Sep 24, 2020 • 1HR 6M

Wake Up, Change the Channel (w/ Michael Smerconish)

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Everything is broken. Adaam James Levin-Areddy and Vanessa M. Quirk, two jaded journos, interview people far wiser than themselves and ask: "now what?"
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Michael Smerconish, host of eponymous shows on CNN and SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., joins us to talk about why everything is so rotten in political media. We talk about surviving as an independent in a partisan world, about the bad incentives of the news industry, and of course about the Notorious RBG.

On the agenda:

  • RBG & Scalia - RIP [1:59]

  • Smitten with media [10:53]

  • Ronald Reagan among the sausages [11:36]

  • Becoming an independent (“I wasn’t suited for the party or the party wasn’t suited for me.”) [15:30]

  • The hunt for the hunt for Bin Laden [16:52]

  • “I end up pissing off everybody.” [19:43]

  • Pennsylvania proud [25:00]

  • RBG’s passing and the fall-out [27:24]

  • “The polarization of the media has led to a polarization of society.” [32:19]

  • Trying to prove that you need not be an ideologue [39:28]

  • All the choices, no decisions [46:42]

  • “What isn’t keeping me up at night?” [50:25]

  • Cringe-worthy columns of yore [56:56]