Headline RoundupJuly 9th, 2024

Radio Host ‘Parts Ways’ With Station After Interviewing Biden with Questions Provided By His Campaign

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A host for Philadelphia’s WURD Radio has resigned after interviewing President Joe Biden with questions from a list provided by his campaign.

Key Details: Before Andrea Lawful-Sanders interviewed Biden for independent black-owned talk radio show The Source on July 3rd, a campaign aide provided a list of eight questions, from which Lawful-Sanders chose four to use. Lawful-Sanders confirmed the exchange three days later to CNN (Lean Left bias). The next day, WURD announced that it and Lawful-Sanders had “mutually agreed to part ways” and affirmed that her actions had violated the station’s standards of integrity.

For Context: Earl Ingram, a Wisconsin radio host, also reported choosing questions from a campaign-provided list for an interview with Biden on July 4th.

Key Quote: “WURD Radio is not a mouthpiece for the Biden or any other Administration,” said WURD Radio owner Sara Lomax. “Mainstream media should do its own introspection to explore how they have lost the trust of so many Americans, Black Americans chief among them.”

How the Media Covered It: Some outlets like NPR (Lean Left bias) said the host “resigned,” implying the decision was mainly on her part to defy the station’s purported attempt to silence her. National Review (Lean Right), Washington Post (Lean Left), and others said the station “severed ties” or “parted ways” with the host, granting more agency to the station in the decision. CNN (Lean Left bias) mentioned Donald Trump’s campaign also tried to provide questions for a recent interview.

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