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WURD Radio parts ways with host who interviewed Biden using questions provided by his team

WASHINGTON - WURD Radio it has parted ways with host Andrea Lawful-Sanders after she used questions given by President Joe Biden’s team in an interview with him last week.

“On July 3, the first post-debate interview with President Joe Biden was arranged and negotiated independently by WURD Radio host Andrea Lawful-Sanders without knowledge, consultation or collaboration with WURD management,” Sara M. Lomax, President and CEO of WURD Radio, said

“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. As a result, Ms. Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately,” the statement reads.

Lawful-Sanders also that she is no longer an on-air host at the station and "tendered her resignation" Saturday.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a July 3 press briefing that Biden had taped two interviews - one with Lawful-Sanders and another with Earl Ingram on Civic Media Network. Both came after his dismal debate performance this month.

President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Sherman Middle School in Madison on Friday, July 5, 2024. - Max Correa / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On Saturday, CNN host both interviews had “essentially the same questions” on Biden’s debate performance, what’s at stake in the election, his accomplishments and progress in his respective state and what he would say to voters who think their vote won’t matter.

Lawful-Sanders then told Blackwell that the White House had provided eight questions to her and that she had approved four of them. The that the Biden campaign later clarified it sent over the questions to her.

But Lomax said in the statement that “agreeing to a pre-determined set of questions jeopardizes that trust and is not a practice that WURD Radio engages in or endorses as a matter of practice or official policy.”

“Earlier this year when WURD Radio was invited to the White House on February 26 to host a day-long live broadcast featuring interviews with cabinet secretaries and other high-ranking officials, we agreed with the explicit understanding that we were not constrained to their suggested topics or talking points," she said.

"We were clear that our hosts would ask difficult and provocative questions of their own determination based on the needs and interests of WURD’s listening audience — Black Philadelphians."

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