December 10, 2017

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December 10, 2017

Trump is More Interested in His TV Reviews Than His Performance as President
The Alabama Race is Shaping Up as Trump’s Waterloo and a Referendum on America
Thanks to Trump the Saudis Are Losing the “Arab Street” to Iran
Program Notes

We begin with the emergence of an orchestrated campaign led by Fox News to delegitimise the Robert Mueller investigation and cast it as a Democratic plot to undermine Trump’s election victory in the Electoral College. David Mindich, a Professor and Chair of the Journalism Department at Temple University and author of “Just the Facts: How “Objectivity” Came to Define American Journalism”, joins us to discuss how Trump watches between 4 and 8 hours of television a day, tuning into Fox News for the comfort it provides him while occasionally watching MSNBC to get riled up and ready for combat. We will examine this un-American relationship between a sitting government and a volunteer Ministry of Truth which Fox has become under Rupert Murdoch who talks to Trump every day and appears to set the agenda for the White House talking points and policies, as well as assess what work the president actually does given his television watching habit which suggests the reality TV star is more interested in his reviews than his performance.

Then we go to Montgomery, Alabama for an update on Tuesday’s election for the U.S. Senate seat that is both shaping up as Trump’s Waterloo and a referendum on America itself with a child-molester likely to win against a former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted the KKK. Mark Potok, the former Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project who was a spokesman for the SPLC, joins us to discuss the close race and the concern that turnout of the critical African-American vote may not be sufficient to overcome the expected mobilization of the fundamentalist so-called “Christians” who see the tribulations of Jesus Christ in their persecuted champion Roy Moore.

Then finally we speak with Lina Khatib, the head of the Middle East and North African Program at Chatham House and the former Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. She joins us to discuss the demonstrations in front of the US Embassy in Beirut and across the Arab world in response to Trump’s gambit to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and how this is complicating the close ties Trump has forged with the Saudis who are losing the so-called “Arab street” to Iran due to the anger Trump has ignited in the Middle East.

David Mindich | Mark Potok | Lina Khatib