Trump Endorsed Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Talks Poll Lead and Fake News

Trump Endorsed Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake Talks Poll Lead and Fake News


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed gubernatorial candidate for Arizona Kari Lake to the newsmaker line to discuss her mission for Arizona, endorsement by Donald Trump and battling the Fake News.

Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for governor in Arizona endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Welcome, Kari. Thanks so much for joining us today.

Lake: I’m so happy to be here. Good morning.

Leahy: Well, and as you know, you’re on The Tennessee Star Report. We own and operate 10 state-based newspapers. We also have and have covered your race in Arizona at The Arizona Sun Times by our reporter there, Rachel Alexander. Looks like you’re leading in the polls there. Tell us about why that’s the case.

Lake: I think our message is resonating with Arizona pure and simple. We’re talking about the things that people care about, primarily education. Our moms and dads are standing up, speaking out about the curriculum being taught to their kids.

And unfortunately, in one of the school districts here, they’ve been harassed and doxed and really treated poorly. So I’m speaking out to them. I’m talking about the border and how we can secure the border and stop the flow of drugs that are pouring into our state illegals and who knows who?

We’re seeing a lot of trafficking of human beings and children. And we’re talking about the economy down here as well. I just was speaking, Michael to some elderly people who are on a fixed income, and they said they couldn’t afford to make ends meet and before they barely could. And now they can’t. They can’t afford food anymore.

Leahy: You were for 22 years, the television broadcaster, the anchor at a local Phoenix television news station. You resigned because you didn’t like the way the news was being reported. Tell us a little bit about that and how you made that decision.

Lake: Yes. I worked for 27 years covering Arizona, all the stories, and all the issues, and really got to know the people and the state well. But as you know, journalism has changed quite a bit over the years.

When I came up and learned about journalism and became a journalist, you told both sides of the story. And sometimes there are more than two sides, and you laid it out and you didn’t get opinionated.

But it’s become beyond just telling the story. It’s become opinion bias. And I think it crossed over into being immoral when COVID struck with the refusal to cover stories that would actually help people make them healthier, get them out of quarantine and back to life and open up our economies again.

But the media just didn’t want to cover that. And I felt it was immoral to remain in that position and continue to do the news that they were only interested in telling half the story.

Leahy: Trump endorsed you as the Republican candidate for governor in Arizona last week. I saw you live on my good friend and mentor, Steven K. Bannon’s War Room broadcast.

You were at the embassy, they call it in Washington, D.C., the former Breitbart Embassy. You were at the embassy with Steven Bannon what was that like?

Lake: It was really cool. I thought I was in the wrong place when I showed up. And then, of course, I recognized the set. And it was great to see Steve. And I really was honored to be on the show. He’s had me on numerous times, but not as you said right there at the embassy.

So it was great to be in D.C. and we talked about a lot of issues. He’s been right in front of a lot of the big stories, including the election and COVID, of course, which has affected so many of us. And that’s why, as governor, I want to get tough on China.

We’ve had our political elite sell us out to China, and it’s unconscionable that we would be doing business with the Communist Chinese regime.

We need to cut all of the deals that we’ve made that our political politicians and lobbyists have made, and we need to bring back manufacturing to Arizona. And, frankly, to America, like President Trump was starting to do as president.

Leahy: That’s a great idea. How, as governor, can you cut those deals or end those deals with China and bring more manufacturing into Arizona?

Lake: Well, you have to have a great climate to bring people in a great business climate. And we do. I’m pro-business. And we currently do have a pro-business climate. But we have tribal nations here, 22 different tribes, and they want to bring business to their land.

There’s a lot of land to work with. Our tribal nations want to bring business, and they want to bring manufacturing in and grow their tax base. And I would love to help make that happen and forge those relationships.

And sometimes it’s a lot easier to work with our tribal partners. I just talked to a business that opened up. They are a steel fabricator and they negotiated a deal to work with one of our tribal nations.

And they said it was so much easier because when you’re dealing with the tribes, you’re dealing with relationships. They’re forming relationships. You’re not dealing with working with the city or the county where it’s all bureaucracy.

And so I think there’s some real opportunity there. And I would love to be the governor that helps make some of those deals so we can bring our supply chain back to Arizona. And we’re not worried about what kind of funny business and games China is trying to play with us.

Leahy: Speaking of funny business and games, I saw a terrific interview that you did. Somebody from The Arizona Republic, a formerly good newspaper, but I guess over the past 20 years it’s turned into nothing but left-wing propaganda.

It’s the dominant paper, I guess in the Phoenix area there and a reporter there was going to try to ask you some gotcha questions and you wouldn’t respond because you told them to correct all your other lies about me. Then I might talk to you. That was fabulous.

Lake: (Laughter) It’s sad. As a journalist, I always prided myself in doing good work and being fair. And so I’m saddened to be honest, that our paper has turned into just a leftist activist rag. And I’m not going to give them interviews.

And interestingly, actually, they did a story a few days later about me and they asked for a statement, and I was really busy campaigning that day and I put together a statement on the story that they were doing. They ended up using hardly any of it. They used half of a sentence, not even a sentence.

Leahy: Not fair!

Lake: I think it’s because what I said struck a nerve with them, and they don’t want me having the ability to sway voters to see some of the policies that I’m pushing that will help Arizona.

So they cut a tiny little snippet of my statement, a half a sentence, and used that. So they’re unethical and they’re biased. And when they start to change their ways and actually cover Arizona fairly, then I will start to give them an interview.

Leahy: I got four words for you. Are you ready? (Lake chuckles) Don’t hold your breath. Because I don’t think they’re going to do that. That’s why we started the digital newspaper out there, The Arizona Sun Times, to accurately report what Kari Lake is saying and what everybody is saying.

Lake: You know what I love about your paper? I’ll call it a paper, even though it’s digital, is you don’t get opinionated in there. I mean, in the op-eds, you probably do. But I’ve actually talked to Rachel, and I’ve given her soundbites and I’ll say, well, what about mentioning this?

And she said, you know what? That would be an opinion and I’m not going to put that in the story. And so I really respect that. And it’s a really great outlet for news. I hope that more people find it.

And I’m always happy to share your stories because I think they’re fair. I don’t want somebody to be my cheerleader. I just want them to cover me fairly.

Leahy: Yes. And that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s interesting how you described the way that The Arizona Republic took your statement, which you spent some time on. You got other stuff going on. You gave them a statement and they just took little snippets of it.

We have experienced that same thing when, as you know, we’ve got 10 state-based news sites and then the left and all the big media outlets are trying to pigeonhole us as being disinformation, et cetera. We will engage with them. The same thing happens with us! It’s almost as if they’re talking to each other.

Lake: They might be. (Chuckles) To be honest. You know what they really should do, and I know some news outlets do this. If they can’t use the entire statement, they should have a link in the story where you can see the entire statement. This is what she said. This is part of her statement. And then you can click on the link to find her entire statement.

Leahy: That’s exactly right. Well, that’s what good journalism is, right?

Lake: Yes, but they didn’t want my statement out there because my statement went against their narrative. And I know how they play these games because I worked in the media.

Leahy: Exactly.

Lake: I’m going to expose them.

Leahy: Well, send us a statement. We’ll publish it in its entirety. How about that?

Lake: I love it.

Leahy: Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor endorsed by Donald Trump in Arizona thanks so much for joining us. Come back again and good luck.

Lake: I would love it. Thank you so much.

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Arizona GOP Candidate for Governor Kari Lake: ‘It’s Time for All of Us Americans to Stand up and Do the Right Thing’

Arizona GOP Candidate for Governor Kari Lake: ‘It’s Time for All of Us Americans to Stand up and Do the Right Thing’


Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed gubernatorial candidate for Arizona Kari Lake to the newsmakers line to discuss her grassroots pro-Trump campaign for governor and what motivated her to leave her media job.

Leahy: On the newsmaker line, Kari Lake, who’s running for governor of Arizona and is also a former TV news anchor out in Phoenix.

We’ve written about her at our new site in Arizona, The Arizona Sun Times. Kari, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report. Thanks for joining us this morning.

Lake: Michael, thanks for having me, I really appreciate it. Tennessee is a great state, and I love to talk to the people there as well because I think what happens in Arizona is truly a national race.

Leahy: That’s why we opened up The Arizona Sun Times and have covered a lot of your events out there, Kari. And you’ve been very gracious in granting us interviews. You made some news on Sunday. Tell us what you’ve called for.

Lake: You know what? I just want fairness in this next election. We saw the debacle of 2020 and we saw last Thursday what the Arizona Senate that learned in that hearing.

They put a lot of information about the 2020 election, which was disturbing, to say the least. And I want the 2022 election to be fair.

And we have right now Katie Hobbs, who’s the secretary of state. She is a leftist and frankly, she’s socialist, and she’s running to be the next governor of Arizona.

And she happens to be in charge of the election because she’s secretary of state. So we saw what a debacle 2020 was. I am calling for her to recuse herself from the next election because she’s in charge of the statewide election.

And we need fairness. Conservatives need fairness. We’re on the ballot as well. And she’s already had many tweets and posts about us. Called us things from Nazis on down.

So she has a disdain for Republicans and she’s running the next election. And she has proven from the 2020 election that she’s not competent.

Leahy: That is just common sense, Kari, and I think it makes an awful lot of sense. We’re going to report on that, of course, at The Arizona Sun Times.

Our in-studio all-star panelist Crom Carmichael wants to join in on this. You were an anchor in Phoenix at the Fox television affiliate there. For what? How long was it? 23 years?

Lake: I’ve been covering news for 27 years, but 22 at the Fox affiliate.

Leahy: Wow. And now tell us about what made you decide to resign?

Lake: We know that the news is always kind of tilted to the left, right? That’s not been a big secret. But when Donald Trump came on the scene, it went full bore, slanted to the left, and people lost their minds.

And I remember looking around at my colleagues and all of the media thinking, what happened? Why are they so opposed to this guy?

He was an outsider in politics and he was going to not only tip over the apple cart, but set it on fire and really wake us up to what’s been happening in our government.

And the media just lost their minds. So I sat there and kind of watched that happening around me. And then when COVID hit, we went to a whole new level of pushing fear, division, and in my opinion, the media was pushing downright misinformation and lies.

And I didn’t feel comfortable with that. I didn’t want to put information out that was dividing our community, hurting our community, and actually scaring them when we had information that was truthful and could have been more helpful and maybe save some lives.

There didn’t seem to be an appetite to put that information out. So I made the decision that the job has become not only unethical but immoral. And I didn’t want to take part in it anymore.

Leahy: Crom Carmichael has a question for you, Kari. This is very interesting. Who was making the decisions on what you would report and also on how you would report it?

When I say who, I don’t need a name. What was their position at either the station or above the station?

Lake: I don’t want to get into the particulars because I still have personal relationships with people at that station and just for the sake of keeping relationships as they are.

But I will tell you, I believe that in media, in all of the media, these decisions were coming from very high up. And I did a PragerU video. I’m sure you’ve heard of PragerU.

Carmichael: Oh yes.

Lake: We talked a little bit about the manipulation and the propaganda the media puts out. And a lot of it, when I first started in the early 90s, you’d walk into a newsroom and it was seasoned reporters.

These are people who were in their 50s and 60s. They’ve been covering that community, that area for decades. Now the seasoned reporters have left, and you have a lot of people fresh out of journalism school, which is teaching these kids not journalism, but activism.

And that’s who is kind of running the newsroom and deciding what news goes into your newscast. And this is widespread. This isn’t just one station.

This is happening all over in corporate media. It’s being run by people who were not taught journalism but were taught activism.

We’ve lost those seasoned reporters, unfortunately. And that’s been to the detriment of the communities that these newspapers and television stations are supposed to be serving.

So I believe that the decision on how COVID was covered by pushing fear and pushing division was coming from very high up and not necessarily from the young producers and such.

Leahy: When you were the anchor at Fox 10 in Phoenix, I’m presuming you were making an awful lot of money or a lot of money. (Lake chuckles)

And when you decided to leave and resign, that must have been a very, very difficult decision for you at a personal and financial level, I would imagine.

Lake: (Sighs) I was probably the highest-paid or one of the highest-paid people in broadcasting and definitely in Arizona and maybe in the country.

But, you know, I started looking at my country, where it was going in my state and my community, and thought, how can I collect a paycheck and do something that I now know to be immoral?

And I didn’t always feel that way about television and broadcasting. I always felt like if things are written in a weird way, I could always kind of right the ship as I was reading.

But when it got to the point where I realized that this was that all of media was pushing to divide and push fear and keep us divided as a community and as a people, I just realized it was immoral.

And I am guided by the Bible. I’m guided by the 10 Commandments. Thou shalt not lie is very important to me. I believe in the truth.

And when I realized that the truth wasn’t the most important thing, that was –  they were trying to get out. It was not the truth that they were trying to get out.

I realized no amount of money in the world could keep me doing that job. And yes, I do miss the paycheck. I do miss the paycheck.

Carmichael: Kari, tell us about your campaign. How many people are running against you in the Republican primary? If people want to support your campaign, how do they do that?

Lake: I think it’s about five of us now. We have a group of people. And one of the reasons I’m running is I don’t feel that any of them would truly represent the people as I could.

My special interest group is massive. It’s the people of Arizona. And we have a lobbyist lawyer running and a career politician. I don’t want to bash my fellow Republicans, but the people who are running, I don’t believe can win in the general election.

One of the people running already ran against Katie Hobbs for secretary of state. Spent twice as much money and lost to her in the general election.

Another person running ran for governor about 20 years ago back when we were a very deep red state and won the nomination and then lost in the general election to Janet Napolitano.

So I want to make sure that we win in the general election. I want to make sure we have a true conservative in. And I’m a Trump Republican, and I’m not ashamed to say it.

And Arizona is Trump country, despite what the election results may have shown and the ones that were reported. This is Trump’s country and people.

I’m out there every day, guys. I crisscrossed Arizona over the past week and people love President Trump. They are worried about the direction the state is going and they’re very interested in my candidacy.

Every town we went to we were overwhelmed with people coming up saying, we’re supporting you. We’re so excited. Thank you for running.

So I believe we have a grassroots movement. It only took us three weeks to get on the ballot with the petition signatures that we needed.

Usually, with candidates, it takes them right up until March of next year. And we had that in three weeks. We didn’t pay for a single signature.

This is a grassroots candidacy, and people are excited about it because they know that I’m for them. I care about Arizona and I’m not bought and paid for.

And I owe zero political favors to anyone. So they can look me up and see where I stand on the issues. My webpage is  And I’m just a mom with teenagers.

I have a small business with my husband, and I care about Arizona. I don’t want us turning into California, and I fear that in 2022 if we do not get a true conservative in office, we will become California two-point zero.

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