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Radio Host Departs Station Amid Controversy Over Pre-Selected Questions in Biden Interview

Radio Host Andrea Lawful-Sanders Resigns After Biden Interview Controversy

Radio Host Andrea Lawful-Sanders Resigns After Biden Interview Controversy

Andrea Lawful-Sanders has resigned from WURD Radio following controversy over her interview with President Joe Biden, during which she used questions pre-selected by Biden’s campaign team. The Philadelphia-based station, known for its independence and commitment to its audience of Black Philadelphians, announced the departure in response to concerns about journalistic integrity.

Sara Lomax, president and CEO of WURD Radio, emphasized the station’s commitment to independence and accountability in a statement released 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,” Lomax stated. “As a result, Ms. Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.”

Lawful-Sanders, host of “The Source,” conducted the interview with Biden where she asked about the stakes in the election, Biden’s achievements, his debate performance, and his message to hesitant voters. In an interview with CNN’s Victor Blackwell, Lawful-Sanders confirmed that the questions were recommended by Biden’s aides and approved by her prior to the interview.

The controversy has raised questions about media independence and transparency in political interviews. Both Lawful-Sanders and another radio host, Earl Ingram of “The Earl Ingram Show” in Milwaukee, asked Biden similar questions, prompting scrutiny over the nature of the interviews.

A Biden campaign spokesperson acknowledged that questions were provided but clarified, “We do not condition interviews on acceptance of these questions.” The spokesperson noted that it’s common for interviewees to suggest topics and emphasized the relevance of the questions to current news and issues affecting the Black community.

Following the backlash, the Biden campaign announced it would no longer suggest questions to interviewers, reaffirming the importance of maintaining journalistic independence in media interactions with political figures.

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