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Mobster vs. Prosecutor: Franzese and Giuliani talk on Joe Pags Show

The two revisited their courtroom conflict in four-part interview.

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Nationally syndicated radio host Joe Pags aired a special four-part interview last week with former prosecutor Rudy Giuliani and former high-profile mobster Michael Franzese. Giuliani prosecuted Franzese back in the 1980’s for various federal crimes. 

The two men had not seen or spoken to each other in nearly 40 years, but they have reportedly mended fences and put their differences aside. Pags said that he conducts interviews with both men on a regular basis and got the idea to bring the two together after Giuliani asked how Franzese was doing.

“First of all, the cases that I prosecuted were never personal,” said Giuliani. “All of the cases I prosecuted my professional. Some of the cases were worse than others and some of the individuals were actually nice people who just got caught up in bad stuff.”

In 1985, Franzese was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, counterfeiting, and extortion. A year later he pleaded guilty to two counts and was sentenced to a decade in federal prison. He was arrested for defrauding the government out of gasoline taxes.

Franzese was a well-respected captain in the Colombo crime family. Since his release from prison, he has written six books and become a motivational speaker. 

“I grew up hating law enforcement because all I could remember from the point I was young is them trying to put away my father,” said Franzese. “My dad, who was my hero, put a lot of things in my head about law enforcement. A lot of guys I grew up with did not like law enforcement because they were street guys.” 

The Joe Pags Show is a daily news/talk show heard from 5-8pm Central from Flagship WOAI in San Antonio and broadcast on dozens affiliate stations nationwide. 

Joe Pags is ranked #12 in the 2020 Talkers Magazine “Heavy Hundred” and his show was recently named to the NewsMax list of the most influential local talk shows in the country.

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Charlie Kirk Takes Umbrage With ABC News Minneapolis Teacher Union Headline

“Now that is the nice way to describe it. That is the puff piece. This is ABC News.”

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The Minneapolis Teacher Union has reportedly struck a deal with the city’s school system to prioritize race in deciding which educators are laid off first, which caught the ire of conservative talk host Charlie Kirk Thursday.

Kirk not all railed against the policy, but also the media’s reaction to it, citing an ABC News headline as an example.

“The media, they lose their minds when I say the following — but every single person in the audience, you need to listen carefully when I say this, because if you so happen to have white kids or grand kids, the are entering a country where the policies and the rules very well could be rigged against them — Minneapolis Public Schools defends policy to retain educators of color when determining layoffs,” said The Charlie Kirk Show host. “Now that is the nice way to describe it. That is the puff piece. This is ABC News. So I’m starting with the nicest possible wording. How they try to brand it. What is this, really? How about this one: Minneapolis Teacher Union plan will fire white teachers ahead of people of color.”

He later noted he would get blowback from his stance.

“The media doesn’t like when I say this but how on earth is this story right here not a deliberate ant-white campaign? Is that too much to say? If you have white kids or white grand kids, you better get into action here. This would be wrong if it was anti-black or anti-Hispanic.”

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Chris Stigall: Democrats Don’t Watch CNN for Their News

Stigall said most Democrats aren’t tuning into CNN to get their information, commenting on the news regarding Brian Stelter’s exit.

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Conservative news/talk host Chris Stigall said most Democrats aren’t tuning into CNN to get their news. Stigall criticized the network as a highly partisan outlet that operates mainly in the direction of opinion-based commentators.

Stigall commented minutes after learning that CNN had canceled “Reliable Sources” hosted by Brian Stelter. “They’re like a poor man’s MSNBC,” said Stigall sitting in for Vince Coglianese on WMAL Radio.

“I give MSNBC credit for at least being committed to being left, being honest that they’re on the left, and looking good while they do it,” Stigall said. “CNN tries to pretend that they are not on the left while mimicking some of the talking points from competitor MSNBC.”

“Well, Brian Stelter and his show have been shown the door. They’re (CNN) no longer pretending to be the media ombudsman anymore over there.”

National Review writer Nate Hochman joined Stigall and said Stelter rivaled Jim Acosta for the “least self-aware man in America.”

“He spent the last nine years trying to lecture Americans about how awful it was that nobody would listen to journalists like him anymore while serving as an activist for Democratic party causes,” he added. 

Stigall said there’s a “subversiveness” about Stelter that’s hard to explain.  

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Clay Travis: Chris Licht Wants Normalcy at CNN

The “Clay & Buck” hosts assessed where CNN is headed following the news of Stelter’s dismissal Thursday. 

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Clay Travis and Buck Sexton said the cancellation of former CNN host Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” show epitomizes a network with no real direction.  

The “Clay & Buck” hosts assessed where CNN is headed following the news of Stelter’s dismissal Thursday. 

“Brian Stelter was a perfect approximation of the pathetic collapse of CNN,” Travis said via the show’s website. “I gotta be honest with you — there did not seem to be a particular direction of CNN’s coverage.” 

Sexton referred to Stelter as a “Mini-me” to former CNN president Jeff Zucker, adding that Stelter’s sole purpose was to do what Zucker told him to do. 

“Well, in a broader sense, Clay, this is not a surprise because CNN turned itself into an anti-Trump organ. There was no other purpose.”

“It seems like Chris Licht, I believe, is his name, right, the new leader of CNN — is attempting to return CNN to some semblance of normalcy,” said Travis. 

“I’ve never even really met him (Stelter), I don’t know him so it’s not personal or anything like that,” Sexton added. “He’ll be fine because the left is always fine. You get fired — look what happened. Chris Cuomo’s got a new job, they’re paying him millions of dollars.” 

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