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Welcoming Dan Bongino

Bongino has added a new endeavor to his growing list of accomplishments.

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The Dan Bongino Show is now being nationally broadcast on radio stations nationwide and simulcast on FOX Nation, as the iron-jawed truth teller Dan Bongino kicked off his debut episode on Monday.

Bongino, who’s been hosting an incredibly successful podcast, now has added a new endeavor to his growing list of accomplishments.

“Folks, this is it. It’s an amazing, amazing day I’m not generally the anxious or nervous type but I didn’t sleep too well last night sleep too, well I slept okay, my Aura Ring gave me a decent sleep score last night, but today—probably outside of my marriage and the birth of my children, is probably the biggest day of my life. Many of you have been on this journey with me for a really, really long time—my producer, Joe, my wife, my family. Today, launches the national radio show The Dan Bongino Show right after this podcast, with your host me, shockingly named Dan Bongino and it’s really an incredible feeling.” Bongino spoke on Episode 1527 of his podcast, The Dan Bongino Show entitled A Big Announcement.

The universality of Dan Bongino’s honesty and authenticity have made him a household name over the course of the last several years.

I became a fast fan of the great Dan Bongino as a returning guest and friend of Sean Salisbury’s on his program, The Sean Salisbury Show on SportsTalk 790 in 2020. His first show appearance started off with Dan asking Sean which hits he remembered being the hardest in his football career, making the dynamic effortlessly enjoyable for the talent and listeners.

Grateful for the opportunity to follow the incredible trajectory of Dan Bongino’s media career over the last year, I reached out to Sean for his hopes for Dan on as his program launched today to which he celebrates what makes Bongino so special, “He’s a good friend, tough and dedicated person, great story teller. I wish him nothing but phenomenal success!”

Bongino closed his podcast leading up to his first nationally syndicated program, “There’s no replacing Rush Limbaugh, it’s not gonna happen. Rush was an icon, a legend, the Titan of the industry. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe what Rush Limbaugh did for the movement, what Rush Limbaugh did for me personally and for the millions of people that listen to his podcast. He changed the game—he didn’t change the game, let me check that, he invented the game. National conservative talk radio was invented by Rush Limbaugh. He created the whole game. I have this job because of greats like him. It is an amazing honor to take the spot previously occupied by Rush, who we lost too soon. I genuinely hope you will tune in every day just like you made this podcast part of your routine—make the radio show part of your routine as well, from 12 noon to 3 PM eastern time every single day, it would be a great honor. Check your radio stations, go to bongino.com as well, if you want to find the station near you. Thank you for everything.” Bongino poignantly and emotionally shared with his podcast audience.

Bongino established an engaging incentive to tune in for his first show, in the way teasing his first interview on the program to be with President Donald Trump, saying, “I really hope you listen to my radio show later and you catch President Trump, we’ll play some highlights from tomorrow on the podcast, as well. The podcast isn’t going anywhere. It’s my first love, it’s mine, it’s the one thing I own. I don’t own a lot but I own this. I will not disappoint you.”

“I’m gonna wrap up on this cause we do have a really really big day today, not that I’m ever going to change the podcast, but I do want to get this last story. Ladies and gentlemen, any sane person in our United States government if they realized we had a bunch of on identified objects flying in the air over military installations that we couldn’t identify—any sane person would’ve taken this as a threat, seriously, decades ago. I can’t even imagine in my prior line of work, someone coming over the radio saying, ‘Dan, there’s an unidentified flying object flying over the President of the United States’ and me going ‘It’s a conspiracy theory!’ I can’t even imagine doing that. I would be fired.” Bongino emphatically builds on the final minutes of the podcast that would immediately precede his first nationally syndicated daily program.

“Now you’ll never hear this coming out of my mouth again, because the guy’s a clown and a joker, but I have to actually hat tip Harry Reid, hack Democrat spygate PP hoaxer, but apparently Harry Reid former Senator from the great state of Nevada, apparently Harry Reid was warning about these UFO’s a long time ago. There’s a quote from the Wall Street Journal. I want you to listen to the first three words of this quote Harry Reid gave to the Washington Post, ‘Everyone told me this would cost me nothing but trouble, said Reid, a Democrat who represented Nevada, home of the military’s top-secret Area 51 test site. Harry Reid said, I wasn’t afraid of it and I guess time has proven me right.’ Ladies and gentlemen, it’s our job going forward, no matter what the penalties, it is our job to tell the truth always, no matter what, no matter the penalties—always to tell the truth. And whenever someone says to you, the first three words of what they told Harry Reid when he brought up the UFO, whenever someone responds when you bring up something like that says ‘everyone told me’ be the tenth man, don’t be the coffee boy.” Bongino closes his podcast with a great nod to bravely speaking up and committing to telling the truth, no matter the consequences.

Starting his program on May 24, 2021 he addressed the comparisons and media reports that have been alluded to ‘replacing’ Rush Limbaugh by way of assuming Rush’s famed time slot.

Bongino chose to address these headlines, head on, doing so with the utmost respect for Limbaugh.

“I want to say to the Patriots out there, who’ve spent their time being educated, informed and entertained by the greatest talk radio host there ever will be, for the last 30 years—I can’t replace him. I may sit in his time slot and it’s the greatest honor of my life to do this. My first love has always been radio, but I can’t replace him. If you’re expecting that, you’ll be sorely disappointed, but I can tell you what you can expect, that I will honor this Titan of our industry’s legacy, using the tools he taught me and many of you.” Bongino shared with his audience on the program reminding his audience that he intends to honor the principles and commitment that Rush has instilled in his audience and strives to honor his legacy as his nationally syndicated program officially launches.

The first interview, could not have been a more high profile and appropriate guest for the first episode of The Dan Bongino Show, with President Donald Trump, made for phenomenal radio. Bongino has no trouble asking the question that so many have speculated about. Bongino confidently and unapologetically concluded this interview directly asking the big question, “And finally, I’d be remiss, the audience is dying to hear it and I know you’ve been asked a thousand times, forgive me but I have to ask where are we with 2024? We need ya man, we need ya, big time. Are you thinking about it? Are you leaning one way? We’d love to hear it.”

“Well, I’ll tell you what. We are going to make you very happy and we’re going to do what’s right and we’ve done a great job for the country. We’ve built our military and had the greatest economy ever, twice. Then, the world collapsed, the whole world collapsed with it and then we rebuilt it again when the stock market was higher than it was even the first time, but we’re going to do the right thing.” President Trump replied to Bongino, echoing the words Bongino shared on his podcast the evening prior to his program’s launch about ‘doing the right thing’ and ‘being the tenth man.’

I have the utmost respect for his transparency and honesty. I cannot wait to see what the future brings for the incredible talent and knowledge that Bongino has to share as gathered from the wealth of knowledge serving his country as a Secret Service Official to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama and echo Sean Salisbury’s sentiment as his national show launches this week, wishing him nothing but the best.

**Military members and veterans are being offered one free year of FOX Nation if redeemed between May 24 and Memorial Day (May 31st)**

Visit Bongino.com for the station airing the program in your area.

Follow Dan Bongino on Twitter at @dbongino.

Follow Sean Salisbury on Twitter at @SeanUnfiltered.

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It’s Not a Vaccine Mandate, It’s a Test Mandate

“Chuck Todd from Meet The Press, the New York Times, CNN, numerous other media outlets and even the White House spokesman have called Biden’s policy a vaccine mandate. It’s not. So, why do they keep reporting it as such?”

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I feel I must disclose my feelings on Covid-19 before my column this week so everyone knows my bias. 

If you want to take the horse dewormer medicine, Ivermectin, for Covid-19, I DON’T CARE.

If you want to wear a mask in a crowd indoors or out, I DON’T CARE

If you don’t want to get a Covid-19 vaccine, again, I DON’T CARE. 

In terms of full disclosure, I have been vaccinated. As far as I know, I haven’t had Covid-19, and only my dog has had some form of Ivermectin. 

With that out of the way, can we talk about how President Biden’s mandate is being discussed and reported on? This is not a liberal or conservative issue, and it’s not a CNN vs FOX News issue. Most everyone has an opinion on it, yet most don’t care to find out what was actually proposed. Even the White House is misleading folks with its own policy. 

This is not a vaccine mandate, it’s a test mandate. 

President Biden’s policy has made two changes. All federal workers must receive a vaccine. You don’t have to work for the federal government, but if you do, you must be vaccinated. Again, not a mandate. No one is forcing you to work for the federal government. That’s your choice.  

Delta Airlines implemented a policy charging employees $200 if they choose not to be vaccinated. As a result, thousands have received the Covid-19 vaccine to avoid the penalty. That is their choice. 

Schools, public and private universities, hospitals, and companies big and small have made similar rules. If you want to work or attend, you must get a vaccine. Not a vaccine mandate, big difference.

Companies make all sorts of rules, some smart, some dumb. I know a radio station that will not let their on-air hosts talk to the media (dumb). My company policy says, I can’t eat food in the studio (smart). You can agree or disagree with a policy, and if you choose not to follow it, that is your choice. Nobody from the government is going to come to your home, hold you down, and jab a needle in your arm. Yet I’ve heard that said a few hundred times in the last few weeks.

Part two of President Biden’s policy says that if you are a company with over 100 employees, your employees will be required to have a vaccine or get tested weekly to see if they are Covid-19 positive. Again, this is not a vaccine mandate. It’s just a test, once a week. A test mandate, if you will.

Chuck Todd from Meet The Press, the New York Times, CNN, numerous other media outlets and even the White House spokesman have called Biden’s policy a vaccine mandate. It’s not. So, why do they keep reporting it as such?   

I talk to neighbors, callers, and friends, and they’re all arguing over something that isn’t happening. Some have gotten really angry and stood defiant. They will not, under any circumstances, be forced to get a vaccine. 

“How about a test?” 

“Wait, what?”  

These are crazy times. We talk past each other, we debate our own set of facts, we get to choose the news we like, and disregard and disqualify the news we don’t. I’m afraid we have crossed some type of rubicon. Everyone is arguing and debating a policy but nobody knows the actual policy.

If you think taking a test to find out if you have a life threatening virus that could harm you, a family member, or a coworker is government overreach, I DON’T CARE. Quite frankly, I’m exhausted by the screaming. But if you are going to argue about it, you should do yourself a favor and know what the policy is before you decide you are for it or against it. 

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Few Media Outlets Were Brave Enough to #NeverForget Both Sides

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Saturday marked 20 years since Sept. 11, 2001.

Everyone has a 9/11 story. Where they were. How they reacted. What they remember about that treacherous day in America.

Consuming media coverage and memorials over the weekend, there was one very common theme.

Unity. Unofficially the word was said 42,365,789 times this weekend.

Listening to the radio, I heard one newstalk host romanticize about how the entire country came together as one, and he didn’t feel we did the same fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before the NFL kicked off on Sunday, both Fox and CBS aired extended memorial video montages. The New York Yankees and New York Mets played the Subway Series and on Saturday wore hats representing the Fire and Police Departments of their city.

Netflix, Hulu and Peacock dropped streaming documentaries.

All of this coverage focused on the heroism, the devastation that destroyed 2,996 families, and the unified aftermath. Stats were dropped about the sales of United States flags hitting all-time highs. The patriotic shirt and bumper stickers industry was booming for months.

Let’s be clear – this aforementioned coverage was extremely important.

The following might be controversial, so I unfortunately feel obligated to include the following disclaimer:

I think 9/11 memorial coverage is necessary. #NeverForget is important. I’ve often thought that we don’t talk enough Pearl Harbor where 2,403 Americans also died, maybe that’s a generational coverage thing. So, in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, we should keep these stories prominent and always celebrate the heroes of that harrowing day.

Now that my stance on 9/11 coverage is very very clear…

We should also talk more about the racist hate-crime filled society we created for Muslims, Arabic speaking Americans, Sikhs, and anyone who appeared middle eastern or had dark brown skin. We should also never forget those innocent people whose lives were extremely affected during the aftermath.

Their stories are important. Acknowledging the ugliness can assist in learning from those mistakes.

Although the coverage wasn’t front page, there were news outlets brave enough to hit on those topics over the weekend. I wanted to take time to highlight them, quoting some excerpts that may be tough to read:

Anita Snow and Noreen Nasir of Associated Press for ABC News: “Sikh entrepreneur Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his Arizona gas station four days after the Sept. 11 attacks by a man who declared he was “going to go out and shoot some towel-heads” and mistook him for an Arab Muslim.”

Sodhi’s brother spoke with Kimmy Yam of NBC News and reflected on the hate crime.

Kiara Alfonseca for ABC News: “Mosques were burned or destroyed and death threats and harassment followed many Muslims in the weeks following the attacks, according to congressional testimony from the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2011. Some victims were beaten, attacked or held at gunpoint for merely being perceived as Muslim, the organization said.”

Maria Lisignoli of NBC 15 in Madison, WI spoke with a local principal:

“But, you know, as often as you will speak to other Muslim and millennials especially, they feel like we feel like we’ve had to answer for the crimes of other people,” Warsi said.

He says linking the Islamic faith with these attacks was damaging mentally and physically.

“I myself have been discriminated against been a victim to hate crime with physical assault, just because I’m Muslim,” Warsi said.

Dorothy Hastings for PBS: “Since 2001, Muslims have been the second most frequent target for religiously motivated hate crimes, according to the federal hate crime data.”

Newstalk program directors, news directors and journalists should always strive to tell both sides of the story. It’s not the feel-good unified story, but nothing about journalism is easy. The industry isn’t for propaganda.

There are tough truths that need to be told. It’s part of the job.

The stories are important. The coverage is necessary.

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The Weather Channel Was Go To Outlet for Hurricane Ida Coverage

The three major cable news outlets were surprisingly slow in covering Hurricane Ida, despite most of their offices located in New York City.

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Hurricane Ida continued to wreak havoc on Wednesday, Sep. 1, as the storm that rocked Louisiana the previous weekend unleashed its fury upon the northeast.

The Weather Channel was the primary outlet for Ida coverage. Here was their ratings track as the storm reached New Jersey and New York that evening, according to Nielsen Media Research:

  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET: 0.391 million viewers; 158,000 adults 25-54
  • 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET: 0.461 million viewers; 154,000 adults 25-54
  • 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET: 0.348 million viewers; 111,000 adults 25-54
  • 11:00 p.m.-midnight ET: 0.269 million viewers; 100,000 adults 25-54
  • midnight-1:00 a.m. ET: 0.230 million viewers; 72,000 adults 25-54
  • 1:00-2:00 a.m. ET: 0.198 million viewers; 63,000 adults 25-54

3.15 inches of rain fell in Central Park from 8:51-9:51 p.m. ET — the largest amount of rainfall there within a one-hour period on record, a mark previously set just eleven days prior (Aug. 21) by the effects of Hurricane Henri’s storm (1.94 inches). 8.4 inches fell in Newark, New Jersey throughout the entire evening. Over 50 people in the northeast perished due to Ida.

The three major cable news outlets were surprisingly slow in covering Hurricane Ida, despite most of their offices located in New York City. Fox News Channel provided 10-minute special reports in the overnight of late Sep. 1/early Sep. 2:

  • 1:00-1:10 a.m. ET: 0.875 million viewers; 213,000 adults 25-54
  • 2:00-2:11 a.m. ET: 0.692 million viewers; 166,000 adults 25-54
  • 3:00-3:08 a.m. ET: 0.526 million viewers; 129,000 adults 25-54

CNN’s “Newsroom Live” began at 2 a.m. ET, reporting on Hurricane Ida. It averaged 411,000 viewers and 128,000 adults 25-54 for the hour.

On the following morning of Thursday, Sep. 2, the governors of New Jersey (Phil Murphy) and New York (Kathy Hochul) held separate press conferences addressing the aftermath of Ida. Fox News, averaging 1.6 million total viewers and 265,000 in the 25-54 demo from 10-11 a.m. ET, aired most of these conferences until bailing on them when the topic of climate change was mentioned.

CNN (967,000 viewers/228,000 adults 25-54 from 10-11 a.m. ET) and MSNBC (Murphy: 843,000 viewers/90,000 adults 25-54 from 10:19-10:38 a.m. ET; Hochul: 778,000 viewers/86,000 adults 25-54 from 10:38-11:12 a.m. ET) both aired the Murphy and Hochul press conferences in full.

Here are the cable news averages for August 30-September 5, 2021.

Total Day (August 30-September 5 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.548 million viewers; 259,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.744 million viewers; 84,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.653 million viewers; 145,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.247 million viewers; 57,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.201 million viewers; 61,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.145 million viewers; 33,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.140 million viewers; 20,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.096 million viewers; 10,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (August 30-September 4 @ 8-11 p.m.; September 5 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.642 million viewers; 434,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.260 million viewers; 145,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.876 million viewers; 202,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.259 million viewers; 72,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.218 million viewers; 62,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.199 million viewers; 60,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.163 million viewers; 33,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.054 million viewers; 6,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top MSNBC, CNN and The Weather Channel programs with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 4.312 million viewers

2. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 4.130 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 8/31/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.846 million viewers

4. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.841 million viewers

5. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 8/31/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.620 million viewers

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 9/1/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.519 million viewers

7. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 9/1/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.506 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 8/31/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.489 million viewers

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 9/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.393 million viewers

10. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 9/2/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.317 million viewers

19. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 8/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.763 million viewers

125. Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, Mon. 8/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 1.199 million viewers

190. America’s Morning Headquarters (TWC, Mon. 8/30/2021 10:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.909 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  MSNBC, CNN and The Weather Channel programs with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.778 million adults 25-54

2. Hannity (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.667 million adults 25-54

3. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.667 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 8/31/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.654 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 9/1/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.634 million adults 25-54

6. Hannity (FOXNC, Wed. 9/1/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.613 million adults 25-54

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 9/2/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.574 million adults 25-54

8. The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, Mon. 8/30/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.569 million adults 25-54

9. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 8/31/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.564 million adults 25-54

10. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 9/1/2021 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.552 million adults 25-54

32. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 8/30/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.367 million adults 25-54

71. Don Lemon Tonight (CNN, Mon. 8/30/2021 10:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.282 million adults 25-54

87. America’s Morning Headquarters (TWC, Mon. 8/30/2021 10:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.253 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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