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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Friday
Oct202017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] October 20th: Jack Talks Efforts to Regulate Internet Against Russian Influence

I appear on Sputnik Radio Moscow on October 20th. First off, again, I'm very aware how much Vladimir Putin controls Sputnik. Therefore, I'm just fine with going on air in Moscow and saying definitively that the Russians tried to manipulate American elections. Of course they did, This is what intelligence organizations do,  The Russians have done it. The Americans have done it.  That's how it is. . . . Not sure how much Sputnik appreciated that but so be it.

Now, as for today, Senators McCain, Klobuchar and Warner want to regulate Facebook and other social media companies to be more transparent. It appears that part of the Russian efforts was to purchase time on these platforms and the Senators want public disclosure when foreign organizations buy time.  My expectation will be push back regarding regulating and limiting the ability to make money. Also,. the idea that any bi-partisan bills stand a chance is certainly open for debate.

This will be interesting.

Wednesday
Aug232017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] August 23rd: Jack Talks Trump Success and Failure

I appear on Sputnik Radio Moscow on August 23rd.  Donald Trump is a worldwide phenomenon, for better or for worse. The entire world is watching this out of fascination and/or fear.  Of course, one of the big issues this man is facing right now is the issue of collusion with the Russians. That is one of the reasons that this is such a strange interview.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds enormous power of the media inside Russia.  In fact, I believe its easy to say that this is all state run and controlled media and it only goes out if the Kremlin wants it to do out.  As a result, I am always very hesitant to do interviews with Sputnik. However, so long as 'm not censored and can say what I believe to be true, I will agree.  This is a live interview.

Today, we are going to talk about why Donald Trump is failing in meeting his agenda and the why his platform while running for office has all but vanished.  This is going to be fascinating not just because of the topic but also because of the interview essentially coming from the Russian state.

Hold on tight.   

 

Friday
Apr142017

[Sputnik Radio Moscow] April 14th: Jack Talks Mother of All Bombs, Syria, North Korea and More

I appear on Sputnik Radio out of Moscow on April 14th.  It feels different in the States right now.  I watched it when the Americans decided to fire 59 tomahawk missiles into Syria. And I saw it again when they used a bomb known as MOAB that carried 11,000 lbs of exposives into Afghanistan.  I even see it when President Trump sends a U.S. Naval battle group to North Korea.  A lot of people in U.S. like it. I think they like the feeling of strength and certinty in an uncertain world. However, a strange aspect of it is that these same people seem to see this like a sports contest of sorts.  Similar analogies are even being used.  My guess is that few to none of these people have death as a result of war up close and personal.  Maybe if they were a lot closer to the action, they might reconsider their positions.  Lets hope they never have to . . . I recall Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, Kosovo, Palestine, and more.  They all come back at me as I watch and cover this. 

This will be an interesting conversation.  It has been reported that Sputnik is controled by Putin and therefore is nothing but propaganda.  Of course, the same could be said for muich of American media.  Everybody has their own ax to grind.  My intent is to just tell the truth based upon how I see it.  Can't really do much more than that.  Hope you can catch it.