- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2015

An Atlanta radio host was suspended from the air after he admitted to repackaging an old interview with Donald Trump and trying to pass it off as new.

Steve McCoy, who hosts the “Morning Show with Steve McCoy and Cheryl White” on News Radio 106.7, made headlines this week after claiming Mr. Trump’s campaign would not allow him to ask the Republican presidential front-runner any specific questions about policy.

“[The interview] came with some restrictions: I couldn’t ask anything about his current policies,” he said on his radio program Tuesday. “And they had the right to ‘X’ out any questions that I did ask, and we got through about three minutes of it.”

Mr. McCoy then played an interview lasting less than four minutes. He wrapped up the interview by saying, “There’s Donald Trump from yesterday, our conversation with him,” BuzzFeed News reported.

The Trump campaign issued a statement Wednesday denying the interview ever took place.

“This interview did not take place. It is a fraud and/or a spoof. The Trump campaign has never communicated with this man. He said Mr. Trump spoke to him yesterday prior to the debate — Mr. Trump never spoke to him yesterday or any day before that,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement. “The radio host admitted it was a fraud to our attorney, apologized and he is now hiding and not returning anyone’s call. This is representative of the dishonesty Mr. Trump faces from the media.”

In a phone interview with BuzzFeed on Thursday, Mr. McCoy admitted to recycling the interview but denied ever saying on air that the interview was new.

He also said Ms. Hicks was lying when she said he never spoke with Mr. Trump. He said he had an interview scheduled with the Republican presidential front-runner Monday that was later canceled.

“I had interview scheduled, but it didn’t come through so I used an old interview. I got suspended, and I’m taking my punishment,” Mr. McCoy said.

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