When Republican Congressman Trey Radel was busted for cocaine in Washington, the Tea Party poster boy from Florida went straight to the political scandal playbook to try to salvage his career: He invoked God, family and forgiveness, then ducked into rehab. Is his career toast? Probably, though Newt Gingrich says Radel might get a do-over if his constituents think his rehab is for real. WhoWhatWhy put together thumbnails of some of the elders of Washington scandals who, over the past 40 years, have paved the path of duplicity for callow dudes like Radel. It turns out his drug denouement was a rarity. When it comes to turpitude in D.C., it’s usually about sex.
Russ Baker answers questions on why he started WhoWhatWhy, the state of the media, the Edwards/Siegelman cases, the future of journalism jobs, and more.
WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker interviewed by Emily Rooney on “Greater Boston,” PBS affiliate WGBH, June 13, 2012. Discussed: suppressed JFK records, new interpretations of Watergate, the John Edwards prosecution, the bin Laden raid, and more.
Given the outcome of the Edwards case, we’d like to call attention to what we said about it. And to what makes WhoWhatWhy unique.
Russ and Nicole Sandler talk about: failures of media, the death of the “Lockerbie bomber,” John Edwards facing a 30 year sentence, American naivete, and much more.
Does it seem a little bit odd that John Edwards is facing a potential thirty year jail term? There’s been plenty of focus on the charges against him and on the trial—but precious little on why Edwards was even investigated and prosecuted in the first place. It’s worth pondering which politicians have been made to take a fall and which have not—and why. There may be more here than meets the eye.
The real role played by Donald Trump and those who occupy that special “entertainment” space in our political process is far more important—and sinister—than we seem to recognize. By their very participation in the campaign, they keep us from seeing that even the “legitimate” candidates are deeply problematical.