Pro-Trump Radio Host Booked Qatari Government Guests After Getting Doha’s Cash

Politics 2020/6/5

Pro-Trump Radio Host Booked Qatari Government Guests After Getting Doha’s Cash

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A popular conservative talk radio host and former Trump campaign official aired interviews with Qatari government officials and broadcast segments promoting the government as his show was paid $180,000 by a Qatari state-funded nonprofit.

Documents filed with the Justice Department late last week show that the Qatar-America Institute, a nonprofit financed by the country’s embassy in Washington and other government agencies in Doha, made the payment in May 2018 to Common Sense Media Holdings LLC, the company that produces conservative pundit John Fredericks’ radio show.

The Institute reported in the same DOJ filing that it secured from Fredericks “access to key guests”; “regular show appearances by highly ranking Qatar officials, business leaders, experts;” the broadcast of “live shows every other month at QAI to promote Qatar´s progress” including in hosting the 2022 World Cup; and “regular discussions with U.S. based and overseas Qatar of

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