RINGSIDE POLITICS – JUNE 23, 2021
Written by WGSO Producer on June 23, 2021
Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere
Today’s Hot Topics:
1) Local CBS weather reporter April Moss announced live on air on Sunday that she will be revealing “discrimination” at her station, making her the second TV journalist to criticize their network during a segment in the space of a week.
Moss, 38, of CBS 62 in Detroit, interrupted her weather report live on air on Sunday to announce that she will be sitting down for an interview with the activist group Project Veritas.
The weather reporter said that during the interview she will be discussing “the discrimination that CBS is enforcing on its employees.” After the announcement, Moss went back to her weather report.
2) Parents and staff expressed their outrage with their school board over the suspension of a Virginia teacher who objected to two policies related to transgender students because he said they went against his religion.
Tensions were high as parents voiced their support for gym teacher Byron ‘Tanner’ Cross on Tuesday at a Loudon County Public School board meeting after he was suspended from Leesburg Elementary two weeks ago following a controversial speech at a school board meeting.
Many who took to the podium said Cross’ suspension was a first amendment issue, including mother of three Rachel Pisani, who asked ‘Where is your regard for our freedom of speech?’
3) A Texas news reporter has been fired after she interrupted a live segment to accuse her network of “muzzling” her and then later released secretly recorded videos she said backed up her claim.
Ivory Hecker, a 32-year-old reporter for Fox 26 Houston, announced on-air Monday the station was preventing her from sharing information with viewers and she was “not the only reporter being subjected to this.”
“I’m going to be releasing some recording about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox because it applies to you, the viewers,” she said, adding she was working with the group Project Veritas. A 10-minute video was later posted to the Project Veritas website in which an assistant news director is seen telling Hecker the station does not do more stories about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies because they don’t appeal to a “poor African-American audience.” In another piece, other station leaders tell Hecker she “failed as a reporter” for her promotion of drug hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug backed by former
4) Vice President Kamala Harris is set to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, the White House confirmed, amid mounting criticism from Republicans for not yet doing so, following her appointment by President Biden to handle the “root causes” of migration.
Harris is set to visit El Paso, Texas, with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Harris has come under heavy criticism from Republicans and some Democrats for the way she has handled the role since being appointed to it 91 days ago. While the White House has emphasized she is tasked with the “root causes” of the border crisis, Republicans have criticized her repeatedly for not having visited the border at all – with former Trump officials saying she needs to go to the border in order to be able to conduct the talks effectively.
1) Stephanie Locricchio – Advocacy Liaison for Children’s Health Defense
2) Richard Battle – 5th Generation Texan, Author of “Navigating Life’s Journey: Common Sense in Uncommon Times”
3) John Milkovich, Attorney, Former LA State Senator