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LAist employees clash over Bari Weiss ad campaign

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Today I will cover a controversial ad campaign that has raised questions at LAist, a pivot at Clubhouse, and a group of late night hosts who are taking their podcast to Las Vegas.

Before I start with the news, one brief side note: Herb Scannell, the head of Southern California Public Radio, announced his retirement just yesterday. Nick Gerda of LAist does a good job of laying out what Scannell’s exit means for SCPR — which includes LAist 89.3 (formerly KPCC),, and the podcast unit LAist Studio — in a reported piece that I suggest you read.

LAist avoids questions on audio ads sponsored by Bari Weiss’ The Free Press


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