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September 2, 2016

CAFE CAGE MATCH EXCLUSIVE: Carl Diggler Battles Glenn Greenwald for the Future of Journalism

It’s the radio event you have all been waiting for.

The Pulitzer “Prize”-winner meets the Polk Award nominee.

The whistleblower fanatic meets the patriot who respects our troops in the NSA.

The Intercept co-founder meets the Beltway Insider and Minnetonka Bugle alum.

For 35 minutes I used devastating logic honed by my grueling years in family court to dismantle each and every one of Glenn Greenwald’s so-called “arguments.”

Whereas Glenn said we should be skeptical of anonymous intelligence sources (duh of course they’re anonymous, that’s how being a secret agent works) and demand “substantive proof” that the Russian government is trying to influence our election, I proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Vladimir Putin personally hacked Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the only person standing between him and marching into Poland.

And when Glenn brought up his rag The Intercept‘s  tawdry reporting of my alleged attempt to launch a Bay of Pigs-type invasion of Cuba with Ron Fournier in support of the Radical Moderates Party, I showed his hypocrisy in this so-called civil libertarian mocking an innocent father being legally barred from buying or operating a boat or canoe.

In return, all Glenn had was dusty old ad hominems like [Glenn Greenwald voice] “that’s factually inaccurate” and “these words are the ravings of an imbecile.” Did Glenn prove my point by his own logic? Listen, and you be the judge:

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Good game, Mr. Greenwald. Feel free to come by the Digcast anytime for a rematch with the King.

Now, on to your questions:

Carl, what do you make of Trump’s bizarre meeting with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto? It was a weird, stilted affair followed by the typical stream of mistruths and contradictions from a confused and flailing campaign?

David Vocks in Seattle, Washington

The content of both Trump’s meeting and resulting speech were bizarre, disjointed, and directly contradictory of claims he had made the same day. That’s the substance. The style, however, is admirable.

One of the big problems for Trump this campaign is his supposed dislike of Latinos. From starting his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists to his ill thought out public feud with a Hispanic judge, it’s been one disaster after the other.

That all changed when he met Nieto. By meeting with not only a Latino, but an ultra-powerful Latino, Trump showed that he could politely conduct himself around non-whites, even when they rival him in economic and social power. By not resorting to screaming, wife attacks, and racial terror while in proximity to Nieto, Trump showed that while he’s still learning, he can absolutely pivot for the general election.

Will Gary Johnson be in the debates this fall? Please say yes. 

Mike Crumbs in Greenwood, DE

Short answer: It’s not looking good for the Libertarian candidate. Johnson needs to hit 15% in the polls by mid-September to earn a podium, and he’s been stuck at 10% for months now.

Obviously hundreds of millions of Americans are craving a No Labels-style third party to break the two-party stranglehold on politics. But the Libertarian Party is not that movement. Their appeal is strictly limited to single-issue voters like isolated militiamen in Idaho worried about U.N. black helicopters and Reddit moderators who have “Free Speech Warrior” in their bio and rightfully appear on several government watchlists for their frequent spy cam purchases.

Just how unpopular is Libertarianism? Two words: Rand Paul. This hideous man-child, who used his shrill voice to disrespect our brave troops in the NSA, CIA, and TSA, likely set the Libertarian movement back a generation — simply by existing.

If Gary Johnson is going to overcome that hurdle, it’ll take a miracle on the level of Christ returning and telling the Commission on Presidential Debates to let Gary in then condemning Rand to Hell.

Carl “The Dig” Diggler has covered national politics for 30 years and is the host of the Digcast, a weekly podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud. Got a question for the Dig? E-mail him at [email protected] or Tweet to @carl_diggler.