Obama Chastises the Press for Elevating Trump
We begin with President Obama’s remarks at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner where he needled the press noting that Donald Trump had entered the presidential race to promote his hotel business and look where he is today thanks to all the free publicity the press has given him.Â Award-winning investigative correspondent for CNN, ABC and NBC, Mark Feldstein, Chair of Journalism at the University of Maryland, joins us to discuss the press as enablers of Donald Trump who, like Ben Carson, entered the primaries to promote his business brand but because of his headline-grabbing antics, has received as much as two billion dollars-worth of free press, which the president gently reminded the press corps last night is astounding if not disgraceful.
Election Desperation in Indiana
Then we get an update on the political landscape in Indiana where Ted Cruz is making his last stand to stop Trump on Tuesday and speak with Marjorie Hershey, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University whose research focuses on political parties, campaigns and elections. She joins us to discuss the almost-comical nature of the Hoosier-pandering with Cruz referring to the basketball “ring” instead of the hoop and Trump introducing coach Bobby Knight who praised the Republican frontrunner as one who, like Harry Truman, would have the guts to drop the atomic bomb.
The Difference Between Republicans and Democrats in Electing Supreme Court Nominees
Then finally we discuss the importance of the Supreme Court in presidential elections with Lisa Graves who was Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, she joins us to discuss how this year’s election is critical in deciding who will replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia and the accuracy of the HBO movie about Clarence Thomas, “Confirmation”, which portrays the Republican senators as ruthless and determined while the Democratic Majority Leader of the Judiciary Committee appears gutless as he sells out the star witness against a demonstrably unqualified candidate.