November 13, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    How Much Did the Press Help Elect Trump?

    We begin with the extent to which the press can be blamed for helping elect Donald Trump and speak with Jeff Jarvis, a Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University New York who is a national leader in the development of online news and writes an influential blog He joins us to discuss how the media failed to communicate to the public who Donald Trump is, in spite of the overwhelming evidence he provided to make clear how unsuitable he is for the highest office in the land, and how much the false equivalency of so-called “balance” provided endless coverage of Hillary Clinton’s email server, while Trump was able to get away with not releasing his tax returns and thereby not reveal who he in indebted to and who has influence over him.

  • Segment 2:

    Is Trump the GOP's "Useful Idiot"?

    Then we look into whether or not Donald Trump is a “useful idiot” for the GOP who rode into power with the trifecta of control in Washington on Trump’s divisive racist appeals that Republicans can now distance themselves from as they call for unity while this clueless amateur moves into the White House surrounded by lobbyists who will guide him to enact the agenda of the Koch Brothers instead of delivering on his promise to drain the swamp. David Halperin, a Senior Fellow at Republic Report and a former senior policy advisor for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, White House speechwriter, special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins us to discuss Hillary Clinton holding FBI Director Comey responsible for her loss (although two million more American voted for her than Trump) and whether Trump could be impeached for treason once the full extent of his ties to Putin and the Russians are established.

  • Segment 3:

    Will the Republicans Get Away With Stealing Obama's SCOTUS Nominee?

    Then finally Elizabeth Wydra joins us to discuss how the Republicans stole Obama’s appointment to the Supreme Court and what kind of justices Trump will fill the Supreme Court with. The President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, she frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and we assess how much the court will move in a pro-corporate direction while Vice President Pence toils behind the scene with evangelical zeal to rollback the rights of women, gays and minorities.