What is "Fake News" exactly? Who decides what is "fake" and what is "real" in American discourse? We listen to an earnest Hillary Clinton, untouched by irony, blame her defeat on the sudden "epidemic of malicious Fake News and false propaganda" in social media. We marvel at the audacity of NBC's infamous Brian Williams as he joins the chorus. Is a desperate Establishment preparing to crack down on Free Speech -- i.e. speech they disagree with -- via forthcoming legislation? And might these efforts ultimately backfire? Meanwhile, we discuss the role of elite intellectual "abstractions" in relation to the American Working Classes. Peggy Noonan argues that 'conservative' think tankers have lost touch with "circumstances" and should look more closely at the real-world concepts of political philosopher Edmund Burke. We listen to George Will explain why keeping jobs in America is a bad thing, as we listen to an "undaunted" Donald Trump outline his more practical views on trade. We offer our ringing defense of the American Worker and Trump's excellent Carrier deal. A hopeful beginning. Plus, we profile David Remnick of The New Yorker, a key stenographer of leaks from President Obama. With Listener Calls and Music via Jim Reeves, Sturgill Simpson, the Rolling Stones and more from Gillian Welch.
December 9, 2016