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PBS White House Correspondent Draws Criticism for Question at Biden Press Conference

Alcindor’s long-winded attempt to avoid asking Biden directly about his failures with immigration culminated in her referring to Biden as a “moral, decent man.”

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PBS’ White House reporter, Yamiche Alcindor, drew sharp criticism from several members of the media Thursday for the way she framed a question to President Joe Biden during his press conference. The context of the question had to do with immigration and the crisis at the border.

Alcindor’s long-winded attempt to avoid asking Biden directly about his failures with immigration culminated in her referring to Biden as a “moral, decent man.”

“You’ve said over and over again that immigrants shouldn’t come to this country right now … That message is not being received,” she said. “Instead, the perception of you that got you elected as a moral, decent man is the reason a lot of immigrants are coming to this country and are trusting you with unaccompanied minors.”

Biden noted that the border has seen a record surge in migrants but that “it happens every single, solitary year.”

“Biden gets to riff off @Yamiche touting how he’s a nice and decent guy,” tweeted Tim Graham, columnist for media watch dog, NewsBusters.

Biden spoke for just over an hour on Thursday in the first solo news conference of his presidency.

“The second reporter to be called on at the presser, PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor, just suggested people are coming to the border because Biden is a “moral” and “decent” man,” tweeted Spectator USA’s Amber Athey.

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WTOP News Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Violating VPPA

A Louisiana woman seeks class-action status on a lawsuit filed against Hubbard Radio and WTOP News for allegedly violating the Video Privacy Protections.

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A Louisiana woman seeks class-action status on a lawsuit filed against Hubbard Radio and WTOP News for allegedly violating the Video Privacy Protections Act (VPPA).

WTOP is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. The VPAA was passed back in 1988 by a Congress that sought to protect consumer information from being sold following the purchase of a video rental. 

According to Inside Radio, Toni Duplantis, a WTOP News digital subscriber alleges that WTOP knowingly disclosed personal information to Facebook including a record of every video clip she viewed without prior consent. 

While WTOP News is not a rental service, the lawsuit argues that Hubbard is a video tape service provider. The law applies to anyone who rents, sells, or delivers prerecorded video cassettes or any other audio-visual materials. 

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, It seeks class-action status on behalf of “hundreds of thousands of other WTOP News digital subscribers.” It alleges that Hubbard used cookies, SDKs, pixels and Facebook’s Business Tools “to purposely track, record, collect, and transmit its digital subscribers’ interactions with WTOP News. 

 “Put simply, Hubbard has shared its digital subscribers’ viewed video media in a manner that allows third parties to know each and every video an individual has viewed on WTOP News,” the lawsuit states. 

The lawsuit seeks a $2,500 payment to the plaintiff and each class member, along with punitive damages to be determined at a trial along with prejudgment interest and legal costs.

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Jeff Smulyan Preps Book Release

“I also hope that some of the lessons I’ve learned (many of them painful) will be helpful to you in navigating your careers and your family life.”

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Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has written a book, with a November 8th release date.

Never Ride A Rollercoaster Upside Down: The Ups, Downs, and Reinvention of An Entrepreneur will revealed some of the most enjoy experiences of the business owner’s life.

“I think you will enjoy many of the stories and hopefully you’ll even laugh out loud at a number of them,” Smulyan said. “I also hope that some of the lessons I’ve learned (many of them painful) will be helpful to you in navigating your careers and your family life.”

According to publisher Matt Holt, Never Ride a Rollercoaster Upside Down details Smulyan’s journey: from taking over his cousin’s failing country music radio station and founding his own company, to purchasing and then selling ownership of the Seattle Mariners and guiding his company through the Golden Age of Radio. Alongside his humorous, eventful, and dramatic stories, Smulyan presents valuable pointers and tips—for anyone else brave enough to try their own hand at starting a business.

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Greg Kelly, Joe Madison Feud Over Washington D.C. Museums

Kelly recently discussed schools sending their eight grade students to Washington D.C. and the museums they visit.

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SiriusXM host Joe Madison and WABC77 host Greg Kelly have feuded recently over an unlikely subject: Washington D.C. museums.

Kelly recently discussed schools sending their eight grade students to Washington D.C. and the museums they visit. He then said there isn’t much worth seeing inside the African-American Museum, and your time would be better spent at the Air and Space Museum, which Madison took issue with.

“You know Greg Kelly? What an asshole,” Madison said in the clip. “Give me a damn break. I’ve been there. It’s divisive. ‘Go to the Air and Space Museum’. I’ve been there. It’s cool. You can touch a moon rock. But this is divisive. Excuse me, SiriusXM and Pandora, by the way, have an exhibit there. They have an exhibit there.”

“Does that make you want to go to the African-American Museum?”, Kelly asked. “To see some radio station’s sponsorship? That they bought off the mob? That they did some philanthropic virtue signaling? I don’t really care about that.”

He then played a clip of Madison saying you can see Chuck Berry’s Cadillac at the museum, which Kelly mocked. He then played another clip of Madison making a plea for a discussion between the pair.

“Let me tell you something, Greg Kelly,” Madison said. “If you had any brains whatsoever, damn you, call me, damn it! Call me! But you don’t have the courage to call me.”

“So I called him, and all he did was yell, and scream, and curse,” Kelly said. “He yelled. He screamed. And he cursed. What a missed opportunity for him.”

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