Truth Politics & Power: Enemies of the People

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Ted Koppel

Truth Politics & Power is a new weekly series where host Neal Conan engages with historians, journalists, scholars, poets and even comedians to explore the context and meaning of the Trump era.

In this episode, Neal looks at what the new president describes as his ongoing war with the media. Stepping back from the fact checking and accusations, the program digs into the meaning and purpose behind President Trump's messaging strategy.

Neal and Scott McClellan -- former White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush -- have an extended conversation about his sometimes difficult relations with the press and the difference between the rancor that accompanied the invasion of Iraq, the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction, and what's happening at the White House now.

Then, Neal and Ted Koppel discuss the importance of truth and accuracy and address how President Trump's strategy differs from his predecessors. They explore whether the systematic effort to delegitimize the media damages the White House and discuss how this strategy may play out in a crisis. 


  • Friday, March 10 at 8pm on AM820 and New Jersey Public Radio
  • Saturday, March 11 at 10pm on AM820