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Michael Knowles: Media Matters Tried to Get Me Fired 228 Times

“Daily Wire and Westwood One host Michael Knowles addressed the Media Matters layoffs during his program on Thursday.”

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Media Matters laid off more than a dozen staffers on Thursday. The layoffs come following a lawsuit months ago from X owner and businessman Elon Musk. In addition, digital media outlets continue to struggle with a declining advertising market amid reduced online traffic.

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone said in a statement, “We’re confronting a legal assault on multiple fronts. Given how rapidly the media landscape is shifting, we need to be extremely intentional about how we allocate resources in order to stay effective. Nobody does what Media Matters does. So, we’re taking this action now to ensure that we are sustainable, sturdy and successful for whatever lies ahead.”

Daily Wire and Westwood One host Michael Knowles responded to the news during his show on Thursday. Knowles said the news was a little personal for him. He claimed Media Matters tried getting him fired 228 times. Knowles based that number off of the number of articles under his section on the Media Matters website.

Knowles read a tweet from Ari Drennen, which confirmed the company had parted ways with staffers. Drennen’s tweet ended by saying “it should worry you that any billionaire could do this to any outlet at any time for any reason. It’s a sad day for free speech.” That last line drew a witty response from Knowles.

“Media Matters is a billionaire funded company that exists strictly to get people fired for saying things that the billionaire liberals don’t like,” said Knowles. “The irony is very great.”

Knowles acknowledged that he doesn’t like seeing people lose their jobs. However, he mentioned that many at the outlet have strange views of the world, and they’ll now have to figure out their next steps.

“The Media Matters people will be alright’, added Knowles. “Right now, they’re all wrong, so I hope they all end up alright. I hope that they decide to turn their attentions, their lives, and their labor toward more edifying pursuits than trying to get me fired, two hundred and twenty eight times, none yet successful.”

Among those leaving the company include Katherine Abughazaleh, Ethan Colier, Alex Paterson, Alex Novell, and Carl Evans.

Media Matters formed in 2004 under activist David Brock.

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Ben Shapiro: Daily Wire Forced to Paywall Portions with Dan Bongino Convo Due to YouTube Censorship Fears

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

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Ben Shapiro welcomed Dan Bongino to his Sunday Special episode of his Daily Wire program. While the conversation has more than 185,000 views on YouTube, the entire conversation isn’t on the platform.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had to edit out some important information because big tech won’t let us say that sort of thing,” Shapiro said as he introduced the conversation on YouTube. He then urged viewers to subscribe to DailyWire+ to ensure they received the entire conversation as intended.

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

Daily Wire has not been shy about its issues with YouTube in recent months. After announcing it planned to depart the platform to put its video projects exclusively on X, it reversed course and stayed on the Google-owned site. However, former host Candace Owens was suspended by the platform in September of last year. CEO Jeremy Boreing revealed last year that YouTube had lobbied 200 content violations on its hosts surrounding topics like the 2020 election and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bongino had his own issues with YouTube in the past. Those problems led him to move his live video to Rumble, where he is now one of the platform’s largest shareholders.

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Longtime LA Host Tom Leykis Retiring From Talk Show

“I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

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Longtime Los Angeles talk radio host Tom Leykis is stepping away from his internet-based show, calling it a career.

The former KFI AM-640 host also spent time in L.A. on then KMPC 710 and also on the hot talk formatted KLSX during his long tenure in the City of Angels.

After departing KLSX in 2009, Leykis didn’t begin his podcast until 2012 but continued hosting his internet show until earlier this year. On May 15th, he decided that was it.

“A long time ago, I realized I did not want to be like some of the hosts I heard in the past — begging for callers, stretching for topics,” Leykis told the LA Daily News. “I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

The 67-year-old has not hosted a show since that date and told the Daily News he is content with his decision to ride off into the sunset.

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 Weekend Host Paul Brian Dies

“He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 weekend host Paul Brian has died at the age of 73.

For more than 20 years, Brian hosted the automotive-focused Drive Chicago program on the Cumulus-owned news/talk outlet.

Brian died last week, according to a story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to his work at WLS, he also previously hosted a variety of programs at WGN Radio in Chicago. In recent years, he hosted a car-centric show on YouTube.

“One of his favorite lines was: ‘Always entertaining and sometimes actually informative,’” his YouTube co-host Lauren Fix told the Sun-Times. “He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

Brian’s daughter joked that he had everyone’s phone number, stating he had 9,000 contacts in his cell phone at the time of his passing.

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