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Senator Johnson Blasts The Mainstream Media on ‘The Joe Pags Show’

“Senator Ron Johnson told ‘The Joe Pags Show’ the mainstream media affected the results of the 2020 election more than Russia did in 2016, and ripped the press for its reporting on the corona virus.”

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Republican Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin was a guest on The Joe Pags Show Thursday evening and host Joe Pagliarulo gave him the platform to attack the mainstream media on two separate fronts. The interview appeared on the new video platform Rumble, due to YouTube’s recent policy guidelines on blocking some videos that contain a conservative viewpoint on topics like the corona virus and election fraud.

First, Johnson, who is the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, criticized a New York Times article and editorial that said he was “touting unproven and dubious claims about the corona virus” and called Johnson “The Snake-oil Salesman of the Senate”. Secondly, he claims that the media had a bigger impact on the 2020 election than Russia in 2016.

“The fact that we have ignored early treatment of the virus with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin (a deworming medication used to treat livestock and other animals), has cost hundreds of thousands of lives… They are miracle drugs. And the New York Times calls the brilliant doctors who support the use of these drugs and myself snake-oil salesman? Ridiculous. The doctor who wrote the OP-ED has never even treated one COVID patient. The doctors who testified at the hearing have treated thousands.”

Johnson adds that the reason the media keeps downplaying the effectiveness of both drugs is because they are inexpensive and readily available.

“Drug companies are not focusing on the benefits of these drugs because they don’t make money off of them,” Johnson said. “Instead, they are pouring all kinds of money and research into more expensive drugs just so they can make more money.”

Pagliarulo also claims that the media is covering up the effectiveness of what he calls a breakthrough treatment.

“The media is sitting on this because it’s just a twenty dollar drug,” Pagliarulo said. “I wrote something about how effective hydroxychloroquine is on Twitter and I got banned for three weeks.”

 The pair then switched gears and began to criticize the media for covering up details concerning Hunter Biden and the role that the cover up played in the outcome of the 2020 election.

“I said on this program back in October that there was an investigation into Hunter Biden and now Big Media just finds this out yesterday after the election,” Pagliarulo said.

“Right. It’s only coming out now that the election is past,” Johnson agreed. “According to a McLaughlin poll 13 percent of Biden voters say they would not have voted for him if they had known about Hunter Biden. The media covered it up until after the election because President Trump would have won going away. I think it is fair to say that the American media interfered with this election far more than Russia did in 2016. That’s where the election fraud is in this country, from the media.”

Johnson made similar claims to Sean Hannity earlier in the week on Fox News. However, according to a Newsweek article, it is unclear to which poll Johnson is referring. and it questions the validity of McLaughlin due to its association with conservative media outlet Newsmax

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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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