"Why Do the Media Push Polarized Politics?"
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About the Speakers
Michael Medved: Born in Philadelphia, Michael attended public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles before starting Yale at age 16 as a National Merit Scholar. He majored in American History and graduated with honors before attending Yale Law School, where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton.
After several years as a campaign speechwriter and political consultant, Michael wrote his first bestseller at age 26- WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF ’65?, a skeptical reconsideration of the “counterculture” of the 1960’s that became a weekly TV series on NBC. Michael’s subsequent 12 books include: THE SHADOW PRESIDENTS, hailed as the definitive history of White House chiefs of staff, HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA, a stinging indictment of the entertainment industry, and RIGHT TURNS, which tells the story of Michael’s transformation from “punk liberal activist to lovable conservative curmudgeon.” THE 10 BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICA (2008) and THE 5 BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICAN BUSINESS (2010), confront the most common smears against the United States and its free market system.
Medved’s most recent book, THE AMERICAN MIRACLE: DIVINE PROVIDENCE IN THE RISE OF THE REPUBLIC, describes a dozen astonishing incidents in which luck, nature, or some higher power seemed to intervene on behalf the young United States. In the book, Michael argues that a “pattern of happy accidents” is still a pattern, and sides with the Founders in seeing America as “fortune’s favorite” and “destiny’s darling.”
Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors. His work as a film critic, based on short-lived experience as a Hollywood screen writer, featured positions at CNN (1980-84),Great Britain’s Channel 4 Network (1984), and PBS (1985-96) where he served as co-host of the popular weekly show Sneak Previews. He was also Chief Film Critic of the New York Post for five years before launching his daily radio show in 1996.
Michael has been married for more than a quarter of a century to clinical psychologist Dr. Diane Medved, a bestselling author in her own right (THE CASE AGAINST DIVORCE). Diane’s new book, DON’T DIVORCE! THE MOST POWERFUL REASONS FOR REVIVING YOUR MARRIAGE, is scheduled for publication in March, 2017. They live in the Seattle area where they raised their three children.
Mike Gallagher: Prior to being launched into national syndication in 1998, Mike hosted the morning show on WABC-AM in New York City. Today, Talkers Magazine reports that his show is heard by 7 million weekly listeners. He’s also a best-selling author, having written two books: Surrounded by Idiots: Fighting Liberal Lunacy in America (William Morrow) and 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate (Threshold), a humorous, insightful romp about the many things liberals seem to hate.
Gallagher has also appeared on stage and film as an actor, with featured roles in regional theater and on Broadway. He appeared at the Shubert Theater in New York for a guest stint in the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” as the White DJ, as well as playing the same role in a number of cities on the national tour. Mike also invested in the Tony award-winning musical “Pippin” both in NYC and the national tour.
Perhaps his greatest passion involves supporting the law enforcement community. His charitable foundation “Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officers Fund” provides assistance to the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. In April of 2015, he was awarded the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association “Heroism Award” for his steadfast support to law enforcement. In addition to reaching out to hero officer families, the foundation publishes and distributes the First Responders Bible, a King James Bible and spiritual fitness manual which is offered to First Responders to assist with the emotional and spiritual challenges they face every day (www.gallaghersarmy.org).
“The Happy Conservative Warrior” is one of the most consistently popular hosts in America. Mike’s passionate interaction with listeners and his fast-paced, fun delivery make his show appointment listening for millions of people.
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