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Jack is really a storyteller, 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 as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Friday
Apr072017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 7th at 3:30 p.m. with my friend Matt McNeil.  I appears that President Trump is getting a lot of support from the American people for his decision to fire 59 tomahawk missiles at a cost of $100 million into Syria.  Many are trying to understand why the President made this decision considering his very words about American involvement in Syria, about America first, and more.  We will discuss this and more.

Hope you can listen.

Friday
Apr072017

[KOA Denver] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes at Syrian Targets

I appear on KOA in Denver with my buddy Steffan Tubbs to discuss President Trump's decision to fire 59 tomahawk missiles at targets in Syria.  It is an extraordinary shift in American policy.  In fact, as recently as this week, the Secretary of State said we werent' focusing on the Assad regime.  Rather, we were targetting ISIS.  This eries of strikes promises to unend a whole series of efforts in the region. This promises to be a smart interview.

Hope you can listen if you are in the Denver area.

Thursday
Apr062017

[Russian TV Moscow] April 6th: Jack Talks U.S. Attack in Syria and Russian Response

I appear on Russia TV Moscow to discuss the U.S. strikes in Syria.  This will likely be a very interesting conversation as the Russians have a very long standing relationship with the Syrians and have been in fact fighting alongside the regime.  In fact, as recently as 72 hours ago, the Americans and Russians seemed to be agreement that they were going to taret ISIS and that Assad was not the target.  That has been the policy for some time and the assad regime has dramatically increased their holdings.  This shift absolutely changeS the dynamics on the ground.  Of course, this was before the Syrians reportedly attacked civilians using chemical weapons.

This kind of interview is fundamentally different that that which I have in the States or even in Western Europe.  Its always interesting and certainly keeps me on my toes.  

Thursday
Apr062017

[NBC Affiliate Kare 11] April 6th: Jack Talks U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

I appear live on NBC Affilate Kare 11 in Minnepaolis at 10 p.m c.s.t  President Trump just ordered airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for Syria's use of chemical weapons against civilians.  This is really unprecedented for the Americans but an extrtaordinary shift for President Trump.  Throughout his campaign, he argued directly against exactly this kind of a response.  Further, as recently as the last 72 hours, his Secretary of State and his U.S. Ambassador the UN both said that the focus was going to be ISIS and not Assad.  As a result, there is a lot of confusion as to whether this is a new policy or a one time thing.

Thanks is going to be an interesting conversation.

Friday
Mar312017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] March 31: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on March 31st.  There are multiple investigations going on as we speak involving the Trump Administration and their alleged connections with the Russians.  We know that the Russians tried to impact the Presidential election.  That's not the question.  The entire U.S. Intelligence establishment has concluded that that is the case.  The issue is whether the Trump Administration conspired with the Russians to make that happen.  The sort of enemy of my enemy is my friend concept.  We will discuss the latest. 

With so much going on in both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as well as the FBI, there is going to be a lot to talk about including Burr, Nunez, Flynn, Kuchner and more.  Hope you can catch it.  

Tuesday
Mar282017

[Russian TV Moscow] March 28th: Jack Talks House Intel Committee Investigation

I appear on Russian TV Moscow to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Trump/Russia election connections.  As I preoare for this interview, two things come to mind, the House Intelligence Committee is acting like the Keystone Cops.  They are ridiculous and look amateurish.  Congressman Nunez is losing credibility and is looking more and more biased instead of as the neutral that he is supposed to be.  I compare his behavior and the committe as a whole to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation.  This differences couldn't be more stark.

The second issue that I keep contemplating is why the Administration can't seem to get in front of this story. They seem to only know how to work defensively, after the fact.  Making it worse, they frequently lie about the circumstances and seem to act in an obstructionary fashion.  The problem is that they create the perception if not the reality that there is absolutely something to hide.  Again, like the House Intel Committee itself, amateurish at best, or just plain guilty.  Strange.

Hope you can catch it.  

 

Monday
Mar202017

[AM950 Minneapolis] March 20th: Jack Talks Intel Investigations re. Trump and Russia

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis today at 4:05 p.m. c.s.t to discuss Director Comey's and Admiral Rogers' testimony before Congress. This is quite extraordinary.  Both actually admitted that there was nothing behind President Trump's claims regarding President Obama.  Let me say that again.  This was a lie.  Seriously, this is extraordinary.  In addition, the idea that there is an ongoing investigaiton of the Trump team and Russia is actually mindboggling.  

This is going to be good.

Saturday
Mar112017

[MSNBC] March 11th: Jack Talks Trump/Russian Connections

I appear on AM Joy on MSNBC at 9 am. e.s.t. to discuss the latest connections between the Trump administration and the Russians.  It is quite extraordinary how many connections continue to pop up.  One of my concerns is the flat out denials and then the revelations. Consider Flynn, Sessions and more.  

Of course, the Russians have a long history of trying to influence elections.  This shouldn't be a shock.  The Americans have done the same thing over the decades.  The real question now is how successful the Russians were at co-opting the Trump machine during the election process.  One of the problems of course is that it is unclear what kinds of financial ties the Trump organization has with the Russians,  This is certainly an issue that needs to be considered.

This should be an interesting and fun conversation.  Joy is smart and funny and I always enjoy myself.

Thursday
Mar022017

[Voice of America International] March 2nd: Jack Talks Russia, Trump, Sessions and More

I appear on Voice of American International today to discuss the ongoing story of Russia and Trump White House connections.  To be honest, I'm struggling to see where this ends.  My perception is that Flynn was never the end of the story although the Administration was despertely trying to argue it that way.  However, what is particualrly shocking about Attorney General Sessions is why he would say what he said during the confirmation hearings.  He had to know that this would come out.  Right?  So, what is going on with this? He has recused himself and could face much worse. In addition, reports are surfacing right now about White House Special Advisor abd son-in-law Jared Kushner also having contacts with the Russians.  Again, the net widens.

This promises to be an interesting conversation.

Friday
Jan272017

[The Nicole Sandler Show] January 27th: Jack Talks Media in the Trump Era

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on January 27th at 3;30 p.m. e.s.t. with my old friend Nicole Sandler.  She have known each other since the Air America days and beyond.  President Trump has declared war on the media and his watch dog Steve Bannon has upped the charge.  He says the the Media should just shut up and listen.  That's fascinating considering when what Mr. Trump continues to say is verifiable lie after verifiable lie. By the way, I am not using the term lie here loosely.  What he is saying regarding a whole series of things has been verified false by source after source after source.  When POTUS continues to repeat the lie and claim that it is true, regardless of how many times it has been pointed out, I believe that the term lie is appropriate.  We will talk about the role of the media and why now, more than maybe ever, the media needs to stand up to politicians.

On a separate issue, we will also discuss torture and the CIA.  Apparently, POTUS believes in waterboarding and may be arguing for its continuation.  This is quite extraordinary and should result is an amazing conversation.  I have some very specific ideas about it and contemplate what it might be like to prosecute this President in the Hague for crimes against humanity.  

This promises to be interesting.