Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Mark Esper, who served as secretary of defense under former President Donald Trump and is now out with a new book, 'A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times.' Esper discusses serving during the alarming final months of the Trump presidency and what he fears most about a second Trump term.

The Interview
00:28:40 5/23/2022

Past Episodes

The Interview
Andrew McCarthy, Fox News contributor, National Review editor and former federal prosecutor, returns to The Interview to speak with Mediaite editor Aidan McLaughlin about the bombshell Jan. 6 hearings and whether former President Donald Trump will face criminal charges.
00:39:41 6/30/2022
The Interview
Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks and founder and CEO of the TYT network, for the 20th anniversary of his show. They discuss how media has changed in the last two decades, whether progressives are welcome on cable news, how online platforms like YouTube handle speech, and what he makes of newsroom revolts shaking outlets like the Washington Post.
00:43:48 6/14/2022
The Interview
Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Kellyanne Conway, who served as senior counselor to former President Donald Trump and ran his successful 2016 campaign, about her new memoir, "Here's the Deal." McLaughlin and Conway discuss her time in the Trump administration, leaking and backbiting in his White House, the myth that the 2020 election was stolen, the Jan 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol, and living with George Conway.
00:46:54 5/26/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Kara Swisher, the New York Times writer and host of 'Sway', about Elon Musk's dramatic bid to take over Twitter. Swisher knows Musk better than most: she has been covering Silicon Valley for decades, and has interviewed the billionaire Tesla CEO at length multiple times. McLaughlin called up Swisher on Thursday to discuss the latest twist in Twitter's fate, what's really going through the head of the world's richest man, and what Swisher makes of the seismic changes shaking up the tech and media worlds.
00:21:13 5/16/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Democratic strategist Jess McIntosh about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. McIntosh is a veteran campaign adviser and strategist, with a particular focus on reproductive rights. She served on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and as the communications director for EMILY's List, which works to elect pro-choice candidates. McLaughlin and McIntosh discuss what the decision means for Roe, for abortion in America, and for the upcoming midterms elections. McIntosh also assesses how the media covers abortion.
00:24:42 5/9/2022
The Interview
Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CNN senior international correspondent Matthew Chance as he prepares to return to Ukraine to cover the Russian invasion. Chance, a veteran war correspondent and one of the few journalists to have interviewed Vladimir Putin, discusses the toll of covering wars like Ukraine, what the next phase of the conflict looks like, how Russian media is spinning its atrocities - and whether the Russian people are buying it.
00:36:12 4/22/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with New York Daily News Police Bureau Chief Rocco Parascandola about the 29-hour manhunt for the Brooklyn subway shooter, what the attack means for crime in New York City, and how crime reporting has changed in his decades on the beat.
00:34:58 4/17/2022
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Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with CNN anchor Kasie Hunt about her new show on CNN+, making the jump from cable news to streaming, keeping things on track after the ouster of Jeff Zucker, and how covering politics has changed since she was on the bus for Mitt Romney's 2012 election campaign.
00:29:46 4/7/2022
The Interview
Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks to Puck founding partner Matt Belloni about the fallout from Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, what it means that a streaming service won best picture, and his move from serving as editor in chief of The Hollywood Reporter to a new kind of news outlet.
00:25:00 4/4/2022
The Interview
Mediaite editor in chief Aidan McLaughlin speaks with Jane Ferguson, a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour and contributor to the New Yorker. Ferguson arrived in Kyiv, Ukraine less than two weeks ago, the same day documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed by Russian forces. Ferguson and McLaughlin discuss the dangers of reporting from Ukraine, how she copes with covering war, and why so many journalists seem to be caught in the crossfire in this particular conflict. Ferguson, an experienced foreign correspondent, has covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
00:34:57 3/24/2022

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