Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

Commentary: The 'Can-Do-No-Wrong' Mayor?

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating is sky high in the Quinnipiac University Poll released this week – 72 percent. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says the mayor is getting kudos for thinking small, and for thinking big.

LEHRER: The big news from the mayor’s budget proposal this week was ...


Commentary: Mayor Has Promises to Keep

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Tomorrow afternoon, Michael Bloomberg will be sworn in for his second term as Mayor of New York City, after his landlside re-election. But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says despite the easy win, the mayor still has some promises to keep.

FERRER: Any tenant who votes for Michael ...


Commentary: Business Past Helping and Hurting Corzine

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Jon Corzine hasn’t even been sworn in as Governor yet, and he’s already under fire for the way he’s made two decisions since Election Day – appointing Robert Menendez to the US Senate and appearing to go back on a campaign promise not to consider ...


Commentary: Tax Hike Aimed at New York?

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Today’s Republican Congress is known for tax cuts, not tax hikes. But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says a tax bill passed by the House this week could mean a big income tax increase in 2007 aimed squarely at New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

LEHRER: At issue ...


Commentary: Campaign as "State of the City"?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The second and final Bloomberg-Ferrer debate is tonight. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer sees this year's campaign as an opportunity lost to assess the state of the city.

The second and final Bloomberg-Ferrer debate is tonight. But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer sees this year's campaign as an opportunity ...


Commentary: Bloomberg IS a Republican!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

In this year of the Bloomberg advertising blitz, almost all of the mayor’s campaign commercials revolve around one central idea: that he is an apolitical guy doing a good practical job. But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says it’s not really that simple.

BRIAN LEHRER: The old cliché ...


Commentary: Political Advertising

Saturday, October 15, 2005

What do you get when election season features a billionaire mayor and two mega-millionaire gubernatorial candidates? WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says you get a new format on TV.

LEHRER: The format is: all political advertising all the time, with short bursts of programming somewhere in between. Jon ...


Commentary: From Skeptic to Cynic

Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Subway Security Threat Announcement came just 1 hour before the mayoral debate at the Apollo Theater Thursday night. Was there a connection? WNYC’s Brian Lehrer tries to connect the dots.

LEHRER: First the full disclosure: WNYC was a media sponsor of the mayoral debate and ...


Commentary: Memo To The Future

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The latest debate over the future of Ground Zero revolves around plans for The International Freedom Center, a museum devoted to the idea, the history and the current state of Freedom. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says what’s at stake is the freedom to think.

LEHRER: Memo to ...


Commentary: Weiner's in If for Weiner

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The second place finisher in the Democratic mayoral primary did something unprecedented in New York politics: Anthony Weiner conceded defeat rather than count the absentee ballots, which could have forced a runoff election against Fernando Ferrer. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says don’t believe either party’s version ...


Commentary: An Amber Alert for World Hunger?

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Last Saturday, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer drove the New York State Thruway from Albany to New York, something he’s done many times before. But Brian tells us this time, the trip included something new.

LEHRER: The something new was an Amber Alert. There was a series of ...


Commentary: Context Missing from Big Picture

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Maybe you’ve heard that Democratic mayoral hopeful C. Virginia Fields has been on the defensive over a campaign photo. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer has some thoughts about how that one image fits into the "big picture" of the campaign.

REPORTER: The problem began when someone took two ...


Commentary: Leaky Washington DC

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The nomination of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court came as a surprise to, of all people, most of the Washington press corps. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says the nature of the surprise should not be surprising.

BRIAN LEHRER: On a day when Washington was obsessed ...


Commentary: Protests Belong in Queens

Saturday, May 21, 2005

As we all know, the politics of New York City often boil down to three words: location, location, location. But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer wants to know why it’s the same few locations everyone keeps fighting about.

Brian: Ask any opponent of the West Stadium what the ...


Commentary: Redevelopment Bickering Has Deep Roots

Saturday, May 07, 2005

It’s been an ugly week in the Lower Manhattan redevelopment process, with the Freedom Tower design scuttled by security concerns and finger-pointing over who was to blame.

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says it’s a new story with some old roots.

In their new book, 102 Minutes: The Fight ...


Commentary: NY's Health Care Proxy

Saturday, April 02, 2005

We’ve all heard many times this week that one lesson from the Terry Schaivo case is to have a living will or proxy so there is no doubt about your wishes.

But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer warns that’s harder to do in New York than in most ...


Commentary: A Trip to the Ballpark

Sunday, February 13, 2005

It’s been an eventful and confusing week in the battle over Mayor Bloomberg’s West Side Stadium proposal. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says like any trip to the ballpark, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard.

Brian:  First the score: champions of the stadium have ...


Commentary: Ideas Win Debates

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Anchor: If the opinion polls are right, John Kerry won all three presidential debates. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer has some thoughts on why, and why so many pundits got it wrong.

Brian: Last week, after the second Bush-Kerry debate, I was invited onto a cable news channel ...


Commentary: NY's Finest Hour?

Sunday, August 29, 2004

ANCHOR: Delegates are arriving, New Yorkers are leaving, protests have already begun. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says forget the fear and loathing. This could be one of New York's finest hours.

Brian: Most of the coverage that previewed convention week has been about fear, confrontation ...


Brian Lehrer Commentary: Budget Watchdogs

Saturday, July 10, 2004

A budget watchdog group in New York City is urging the State Legislature to wait three days before voting once party leaders agree on a new state budget. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says there they go again.

Brian: Yes, there go those so-called watchdog groups again, ...