The picture above is the front page of today’s New York Daily News as Donald Trump become the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential race.
Of course, the corporate media pretty much ignored what I considered to be the most important story of the night: Bernie Sanders wins Indiana by 5 points. That’s very different from the 10-point polling lead the media kept telling us Hillary Clinton enjoyed. Oh, they don’t like it when their narrative isn’t followed.
And they don’t like it when real journalists doing real reporting find a story that also undermines their pre-destined outcome. I spoke with two such journalists today, despite the gremlins and other forces that seemed to conspire to keep me from covering these stories today.
First… as I was prepping for today’s show, just getting ready to hit the pre-show music, our power went out. Now, this is South Florida and it is May, so that’s not unusual. But short power outages usually happen when there’s a particularly hard rain a falling. That wasn’t the case at 9:30 this morning. Power out.
We called Florida Power & Light, the electric company monopoly from whom we are required to purchase our power, and a recording told us that 104 customers were affected and our power should be back on by 11:45AM. There went my 10-noon show.
But due to giving Lee Fang the wrong time (I am time zone-challenged, it seems), and Ken Vogel’s flexibility, I was able to do an abbreviated show once the power went back on.
Ken Vogel is chief investigative reporter for Politico, and has been writing about money in politics for a long time, including his 2014 book, “Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics”. The article I invited him on to talk about, “Clinton fundraising leaves little for state parties,” directly contradicts what they’ve been saying about her campaign’s fundraising for the party and down ballot races.
Yes, it’s a complicated topic, which is why I invited Ken on to discuss, something that, it appears, none in the corporate media have bothered to try!
Lee Fang of The Intercept inadvertently blew up a listserv I’m on last night with his newest article, “Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado”, as well it should have because we were all LIVID. Read it, listen to Lee’s segment on today’s show, and share it.
With a little luck, our power will stay on and I’ll be back tomorrow with Harvey J. Kaye (talking about this article “Time for Radical Action, Not National Therapy“) and Howie Klein too, radio or not!