Western Journalism’s Parent Company Just Announced Acquisition Of USA Radio Networks

The CEO of Liftable Media Inc., which owns Western Journalism, announced Friday the company’s acquisition of USA Radio Networks from Cross Platform Media.

“USA Radio Networks has been a category leader in providing independent news to hundreds of radio stations around the country,” Patrick Brown said, “and we intend to take that platform and improve on it.”

He went on to explain that the network currently operates three channels, two of which provide stations with Christian content while the third is aimed at talk-based platforms. USA also provides hourly commercial and noncommercial newscasts each day of the week.

The acquisition represents a new frontier for Liftable, which currently reaches roughly 40 million unique American visitors per month and has been ranked among the top 100 digital networks by Quantcast.

Brown founded Liftable in September 2014. The then-26-year-old CEO has since expanded the company’s reach by purchasing numerous other digital properties. In addition to Western Journalism and USA, its first non-digital platform, Liftable Media has purchased the websites Thoughtful Women, Conservative Tribune and TPNN this year.

In a press release, Brown explained his reasoning for the company’s latest addition.

We believe this acquisition will 1) provide a larger audience for our insanely interesting, positive and quality media product and 2) provide great opportunities for cross-promotion for both radio and digital platforms and 3) jumpstart our digital sales team with the integration of USA Radio Network’s stellar team.

He went on to note that the new property will further cement Liftable’s status as a premier media company.

“By adding together the reach of our different properties,” he said, “we estimate we will reach over 50 million Americans with over 200 million impressions of original content each and every month. The acquisition of USA Radio Networks will put Liftable Media into an elite category of media firms which have broad cultural impact. We intend to be a force of positive, God-honoring, tradition-supporting quality content.”

USA Radio Network was established in 1985 by the late Marlin Maddoux. It was purchased by Sam Hassell’s Cross Platform Media in 2014.

“I am excited that USA and Liftable Media found each other,” Hassell confirmed. “This is a perfect fit to accelerate our mutual vision with a team that absolutely gets the evolving media landscape ‐ and how to capitalize on it. This is a very smart move for all involved.”

Watch: ‘The View’s’ Raven-Symone Makes Startling Confession — Her Fellow Cohosts Turn On Her Instantly

The opinionated panelists of ABC’s The View clashed over the issue of racism during Friday’s episode, beginning with one co-host’s admission that she actively discriminates against people based on their names.

“Can we take back racist,” Raven-Symone asked, “and say discriminatory? Because I think that’s a better word.”

Referring to a video showcasing “ghetto names,” she went on to acknowledge that she is “very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names.”

Specifically, she said such biases manifest when considering the qualifications of potential employees.

“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelon Andrea,” she affirmed. “It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”

While most of the reaction to Raven-Symone’s comment was limited to Whoopi Goldberg’s body language, the panel did acknowledge that few individuals have any choice regarding their name.

Social media critics took the disapproving rhetoric much further, however. Most critics took exception to her apparent attitude toward her own ethnic group.

One Twitter user in particular, though, had a specific bone to pick with the former Cosby Show star. A woman with a very similar name — Watermelondrea — to Raven-Symone’s example used the perceived slight to attack the panelist based on her looks.

Was Raven-Symone wrong to admit that she discriminates? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

What Trump Said Right After McCarthy Quit Speaker Race Has Raised Some Eyebrows

Not known as one to shy away from braggadocio, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump decided to claim some credit for California Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s decision to exit the race to become House speaker.

McCarthy, whose position as minority leader made him John Boehner’s likely replacement, bowed out amid speculation that he did not have sufficient support to earn the promotion. During a Nevada campaign stop, Trump suggested that he played a role in the congressional shakeup.

“Kevin McCarthy is out,” he told the crowd. “They’re giving me a lot of credit for that because I said, ‘You really need somebody very, very tough. And smart.’”

Both qualities are needed in an effective speaker, he continued.

“I know tough people,” Trump said, “they’re not smart. That’s the worst, OK? That’s the worst. You’ve got to be smart.”

Some pundits did acknowledge Trump’s role in McCarthy’s decision, though not meant it as a compliment.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., for example, said the effort to hold out for a subjectively better speaker will damage the Republican Party and the nation’s government. “Donald Trump is a funny guy,” King said in a recent MSNBC interview. “He’s a great New Yorker; and, unfortunately, he’s accurate this time — except it’s really not funny.” King went on to suggest that the GOP “can’t allow a small minority in our party to be hijacking the party and blackmailing the Congress.” Plenty of conservative Americans, however, were encouraged by the idea of replacing Boehner with someone who espouses more of their values.

After McCarthy Quit, Here’s The One Person Boehner Is Begging To Run For Speaker

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has reportedly been vocal regarding who he believes is best suited to replace him in the wake of front-runner Kevin McCarthy’s unexpected withdrawal from the race.

Despite conservative firebrand Trey Gowdy’s endorsement, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not attracting confidence from many right-wing Republicans who believe he is too much like the widely unpopular Boehner.

Many in the party, however, see the 2012 vice presidential candidate as the uniter a fractured GOP needs.

Should he decide to reluctantly throw his hat in the ring, Ryan will square off against the two confirmed candidates remaining in the race after McCarthy’s departure. 

One of the hopefuls, Florida Rep. Daniel Webster, has received the support of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and has expressed a desire to stay in the race.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on the other hand, explained that he would concede his speaker bid should Ryan decide to run.

As it stands, his office released a statement Friday expressing thanks for the support he has received while making it clear that he “is still not running for Speaker.”

According to California Rep. Darrell Issa, Ryan will consider the proposal over the weekend and provide his answer Monday. Issa seems to believe that the Wisconsin congressman will heed the call to serve.

“Paul Ryan answered the call when he was called by Mitt Romney to consider being vice president,” he said, “and I believe he’s going home this weekend to soul search with his family about whether or not he can in fact accept this job — a job he doesn’t want, he isn’t seeking, but is seeking him.”

Would you support Paul Ryan as the next House speaker? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

High School Student Shows Up In Halloween Costume That Instantly Had The School On Lockdown

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In addition to the fact that she was celebrating the holiday three weeks early, one Colorado teen’s Halloween costume took school administrators by surprise for a more serious reason.

When the Pueblo County High School student arrived at school this week, several of her classmates immediately took notice of her unusual attire and notified their teacher. The girl was reportedly decked out in a trenchcoat and gas mask, immediately prompting officials to enact emergency safety procedures.

The school was locked down for roughly two hours as authorities investigated and ultimately determined the girl was neither armed nor dangerous.

Superintendent Ed Smith touted the quick reaction of students and faculty as a factor in the situation’s quick resolution.

“They were great,” he said of the engaged students. “They reported immediately to a teacher what was happening.”

From there, he explained, the teacher “reported it to administration right away, administration went to the scene and escorted the individual to the office.”

Upon questioning her, Smith revealed that the student chalked up the costume to a “Halloween prank,” though he noted that “because of the world we live in now, we take all those kinds of things very seriously.”

Local sheriff’s deputies — aided by SWAT agents — showed up at the school a short time after the incident was reported. The tactical officers happened to be training nearby at the time of the call.

Were administrators justified in treating this student as a potential threat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.