EPISODE NUMBER: 9123 (July 15, 2013)
GUESTS: Jeremy Scahill
SEGMENTS: Stephen’s Vacation | George Zimmerman Verdict | People Destroying America – Lynn Harrell | KTVU-TV on Asiana Airlines Crash | Sign Off – Goodnight
SUIT REPORT: Black Suit | White Shirt | Yellow/Gold/Maroon Striped Tie
VIDEOS: Monday, July 15, 2013
And … we’re back! Welcome back, Stephen! He’s once again looking tanned and rested and ready to deal with an extremely busy news cycle. We had a lot packed into this show, with an impassioned evisceration of the prosecution and Florida’s “rule of law” regarding the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. Stephen also detailed a lengthy explanation of how this widely-lamented ruling now brings the whole racial quality issue on “equal” footing. Whites and blacks are “even,” now, according to our fearless host.
As usual, coming back from break we had a nice field piece, People Who Are Destroying America, with cellist Lynn Harrell demonstrating the lengths folks will go to get more frequent flyer miles. The racial overtones jokingly assigned at the end of the piece were a bit much for me, and Harrell kind of was creepy in how he was stroking his cello there, but it was overall a very funny story.
Stephen covered the Asiana crash … well KTVU’s reporting of the Asiana crash, leading to far better pilot names than that summer intern could come with, like “Ha Yu Lan Dis Tang.” And Munchma Quchi made a cameo! How we’ve missed you.
Finally, a pretty intense interview with Jeremy Scahill. He was remarkably, passionately attached to arguing his viewpoints, and Stephen was equally combative, making for a pretty thrilling ride of an exchange. The use of drones continues to cast a dark pall over the Obama administration, and journalists like Scahill are to be commended for shining a light on the murkiness surrounding these practices.
What did you think of this return to shows? Comment strong! We’ll have lots more later on. [Update: done!]
George Zimmerman Verdict
- People are tracking [the Zimmerman verdict] like it’s a black teenager in a gated community.
- This is a victory for the rule of law, in that Florida no longer has rules or laws.
- Fox news analyst, inventor of the “lip hoodie,” Geraldo Rivera …
- If [the Zimmerman] trial proves anything — and I’m not sure it does, because the prosecution certainly didn’t — it’s that America has no patience for transgressors. We punish them harshly. Those who break our state or federal laws go to jail, while those who break our moral laws go into New York city politics.
People Destroying America – Lynn Harrell
KTVU-TV on Asiana Airlines Crash
Interview – Jeremy Schall
“If an American citizen is going to be executed on orders of the President, and he’s not posing an imminent threat, the government has the burden to present the evidence against them, and [the accused should] have a chance to respond to the evidence.”