The Fifth Column

Media Bubbles and Trump's 100-Day Scorecard: The New Fifth Column

Or, how many Reason articles can Matt Welch reference in a single podcast?


After some technical-competence issues concerning yours truly, The Fifth Column, that almost-weekly podcast of Kmele Foster, Michael C. Moynihan, and myself, is back with 100 minutes on the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency. We get into Trump's tax plan, his reversion to foreign-policy interventionism, his persistent trouble with the courts, non-softening toward Russia, serial policy-reversals, and ongoing discovery that policy making is more difficult than bumper-sticker slogans. We also chew at considerable length on the implications and applications of Jack Shafer's fascinating new Politico Magazine piece "The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think." Which becomes another reason to emphasize the curiosity that Reason is almost all alone out there when it comes to disclosing how our journalists vote. Check 'er out:

Among the many fine Reason articles I reference:

* "The New GOP Health Care Bill Shows Republicans Have Given Up on Fully Repealing Obamacare," by Peter Suderman

* "Broken Science," by Ron Bailey

* "You Know Less Than You Think About Guns," by Brian Doherty

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