Bolton vs. Pompeo
“CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell interviews former National Security Adviser John Bolton. (Courtesy: CBS News)
As I’ve been writing in recent days, former National Security Adviser John Bolton is showing up pretty much anywhere there’s a camera to promote his new book, “The Room Where It Happened,” which is highly critical of Trump. One of his stops on Tuesday was with Fox News’ Bret Baier, who asked Bolton who has a better foreign policy approach — Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden?
Bolton said, “The difference between Biden and Trump is that Biden has a view, and Trump has no view. On any given day, any decision is possible. And I find that frightening. I find the response to the coronavirus demonstrates exactly the kind of fear that I have. The response was herky-jerky, incoherent, sporadic, not as effective as it could have been. That’s what’s wrong with Donald Trump decision-making. And to see it in this kind of crisis only gives a preview of what could happen in an even more severe crisis.”
Baier also asked Bolton what he thought of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling Bolton a traitor and comparing him to Edward Snowden. Bolton said, “That’s complete nonsense, but on the other hand, the president was quoted months ago as calling me a traitor. So, the fact that Mike Pompeo does is par for his course.”
During an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Bolton said of Pompeo, “Mike and I obviously have a substantial disagreement here because I think his department was the ace of aces in the government for leaking things. He has made a decision, which is certainly his to make, to tie his political future to Donald Trump. I think that’s what he continues to do. I feel sorry for him for doing that. But obviously, I’m not gonna change his mind.”
An Undefeated special
ESPN will air a special tonight featuring ESPN anchors, analysts and contributors, as well as high-profile athletes and authors to explore Black athletes’ experiences with injustice. The special — “The Undefeated Presents Time for Change: We Won’t Be Defeated” — will air at 8 p.m. Eastern with an encore presentation at 11 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
The show will feature “SportsCenter” anchors Elle Duncan, Michael Eaves and Jay Harris, as well as reporter and studio host Maria Taylor. Some of the guests will include NHL player Evander Kane, former Major League Baseball star Torii Hunter and author Ibram X. Kendi. The show also will feature essays from ESPN and The Undefeated journalists.
- Publishers Daily’s Sara Guaglione reports that The New York Times has told staffers they won’t have to return to the office until January 2021 at the earliest. The Times told staff that a small number of employees might be asked to work from the office “if they do critical work that substantially benefits from being done in the office.” But, the Times added, it will respect the wishes of those who do not want to work from the office.
- The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which had already been pushed back from April to August, has now been canceled because of the coronavirus. However, the White House Correspondents’ Association said it is working on a virtual event so it can recognize award-winning journalism and scholarship winners.
- Viewership for Sunday night’s ESPYs — ESPN’s made-for-TV awards show — was not good. This year’s event was held virtually as opposed to a big extravaganza. According to Sports Media Watch, the show averaged 482,000 viewers on ESPN and ESPN2, making it the smallest audience ever for the event that goes back to 1995. The previous low was 1.98 million in 2011. Sports Media Watch reported that last year’s ESPYs, which aired on ABC, drew 3.87 million.
- So, was President Trump really kidding when he said we need to slow down testing for the coronavirus? Many who work for him said it was a joke. Then Trump said Tuesday, “I don’t kid.” So, surely White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany cleared it all up, right? Uh, well … The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple tries to figure that all out with this piece.
Usually, in this section — Hot Type — I list three or four items worth seeing or reading. Today, however, I will give you this two-part project because I really encourage you to take the time to read it. Tamir Rice was 12 years and playing in the park with a toy gun when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer in 2014. Tamir would have turned 18 this week. Read this powerful project by the USA Today Network in partnership with the Media School at Indiana University, “These Black Teens Are Turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America,” which also includes an interview with Rice’s mother.