Episode #276: Hill-Thomas Redux

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:

Going To The Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups

Like To Get To Know You by Spanky & Our Gang

Find The Cost Of Freedom by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

It’s a Mistake by Men At Work

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