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The Real Enemy Of The People

Why did the Obama DOJ designate a reporter as a criminal co-conspirator? Were they treating this reporter as an “enemy of the state?” Was there a suspension of skepticism amongst reporters during the Obama presidency? Will the impeachment in secret go over well with the American people? Sinclair Broadcast Group investigative reporter, James Rosen joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Yes, You Are Fake News

How are pro-lifers all of a sudden synonymous with white supremacy? Is CNN purging their pro-Trump conservatives and replacing them with a former Deputy Director of the FBI and known liar, Andy McCabe? Will McCabe be charged with a crime any day now? Senior Contributor at American Greatness, Julie Kelly joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Patterns Of Propaganda

Are the mainstream media journalists not only ignoring the people who got Russian collusion wrong but also continuing to ignore the people who got it right? Why is accusing Trump or even Bill Barr of treason with no evidence and then receiving no consequences for their outrageous claims the new normal? Former CBS News Foreign Correspondent, Lara Logan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Phillips: Set The Record Straight

The media reported Nathan Phillips as a Native American elder as well as a Vietnam veteran. But now the record shows he never served in Vietnam. Is this another example of the media’s complete lack of interest in context? Retired U.S. Navy Seal, Don Shipley joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Shutdown Day 33

Is it a mistake to consider amnesty or benefits for people here illegally until the border is completely secured? Would it be constitutional for Trump to declare a national emergency to fund the wall and reopen government? What does the unprecedented response from the Mueller team say about the credibility of the Buzzfeed story? Senior legal fellow for The Heritage Foundation, Hans Von Spakovsky joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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FBI And DOJ Spying On Journalists

Does the media pick and choose the stories they report on to adhere to their critical narrative of Trump? Is there a media blackout on the Avenatti charges? Where’s the healthy skepticism across the board? Where are the civil liberties groups taking a principled stand against government abuses? Investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson joins Dan and Amy to discuss these topics and her suit against the FBI and DOJ.

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White House Insider On The Anonymous Op-Ed And Woodward Book

Does the Woodward book provide any balance or context? What are the clues in the anonymous op-ed that makes the author sound disgruntled and dishonest? Is the focus on foreign affairs a hint that it could be someone in the State Department? Ronald Kessler, who had more access to Trump and the White House than Woodward ever had, joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The “Resistance” Infiltrates The White House

Who wrote the anonymous op-ed? Who stands to benefit the most? How about Simon & Schuster? Why are policy differences with Trump treated like the sinking of the Titanic? Is the cabinet really trying to remove the president from office? If the author were truly concerned wouldn’t they announce it publicly and resign? Editor of Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Auctioneering Sanity At Congressional Hearings

Is the SCOTUS hearing overshadowing the social media giants’ testimonies and their alleged censorship of conservatives? Was the anonymous op-ed written to appeal to NYT editorial board? Doesn’t it sound like it could be the preface to Woodward’s book? Should Republicans reconsider the prospects of a blue wave in November? Senior Editor for HotAir.com, Ed Morrissey joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Will Mueller Open The Can Of Worms?

Should Republicans take Chuck Todd’s advice and begin the orderly surrender? Is there even enough on the table for Democrats to even want to begin impeachment? Is Sessions gone after the midterms? Will Trump ever back down from his definition of fake news? Anchor of Special Report on Fox News, Bret Baier joins Dan and Kristen McQueary to discuss.

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“CNN Sucks!”

Do you think Trump is using “Stalinist” tactics to deal with media? Should there be a security detail for those who work at CNN headquarters? Is it that outlandish to invite the Vice President to be a commencement speaker? Editor of The News Criterion and a Columnist for PJ Media, Roger Kimball joins Dan and Amy to discuss the Left’s sensitive overreactions to President Trump.

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Trump: The Greatest Showman?

In a political climate that is increasingly sensitive, is Donald Trump’s unapologetic fearlessness of leftist media part of the act? How do Democrats take the colossal leap from believing Trump needs to rephrase his words to him being guilty of treason? Was Trump correct in questioning U.S. intelligence after the incompetence of the last administration? Dan and Amy discuss these questions and more with fellow radio host Mike Gallagher.

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“Fake News” And “Hate Speech” Is Code For Silencing Conservatives

Obama used Facebook data during his campaign and it was seen as innovative, but when Trump uses it, it’s a national disgrace? Is it time for conservatives to build their own castles? Are the high scoolers participating in the “pro life walkout” going to get the same approval from school officials as the pro gun control students? Hollywood screenwriter, Andrew Klavan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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DC Press Corps Echo Chamber

Is the criticism from the Sinclair statement about whether Sinclair serves as an echo chamber for supposed pro Trump policies or what reverberates through the publications? Why is the ownership of some particular outlets of interest to some left-wing echo chambers, especially when conservatives are involved? Dan and Kristen discuss the recent backlash from Sinclair’s mission statement.

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Journalism Is Authentically Better Than Ever

Despite what some conservatives claim, journalism is not only not dead, it’s better than ever.

The charge of “fake news” whether from the left or the right is the verbal equivalent of a white flag on the battlefield of ideas.

The person leveling that charge is almost invariably saying that they cannot defend their underlying position on the merits and thus are using this dismissive phrase to cover their retreat.

In fact, news is more authentic than ever.

But what about the open hostility and manifest bias of the DC press corps?

Would you rather the hostility and bias that has pervaded the DC press corps for generations preceding Trump continue to be covered by a patina of false congeniality and ersatz objectivity?

In a recent article in The New Republic, allegedly the thinking liberal’s outlet, Leah Finnegan calls on the media to be the true opposition party to POTUS. Schumer and Pelosi aren’t hard core enough.

To that conservatives should say, thank you, Ms. Finnegan.

Conservatives have long understood the Beltway media to be the opposition party. The fact The New Republic and other leftist outlets are stripping away their pretense of neutrality is conceding conservatives’ point.

That’s called victory. And there’s nothing fake about it.


What's Real in the Era of Fake News? Proft Goes 1:1 W/ Venerable Chicago Newsman Bernie Judge

Bernie Judge spent 50 years in Chicago media working in various stints for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, City News and the Daily Law Bulletin.

What advice did Judge give Ed Asner for Asner's signature "Lou Grant" character? Would that be good counsel for journalists today? 

How did Judge cover stories as compared to how they're covered today?

Does putting a premium on speed necessarily sacrifice accuracy?

Do journalists get it wrong more often than they used to and is that a function of ideology or oversight? Is journalism no longer fact-gathering and simply polemics?

What's fake news and what isn't it? Who is trafficking in it and who isn't?

What is the future of journalism as it pertains to content not just distribution channels?

Is the era of the must-read journalist/columnist who commanded the attention of the general public, influenced the outcomes of elections and otherwise exerted great sway on politics and culture (e.g. Mike Royko) gone for good?

We get the who, what, where, when, why and how from eminent Chicago newsman Bernie Judge on this installment of Against The Current.

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What Happens If Obamacare Is Repealed?

On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft & Hilary Gowins, Dir. of Content Strategy, Illinois Policy Institute, discuss right-to-work states and what it means for Illinois (a forced-unionism state), the results of Illinois’ medicaid expansion, what the future of Obamacare will look like, and the rise of “fake” news - specifically on Facebook.

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