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NPR Suspends Uri Berliner After Op-Ed Questioned Network’s Leadership

Berliner was suspended Friday for five days without pay after intense internal backlash.

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NPR has officially suspended Business Editor Uri Berliner after he penned an op-ed blasting the company for what he perceived as a liberal bias and claiming it had “lost America’s trust.”

According to a report from the network’s David Folkenflik, Berliner was suspended Friday for five days without pay after intense internal backlash.

In his op-ed about the network he’s called home for 25 years, Berliner pointed to three stories the network either got incorrect or incorrectly covered, in his opinion, highlighted the liberal bias at the outlet. In response, NPR Editor-in-Chief Edith Chapin shared that she “strongly disagreed” with Berliner’s encapsulation.

According to Folkenflik, the essay from Uri Berliner “angered many of his colleagues” and also “gave fresh ammunition to conservative and partisan Republican critics” of the network.

After his op-ed garnered widespread attention, those “Republican critics” dug up social media posts of new NPR CEO Katherine Maher that purported to show a liberal view on certain topics, including COVID, trans rights, the Israel-Hamas war, and the presidency of Donald Trump.

Berliner argued that the posts show Maher is incapable of leading the organization.

“We’re looking for a leader right now who’s going to be unifying and bring more people into the tent and have a broader perspective on, sort of, what America is all about,” Berliner said. “And this seems to be the opposite of that.”

While NPR noted that the CEO is “not involved in editorial decisions,” Berliner remained steadfast in his view that the network has a liberal bias while accepting his suspension.

“I love NPR and feel it’s a national trust,” Berliner said. “We have great journalists here. If they shed their opinions and did the great journalism they’re capable of, this would be a much more interesting and fulfilling organization for our listeners.”

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KRLD Adds Weekend Show From Longtime Texas Country Reporter Hosts

On the Road with Kelli & Bob — will begin on the Audacy-owned all-new station on Sunday, June 2nd.

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Bob and Kelli Phillips have hosted Texas Country Reporter for decades before hosting their final show Sunday. Now, they’ll take a new show and podcast to KRLD in Dallas.

The new Texas lifestyle and storytelling program — On the Road with Kelli & Bob — will begin on the Audacy-owned all-new station on Sunday, June 2nd, and will be heard from 2-3 PM. The show will also be available throughout the state and a podcast of the program will be available on the Audacy app.

“We’ve been telling stories across Texas for almost 50 years and did not know how other people from other states would embrace us calling in and asking to tell their stories,” Bob Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. “While doing so, we have had a great response and have heard a common thread among everyone we talk to. When we approach them, we say we like to tell positive, uplifting stories about people doing great things — and what we hear the most is ‘Good, we need more of that in the world.’”

The husband and wife duo sold their long-running Texas Country Reporter show in December 2021, and stayed on until a new host was found. J.B. Sauceda will host the newest season of the program, the 53rd in its history, when the program resumes in September.

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Erick Erickson: ‘I’m Okay With Being the Object of Scorn From Morons’

“I have become the object of scorn for some on the right…”

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Erick Erickson has never been shy about his original disdain for former President Donald Trump. And while he is often mocked for his views on the cult-like figure, he’s comfortable in his stance.

In a post on social media, Erick Erickson argued that his place in the conservative media landscape isn’t affected by his beliefs or views, despite the pushback from those both in media and in politics.

“I have become the object of scorn for some on the right who think we are in a post-constitutional order in need of a dictatorship to bend the nation in our direction,” Erickson wrote. “I’m okay with being the object of scorn from morons.”

In an era in news/talk radio that has seen many hosts rise in prominence for their support of former President Trump, Erickson has taken the opposite approach and has found as much or more success than others in the genre. His nationally syndicated program, which originates from 95.5 WSB in Atlanta, is now heard on dozens of stations across the nation.

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Sebastian Gorka to Report on Trump Trial During The Mike Gallagher Show

On Tuesday morning, Gorka was joined by Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a show of support for the former President.

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As the trial against former President Donald Trump (R) continues, Salem Radio Network host Dr. Sebastian Gorka is in New York to report on the happenings during The Mike Gallagher Show.

On Tuesday morning, Gorka was joined by Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a show of support for the former President.

Sebastian Gorka served in the Trump White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Strategist. However, he departed the White House after seven months a week after Steve Bannon exited.

Gorka — who has called the proceedings against the former President a “kangaroo court” — will report on the latest events of the trial during the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Show, which like Gorka’s America First program, airs on the Salem Radio Network.

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