Radio Host Gets FIRED After Exposing Biden Camp For Feeding Her Questions


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A Philadelphia radio host has been fired after conducting a softball interview with President Joe Biden in the days after his debate performance, raising eyebrows and suspicions about whether she coordinated with his campaign to avoid tough questions.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders, who hosted a regular program on the urban radio station WURD, was placed on leave following an admission she made about accepting predetermined questions from the Biden campaign before conducting the interview. Hours after the uproar, which garnered national media attention, Lawful-Sanders was asked to resign, according to the New York Times. She explained the decision in a short Instagram video posted on Sunday. “It was accepted,” she said of her resignation. “I most sincerely wanted to thank the listening audience.”

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Biden’s interview on the host’s “The Source” program was first highlighted in conservative media for the generously soft line of questioning Lawful-Sanders delivered. Appearing on CNN, she explained, “The questions were sent to me for approval. I approved them. I got several questions. Eight of them and the four that were chosen were the ones that I approved.”

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WURD said in a statement that Lawful-Sanders’s “agreeing to a predetermined set of questions jeopardizes” the trust listeners place in its journalistic standards. Earl Ingram, the host of “The Earl Ingram Show,” which broadcasts on WAUK in Waukesha, Wisconsin, also confirmed to the AP that he was sent a nearly identical list of recommended questions by the Biden campaign before interviewing the president last week.

The interview first came to light because of a bizarre misstatement by President Biden that he was the “first Black woman” to serve as vice president, confusing his vice president, Kamala Harris, with his time as vice president in the Obama administration. “By the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, the first black woman to serve with a black president,” he told Lawful-Sanders, according to the Western Journal.

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Sara Lomax, president and CEO of WURD Radio, said the station’s leadership was not aware of Lawful-Sanders’s coordination with the Biden campaign.

“On July 3, the first post-debate interview with President Joe Biden was arranged and negotiated independently by WURD Radio host Andrea Lawful-Sanders without knowledge, consultation or collaboration with WURD management,” the statement said. “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. As a result, Ms. Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately. WURD Radio remains an independent voice that our audience can trust will hold elected officials accountable.”

“As Pennsylvania’s only independent Black-owned talk radio station, WURD Radio has cultivated that trust with our audience over our 20-year history. This is something we take very seriously. Agreeing to a pre-determined set of questions jeopardizes that trust and is not a practice that WURD Radio engages in or endorses as a matter of practice or official policy.”

A Biden spokesperson confirmed to the Times that the campaign will no longer offer recommended questions to media outlets in advance of an interview with the president.

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