Len Downie's career at the Washington Post lasted more than 40 years and culminated with a stint as executive editor, ending in 2008. In light of the shocking news that Trump's DOJ pursued the acquisition of email data from several New York Times reporters, and a gag order on Times leadership, Downie joins Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this episode to discuss the role of the free press, the evolving nature and technology of the media, and the Trump administration's antagonistic relationship with the media — as well as to look back on highlights from his storied career.
Plus, our hosts are joined by Yahoo News' Jon Ward to cover Trump's return to rallies ahead of his anticipated appearance at the North Carolina GOP convention.
Jon Ward (@jonward11), Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo News
Len Downie, author, former executive editor of the Washington Post (1991-2008)
Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
"As Trump restarts rallies, GOP strategists hope against all odds that he won’t rehash 2020 election" by Jon Ward (June 4, Yahoo News)
"White House Disavows Knowledge of Gag Order on Times Leaders in Leak Inquiry" by Charlie Savage and Katie Benner (June 5, New York Times)
"All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post" by Len Downie (2020; PublicAffairs)
Report: The Trump Administration and the Media (Committee to Protect Journalists, April 16)
"AP explains why it fired Emily Wilder for pro-Palestinian tweets" by David Goldman (May 30, CNN Business)
"Intelligence officials weigh possibility coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab" by Jenna McLaughlin (April 14, Yahoo News)