”

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Dana Loesch: New FCC Rules On Broadcast Employee Data ‘The Fairness Doctrine Plus DEI’

“Just when you thought it couldn’t get more annoying, ta-da, it did.”

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In a recent 3-2 vote, the FCC voted to reinstate a requirement that broadcasters collect data about the race, ethnicity, and gender of their employees. That decision was not a popular one with syndicated host Dana Loesch.

The FCC vote was split along party lines, with the commission ultimately calling the collection of data “critical” to “understand the broadcast industry workforce.”

On Friday, Dana Loesch argued that the commission was motivated to reinstitute the requirements as a way to limit speech among broadcasters.

“Of course it’s always been that, on the pretext of we’re going to make sure that there’s like fairness with all demos,” Loesch said. “That’s just so dumb. And everybody listens differently. And different groups of people and you can even just say old and young even listen differently.

“I’m telling you what this is like Fairness Doctrine plus DEI. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more annoying, ta-da, it did. It got more annoying. It’s gonna get bad. I think it’s gonna get bad and I think depending on what happens in November, it’s gonna get a lot worse.”

Loesch then said it has long been the FCC’s goal to silence and limit the reach of conservative opinions in media.

“They’ve been trying for so long to contain the success of — I don’t want to say just Republican because there are a lot of conservatives that cringe over Republican, and I’m kind of one of them — right-leaning individuals. There’s been this huge effort over the past several decades to curtail their voices online, because in the early days of radio, when radio commentary really took off, those were the people who dominated,” said Loesch.

“The left could not get off the ground. And I do suspect that one of the reasons why they could never get it off the ground is because they were so over-represented elsewhere. If people wanted to go and hear this commentary, they could turn on any network channel. They could read any newspaper, they could go see or read about anybody in Hollywood, so their leftist thought is so oversaturated it’s everywhere. But it’s not like that for people who are more conservative constitutionally minded, those expressions of thought, actually, you have to work a little bit more to get them in full.”

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Megyn Kelly: Keith Olbermann ‘A Sick Person’ For Continually Calling Out Katy Tur

“He continues to raise this story and other stories that he thinks will reflect badly on Katy Tur, who broke his heart or something. Because he is a bitter, bitter man…”

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Former cable news host Keith Olbermann used to be romantically involved with MSNBC host Katy Tur. It’s a topic that comes up on his podcast from time to time, but that doesn’t mean Megyn Kelly is happy to hear about it.

On her SiriusXM show Friday, Kelly lambasted Olbermann for how often he brings up his former relationship with Tur.

During his Countdown podcast last week, Olbermann mentioned that in 2016, Tur asked him for help in writing about book about Donald Trump. The former cable news host then shared that he had previously re-written dozens of stories for Tur on NBCNews.com, which he called a “fireable offense”, but because no one would ever look into who actually authored the articles, they were in the clear.

However, he believed that writing a book under Tur’s name would be too noticeable, so he denied the offer.

The revelation, which isnt’ the first time Olbermann has shared the anecdote, didn’t sit well with Kelly.

“He’s such a bastard. Such a bastard,” Kelly reiterated after playing the clip of Olbermann’s story. “This isn’t the first time he’s done this to her. He continues to raise this story and other stories that he thinks will reflect badly on Katy Tur, who broke his heart or something. Because he is a bitter, bitter man, who continues to do this to his ex. Who was his live-in love, for, I think, a period of years. He’s a sick person.”

Kelly concluded her discussion about the former cable news host by saying “The moral of the story is: Do not date Keith Olbermann. For the love of God!”

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