Background Briefing: May 17, 2022


The Need For Media Outlets Like Fox News and the Murdoch Family to Take Responsibility For What They Air

We begin with President Biden’s emotional speech in Buffalo today in which he said that “White Supremacy is a poison…running through our body politic” and discuss the need for a serious national conversation about hate speech and for media outlets like Fox News and the Murdoch family to take responsibility for the content they air. Joining us is Thomas Mockaitis, a Professor of History at DePaul University who has taught counter-terrorism courses for the past 13 years at venues around the world as part of the U.S. Department of Defense Counter-terrorism Fellowship Program. He is the author of 6 books including New’ Terrorism: Myths and Reality, Violent Extremists: Understanding the Domestic and International Terrorist Threat and Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency. We discuss his article at The Hill, “Conspiracy theories and racist rhetoric fuel domestic terrorism” and what can be done to counter this growing threat of domestic terrorism.


A Former State Dept. Profiler of the Mental And Physical Health of World Leaders on Putin’s Health

Then we look into the rumors swirling around questions of Putin’s mental and physical health following remarks from the former MI 6 spy and author of the controversial Steele dossier who claims his sources in Russia and elsewhere are telling him that Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill. Joining us is a former expert profiler of the mental and physical health of world leaders for the State Department, Dr. Kenneth Dekleva, who served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist with the U.S. Dept. of State from 2002-2016, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the George HW Bush Foundation for US-China Relations.


Is Raising Interest Rates the Best and Only Tool to Fight Inflation?

Then finally we assess whether raising interest rates is the best and only tool to fight inflation and speak with Jamie Martin, a professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of History at Georgetown University whose research focuses on the history of capitalism, empire, and international order. His forthcoming book is The Meddlers: Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance and we discuss his article at The New York Times, “The U.S. Wants to Tackle Inflation. Here’s Why That Should Worry the Rest of the World.”