July 19, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Unmistakable Plagiarism in the Keynote Speech at the Opening Night of the Republican Convention

    We begin with the apparent plagiarism by either Melania Trump or her speechwriter with the use of identical passages from a speech by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention which soon became apparent after the keynote speech last night by the wife of the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump. Paul Glastris, a former special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton, who wrote over 200 speeches for the president, joins us to discuss how such a clumsy and amateurish act could have happened and who might be responsible. And since the Trump campaign are arrogantly refusing to acknowledge the obvious, and nobody has fallen on their sword and taken the fall, could the former Slovenian model who insisted she wrote the speech herself “with a little help from others”, have lifted the passages from a similar keynote address by the wife of someone Trump has routinely vilified and spewed endless hatred and lies at, the President of the United States, Barack Obama?

  • Segment 2:

    Hate Speech and Personal Attacks Dominate the Republican Convention

    Then we look into the hate speech and personal attacks that dominated last night’s Republican convention, most of which were aimed at Hillary Clinton that animated the crowd and riled them up into chanting “lock her up”. Joining us is Ian Haney Lopez, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and author of “White by Law” whose latest book is “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class”. We discuss how racist hateful attacks against Obama are not even coded at the Republican convention where after addressing the crowd, soap opera actor and underwear model, Antonio Sabato told ABC News that Obama “is on the other side, the Middle East…the bad guys…we’ve had a Muslim president for seven and a half years”.