3 Former Obama Staffers Launch ‘Crooked Media’ to Counteract Trump
Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett, former staffers and speechwriters for the Obama administration, have launched “Crooked Media”, a website dedicated to counteracting fake news.
In order to appeal to millennial democrats, Vietor explained that “[democrats] need to do a better job of connecting directly and activating people.”
According to the website’s mission statement: “We’re not journalists, we’re not unbiased, we’re not always serious and we’re certainly not always right. But we promise a no-bulls–t conversation about politics where you can laugh, cry, scream, ridicule us daily, share your ideas, and hopefully decide that you want to help fix this mess too.”
Dan Pfeiffer, former White House Communications, joined with Vietor, Favreau and Lovett to host an internet bi-weekly podcast called “Pod Save America”, formerly known as “ Keepin’ It 1600”.
In addition to the podcast, the Crooked Media website will host livestreamed events, videos and podcasts centered on organizing for progressive causes.
So far the Crooked Media website has been self-funded, not taking investments from outside interests.
Favreau said: “We don’t want to over-promise right now since what this is is our podcast being independent and aspirations to do a whole lot more.”
Vietor added: “What I hope we can be, more than anything else, is honest and proactive and make politics feel important and accessible to people and focus on the stories that matter most. That’s really hard to do when you’re trying to fill 24 hours of cable programming or when you have a huge newsroom that has to cover every story each day. But we want to step back and help people figure out what’s important, what’s bullshit, and what they can do about it.”
The efforts of these staffers adds to the growing anti-Trump movement brewing in America.
The guide “Indivisible” is available online as a tool for “making Congress listen”, written by “former congressional staffers”.
Ezra Levin introduced this guidebooklet to the world via his Twitter account earlier this month.
He wrote the document along with Jeremy Haile, and Angel Padilla with the goal of providing a “practical understanding of how your MoCs think, and how you can demonstrate to them the depth and power of the opposition to Donald Trump and Republican congressional overreach. This is not a panacea, nor is it intended to stand alone. We strongly urge you to marry the strategy in this guide with a broader commitment to creating a more just society, building local power, and addressing systemic injustice and racism.”
Levin said this guide contains “specific steps you can take to make change happen” by using the modis operandi of the Tea Party which formed just 3 weeks after President Obama took office in 2008.
By focusing on local activism, Levin said this “strategy and tactics” will work to significantly combat the incoming administration.
He also pointed out: “when we’re thinking about what strategy local activists should take when they’re talking to their own members of Congress, they’re going to have the greatest impact if they’re being extraordinarily responsive to the agenda that those Republican members of Congress are setting.”
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