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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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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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