CoastLine: Michael Isikoff On Russian-Sponsored Conspiracy Theories In American Dialogue

Aug 28, 2019

Michael Isikoff is the Chief Investigative Correspondent at Yahoo! News.  He’s also the host of a six-part podcast, Conspiracyland, that explores how a fictional theory grew up around the murder of Seth Rich, a 27-year-old employee of the Democratic National Committee. 

Michael Isikoff has also written three New York Times bestselling books:   Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter’s Story and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.  His most recent book – out in 2018 and co-written with David Corn, is called Russian Roulette:  The Inside Story Of Putin’s War On America And The Election Of Donald Trump.

On this edition, we’ll hear about his investigations into the Seth Rich conspiracy theory and his work on the Russian election meddling case that led him to conclude:  “[Donald Trump] aided and abetted Moscow’s attack on American democracy.” 

And we’ll find out how the intelligence community, long regarded for its apolitical operations, has, of late, been suspect to both Republican and Democratic interests for covert partisanship.  We’ll also explore the panoply of so-called news sources available and why it's important for news consumers to do a better job vetting those sources.

Michael Isikoff joins us from NPR in Washington, D.C.

Conspiracyland:  an exploration of the unsolved murder of DNC staff member Seth Rich. From the creators of Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery,” host and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals startling new insights and exclusive interviews in this true-crime podcast. He explores why conspiracy theories continue to have such a powerful hold on the American psyche and who, if anybody, can be held accountable for the harm they cause.