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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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Mark Levin’s New Book “American Marxism” Sells One Million Copies

New York Times bestseller list in the category of Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction lists Levin’s book at number 1 for 10 straight weeks.  

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Syndicated radio host Mark Levin’s new book “American Marxism” has been wildly successful in its first 10 weeks on the market.

One million copies of the book have been sold including print books, ebooks, and e-audiobooks, according to Threshold Editions.

“We applaud Mark Levin for his compelling scholarship and work,” Threshold deputy publisher Jennifer Long told Breitbart. “Bookscan reports American Marxism is currently the top-selling nonfiction book of 2021, and we anticipate it staying high on bestseller lists through the rest of the year.”

New York Times bestseller list in the category of Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction lists Levin’s book at number 1 for 10 straight weeks.  

“There’s a massive movement that’s all but ignored galvanizing against the tyranny swirling around us,” Levin told Breitbart News. “Americans love their country, unlike the ruling class and their surrogates, and they’re fed up. There will be pushback. It’s already here and growing.”

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Steve Miller Steps Down From His Full-Time Role With WBBM NewsRadio

Miller has been employed at the station for 38 years. He’ll reportedly return for occasional fill-in work and special projects. 

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WBBM NewsRadio’s Steve Miller is stepping down from his full-time role at the Chicago’s Audacy-owned station, according to Roger Feder. 

Miller has been employed at the station for 38 years. He’ll reportedly return for occasional fill-in work and special projects. 

“We’ve been blessed with many great reporters over the years, but when it comes to digging for tough-to-find information, I can’t think of anyone better than Steve Miller,” brand manager Ron Gleason told Feder. 

Miller joined WBBM immediately after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1983. 

Miller plans to spend more time at his condominium in Hawaii. 

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760 WJR Elevates Kevin Dietz To Full Time Hosting Role

The Emmy award-winning investigative reporter spent nearly 30-years at Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV before he was fired in 2019 for making an alleged racial comment about another reporter.

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Longtime Detroit reporter Kevin Dietz has been named full-time host at NewsTalk 760 WJR, he revealed on Twitter. Dietz has been hosting WJR Late Mornings since Frank Beckmann retired six months ago. 

“I took a pretty cool new job! Working 9-noon Monday -Friday on WJR 760,” he said. “I remember JP McCarthy as a kid on this station! I am blessed.”

The Emmy award-winning investigative reporter spent nearly 30-years at Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV before he was fired in 2019 for making an alleged racial comment about another reporter.

“The station has a zero-tolerance policy on racially insensitive comments, and they determined, despite the intent and context of my statement, that it violated the policy,” he said at the time.

Dietz garnered 17 Emmy awards in 26 years at WDIV. He began his career in Traverse City, Michigan in 1988.

WJR has not revealed if Dietz will continue hosting the show alone or if a co-host will be brought in.

You can listen to WJR and learn more about Late Mornings with Kevin Dietz by clicking this link.

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