You would think the 2016 campaign is still raging, after listening to two segments of Think on KERA, hosted by Krys Boyd, today. Both were patently political, and anti-Trump fearmongering. Is inappropriate, biased, rhetorical conjecture the policy of KERA and public radio? Is anybody reviewing the balance or objectivity of the programming? If so, who?
The first segment was an interview with Kennette Benedict, who has a BA from Oberlin College, a PhD in political science from Stanford University. She is a former executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which recently moved the Doomsday Clock from 3 seconds to 2.5 seconds until midnight. The whole discussion was a not-so-thinly-veiled criticism of President Trump for the increased likelihood of nuclear war, and, with a strange detour, the woes of unchecked climate change. I did not hear any details of her solutions to these issues.
The second segment was naked rant of hatred against the president, forecasts of dire consequences, and calls for mobilization against him. The guest was David Frum, author of an essay about “Building an Autocracy.” Published in the March issue of The Atlantic. The subtitle, “The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.”
According to Wikipedia, “Illiberal democracy is a term used by Fareed Zakaria, a journalist, in a1997 article in the journal Foreign Affairs. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/1997-11-01/rise-illiberal-democracy It refers to governments that give the appearance of democracies, but are autocratic in practice.
The very long treatise may qualify as “future-fiction,” as it starts by describing America in 2021 as Donald Trump starts his second term. He describes a downward spiral towards a corrupt, Orwellian democracy, in which Trump enriches himself, pardons his friends, harasses and punishes opposition; Slovakia owns The Washington Post; illegal aliens can stay in the shadows to work; young, black, and other liberal voters find it difficult to register and vote in some states.
This is followed by pages and pages of postulations and fears; he took way too many pages to say, “We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered.” “Trump bad!” “Trump evil!” “Trump hurt us!” “Hate Trump.” Stop Trump.”