Buffalo’s News Talk WBEN covered the horrific mass shooting at a Tops Market Saturday, leaving ten people dead. According to police, the attack was live-streamed on the social gaming platform Twitch.
The story captivated a national audience and quickly fueled debates about First Amendment rights as reports circulated that 18-year-old suspect Payton Gendron published a manifesto consistent with white supremacist ideology.
WBEN broadcast coverage of numerous press briefings Saturday and Sunday in addition to fielding phone calls from residents who were shaken by Saturday’s events. Station reporters sought reaction from the scene speaking to Tops worker Fragrance Harris Stanfield who she’ll never forget the second gunshots ring out.
“I turned around to tell my daughter how I was feeling, and we heard gunshots,” Standfield told the website. “We weren’t sure they were here at our building, so everyone stopped and turned and looked for the front door.”
WBEN spoke to Buffalo attorney Paul Cambria who discussed the challenges of monitoring social media platforms to thwart future attacks.
“They’re really no controls on social media speech,” Cambria said. “Twitter and Facebook and so on people can live stream things without the government telling them no you can do this and do that.”
Cambria alluded to certain Facebook rules where users can end up in “Facebook jail” for violating community standards but reiterated there are no specifics safeguards in place to prevent attacks like the one we witnessed on Saturday.
“That is a company policy as opposed to one imposed by the government,” he added.
WABC’s Anthony Weiner Launches New Podcast
The show will be centered around “the problems facing New York City and the enduring power of ideas.”
After a significant time away from the public eye after his sexting scandal, Anthony Weiner continues to entrench himself further back into the spotlight when he signed on to do a weekly radio show on 77 WABC earlier this year.
Weiner will now take on another project as he will launch a podcast about his beloved hometown. The show will be centered around “the problems facing New York City and the enduring power of ideas.”
“From existential threats to pet peeves, each week together, we’ll resist the temptation to curse the darkness,” according to the podcast’s description. “Instead, we’ll try to light a candle by bringing to light things that have worked before or new ways to get things done.”
This new podcast will further allow Weiner to discuss issues around New York as he does so weekly with former Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa. The show provides equal time to the conservative and liberal viewpoints and doesn’t shy away from the politician’s past as he stepped back into the spotlight.
“There’s a lot of water under the bridge,” Weiner tells us. “There have been a lot of opportunities for me to process a lot of stuff. A lot of time has passed. I don’t think I would be going on the radio if I didn’t think Curtis or listeners would ask tough questions.”
“One thing I have learned through this experience: Everybody has tough things. It’s a source of commonality for a lot of people in New York. One of the things that both Curtis and I were clear on, there wasn’t going to be any subject we would avoid for want of embarrassment.”
Twitter Reinstates Alex Berenson After Misinformation Ban
Berenson, the author of Pandemia, shared the details of his reinstatement on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” on Wednesday.
A political commentator and author who was banned from Twitter last year after receiving multiple strikes for posting alleged COVID misinformation have been reinstated on the platform.
Alex Berenson, the author of Pandemia, shared the details of his reinstatement on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” on Wednesday. Berenson’s ban last August prompted him to file suit against the platform, the lawsuit alleged suppression of free speech.
On Wednesday, he settled the lawsuit but declined further detail.
“You know, other people — many other people — have been suspended, mostly on the right,” said Berenson via a transcript published on the show’s website. “I mean, I don’t consider myself, you know, conservative, but most people, you know, either on the right or who’ve raised questions about COVID, and the vaccines have been suspended in the last couple years.”
Berenson told Travis that Twitter reinstated all his old tweets and followers.
“Twitter’s posture towards me changed dramatically last summer. And we still don’t know why that is at this point,” Berenson said.
Berenson said he had no intention of settling his lawsuit unless he had access to the discovery, the formal process of exchanging information. Discovery lets the sides know what evidence may be used in a case.
Report: Cumulus Media Rejects Second Offer From Jeff Warshaw
In May, Warshaw sought to buy the company for $1.5 billion but that attempt was rebuffed by the company’s board.
Cumulus Media has reportedly rejected a second offer from Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw to purchase the company for $15 to $17 per share.
Radio Ink reported the latest development Wednesday. In May, Warshaw sought to buy the company for $1.5 billion but that attempt was rebuffed by the company’s board. Cumulus Media owns and operates 406 radio stations across the country in 86 markets.
“After a careful and thorough review, conducted in consultation with our financial and legal advisors, the Board unanimously concluded that the indication of interest significantly undervalues the Company and is not in the best interests of its shareholders,” the board said in a statement in May.
Warshaw’s company owns and operates 13 radio stations in Maryland, New York, and Connecticut. In 2019, Connoisseur Media executed an asset exchange with Cumulus. In the deal, Connoisseur acquired two radio stations in Southern Connecticut, including news/talk brand WICC in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Cumulus’ board reportedly believes that Warshaw’s current offer is still too low. The website was not able to reach either party for a comment.