Stay Outraged: Jake Tapper on Politics, Hunger and the Media

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

How has the role of the media changed over the last four years? CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joins Billy Shore to talk about journalism, politics and his work in support of causes like No Kid Hungry and military veterans. “We’re in a war over facts. Right now, two of the biggest stories are about that – people who deny COVID and the seriousness of it and people who deny the election results. In both cases, the leading purveyor of disinformation is the President,” Tapper says. “There is the potential for journalism to be better. There is the capacity for people whose eyes have been opened during the Trump administration to stay engaged and stay outraged,” he believes.

Tapper has observed more focused attention on hunger during the pandemic. “This year we’ve covered it a lot, obviously because there’s been a lot of hunger and a lot of challenges in terms of feeding kids,” he notes. “There are a bunch of reporters and journalists who want to tell these stories and a bunch of Americans who want to hear them. I think there’s a tremendous amount of goodwill out there,” he says.

Listen to this fascinating conversation with of one America’s most astute and respected political journalists.

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Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper

Chief Washington Correspondent
Jake Tapper is CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. He joined the network in January 2013. Tapper currently anchors a one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015. Tapper imparts his political expertise on State of the Union by conducting interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy, covering Washington, the country and the world. The Lead covers headlines from around the country and the globe with topics ranging from breaking news in politics and world events, to politics, money, sports, and popular culture. In addition to his reporting, Tapper has also authored four books, including his debut novel The Hellfire Club, published in 2018, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, published in 2012, Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency, which was published in 2001, and Body Slam: The Jesse Ventura Story, which was published in 1999.


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