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Mornings on the Mall: Media May Drive The Next Few Days of Events

“Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally.”

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WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall co-hosts Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally. Joining them was The Washington Examiner’s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York.

“I can tell you what my sources inside the White House would like President Trump to do during his last  nine days in office,” York said, “They want him to travel around and highlight his accomplishments as President. We know he is going to go to Texas to talk about his successes on immigration, but beyond that, we don’t know what he is going to do.”

Even if President Trump does engage in a whirlwind tour highlighting his accomplishments, York says media focus will likely be elsewhere.

“Everybody is going to be focused on the possible impeachment,” York said.  “If it happens, it would have to be the fastest impeachment in history. The new Senate does not get sworn in until January 19th and Joe Biden’s inauguration is on the 20th. Is it worth it to remove him with 24 hours left?”

York also brings up the issue of a post-presidential impeachment though the legality of that action has not been decided. Coglianese then asked York if all Democrats support impeachment.

“That’s an interesting question,” York said. “On the one hand, you have some Democrats who have wanted Trump out of office since day one. Then there are some who want the (media) focus to be on the Joe Biden agenda and his first 100 days in office.”

Walter asked if Congress would consider a censure of President Trump.

 “They could also censure the President,” York said. “It’s perfectly reasonable and I think it would have support from both Democrats and Republicans, but some don’t think it goes far enough.”

The interview with York ends with him addressing the issue of alleged censorship of conservative opinions on social media sites and limiting access to others, like Parler.

“The Democrats are accusing President Trump of dividing the country, but isn’t “Big Tech” doing the same thing? Coglianese asks. “I mean, almost 75 million people voted for Trump.”

“This is another tough situation for the Democrats,” York said. “Yes, they see it as a good thing because it washes away anything associated with Donald Trump. But privately, they are worried that if they support this (censorship) that one day it could turn around on them. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

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Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump Endorsing People Doesn’t Carry a Lot of Power

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

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Syndicated radio host and author Ben Shapiro suggested that an endorsement from former President Donald Trump is not the golden ticket it’s portrayed to be.

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

“So, there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump is destroying people,” Shapiro said via Mediate.

“He (Trump) actually talked about how Brian Kemp was terrible and horrible and no good and very bad. And Brian Kemp won because he had earned the loyalty of the Republican voting base in Georgia, despite Trump’s anger at Brian Kemp.”

Shapiro concluded that “Trump does not have the sort of stranglehold the media thinks he has on the Republican Party.” 

Recently, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is one Trump-endorsed candidate that has backed away from the former president.

An Axios analysis of Oz’s social media and campaign website uncovered that the Republican candidate is no longer lauding his Trump endorsement ahead of the midterm elections this fall.

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Longtime WIBC News Anchor Retires After Nearly 30 Years

Stan Lehr is calling it quits with his final day coming July 1.

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Longtime WIBC-FM news anchor Stan Lehr is calling it quits after nearly 30 years behind the microphone. The Indianapolis Star reports that Lehr’s last day will be July 1. 

WIBC is owned by Emmis Communications who last week announced a move to sell its Indianapolis radio properties to Maryland-based Radio One. Lehr’s retirement reportedly had nothing to do with the news of the impending sale. 

“This will bring to an end a long chapter in the station’s history,” WIBC News Director Chris Davis wrote in his email. “His reputation as a stickler has been widely-known in the industry for decades.” 

Davis described Lehr as a “stickler” who never wanted recognition for his work. 

“Instead, he made it clear to all who work or have worked with him that strong writing, accuracy, and excellence in delivery are the best ways to serve the listeners,” added Davis. 

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WWL, FEMA Unveiling New Emergency Broadcast Studio

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

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FEMA and Audacy’s WWL-AM/FM will present the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility on June 28th. 

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

Some of the speakers at the event will include Erik Hooks, Deputy Administrator, FEMA, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice-President, Market Manager, Audacy-WWL. 

“The modernization to the emergency studio increases WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” the statement said which Barrett News Media obtained. “This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.”

“WWL is the 15th radio station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.”

Anyone attending the event will arrive at check-in 15 minutes before the press conference starts.

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