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Why this Black radio host lost her job after interviewing Joe Biden | World News – Times of India

WorldWhy this Black radio host lost her job after interviewing Joe Biden | World News - Times of India

Radio host Andrea Lawful-Sanders resigned from WURD Radio after admitting that her post-debate interview with President Joe Biden included pre-selected questions from Biden’s campaign team, the station informed CNN on Sunday. “The interview featured pre-determined questions provided by the White House, which violates our practice of remaining an independent media outlet accountable to our listeners,” stated Sara Lomax, president and CEO of the Philadelphia-based station, in a statement posted on its website Sunday.“As a result, Ms. Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.” WURD is Pennsylvania’s only Black-owned talk radio station. Lomax emphasized that the station prides itself on being an independent, trustworthy voice for its primary audience of Black Philadelphians and that using pre-provided questions “jeopardizes that trust and is not a practice that WURD Radio engages in or endorses as a matter of practice or official policy.” “WURD Radio is not a mouthpiece for the Biden or any other Administration,” she added.
Lawful-Sanders, who hosted “The Source,” spoke with Biden last week and asked him four questions about the election’s stakes, his accomplishments, his debate performance, and what he would say to hesitant voters. In an interview with CNN’s Victor Blackwell on Saturday, she admitted that these questions were part of eight suggested by Biden aides ahead of the interview. “The questions were sent to me for approval. I approved them,” she said. This has intensified the controversy surrounding Biden’s abilities following his lackluster performance in the first presidential debate, hosted by CNN. Many top Democrats have expressed frustration and concern, with some suggesting he should not accept the party’s nomination. “If the White House is trying now to prove the vim, vigor … of the president, I don’t know how they do that by sending questions first before the interview so that the president knows what’s coming,” said Blackwell.
Blackwell noted that both Lawful-Sanders and Earl Ingram, host of “The Earl Ingram Show” in Milwaukee who also interviewed the president this week, asked Biden “essentially the same questions.” A Biden campaign spokesperson on Saturday did not deny the campaign provided questions but stated, “We do not condition interviews on acceptance of these questions.” “It’s not at all an uncommon practice for interviewees to share topics they would prefer. These questions were relevant to the news of the day — the president was asked about this debate performance as well as what he’d delivered for black Americans,” spokesperson Lauren Hitt said in a statement. The Biden campaign later said it would no longer suggest questions to interviewers. “While interview hosts have always been free to ask whatever questions they please, moving forward we will refrain from offering suggested questions,” a source familiar with the Biden booking operation told CNN.

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