The Paradox of Dick Cheney (with Adam McKay)
The interview was taped on 2/5/19.
Adam McKay is an Oscar award-winning director and screenwriter. He was a writer for Saturday Night Live and one of the earliest members of Upright Citizens Brigade, a renown improvisational and sketch comedy group. McKay’s films include The Big Short, Anchorman I and II, and Stepbrothers. His most recent film is Vice, a biopic of Dick Cheney. Preet and McKay discuss: McKay’s extensive research into Dick and Liz Cheney’s psychology and presentation The lasting effect of the Bush presidency on American politics and policyHow Cheney carved out an unprecedented role for the Vice President, using his subordinate status to command control McKay’s background in comedy, and how it influences his craft
From the Q&A portion of the episode: Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker.”The non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An article in The Daily Beast reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, is the leaker.A report from NBC News on Senator Burr’s comments concerning the possibility of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, plus Senator Warner’s dispute.An article in NYT on El Chapo’s trial and verdict. Presiding Judge Cogan’s response to the El Chapo jury verdict.
From the interview:McKay’s movies: Vice (2018), Anchorman (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Bad Blood (upcoming)Michael Bay’s movie, Pearl Harbor (2001)Alfonso Cuarón’s, Roma (2018) Fox’s Tucker Carlson 2018 segment on “Sex-Crazed” Pandas Jane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side: The Insider Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American IdealsBarton Gellman’s book, Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidentMichael Isikoff and David Corn’s book, Hubris: The Insider Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq WarRon Suskind’s three books on the Bush yearsGarrett Epps' analysis in the Atlantic on the Unitary Executive Theory originChristian Bale’s 2019 Golden Globes speech where he thanked Satan An article in NBC News on Cheney embracing his Darth Vader nicknameAn article in The Atlantic on the relationship between Presidents and think tanksStay Tuned with Preet interviews: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and journalist John CarreyrouFRD’s 1936 speech announcing the Second New Deal, where he famously said, “I welcome their hatred.” Read his full remarks here. George W. Bush dancing on Ellen (watch the opening) Documentary, The Act of Killing (2012)An article in The Atlantic recounting George H.W. Bush’s and Ford’s respective criticisms of Cheney and Rumsfeld An article in The Hill reporting that Cheney still has not apologized to the man he shot (though the survivor has apologized to Cheney)An article in NYT recounting Cheney’s proposal to bomb Syria in 2007 An article in Time on President Bush’s decision to not pardon Scooter Libby Shakespeare’s King LearA retrospective on the history of the Upright Citizens Brigade An article in NYT on Director Mike Leigh’s unconventional method of screenwritingAn article in NYT on the different phrasing used by political parties, i.e. “estate tax” vs. “death tax”
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