Tucker Carlson Calls CNN Hypocrites on Free Speech: They ‘Led the Campaign’ Against Alex Jones

On Fox News on Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson said that CNN is one of the “greatest enemies” of free speech, citing their reporting on Alex Jones as one example, arguing that the network is now posing as a First Amendment defender in light of Jim Acosta‘s banishment. “In the past couple of days, you’ve heard a lot of pumping and puffing about free speech and freedom of the press, and how those freedoms are currently imperiled by the White House, and to be clear, we are for free speech. Unfettered, absolute free speech.” he began. “And we cannot help but notice that some of free speech’s greatest enemies are now posing as its defenders, all of a sudden.” That’s when he turned to CNN. “Take CNN, for example. It was a CNN that almost single-handedly led the campaign to have broadcaster Alex Jones banished from the Internet, Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Calls CNN Hypocrites on Free Speech: They ‘Led the Campaign’ Against Alex Jones"

We’re Not Very Good At This

America’s divisions are all the more clear after another frenzied news cycle. This week, we ask a historian and a data scientist whether we humans are capable of governing ourselves. Plus, the post-midterm prognosis on climate change, and how our media have often complicated our country’s founding spirit of self-reflection.
  1. Brooke [@OTMBrooke] looks at the Shepard tone of anti-democratic news developments over the past week. Listen.

  2. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], contributing writer at the Intercept, on how climate change fared in this week's midterms. Listen.

  3. Mary Christina Wood, University of Oregon law professor, on the public trust doctrine. Listen.

  4. Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, on the enduring argument over the role of government in American life. Listen.

  5. Joshua M. Epstein, director of NYU's Agent-Based Modeling Lab, on the computerized models that can teach us about how we behave in groups. Listen.


Why We’re So Polarized

Last week on our show, Bob spoke with Lilliana Mason, a University of Maryland political psychologist and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, about the reasons behind the tribalism and enmity that characterize our politics. The conversation covered a lot of ground, and much of it — including the political decisions that have shaped the two major parties over the past 50 years, as well as the distinct ways that Republicans and Democrats deploy partisan rage — didn’t make it into our tightly packed show. But, it’s too interesting and important to leave on the cutting room floor, so we’re sharing it as this week’s midterm edition podcast extra. Enjoy!

Trump Tells Reporters THEY Are Making Midterms About Him and Illegal Immigration: ‘You People Don’t Want to Cover’ Economy

On Sunday morning, the talk shows covered the idea that President Donald Trump hasn’t talked about the economy and instead focused on illegal immigration. Speaking to reporters, Trump said that it’s the media shifting the attention, not him. Trump stressed several times during his remarks and answers in a brief Q&A before heading to Georgia that he has been focusing mainly on the Senate, and not the House, particularly due to the fact that it would impossible to hold rallies for the House. “I think we’re gonna do well with the House,” he said. ‘My primary focus has been on the Senate, because there are so many people in the House, and that’s a lot of stops. But I have done some House work also. But I think we’re going to do well in the House.” Whether Republicans retain control of the House or not is a big question, Continue reading "Trump Tells Reporters THEY Are Making Midterms About Him and Illegal Immigration: ‘You People Don’t Want to Cover’ Economy"

The Others

After a week of hate-fueled attacks, we examine the "dotted line" from incitement to violence. We dig deep into tribalism and how it widens the gulf between Republicans and Democrats. Plus, the history of antisemitic propaganda and how it inspires modern-day violence. Also, why is the GOP is running against California in midterm races around the country? 
  1. A look at the possible connections between hateful rhetoric and violent acts, with law professor Garrett Epps [@Profepps], historian Michael Beschloss, and writer Amanda Robb. Listen.

  2. Leo Ferguson [@LeoFergusonnyc] of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice on the history of antisemitic propaganda. Listen.

  3. Lilliana Mason [@LilyMasonPhD], author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, on tribalism and partisanship. Listen.

  4. Why is California the bogeyman in the midterms? Lawrence Wright [@lawrence_wright] on the California/Texas relationship, KQED's Marisa Lagos [@mlagos Continue reading "The Others"