How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.
20 Years Later: Major's Experience Covering the 9/11 Attacks
In this mini-Debrief episode, Major reflects on his experience covering the September 11th, 2001 attacks as a member of President George W. Bush's travelling press pool, and the impact of 9/11 on American society and politics.
Insurrection: Capitol Hell
History will record Wednesday's assault on our democracy as one of the US's darkest, most shameful episodes. Mob rule was the ambition of the marauding, counterfeit American patriots who laid siege to the Capitol on a false premise: that Donald Trump had won an election he so clearly lost.
For months, President Trump convinced his supporters that he could not lose. That if he did, the election was somehow rigged. And when he did, that widespread fraud in key states had tipped the election in Joe Biden's direction.
None of this was true, yet tens of thousands of supporters arrived in downtown Washington Wednesday morning to hear the president spread more falsehoods, erroneously claiming Vice President Mike Pence could flout the constitution and deliver four more years to Mr. Trump.
All of these fabrications, stirred with seething anger and ill-prepared security forces, yielded explosive and deadly consequences. Ultimately, our constitutional guardrails held on January 6, 2020, but at a frightening cost.
This week, Major Garrett looks back at that reprehensible day and how those in and around the Capitol experienced it.
Polls, Projections and Winners
Attention political junkies: we are taking a poll. How many of you like to know trends and results of the presidential race on election night? How about who’s up or who’s down during the race? Or what sorts of voters voted for a given candidate?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you can thank a pollster.
For this episode of “The Debrief with Major Garrett,” we pull back the curtain on polling and election night projections. How do they do it and why is it - mostly - accurate?
Presidential Debates: The White Hot Arena
In one week, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet on the same stage in Cleveland for the first of three presidential debates this fall. In a political year marked by so much that is abnormal, the debates should finally look like something recognizable.
For this week's episode, Major Garrett dives into the relatively short history of presidential debates and how they've changed since John F. Kennedy debated Richard Nixon in 1960 in a made-for-television event.
How are the moderators chosen? What do candidates do to prepare? And why do some debate moments live forever?
Fifty seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March on Washington for civil and voting rights legislation, protesters returned to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last week to demand justice for African Americans killed by police. The event, organized by King's oldest son Martin the third and Reverend Al Sharpton, attracted tens of thousands of demonstrators including the families of several victims.
Between a global pandemic, outcry over the police-involved deaths of George Floyd and Jacob Blake and the attendant political fallout, the summer of 2020 isn't one that will soon be forgotten. Major Garrett explores how the civil rights movement of the 1960s led to the renewed push for equality today. How we got here. Where we're going. And what it means.
Under normal circumstances, delegates would be dancing in Charlotte and Milwaukee in a matter of days.
But in the era of coronavirus, gone are the balloon drops, the back slapping, the ladder climbing and the back stabbing.
Instead, social distancing, masks, hand washing and uncertainty.
Major Garrett explores what this year’s Republican and Democratic National Conventions will look like and how we got here.
Has the Debrief podcast been stopped? I listen to Major’s The Takeout podcast weekly. What happened to this one?
Out With The Old, In With The New?
Maybe not so much. I’m talking about the comparison between The Takeout and The Debrief. I’m a long-time Takeout fan and jumped on board early, in contrast it appears I am late to The Debrief Train and have missed the first trip.
I’ll catch up soon though and am now five episodes in. My first thoughts are that Major has captured a rhythm that is familiar. The tone and pace almost seems compatible to Anthony Bourdain.
I’ll enjoy this!
Deeper stories with style
Love Major’s issue assessment and his inclusion of experts from all sides. The great music clips make it fun as well.