Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh, Jamil Dakwar on John Bolton

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Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh

This week on CounterSpin: The elite media takeaway on the nomination to the Supreme Court of arch-conservative Brett Kavanaugh—despite allegations of perjury, and an unprecedented lack of access to his  work—would seem to be reflected by CNN, which ran two items on the same day: a poll showing more Americans oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation than support it, and an analysis that took his confirmation as a given. “Americans don’t want it, but it’s happening anyway; next!” seems to be corporate media’s approach to many things these days. Others take democratic dysfunction less sanguinely. We speak with Richard Kim, executive editor of The Nation magazine, about that.

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John Bolton (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

John Bolton (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Also on the show: In 1994, John Bolton declared: “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States, when it suits our interest, and when we can get others to go along.” Bolton is now national security advisor under a president who shares his ideas that international bodies only exist to the extent that the US finds them useful. You can call that straight talk, but then you also have to care what impact it has when a country declares its sovereignty to be the only sovereignty that matters on the planet. Bolton’s target of the moment is the International Criminal Court. We talk about what his most recent threats against the ICC mean with Jamil Dakwar, director of the human rights program at the ACLU.

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