Lionel (radio personality)

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Lionel
Michael William Lebron (Lionel).jpg
Lionel in 2018
Born
Michael William Lebron

(1958-08-26) August 26, 1958 (age 63)
EducationUniversity of South Florida (BA)
Stetson University (JD)
Spouse(s)Lynn Shaw[1]
Awards2015 New York Emmy Award for Writer: Commentary/Editorial
Websitelionelmedia.com

Michael William Lebron (born August 26, 1958), better known as Lionel, is an American syndicated radio, television and YouTube legal and media analyst. He is known as a leading promoter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.

Early life and education[edit]

Lebron was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where he attended Jesuit High School.[2] Lebron graduated from the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. After graduating from law school, Lebron worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.[3]

Career[edit]

Lebron hosted the CourtTV law show Snap Judgment in the late 1990s. Lionel then began appearing on WABC radio in New York. He first appeared as a caller to WFLA in Tampa, Florida, drawing attention to himself by avoiding the given topic of discussion. He was eventually given his own time slot on WFLA before moving to New York City.

Beginning in May 2007, Lebron replaced The Majority Report with Sam Seder on Air America Radio with a daily three-hour talk show. Seder claimed that Lebron's unpopularity with Air America's listeners led to the loss of most of Seder's audience within a year of assuming the timeslot, as well as the loss of two-thirds of the live affiliates and live streaming.[4][better source needed]

Talkers Magazine included Lebron in its 2010 "Heaviest Hundred" list at number 54[5] and in its 2013 "Frontier Fifty" list at number 37.[6] In 2015, he won a New York Emmy Award for commentary and editorial writing.[7][non-primary source needed]

Lebron also appeared in an episode of House of Cards.[8]

He has appeared on the Russian RT network as a legal and political analyst.[9]

Promotion of conspiracy theories[edit]

Since losing his show on Air America, Lebron shifted his politics to the right and re-established himself as a right-wing conspiracy theorist for Alex Jones' InfoWars network, where he has used his show to promote conspiracy theories, such as birtherism (false claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States), claims the government is involved in a cover-up of the September 11 attacks (the 9/11 truth movement).[10]

He has promoted the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon. In August 2018, Lebron met with President Donald Trump at the White House and was photographed with Trump. Lebron stated that the two did not talk about QAnon, but said that Trump "knows about" the conspiracy theory.[10] Lebron has regularly hosted Jerome Corsi, a supporter of the birther movement and promoter of QAnon.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catching Up With Lionel". Talkers Magazine. March 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  2. ^ "Faith and Talk Radio: An Interview with Michael 'Lionel' Lebron". America Magazine. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  3. ^ "Radio Years.com". www.radioyears.com. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  4. ^ TYT Interviews (5 February 2010). "Sam Seder on TYT Network (Why Air America Fell, Obama & Much More!)". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ HEAVIEST HUNDRED: The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America talkers.com
  6. ^ "Frontier Fifty 2013". 6 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Google" (PDF). www.nyemmys.org.
  8. ^ "LIONEL PODCAST: Lionel In "House of Cards," Mentulate References on the Campaign Trail and the Demise of Relevant Politics". 6 March 2016.
  9. ^ Feldscher, Kyle (2018-08-25). "QAnon-believing 'conspiracy analyst' meets Trump in the White House". CNN Politics. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  10. ^ a b Weigel, David (August 24, 2018). "Conspiracy theorist shares Oval Office photo with Trump". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  11. ^ "Jerome Corsi: When 'The Storm' Breaks, We'll See Films Of 'Global Elites' Butchering Children". Right Wing Watch.

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