This episode features a couple of clips from HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, the first where in talking to Jesse Jackson, Bill reads a favorite quote from MLK's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and another where NYTimes columnist Frank Bruni talks about how white male liberals are excluded from the oppression olympics which afflict the left's identity politics.
This episode features a clip of "Portland, Oregon is Too Nice of a Place" by comedian Matt Braunger from his Big Dumb Animal special (Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Netflix). Also, if you're in Portland, or nearby in July, be sure to check out PDX Pop Now! this year, or just pick up some of their compilations.
This episode features FLASHBACK sound clips I played in early episodes of the show when the GOP’s last idiot was in office, publicly embarrassing the country by being stupid. Like when he was addressing native Americans and had no idea was tribal sovereignty was or when he pledged that his administration was dedicated to matching the terrorist efforts to harm the country. Or as we now think of it: The good old days.
This episode features a clip of MSNBC's Chris Hayes on The Brian Lehrer Show offering up an key insight about the right-wing media bubble. Specifically, the unbelievable ratings that Fox News/Bill O’Reilly have always maintained. Basically, roughly half of the population's attention is distributed across the entire media spectrum (like, every major media outlet you can think of from newspapers to networks to public broadcasting, etc.), while the other half of the country gets its news exclusively from a relative handful of explicitly right-wing outlets. As a result Fox News' ratings is roughly half the viewing public, while everything else is splitting the other half of potential viewers.