Episode #227: The Reporters Who Cried Wolf

After a month’s lapse, the primaries return next Tuesday, in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina.  One big race everyone is watching is the Republican Senate primary in W.Va., a very pro-Trump state where the GOP would love nothing better than to knock off Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin.  Greg Giroux of Bloomberg is here with his scorecard.

We have two segments stemming from last Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner, where a good portion of comedienne Michelle Wolf’s material was criticized as over-the-top and inappropriate … while others said her tone was exactly what Washington needed to hear.  Amber Phillips of the Washington Post explains what the dinner is supposed to accomplish, and Erin Gloria Ryan of the Daily Beast argues why Beltway pundits got it wrong in their queasiness over Wolf’s material.

And Montana Sen. Jon Tester’s role in ending Ronny Jackson’s bid to become Trump’s next Veterans Affairs secretary has infuriated the president, who has demanded Tester’s resignation.  Mike Dennison of the MT Television Network reports on how the criticism has thus far affected Tester’s bid for a third term, in a state Trump carried by 20 percentage points.

Music used in this podcast:

Comeback Kid by The Band Perry

Politician by Cream

Queen of the Highway by The Doors 

Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out by Bruce Springsteen

Ronnie by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

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