November 22 - Trump's Tantrum Against the Press; Trump's Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Scam; Should California Become a Free, Sovereign and Independent Country?

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Part 1

We begin with the meeting of TV news anchors and executives in Trump Tower where they were subjected to a tirade of abuse from Donald Trump who called the news executives liars and the journalists lowlifes, singling out CNN president Jeff Zucker and other network heads who had lavished Trump with $5 billion in free media throughout the campaign. Jason Stanley, a Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of “How Propaganda Works”, joins us to discuss the extraordinary ground rules that Donald Trump appears to be trying to impose on the press. We examine what seem to be Trump’s confusion about the roles of Public Relations, propaganda, celebrity publicity, and a free press, and that what Trump is demanding, is a press like the one Putin enjoys in Russia or Erdogan now has in Turkey. Ironically, since Trump could only find washed-up minor TV actors like Scott Baio to endorse him while all the big stars put on free concerts for Hillary Clinton, having now made it to the big time, this insecure bully expects to be loved after spreading such hatred.

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Part 2

Then we look into Trump’s trillion dollar infrastructure plan that Bernie Sanders has blasted as corporate welfare coming and going, as well as the many conflicts of interest that are emerging as he resists putting his businesses into a blind trust. Jared Bernstein, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who was formerly the Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, joins us to discuss his article at Politico ”Trump’s Misguided Flirtation with Keynesianism” and whether the white working class who were seduced into voting for Trump will be left stranded at the altar.

Part 3

Then finally we assess whether the budding seccession movement in California is a serious prospect or a hissy-fit in response to the election of Donald Trump who thanks in part to California, came up two million votes short in the popular vote. Appearing on the statewide ballot in 2018 is likely to be the question “Should California become a free, sovereign, and independent country?” and we speak with Dan Walters, a political columnist at the Sacramento Bee where he has an article, “Could California succeed if it became a nation?”