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Andrea Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio part ways after using questions provided by Biden campaign

Andrea Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio part ways after using questions provided by Biden campaign

Andrea Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio part ways after using questions provided by Biden campaign

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia radio host who said she used questions prepared by President Biden’s campaign in a post-debate interview has parted ways with WURD, the station’s president and CEO announced Sunday.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders, who hosted “The Source” on WURD 96.1 FM/900 AM in Philadelphia, mutually parted ways with the radio station after she said on CNN that He received a list of eight questions from Mr. Biden’s campaign.including four that she approved.

“WURD Radio remains an independent voice that our audience can trust and that will hold elected officials accountable,” Sara M. Lomax, WURD president and CEO, said in a statement Sunday. “As Pennsylvania’s only independent, Black-owned 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 predetermined set of questions jeopardizes that trust and is not a practice that WURD Radio engages in or endorses as a matter of official practice or policy.”

After Mr. Biden’s poor performance in last month’s debate In her campaign against former President Donald Trump, she gave two interviews to Black radio shows in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two states crucial to her chances of winning the 2024 general election. In both, her campaign provided approved questions to two radio hosts, including Lawful-Sanders.

Biden campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told CBS News in a statement Saturday afternoon that “it is not uncommon practice for interviewees to share their preferred topics” and called the questions “relevant to the news of the day.”

Lomax said in a statement Sunday that the Biden interview was “independently arranged and negotiated” by Lawful-Sanders “without knowledge, consultation or collaboration with WURD management.”

“WURD Radio is not a mouthpiece for Biden or any other administration,” Lomax said. “Internally, we are committed to reviewing our policies, procedures and practices to strengthen WURD’s independence and the trust of our listeners. But traditional media should do some soul-searching to explore how they have lost the trust of so many Americans, including African Americans.”

A Biden administration official told CBS News on Saturday that the White House was not involved in any preparation for the two radio interviews. The official added that providing questions to interviewers is not standard practice at the White House and that the campaign does not plan to do so again in the future.

Since the debate, Mr. Biden has faced questions on whether he should remain in the presidential race. met with 20 Democratic governors last week at the White House to reinforce support.

On Sunday, Mr. Biden was in Philadelphia and said during a speech at the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ that his goal is to “bring America together again.”

After her stop in Philadelphia, she traveled to Harrisburg with first lady Jill Biden to meet with Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro and attend an event at a local union.