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The Role Of TV In Today's Politics




A still frame from an ad that ran during the Democratic candidates debate on Aug. 12. The ad attacked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A still frame from an ad that ran during the Democratic candidates debate on Aug. 12. The ad attacked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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On today's show:

A Fiery Ad Interrupts The Democratic Debate

(Starts at :45)

John Horn talks with Brian Steinberg of Variety about the controversial ad that ran on select ABC affiliates during the Democratic candidate debate Thursday night, attacking Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The ad was sponsored by a conservative political action committee. Steinberg talks about network standards and practices regarding political ads.

The Character-In-Chief In The White House

(Starts at 7:45)

John talks with New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik about his new book, “Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television and the Fracturing of America”: "Try to understand Donald Trump as a person with psychology and strategy and motivation, and you will inevitably spiral into confusion and covfefe. The key is to remember that Donald Trump is not a person. He’s a TV character."

A Show That Demands Close Listening 

(Starts at 18:45)

“This Close” is a dramedy on the Sundance Channel about two best friends navigating love and life in Los Angeles. On its face, that may sound like a familiar — even generic — plot - but the show is anything but. It’s the first of its kind: a TV show starring, created and written by deaf people. Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern are the creators and leads of "This Close" and The Frame contributor Ari Saperstein has their story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_UmXS8cO-w