Wayne Barrett was an investigative reporter and senior editor for The Village Voice for 37 years. He was a Fellow with The Nation Institute and contributor to Newsweek. Barrett wrote several books, and is known for his biographies of New York politicians such as Ed Koch, Donald Trump, and Rudy Giuliani. Barrett received degrees from Saint Joseph's University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served on the adjunct faculty for over thirty years. He died in New York City borough of Manhattan in 2017.
For generations, the Trump family has used government and politicians as a path to profit. As president, Donald Trump has taken things even further. “This guy is a state capitalist,” said Trump’s first biographer, reporter Wayne Barrett, in a 1992 WNYC interview, cited extensively in this episode. “[In] every single one of his major deals, he was designated to be a millionaire and subsequently a billionaire by the government officials that he co-opted and compromised.” “The Trump family is not shy on transforming their wealth into power in a very crude and brutal way,” says economist Gabriel Zucman, co-author of the book “The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay.” “But that's the nature of extreme wealth. When you're extremely wealthy what do you do? You spend your wealth and your time trying to defend your established position.” This episode is based on reporting from host Andrea Bernstein’s new book “American Oligarchs: the Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power.” Read about the history of a 40-year tax break Trump negotiated for his Grand Hyatt hotel at ProPublica.
Wayne Barrett applies Ocean Hill-Brownsville experiences to today's issues in education. Author of "Grand Illusion" and with Jack Newfield, "City for Sale," and "Trump" books about NY's governments, politics, Mr. Barrett is the "go-to" person on Trump.
Doug is joined by former “Village Voice” reporters Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins. They discuss their departures from the paper and the state of journalism in today's modern society.
In the second part of a two-part series, Ronnie is joined again by Wayne Barrett, a senior editor at the Village Voice and author of “Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.”
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Jun 11th, 1945
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