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Mitch Perry Report for 11.16.16 – Who will be our next Secretary of State?

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Now that the shock is starting to wear off over Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the presidential election a week ago, the biggest story in national politics is what he intends to do with his enormous power and who will help him do it. That means the selection of cabinet officers, with the most high-profile position being that of secretary of state. George W. Bush picked Colin Powell immediately after winning the recount election in late 2000; Barack Obama picked…

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In St. Petersburg, Dan Rather says it’s ‘gut-check time’ for the press in the Trump era

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Count Dan Rather as among those political commentators who describe the rise of Donald Trump as being part of the “post-truth” political era. “What I mean by that is that heretofore it’s been taken as a given and was a fact that truth counted for something,” the iconic reporter/news anchor told a packed audience last Friday night at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. “Which is to say that if the candidate told an untruth, he or she would be held accountable.” Several hundred people paid $100 to hear…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.23.15 – “Spotlight” sparkles

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A good (and finally, chilly) Monday morning to you all. Over the weekend I saw Spotlight, the superb new film that depicts The Boston Globe‘s investigation regarding allegations of sexual abuse by hundreds of clergy in the Boston archdiocese (Special props to actor Mark Ruffalo, sporting the best bowl haircut seen in a premium film in years). The time depicted is 2001, when there was a lot less blogging going on in journalism. The Globe’s reporting ultimately led to their winning a public…

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