On this week’s quarantine episode of our Helpful Idiots podcast, hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper are joined by Juan Passarelli, a documentary filmmaker who just lately launched The Conflict on Journalism: The Case of Julian Assange.
For this week’s Democrats Suck, Matt provides a clip of Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris saying on CNN that she wouldn’t belief a Donald Trump COVID-19 vaccine.
“One assumes that if a vaccine becomes available, it’s going to have to actually go through the entire process of being approved by the FDA, and it’s going to have to go through trials,” says Matt. “They’re going to have a hard time already getting people to take this vaccine. And isn’t this exactly what Democrats have criticized Republicans about in the past?”
For Republicans Suck, our hosts delve into the information across the forthcoming Bob Woodward e-book Rage, and Woodward’s tapes printed by The Washington Put up that confirmed Trump’s consciousness of the severity of Covid-19 as early as February of this yr.
“A more responsible president, you could imagine them figuring out a way to not cause a panic, but also alert people to how dangerous it was,” says Katie. “There’s a difference between putting it in perspective and urging people to keep their heads while following guidelines, there’s a difference between that and just downplaying it and encouraging dangerous behavior.”
Juan Passarelli joins our friends to debate his new movie about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
“This is a case of a publisher who acquired very important material that showed war crimes, showed torture, showed widespread corruption on the biggest levels of government, and that created a repercussion,” says Passarelli, who breaks down the problems round Assange’s indictment.
Passarelli additionally discusses the situation of Assange after being detained within the UK., and the United Nations’ declare that Assange was arbitrarily detained. “They are torturing him to make an example out of him,” says Passarelli, who additionally pontificates on why Trump has been aggressive in pursuing Assange’s extradition. “This is not a new position for Trump. I think he is also extremely opportunistic, and decided to play along with leaks that were favorable to him at the time.”