Chapter 6: John Podhoretz

Conservative journalism has changed markedly since John Podhoretz began his career at the Washington Times in the early 1980s. When Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky story in 1998, it was clear that things would never be the same. On today’s episode of The Hangover, John joins Chris Stirewalt to explore how the changing media ecosystem contributed to Donald Trump’s election in 2016. The pair reflect on the creation of The Weekly Standard, electoral politics in the Clinton and Obama years, and how Trump’s victory affected the conservative movement. Even though Trump is no longer president, will his presence in conservative media continue to be felt for the foreseeable future?

Show Notes:

John’s page at Commentary

John on the history of The Weekly Standard

Bill Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union address

Matt Drudge breaks the Lewinsky scandal

Josh Marshall: “The Digital News Industry Was Built on Lies”

Glenn Beck and Roger Ailes

Obama’s birth certificate coffee mugs

National Review’s “Against Trump” issue

Chris Christie’s takedown of Marco Rubio

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