With Joe Biden’s candidacy bringing back memories of the 1991 Hill-Thomas hearings, former Arizona senator Dennis DeConcini, then a Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shares his memories of the contentious confirmation hearings of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
To put it mildly, presidents don’t always like the coverage they get in the press. But never — not even with Nixon, or Obama, both of whom had less than cordial relations with the media — has a president attacked reporters with such venom. Marvin Kalb, the former CBS and NBC newsman’s most recent book, “Enemy of the People,” focuses on Donald Trump’s antipathy for the press … and his disregard for a cherished American institution.
Finally, political gaffes are not new. We’ve been chronicling them since the beginning of time. Author Rick Robinson joins us to talk about famous embarrassments and goof-ups of the past — everything from Rick Perry’s “oops” and George Allen’s “Macaca” moments to John Kerry’s “I voted for the $87 billion before voting against it” and Hillary Clinton’s run from sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996 that never happened.
Music used in this podcast: