'Skullduggery' political podcast: 'The "enemy of the people" (with Len Downie)' — June 5, 2021

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Len Downie's career at the Washington Post lasted more than 40 years and culminated with a stint as executive editor, ending in 2008. In light of the shocking news that Trump's DOJ pursued the acquisition of email data from several New York Times reporters, and a gag order on Times leadership, Downie joins Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this episode to discuss the role of the free press, the evolving nature and technology of the media, and the Trump administration's antagonistic relationship with the media — as well as to look back on highlights from his storied career.

Plus, our hosts are joined by Yahoo News' Jon Ward to cover Trump's return to rallies ahead of his anticipated appearance at the North Carolina GOP convention.


  • Jon Ward (@jonward11), Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo News

  • Len Downie, author, former executive editor of the Washington Post (1991-2008)


  • Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

  • Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News


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Skullduggery is a political podcast about underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the conduct of Washington's political class, tracks the latest in conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns coursing through social media — and who is pushing them — and keeps you up to date on the latest investigations into misbehavior by members of Congress as well as current and former government officials. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman break news, offer authoritative analysis on sensitive national security and law enforcement issues and draw intriguing historical parallels from decades of covering D.C. scandal