November 29 - Fox News as the Brains of the White House; The Islamic State Takes Credit for The Ohio State Rampage; An Update on the Recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan

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We begin with the extraordinary number of Fox News analysts who will be staffing the Trump White House, in part because Trump watches Fox News and gets much of his information from it. Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of “Fox News and American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics and Society” joins us to discuss how Fox News, the “Pravda” of the Republican Party, will now become the voice if not the brains of the White House. We also discuss the irony, now that Trump is considering General Petraeus to be the next Secretary of State, of the appointment of Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as the Deputy National Security Advisor, given her past effort on behalf of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch to recruit General Petraeus to run for president against his Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in 2012. Apparently Petraeus’s conviction for sharing classified information with his mistress does not rise to the level of “crooked Hillary’s” alleged crime of having a private email server for which she was exonerated by the FBI.

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Part 2

Then we examine the latest possible terrorist incident which the Islamic State is taking credit for that took place on the campus of The Ohio State University where a Somali student drove his car into a crowd on the pavement then slashed at them with a butcher’s knife, wounding 11, one critically. The author of “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism”, John Mueller, a professor of political science and the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at The Ohio State University, joins us to discuss the apparent last-minute conversion of this hapless defender of Muslims, including the Rohingya in Myanmar, who was shot dead by a campus policeman.

 
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Part 3

Then finally we get an update on the recounts of the votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan from Daniel Tokaji, a Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and co-author of the casebook “Election Law: Cases and Materials”. We discuss the likelihood that the results in these states will not be overturned but that this will end up as an audit or an investigation to rule out hacking, intentional disregarding of ballots or illegal coordination between election officials and campaigns etc.

 

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