Every Thursday, the Spy hosts a conversation with Al From and Craig Fuller on the most topical political news of the moment.
This week, From and Fuller discuss the $1.6 billion lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News for their false stories about the 2020 presidential election. Al and Craig also share thoughts on the possible political consequences of a verdict against Fox in the 2024 presidential election.
This video podcast is approximately sixteen minutes in length.
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While the Spy’s public affairs mission has always been hyper-local, it has never limited us from covering national, or even international issues, that impact the communities we serve. With that in mind, we were delighted that Al From and Craig Fuller, both highly respected Washington insiders, have agreed to a new Spy video project called “The Analysis of From and Fuller” over the next year.
The Spy and our region are very lucky to have such an accomplished duo volunteer for this experiment. While one is a devoted Democrat and the other a lifetime Republican, both had long careers that sought out the middle ground of the American political spectrum.
Al From, the genius behind the Democratic Leadership Council’s moderate agenda which would eventually lead to the election of Bill Clinton, has never compromised from this middle-of-the-road philosophy. This did not go unnoticed in a party that was moving quickly to the left in the 1980s. Including progressive Howard Dean saying that From’s DLC was the Republican wing of the Democratic Party.
From’s boss, Bill Clinton, had a different perspective. He said it would be hard to think of a single American citizen who, as a private citizen, has had a more positive impact on the progress of American life in the last 25 years than Al From.”
Al now lives in Annapolis and spends his semi-retirement as a board member of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (his alma mater) and authoring New Democrats and the Return to Power. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins’ Krieger School and recently agreed to serve on the Annapolis Spy’s Board of Visitors. He is the author of “New Democrats and the Return to Power.”
For Craig Fuller, his moderation in the Republican party was a rare phenomenon. With deep roots in California’s GOP culture of centralism, Fuller, starting with a long history with Ronald Reagan, leading to his appointment as Reagan’s cabinet secretary at the White House, and later as George Bush’s chief-of-staff and presidential campaign manager was known for his instincts to find the middle ground. Even more noted was his reputation of being a nice guy in Washington, a rare characteristic for a successful tenure in the White House.
Craig has called Easton his permanent home for the last five years, where now serves on the boards of the Academy Art Museum, the Benedictine School, and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He also serves on the Spy’s Board of Visitors.
With their rich experience and long history of friendship, now joined by their love of the Chesapeake Bay, they have agreed through the magic of Zoom, to talk inside politics and policy with the Spy every Thursday.
Letters to Editor
William Keppen says
Fringe politicians have gained ascendancy in the past decade. The most glaring example, perhaps, would be Donald J Trump, who really wasn’t a politician at all, until he won the presidency in 2016. That, not he, ushered in a whole new aspect of political discourse, much of which revolves around lies and conspiracy theories. Media, like FOX, OAN, etc., are on a mission to install an authoritarian form of government in America, in order to control the economy and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the extremely wealthy. We have seen this, many times, in other countries, including Russia, the country and the leader that all too many Republicans, including Trump seem to love. Pay attention, Americans.
Rick Megahan says
Maybe I missed it, but are there similar concerns about the non-Fox news media’s erroneous promulgation of Trump/Russia’s role in 2016 or recent revelations about the efficacy of Covid vaccines and masks that reflect poorly on that ‘journalism?’
Fact is, we are debating the legitimacy of advocacy journalism prior to all the facts being known or accepted. Fox’s defense against Dominion has not yet been heard and the origins and nature of Covid are just beginning to be widely known.
We have a free press and straight news is hard to come by (even on NPR), so I won’t hold my breath for a mea culpa by legacy media on these and other topics that were not settled ‘science’ or history. The best course is to consider several sources and disregard wishful (fake) reporting by influencers that have let you down in the past.
It ain’t over until it’s over. Broadcast, cable and streaming news will continue to strive to be first on a story as well as satisfying to their audiences. Error and guile are endemic to that process.
Hughlett Kirby says
Why doesn’t this affect Fox News’ license to broadcast? Don’t they have to get renewed occasionally, or is that only the stations which carry them?
Sarah Oppenheimer says
Anyone who believes that one ‘side’ of the news is credible over the other is a victim of propaganda.