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The Guardian’s David Smith: Covering a new chapter of Trump
Writing for The Guardian last week, Washington bureau chief David Smith recalled that Donald Trump, announcing his run for presidency at Mar-a-Lago, appeared an “ousted dictator, drained of power and surrounded by a dwindling band of loyalists in his last redoubt.” Many in the media similarly reported a lackluster atmosphere and an uninspired Trump, whose splintered Republican base, deepened by mid–term losses and legal controversies, might be intensifying the nation’s “Trump fatigue.”
On this episode of the Kicker, Smith discusses how the media should continue covering the former president as he vies for another term. He suggests greater contextualization of Trump’s quotes, less coverage of his tweets, and more.
Ross Barkan’s Notes on Election Coverage: Form, Function, and the Future
On today’s Kicker, what the media got right and wrong in the 2022 midterm election. Ross Barkan, a politics reporter for New York magazine, The Nation and more talks with CJR’s editor and publisher Kyle Pope about the media’s penchant for speculation in divisive elections.
Also in the discussion: how the media grapples with writing about a democracy in peril. On today’s Kicker, what the media got right and wrong in the 2022 midterm election. Ross Barkan, a politics reporter for New York magazine, The Nation and more talks with CJR’s editor and publisher Kyle Pope about why the media’s penchant for speculation in divisive elections.
Also in the discussion: how the media grapples with writing about a democracy in peril. “Is this the election that will determine the future of democracy?” Barkan questions. “Maybe, maybe not. But I have my own reservations about that kind of grandiose rhetoric.”
Bill Keller: On covering the ‘freedom’ beat – prisons and Russia
Reporting from Moscow in the final years of the Cold War, Bill Keller witnessed the Soviet Union “fall apart like Humpty Dumpty.” On this week’s Kicker, Keller says Vladimir Putin is trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again – evoking international anxieties from the past. Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, asks Keller about these anxieties, and, alongside CJR staff, discusses how the media should approach nuclear speculation.
Also in this episode, Keller talks about his recent book, "What’s Prison For? "Keller shares lessons from reporting inside prisons in the U.S. and abroad, and contemplates the through line of his journalism career spanning criminal justice to the Cold War. In the end, Keller says, prisons and Russia belong to the same beat: freedom.
Nic Haque on Climate Change: 'I became a journalist because of this.'
Just as Europeans prepare for winter amid rising gas prices – calling upon their old ties to gas-rich African countries – a colonial-era island off the coast of Senegal erodes into the rising sea. Both these stories, discussed on this week’s Kicker with Nic Haque, a reporter for Al Jazeera, underscore the urgency of the climate crises that journalists cover across the globe. Some of that work, including Haque’s, will be celebrated October 25 in “Burning Questions,” a broadcast on PBS’s World Channel showcasing the winners of the 2022 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards.
Haque talks with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, on covering climate emergencies in West Africa, and how climate change has touched his life, personally and professionally.
Rebecca Traister: Abortion, a case study in media disinterest
On this week’s Kicker, Rebecca Traister, a writer-at-large for New York Magazine and the Cut, and the author of “Good and Mad,” a book about the history and political power of women’s anger, sits down with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR. They discuss why the press seemed only willing to cover “medically chilling” abortion stories, and how to protect sources as abortion’s legal loopholes disappear.
Justin Worland: Raising diverse voices on the climate crisis beat
Should climate crisis coverage focus on the danger at hand, or on optimism and solutions at work? On what individuals can do, or industrial changes? As newsrooms struggle to reach a consensus, the Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards provide a model for impactful work.
Justin Worland, senior correspondent at TIME, was just named CCN’s 2022 Journalist of the Year. On this week’s Kicker, Worland sits down with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to discuss his climate crisis coverage and The Uproot Project, his initiative to support environmental journalists of color.
Deep on the Steele Beat
So, the Steele dossier was done for Hillary Clinton. Then, why did our government get involved way-back-when? Did we spend the same time and money worrying about research Donald Trump bought? Why are we still talking about this? Wemple lays out a totally confusing report; Wheeler says, the Republicans were right. Really?
Still? Really? Zero stars deserved.
2nd UPDATE: Hello?? Hello? I give up. Deleting this show. You should listen to listeners. Sometimes the crowd has worthy advice. But anyway, I don’t care. I’m out of here.
1st UPDATE: I wrote my original review (see below: MY OLD POST STILL STANDS) a long time ago — and noticed someone wrote basically the same a year ago.
Get a mike. Stop mumbling. Ditch “like” from your vocabulary. Speak like an adult, with clarity and confidence if you’re going to continue doing this podcast.Otherwise, find someone else with the skills.
The podcast is a good idea, with interesting topics. But I’m nearly done…
MY OLD POST STILL STANDS:
Get a mic
Decent content, but the audio quality of the host is so poor, really unprofessional. It sounds like he's recording into a laptop microphone from like three feet away, almost unintelligible.