Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Curious Suspensions of Tomi Lahren And Andrew Napolitano

Media suspensions have always fascinated me. In four decades of broadcasting, I’ve seen people benched for offenses large and small, and I’ve usually found the suspensions are not so much a sincere reflection of an employer’s genuinely wounded sensibilities, but rather a positioning statement designed to send a message to the general public.
So against that backdrop, I watched with interest the dispatching this week of two conservative TV figures with fervent fan bases.
The first was Tomi Lahren, who exploded onto the media landscape last year from her outpost at TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s multimedia empire. Sharp, rapid-fire conservatism from a woman under 25 fueled her rocket ride to Facebook stardom, expanding into a TV presence that was starting to spread well beyond her own show (which, full disclosure, I have appeared on twice).
Guest segments on Fox News added to her marketplace impact, leading to an invitation from The View, the ABC daytime talk show that usually attracts viral attention for liberal tirades by co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. 

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