The Fourth Watch Podcast is a curated conversation with some of the most interesting voices in the media, hosted by Steve Krakauer. In addition to interviews, it features honest analysis and criticism of the media landscape. Find out more at FourthWatch.Media.
Bridget Phetasy | Politically Homeless in 2024, Traits of a Writer, Becoming a Mom
Bridget Phetasy, writer and podcast host, joins Steve Krakauer to talk about the state of politics and culture in 2024, being politically homeless (and "politically useless"), why "real America" is like the "middle seat," how the Trump phenomenon still going, the first GOP debate, being a writer, how getting married and motherhood has changed her, her move to Texas, and more.
Bridget's Substack: https://substack.com/@bridgetphetasy
Bridget's epic "middle seat" "real America" rant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1i74X_H2hI
Corporate Media's Hunter Biden Original Sin, Plus Glenn Greenwald, Tara Palmeri, Shelby Talcott, and More
Steve Krakauer begins with an explanation for what the corporate media's Hunter Biden original sin is, and how it relates to press coverage today. Then Glenn Greenwald, host of Rumble's System Update, joins to talk about his exit from The Intercept related to Hunter Biden's laptop, the revolving door between political and media elite, how the incuriosity about Hunter Biden in October 2020 has continued to the news coming out today, the incentives to cover or not cover certain stories, Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow's evolution away from journalistic principles, and more. Then Semafor's Shelby Talcott and Tara Palmeri, of Puck News and host of "Somebody's Gotta Win," join to talk about why campaign trail reporting allows reporters to get out the Acela Media bubble, whether regular voters care about Hunter Biden corruption stories and January 6, if the conservative media are trying to make Ron DeSantis a thing, if the Trump indictments will sway voters or are more of a media story, if the increase in Biden reporting means he may be pushed out as the nominee, and more. And we close it out with "Temperature Check," featuring JT Williams, my friend here in Dallas, to talk about Grandpa Joe Biden's 7th grandchild, Hunter Biden's shame, Trump's indictments, Lizzo's supposed fat shaming, the crazy plane lady cursing about the "not real" person speaking out, and more.
Glenn's original Hunter Biden report: https://greenwald.substack.com/p/article-on-joe-and-hunter-biden-censored
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Emily Jashinsky | Conformity in Media, Online GOP Dynamics, Dangers of Social Media
Emily Jashinsky, culture editor and host at The Federalist and co-host of Counter Points, joins Steve Krakauer to discuss limitations and conformity of corporate media, getting her start in journalism in D.C., culture and geography vs. politics, Trump vs. DeSantis and the state of conservative media, the very online right and "influencer on influencer violence," the dangers of social media, disrupting the left-right model, media abandoning journalistic principles, what the Jonah Hill scandal says about our culture, and more.
Wesley Lowery | Media Malpractice, Importance of Conversations, Ferguson Lessons
Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "American Whitelash," joins Steve Krakauer to discuss problems with cable news, "riot porn" and the Acela Media's coverage of protests and riots, what really happened in Ferguson and how many have no idea about the reality and lessons, why "partisan politics is the enemy of nuanced truth," coverage of gun violence and adherence to narratives, the media's destructive need for speed, the book's dedication to one of Lowery's best friends who passed away from cancer - and how important it is to have conversations and especially uncomfortable ones, how social media makes our cultural discourse harder and worse, the need to allow for people to make mistakes while having discussions, evolution of the corporate media and dire state of the national press today, importance of introspection for journalists, and more.
Gavin Purcell | Disrupting Late Night TV, AI and the Media, How Politics Infected Culture
Gavin Purcell, former executive producer of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and co-host of the "AI For Humans" podcast, joins Steve Krakauer to discuss how he helped Jimmy Fallon's late night shows become successful on TV and online, how traditional media uses digital, the future of late night TV, how the pandemic changed the TV industry, politics infecting late night comedy, how Trump changed the cultural conversation, Purcell and Sarah Silverman's optimistic show "I Love You, America," how AI will disrupt the entertainment and media world, whether consumers should be nervous or excited about AI, and more.
Eric Bolling | Trump vs. DeSantis, What Fox Does Next, Future of Cable News
Eric Bolling, host of "Eric Bolling The Balance" on Newsmax, joins Steve Krakauer to talk about Tucker Carlson and his move to Twitter, the power of linear TV vs. new media, the state of Fox News and the direction of the network, how Bolling saw Trump coming in 2016, Trump vs. DeSantis in the media world, what CNN does next, how the business changes cable news, his life after massive personal upheaval in 2017, and more.
Absolutely love this podcast. My only complaint is that it’s not a weekly thing. Great guests and insights of today’s media environment.
Another grifter talking to other sad grifters. Every “free thinker” with a podcast, YouTube channel, substack, etc. has the same exact talking points and uses skepticism to indoctrinate their audience. It’s lazy and copied all over the internet because selling skepticism is this centuries snake oil.
Listening nightmare and irrelevant.
So hard to listen to between all the stammering and false starts and interruptions and like and ums and worn out talking points. Yawn.