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Mark Riley: The Intersection of Politics and Culture

Jan 20, 2019

Things are getting deep with the shutdown, the Trump-Russia investigation, and The Wall. Americans are encouraged to believe only the media that reinforces their view of the world. It’s not new, but it ought to change. Modern [reality format] media is about attracting attention. There are good journalists around, but the important question for media is exactly how much should this president and his incessant tweets, be covered?

In this episode we'll take a look at who is running for the Democratic Party nomination for president in 2020? Depends on who you ask. Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have already announced. So have a host of others most Americans have never heard of. Off to the side are a number of prominent Dems who have yet to formally announce, from Corey Booker to Kamala Harris to Mike Bloomberg to Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders. Who will prevail?

Unlike four years ago, there’s no anointed candidate, so presumably the field is wide open. As a small 'd' democrat, I always believe the more the merrier. In 2016, there were 16 GOP candidates, and look what they [we] wound up with. The Democratic Party can and must do better, no matter who decides to run. I would urge people not to pay too much attention to the horse race aspect of media coverage. There will be polls, and more polls. Take most of them with a grain of salt as well. Ask yourself, what are my interests, my issues, my concerns? Make your choice on who to support based not on hype, but on your assessment of who best speaks to you.