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Armstong & Getty Discuss Public’s Lack of Trust in Traditional Media

The hosts agree that it’s no surprise people have lost faith in the media, but add that podcasting is the way of the future.

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The online news outlet Axios recently published findings from Edelman polling group that trust in traditional media has sunk to an all-time low. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty host of Armstrong and Getty, on KSTE in Sacramento, think that’s a good thing, adding that podcasting is the way of the future.

“Good,” they said. “Cable news isn’t like what it used to be where you got a steady stream of news 24 hours a day. Now you can get all the day’s news in about 15 minutes. All the rest is just spin one way or the other, mostly to the left.”

Statistics from the study back up that statement. According to the study, 56 percent of Americans agree, “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” In addition, 58 percent of Americans believe “Most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

“Cable News is driving themselves right off of a cliff,” Armstrong and Getty said. “Donald Trump saved them for a cycle or two, but that can only last so long.”

The co-hosts also use the survey to make the argument that the spin on today’s news is divided along party lines. According to Axios, 57 percent of Democrats trust the media while, only 18 percent of Republicans share the same sentiment.

“That’s really not all that surprising,” they said. “More Democrats are going to trust the media because, for the most part, they tell them what they want to hear .That’s just human nature.”

While Armstrong and Getty claim that all cable news networks have spin, they point to one in particular as the worst.

“Watching cable news is like eating pizza. If you get some from a place that’s not that good, you just go somewhere else next time. It may taste bad, but it doesn’t hurt you. Well CNN puts poison on their pizza. It will kill you or at the very least, you might lose a limb listening to guys like Chris Cuomo. They are terrible.”

With the decline of trust in the media, podcasting has exploded in popularity. The medium has only been in existence for about 15 years, but according to Reuters, 36 percent or 90 million people access at least one podcast per month. 15 percent say that they use the podcasting platform to access news, a percentage which has doubled since 2015.  Count Armstrong and Getty in that 15 percent.

“News is supposed to be informative,” they said. “You are supposed to learn something when you watch. That does not happen anymore. Haven’t watched CNN or much cable news, except for clips on social media, in the last five years. I listen to podcasts now. Didn’t really mean for it to be that way. It just sort of happened.”

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Jay Weber: Media ‘Covering’ For Biden, Democrats On Border Crisis

“Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

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Many conservative commentators have maligned the interview President Joe Biden conducted with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes last Sunday, and have claimed he got a “pass” on the nation’s southern border. 1130 WISN host Jay Weber can be added to that list.

“Trust me, if a Republican was president, dozens of terrorists roaming America because of the president — intentionally — reopened the borders, it would be a huge deal and a relentless obsession by the news media,” Weber said. “Biden and the Democrats are allowing it to happen. Allowing it! And the news media covers for them.”

Weber pointed out a perceived hypocrisy in liberal circles, as many have claimed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is guilty of kidnapping after sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, but are ok allowing the southern border to remain open.

He continued by pointing out the southern border’s role in national security, saying it took only 13 people to attack America on 9/11.

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Dan Mandis: There’s A Reason Greg Gutfeld Is Winning Late-Night Competition

“There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert.”

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In August, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News overtook other late-night television hosts in the ratings. Friday, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN morning host Dan Mandis said there’s a reason for that.

After playing a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mandis said it was the chief reason why network shows are losing to Gutfeld. In the clip, Colbert’s audience cheers when the host brings up a Texas sheriff opening an investigation into the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Colbert called DeSantis “a body builder who skips head day” in his monologue, and Mandis found the comments offensive. He claimed shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX should be a place for all viewers, not just members of the “progressive left”.

“To me, Colbert’s show should be on CNN or MSNBC to cater to the left,” Mandis said. “But again, he’s on the network where he should be welcoming for all. There are consequences for doing that. It is now well known that Greg Gutfeld, over there on Fox News, is beating the snot out of Stephen Colbert. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t Gutfeld blowing off half of America?’ Perhaps, but he’s on Fox News, where people know what they’re going to get.”

Mandis then pointed out the difference in Gutfeld’s approach compared to Colbert’s, saying Gutfeld’s panel approach is easier to digest than Colbert’s solo monologue followed by celebrity interviews.

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Will Dahlberg New GM For WBHM

“I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities.”

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WBHM, the news/talk station owned by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has named Will Dahlberg as its new Executive Director and General Manager.

“Working at WBHM for the past decade has been the highlight of my professional career, and I am honored to serve as executive director,” Dahlberg said. “I appreciate the search committee’s confidence in my abilities to lead this amazing station and the talented and diverse team that works hard to serve our community. I am so grateful to the amazing WBHM team for their time, support and patience during my time as interim and throughout this search. I am also grateful to the many people at UAB who continue to support WBHM’s important mission.”

He also added how important WBHM has been, and will continue to be to the greater Birmingham communitiy.

“WBHM has done an excellent job as a public radio station since 1976, but it is important that we continue to strive to do more,” Dahlberg continued. “I look forward to working with our team, our listeners and our supporters in the weeks and years ahead to put more ‘public’ in public media by better serving all our communities. As Birmingham evolves, so should its public radio station, and I can’t wait for us to do that together.”

Dahlberg has previously worked as the Deputy Director and Membership Manager for the station. He has been the interim executive director since mid-2021.

“Will has more than a decade of experience at WBHM in a range of roles, including 15 months as interim executive director, and his passion for public radio and the people it serves is evident in everything he does,” said UAB Chief Communications Officer Jim Bakken. “WBHM provides an invaluable service to the Birmingham community and beyond, and Will’s commitment and vision will lead the station in delivering on its mission.”

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