May 31, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Trump Insults the Press for Not Praising His Good Deeds

    We begin with the extraordinary press conference that Donald Trump convened in Trump Tower to answer questions about his promise to deliver millions of dollars to charities for veterans. Noah Bierman, who covers national politics for The Los Angeles Times joins us to discuss his article at the LA Times “Slamming the Media, Trump answers criticism over his contributions to veteran’s charities” and the unprecedented relationship that Trump has with the press in as much as he has gotten some $2 billion worth of free promotion from the press while biting the hand that feeds him by insulting and castigating journalists for asking questions that Trump does not want to answer. We will assess who won the exchange as the media-savvy TV reality star threw red meat to his followers, feigning victimhood at the hands of the so-called “liberal media” who Trump complained should be congratulating him for his good deeds rather than following up on whether he has been good to his word.

  • Segment 2:

    Trump Taunts the Neocon King-Maker Bill Kristol

    Then we look into the other object of Trump’s scorn at today’s testy press conference and that is the neoconservative king-maker Bill Kristol, the Editor of The Weekly Standard who Trump called “a loser” whose “magazine is failing …I don’t think it even survives”.  Jacob Heilbrunn, the Editor of The National Interest and author of “They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons” joins us to discuss Trump’s outburst which is clearly in retaliation for Kristol’s efforts to recruit a third party candidate to run against Trump as a true conservative and who the mystery candidate might be that Bill Kristol has promised in his tweet that “will be an independent candidate – an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance”.

  • Segment 3:

    Bernie Sanders and the Golden State Warriors Turn Around Victory

    Then finally we speak with Joe Garofoli, the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer who was the pool reporter covering Bernie Sanders’ rally in Oakland at which animal rights activists stormed the stage, then along with actor Danny Glover, the candidate attended the Western Conference NBA Final game which the home town team the Golden State Warriors won. We discuss Bernie Sanders’ remark that the Warriors “turned it around, and that’s what our campaign is going to do.”