The existence of a free press is so important to any functioning democracy that the founders enshrined it in the first amendment to the constitution, declaring that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. Sadly, the current administration doesn't seem to understand the directive. Today, Nicole Sandler welcomes two of her favorite journalists back to the show. First up, the senior WH correspondent for Playboy, CNN political analyst, author and podcaster Brian Karem, who is currently barred from the WH as his hard pass has been suspended, under questionable circumstances. Then, we'll [...]
Twenty-five years ago today I was down here in South Florida, visiting my dad. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, and he had just had an accident that left him quadriplegic, so I was flying in every few weeks to see him. He had just been home from the hospital for a month or so, and we didn't yet have a van or any means of transportation to when we learned that Hurricane Andrew was headed our way. I was alone with him that night. The nurse decided she should be home with her family. I watched [...]
Yesterday, Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey. I can't say I'm sorry to see Comey go, but there's a time and place for everything, and this wasn't it! The question now is how the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will continue with a Trump-appointed FBI chief and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Autocracy, here we come. Today on the show, I brought us up to date on where we are will all of that, and even took a few calls before moving on to our media problem. As the name of the post implies, "the [...]
My old pal Jack Rice joined me on today's show. Since Jack is not only an attorney and journalist, but also spent some time in the field for the CIA, I thought he'd be the perfect guest to comment on the insanity that is Donald Trump. As I expected, he offered some great insight. But the one thing that really came crystal clear for me is the level of D'ump's insecurities. The fact that he had to go on and on about the size of the crowd at the inauguration (reports have surfaced that he called the director of the [...]
Donald Trump is a fucking liar. And his surrogates are going out claiming that facts are subjective. ARGHH! Seriously, listen to this exchange on NPR's Dianne Rehm Show with Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes in which she claims There is no such thing unfortunately anymore as facts Aside from the fact that it's grammatically horrendous, it's factually fucking insane! Listen here. I couldn't ever even conceive of something as contrary to common sense as that. Thankfully Joel Silberman was able to join us today. He always brings a bit of sanity to the proceedings! And RIP to Cherie Haskins, [...]
What's News? today looks at Donald Trump and the media
My friend Joel Silberman was my regular Monday morning guest back when this show was on weekday mornings at 10. When I moved my show to begin later in the day, he was busy working on a few campaigns. So today was the first time we got to chat. We discussed a lot, from the normalization of D'ump's behavior to the media's very complicit role in handing over the White House.
Just when we think Trump and his spinners couldn't do more to repel women voters of any party … or none … the Great Swamp GOP machine produces more Odious Donald Ick to wade through. . Wear your best Orvis waders for this one. In fact, get three pairs on eBay and simply go single-use on this level of poli-nuclear waste. The Grand Old Party of white men has gone full-on retrograde, and the stink and spillage are spectacularly smellier than Seinfeld's hyper-strong B.O. in his Saab. . . Like the Seinfeldian B.O., it ain't easy to dispel and [...]