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Jemele Hill Critiques Media Coverage of “Fan Boy Space Camp”

Tony Cartagena

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We all know Jemele Hill because of her sports acumen and coverage for ESPN and other outlets throughout the years. However, if you know anything about Hill’s body of work, you know she’ll never be silenced and won’t just stick to sports.

On Tuesday, while the world gawked at another Billionaire strapping into a rocket and blasting off into space, Hill called out everyone in sight.

First, she’s “bothered” by the media outlets covering these space missions.

“The breathless way the media is pandering to the asinine fantasies of billionaires and largely shying away from serious and real questions that need to be asked. It’s the absurd flaunting of wealth and how (Richard) Branson and other billionaires are able to do (stuff) like have an elaborate fan boy space camp because they are masters of exploitation.”

Next on her list, the men behind these zero-gravity trips.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, a climate crisis, a racism crisis, the end of Democracy but according to Branson, being able to travel to space to going to make everything all better,” she said on the ‘Jemele Hill is Unbothered’ Podcast.

Hill’s commentary is complete with audio of Branson claiming that some day soon everyone will have equal access to space.

“What i’m trying to figure out is how space travel is going to be equitable,” she responded. “Branson is charging between 200 and $250,000 to reserve a ticket on his next flight. Meanwhile his buddy Elon Musk reportedly wants to charge people $55 million per passenger to journey to the international space station. And (Jeff) Bezos, he wants to charge just a mere $28 million per passenger for a space mission.

“Branson wants us to believe that if we just give it a few years, a ticket to Mars is going to be like a Delta flight to San Antonio.”

She then calls out Branson for using over $200 million of tax payer money to fund his space program and furloughing employees for eight weeks during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“He got space money, though,” she added.

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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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