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Saturday, December 1, 2012
WND Gives TRN Short Shrift In Laura Ingraham's Departure
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A Nov. 28 WorldNetDaily article touts radio host Laura Ingraham's departure from her syndicator, Talk Radio Network. TRN, meanwhile, gets short shrift from WND:

There has been no comment available from TRN concerning Ingraham.

Ingraham is the second major personality to move away from TRN recently.

As WND reported, Michael Savage left the airwaves briefly after a long court battle with TRN. He returned to the air with a new syndicator and new time slot.

As we've detailed, WND has had a long symbiotic relationship with TRN -- which it apparently decided to abandon in order to take Savage's side in his TRN dispute. WND gave Savage a platorm to bash TRN without giving TRN an opportunity to respond.

In addition to giving TRN short shrift here -- not even delving into why TRN has lost two of its top hosts over the past couple months -- WND fails to explore other details of the Ingraham-TRN relationship. Talkers magazine notes that "comes as no surprise to industry observers who have long known of the not-so-secret friction that has existed for years between Ingraham and TRN’s top management."

And Radio Ink states that "Dial Global is under contract with TRN for Ingraham's show, which has more than 300 affiliates. In August, TRN filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Dial Global." That lawsuit involves TRN's claim that Dial Global's acquisition of radio ad rep firms. Interestingly, one of TRN's own hosts, Phil Hendrie, objects to the lawsuit.

In short, there's lots of things going on under the surface that WND has shown no interest in exploring, apparently either out of deference to whatever friends at TRN it may still have or because of the fallout over WND siding with Savage.

A real news organization would not be daunted by such a challenge, but we all know WND is not a real news organization.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:44 AM EST

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