The Kalb Report: Ken Burns on Saving America in 2020

In the first-ever virtual “Kalb Report” on July 27, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told moderator Marvin Kalb that the United States in 2020 is in the midst of one of the four great crises in this nation’s history.

The triple threat of the coronavirus—a pestilence in Burns’ words—the ensuing economic collapse and the racial reckoning of the Black Lives Matter movement, all overseen by ineffectual and counterproductive leadership at the top, has put the nation in a calamitous situation that ranks with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, he said.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: “We the People…”

NPR’s Nina Totenberg, NBC News’ Pete Williams and CBS News Legal Analyst Jonathan Turley to Discuss Political Division and the U.S. Constitution at National Press Club, Dec. 4

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 12, 2019)—Is America headed for—or perhaps already in—a constitutional crisis fueled by highly partisan politics? Is this endangering our democracy? If so, where do we go from here?

The first forum in the 26th season of The Kalb Report (and the 100th program in the series) will tackle these questions as well as examine who we are as a country today, how we are influencing the world and whether the current administration is an anomaly or represents a dramatic shift in our ideology.Continue Reading

Trump’s Criticism Becomes “Background Music” as Times and Post Push for Truth, Executive Editors Say

While reporting on President Trump can be challenging as he demeans critical stories about him, often calling them fake, the executive editors of two of the nation’s leading newspapers told a National Press Club audience recently that it can be done, but only by maintaining high standards and not snapping at the president’s bait.

“If you tell the truth, if you’re accurate, if you’re aggressive, and you’re fair, and you hold onto your principles, I think in the end, that’s the only way you can cover him,” New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told moderator Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of “The Kalb Report.”Continue Reading