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Tony Katz is the host of The Morning News with Tony Katz on 93.1FM WIBC (Indianapolis.) Working his way through current events and pop culture, Tony entertainingly exposes media hypocrisy and makes the complex easy to understand. Different than other talk show hosts, Tony focuses on right vs. wrong, instead of right vs. left. Follow him on Twitter @tonykatz. Listen to Tony Katz Monday - Friday, 5-9am on 93.1FM WIBC and WIBC.com

Chicago Reporter Rafer Weigel Explains The Jussie Smollett Case, and the Sorry State Of Journalism In America

Jussie Smollett, the actor and singer, will be facing charges for filing a false police report. The Empire star claimed he was attacked by two men in Chicago screaming about “MAGA country” who placed a noose around his neck. The story fell apart when the two men who were suspected of the attack explained how they were paid by Smollett to stage the attack.

But media across America did not wait for the facts: they declared Smollett was telling the truth and wasted no time attacking Trump supporters. Celebrities and presidential candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) joined in, going so far as to call it a “lynching.”

Chicago reporters had taken their time with the story, doing the hard work of journalism, and covered the events properly. Tony Katz speaks with Chicago FOX 32 reporter and anchor Rafer Weigel about the Smollett case, and the state of journalism in America.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! – Snack Size! – He’s Not A Proctologist, But He Likes The Name and No To Kaepernick and Yes To Kareem Hunt?

April D. Gregory has no interest in Colin Kaepernick’s protest move of kneeling for the National Anthem. But what to make of his decision not to play in the AAF? Was it about money, or about Kaepernick being more interested in being a martyr? And since the NFL has allowed people like Kareem Hunt back in the league, can Kaepernick claim that he is really being blackballed?

Tony Katz hosts Eat! Drink! Smoke! As for what the real story is with Kaepernick? Tony and April discuss it with Fingers Malloy. (NOTE After the podcast, it was announced that Kaepernick and Eric Reid settled a lawsuit with the NFL for between $60-80 million, though other reporting has the number at far less. Could this open the way for Kaepernick in the NFL? Possibly.)

A man in Saskatchewan, Canada wanted to put his last name on his license plate, but the government said no. Because when you spell his name, it’s a potential curse word. Or, he’s just Kramer in Seinfeld.

They also review the Le Careme cigar and the Auld Blow-In single grain scotch. Eat! Drink! Smoke! is recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.

Don’t Use Your Seven Year-Old To Move Your Political Agenda, and Don’t Call Seven Year-Olds “Little Hitler”

A seven year-old, the son of two GOP supporters, holds a hot cocoa sale to raise money for the wall President Trump wants to build between the US and Mexico.

In response, video of the boy selling cocoa received comments calling him a “Little Hitler.”

Tony Katz explains why this is one of the ugliest stories in America:

First, don’t use your kid as a political prop. I hate it when Democrats do this, and I feel the same when it’s done by the GOP. If you support the wall, that’s fine. But your seven year-old shouldn’t be the way you show your support.


And if you’re so anti-wall and, really, anti- President Trump that you will call a seven year-old, “Little Hitler,” you need to see a therapist and get medicated. Quickly. Now.

Eat, Drink and Smoke – Episode 23 – Trump’s National Emergency, The Great French Fry Debate and Rep. Cortez Gives Her Boyfriend Access

President Trump has declared a National Emergency on the southern border. Is it an emergency, and will the country go along with it? Tony Katz hosts Eat! Drink! Smoke!, and discusses how the emergency breaks down and where the real arguments for and against are.

Along with April D. Gregory and Fingers Malloy, they review the Le Careme cigar from Crowned Heads and a mystery bourbon which turns out to not be a bourbon at all; catch the review of the Auld Blow In single grain scotch from the guys at Backbone Bourbon.

Fingers Malloy has learned that you can lose weight if you don’t eat garbage. The LA Times starts a fight by ranking the best fast food french fries in America. Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives her boyfriend Congressional email priviliges….is that normal?

Eat! Drink! Smoke! is availale on iTunes, and was recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! – Snack Size! – Happy Valentine’s Day! Now Stop Trying To Throw Darts At Your Ex and Don’t Ask Me To Fund Your Wedding!

If you need to crowdfund for your wedding, your wedding costs too much.

Tony Katz tells the story of a UK couple that is looking to crowdfunding to pay for their dream wedding. Why is it that some people think the online world has to cater to their unrealistic dreams?

On the other side of the Valentine’s Day coin, people who haven’t gotten over their ex can take a photo of their ex to Hooters, destroy the photo and get free wings. Fingers Malloy and April D. Gregory chime in on bad ex’s, bad relationships and wedding mistakes.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! is recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.

Indianapolis Rabbi Ben Sendrow Says Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Apology For Anti-Semitic Tweets Is “Tepid”

After engaging multiple antisemitic tweets attacking Republican members of Congress for supporting Israel, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized “unequivocally.” However, she did not stop her derision of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Tony Katz spoke with prominent Indianapolis Rabbi Ben Sendrow about Rep. Omar’s tweets, whether antisemitism is on the rise and what he thought of Rep. Omar’s apology.

The two also discussed if there is something wrong with critizing Israel on policy. “Of course not.” said Rabbi Sendrow.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett Attacks The NRA Months Before The NRA Has It’s Annual Meeting In Indianapolis

Indianapolis Democrat Mayor Joe Hogsett used the NRA as a vehicle to attack GOP Mayoral candidate Jim Merritt. In addition to calling out Merritt’s voting record as a state senator, Hogsett went after his support of the National Rifle Association.

Hogsett claimed that Merritt takes his “marching orders” from the NRA, and that gun rights is out of step with Marion County voters. Hogsetts NRA attack is ill-timed, as the NRA is holding it’s annual meeting in Indianapolis in April. The event will bring an estimated $55 million to the city.

Tony Katz talks about the personal nature of the attack, and how out of touch Mayor Hogsett is with Indianapolis and America.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! – Episode 22 – Gaslighting on the Green New Deal and the $100 Davidoff Royal Salomones Cigar

Tony Katz reviews the $100 Davidoff Royal Salomones cigar. It’s the first time Tony has had the chance to try it, and it did not disappoint.

Paired with Booker’s Kathleen’s batch bourbon, Tony – along with April D. Gregory and Fingers Malloy – break down the latest lies told about the Green New Deal. Did Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her associates try to gaslight America on her “plan?”

In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam has not resigned. But the Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, might have to, as a second woman has come forward to accuse him of rape. And can we please stop taking challenges just because they exist on line?

Eat! Drink! Smoke! was recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.

Eat! Drink! Smoke! – Snack Size! – Who Is Batman?, She’ll Date Kate Beckinsale and MAGA Hats Are Not Like Swastikas

While reviewing the Avo Classic cigar and Stagg Jr. bourbon, Tony Katz discusses how Nick Jonas wants to be Batman. April D. Gregory wants Kate Beckinsale to choose her over Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. And Fingers Malloy wants to know who the better actor is – The Rock or Hulk Hogan?

There’s also a Sean Young/Catwoman mention. Yeah…..old school.

Some politics gets discussed, like those who wrongly compare a Make America Great Again Hat to a swastika. And how the public accomodation is not aligned with freedom.

Something for everone in this episode of Eat! Drink! Smoke! Snack Size Edition!

KATZ: For Blackface We Have Outrage. For Infanticide We Have Silence.

The blackface photo on Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page is ugly. It’s a photo of person in blackface, standing next to a person in a KKK robe and hood.

As Tony Katz says, “I don’t defend that. It’s ugly. And that’s being kind.”

However, the outrage over the photo was met by nearly equal silence over his endorsing if not advocating infanticide as part of an abortion bill bring proposed in Virginia.

Tony wonders why one gets outrage and one gets barely a mention?