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Michael Medved, George Will Evaluate Biden’s First Week in Office

While there was some room for praise, particularly on Taiwan, Medved and Will offered their criticism’s of the first week of the Biden presidency.

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Normally, members of the media give a new presidential administration 100 days before evaluating their performance. Evidently Michael Medved, host of the nationally syndicated Michael Medved Show, could not wait that long. On Tuesday’s night’s program, with the help of Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner George Will, they went through the perceived accomplishments and failures of President Joe Biden’s first full week in office.

“It has only been seven days, but doesn’t it feel longer than that to you?” Medved asked Will.

Will seems to have a more balanced approach to President Biden’s first week in office.

“He has done some good things,” Will said of Biden. “I particularly like and was pleasantly surprised by his stern response to the violation of Taiwan’s air space by the People’s Republic of China by sending the Theodore Roosevelt through the Taiwan Straits. That was a very firm response.  Add in the fact, that he invited the defacto ambassador of Taiwan to the United States to the inauguration. That’s the first time that has ever been done and I think it sends a very clear message that this administration is not going to abandon Taiwan to the tender mercies of China.”

Will’s praise ends there however, as both he and Medved take issue with the number of Executive Orders Mr. Biden has signed that deal with “Culture War” issues. So far, M., Biden has signed a record 37 Executive Orders. By comparison, former President Donald Trump signed four during his entire term.

“That’s the less pleasant aspect to this,” Will said. “He is bowing to the culture wars by allowing transgender athletes in women’s sports and a whole flurry of other Executive Orders that push the (liberal) agenda. To be fair, Mr. Trump signed Executive Orders also so it’s not an uncommon thing to do and they are basically written on water because they can be easily undone by the next administration. But so far, the sheer number of them is a bit much.”

Will seems to have the biggest problem with the Executive Orders dealing with systemic racism.

“I’ve seen these kind of fevers sweep through the country before. They always seem to die out,” he said. “For the most part it’s unintelligible and boring. I don’t even know what it is. Now Disney is saying that Peter Pan and Dumbo are racist cartoons. Eventually these kind of things will get to the point where they won’t pass the laugh test and people will get bored with it. I think that boredom will rescue us.”

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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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