Jon Favreau was President Obamaâs chief speechwriter. In those days, he was a frequent critic of the political media, frustrated, as many in the Obama administration were, with its focus on conflict, on ephemera, on appearing even-handed even when reality was persistently skewed.
Today, Favreau is changing the media from the inside. Heâs a co-host on Pod Save America, and co-founder of Crooked Media, both of which have seen tremendous growth in 2017.
In this conversation, we look back on 2017, talk through the first year of the Trump White House (âa day-to-day shitshowâ); the Democrats heâs watching for 2020; the mechanics of building a podcast empire; Favreauâs concern about the left (âwe need to take the time to persuade other people of what we believeâ); and the rot in the Republican Party.
To Favreau, the right-wing media is âthe real center of gravity in that party; itâs not the Republicans in Congress, itâs not even really Donald Trump, although I guess you could say that he is, in some ways, a creation of that media machine.â
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