The Shill Report Page 2: Episode 6 Additional Content

We Are Libertarians took a week off which gave episode 6 of the Shill Report  an opportunity to shine in front of the WAL listening audience. This week we discussed Chris’s man crush on Jake Tapper, the lack of coverage being thrown towards the Bradley Manning trial, and what citizen journalism means in a world where everyone can be a source of news.  Finally, we played WAL’s favorite game:  JAY CARNEY SAID WHAT!?!!?  Read on to see what didn’t make it in to the pod, but is still fit for print.

You can find the latest episode here and past episodes on iTunes and WAL-Radio. The Shill Report also plays every Sunday night on Indiana Talks radio.


Tommy Christopher didn’t seem worried about the rumors that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity could be dropped by major radio broadcasters. In fact he seemed to have quite a distain for listeners of conservative talk radio. Cenk Uygur, on the other hand, could not hide his excitement over this possible development.

Christopher added during the interview:  “I don’t really share your glee in this, because it’s not as if there’s a shortage of young conservative a**holes.”


Thom Nickels participated on a journalism panel at Temple University and came back with a less than rosy outlook on his profession.


“As a journalist you have to be incredibly flexible,” I told the panel.

This means you may have to work a part-time job. It also means that if there are no journalism jobs in the city you have to be prepared to move out and find a city where there are jobs. Journalism jobs are out there but they tend not to be in glamorous cities like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, but in places like Salt Lake City, Phoenix and New Mexico. Or even in Montana or South Dakota.



Amid allegations that California’s drug rehab clinics have been defrauding the state government, CNN reporter Drew Griffin demanded answers from California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley. Griffin did not take no for an answer and eventually Dooley answered his questions.

These are the kind of stories that Ryan Ripley (me), Chris Spangle, and Joe Ruiz break down on #TheShillReport.  We record weekly and can be heard on WAL Radio and the online radio station – Indiana Talks. We strive to review journalism and dig in to the stories of the week. We expanded and explained the narrative and crack wise in the process. It’s a lesson in managing your media with the examples you are bombarded with every day. We like to say that the media breaks the news and we fix it.

If you would like to send in a story for us to possible use on the show, send a message to @werlibertarians on Twitter and use the #TheShillReport hashtag. You can also leave us a message on the We Are Libertarians FaceBook page.

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Ryan Ripley is a 34 year old husband and father of two living in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Libertarian Party, Ryan unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Marshall County Council in 2010 and on the Plymouth Common Council in 2011 as a Democrat. During that time he also served as the acting Chairman of the Marshall County Democratic Party. Ryan is on Twitter (@ryanripley) and can be reached at

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