Trump vs. Weigel—Shudder, Giggle, or Both?: Podcast

Also on the Reason Podcast: Is abortion a good reason to vote for Roy Moore? Did Al Franken get a raw deal? Can the feds smother bitcoin?


At some point, a person becomes numb to weird headlines emanating from this White House, but boy, does this one just scream out "2017": "Trump calls for the Washington Post to fire Dave Weigel." This is fine, #EatArbys, smod4real 2017, etc.

In a nutshell, Delaware Dave tweet-mocked the president for saying that his recent Florida rally was "packed to the rafters" by posting a photo showing anything but. But the photo was taken before Trump was speaking, so upon learning that, Weigel took it down about 20 minutes later. President Donald Trump later tweet-demanded an apology, and Weigel gave him one. Then this happened:

There went Weekend Twitter….

Since Weigel worked at Reason from 2006-2008, and since all of us here tend to have idiosyncratic views on the media, the president, and the free speech, what better topic to kick off today's Reason Podcast featuring myself, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman?

Other pieces referenced on today's episode:

* "Abortion Is the Get-out-of-Jail-Free Card of Republican Politics"

* "Alito, Abortion, and the Bible"

* "Disgraced Al Franken now a victim of sexual McCarthyism" (Cathy Young, Daily News)

* "Mitch McConnell Says Caring About Legislative Process is For Losers. He's Wrong."

* "Bitcoin Confuses Alan Greenspan"

* "In Search of the Elusive Bitcoin Billionaire"

* "Eliminate the Brutes: Nick Gillespie on Ewoks"

OK, the latter hasn't been written…yet.

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

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