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REVIEW: Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth

The show which debuted last week is a cautionary tale in the evils of addiction and how an addict can have plenty of incentive to behave but if their disease goes untreated it will destroy them.

Ryan Hedrick

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A person who is addicted cares little about the consequence they may face for their reward-seeking behavior. Addiction expresses itself in ways that are anti-social such as drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, overeating, using illicit drugs, or gambling.

Contrary to what society may believe, addiction is a disease that cares little about socioeconomic status. Nobody is exempt from suffering from it, former WFAN radio host Craig Carton knows this well. In the wee hours of September 6, 2017, Carton was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud. It was later revealed that he gambled compulsively to the point where he was recruiting “investors” to fund his disastrous habit.

Carton’s downfall is documented in a HBO show called Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth. “My name is Craig Carton. I have lived through the most public, vicious, self-inflicted fall from grace,” Carton said at the beginning of the film. “I had it all, the career, the beautiful country house, I made over two-million dollars a year, and now it’s all gone.”

The show which debuted last week is a cautionary tale in the evils of addiction and how an addict can have plenty of incentive to behave but if their disease goes untreated it will destroy them. I have personal experience with addiction and recovery. For more than 20 years I battled drug addiction. While working for several different radio stations I used cocaine excessively and tried to hide my problem from the world. I thought nobody understood my problems. I thought nobody cared about me. I wallowed in self-pity and used every excuse I could find in order to justify my behavior and to continue using drugs. I was harboring a secret that nearly killed me.

During the program Carton alludes to the secretive nature of his gambling habit. While he did boast a ton about his gambling escapades while he was on the air at WFAN, nobody knew how deeply he was affected. Addicts tend to lead secret lives. My experience is that when you are in the grips there are only a few roads out of your predicament; jails, institutions, or death.

Carton’s rise at WFAN was hard fought, taking over for the late legendary Don Imus. Carton was paired with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and on September 4, 2007, the eventual top-rated Boomer and Carton show debuted. “I have never met anyone like him in my life,” Esiason said. “He was a cross between a Martian and Don Rickles.”

The show also featured several of Carton’s former co-workers sharing their experience about working with him. Current WFAN sports anchor Jerry Reeco called Carton’s talent transformational “At six o’clock when the music rolled and the light went on, something just overcame him.”

When Carton was on the air he was perceived as a loudmouth and a know-it-all but when he was off the air he demonstrated that he was a kind and compassionate guy who gave back to his community and had a soft spot for troubled kids. “He has compassion for kids who are misunderstood because I think that is how he viewed himself when he was growing up,” Esiason said.

Carton reveals how being molested for eight weeks during a summer camp traumatized him to the point where he kept the secret and did not tell anybody. “I was abused every night for eight weeks, something I withheld for more than 30 years of my life and I still had shame over it,” he said in the documentary.

Although I am not a survivor of sexual abuse, I have sat in many recovery meetings where addicts have shared their experiences about the horrors of being molested as children. They say that these acts contributed to their addiction. I have also seen many people overcome past abuses to lead successful and productive lives. However, if untreated these memories can lead back to active addiction.

While incarcerated at Lewisburg federal penitentiary, Carton kept a daily journal of his experiences. “Every meal seems to be served with rice and beans,” Carton recalled. “One wrong move and they send you to solitary confinement. Ever since I was a kid my greatest fear was being sent to prison.”

In June, Craig Carton was released from prison after serving 36 months of a maximum 42-month sentence. He said the prison term was a “life-changing experience” and that he is a better person for having done the time. Although he admits that he is a lousy businessman, he did not address the need for continued treatment to prevent relapse.

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Chris Wallace: Democrats Would Like Another Nominee in 2024

Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age. 

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Chris Wallace joined CNN’s “At This Hour” to discuss a New York Times article suggesting that President Joe Biden shouldn’t run again. 

According to a transcript published on Breitbart, Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age. 

“I think 75%of Democrats say they would like to see another Democratic nominee for president in 2024,” said Biden. 

Wallace said he’s witnessed farewells plenty of times, especially in the media, which he referred to as the gold watch sent off. 

“Look; obviously, the success after a lot of stalemate, the success of the last month or so by Joe Biden is impressive, and it will change the narrative,” Wallace said. “We will be talking about everything he has accomplished.” 

‘You know what, I’m excited by the idea of a guy who on next inauguration day would be 82 running for election again,’ I’m not so sure about that,” he added.

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News Media Reacts to FBI Searching Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

CNN reports that the former President corroborated the information that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and stated, “they even broke into my safe.”

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On Monday, news broke that the FBI executed a search warrant at former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 

The search warrant is part of the inquiry into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, that Trump may have been brought there. 

CNN reports that the former President corroborated the information that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and stated, “they even broke into my safe.” He was at Trump Tower in New York when the search warrant occurred in Florida. 

There’s plenty of reaction from both sides of the news media aisle, here’s what some had to say: 

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John Oliver Takes Dig at Parent Owner Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was also a leading force in canceling CNN’s venture into the streaming wars

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Warner Bros. Discovery has made recent headlines for its decisions regarding HBO Max and canceling in-production films, including DC’s “Batgirl,” to get future tax write-offs.

During a segment discussing Monkeypox on Sunday, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver decided to take a shot at their new parent company for its recent decisions.

“We let the vaccine sit unused on a shelf in our reserves like an expired Chobani or a $90 million movie on HBO Max,” Oliver said, referring to the “Batgirl” film. 

“By the way, hi there, new business daddy! Seems like you’re doing a really great job. I do get the vague sense that you’re burning down my network for the insurance money, but I’m sure that will all pass.”

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was also a leading force in canceling CNN’s venture into the streaming wars, pulling the plug on CNN+ less than a month after the service launched. 

“On CNN+, there was no message it was a business decision,” Zaslav told CNBC in May. “We looked at it and we looked at the data, the number of users they had spent an enormous amount of money trying to sell an independent product. 

“The subscribers weren’t there, the users weren’t there. We looked at it together. We had a chance to look at all the data and when we looked at the data, it was, the business wasn’t there.”

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