James Tracy speaks with Andrew Kreig on the state of media and politics in the post-Bush era and during Obama’s second term. Mr. Kreig is a Washington DC-based attorney, nonprofit executive, and the author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney, and Their Masters (Eagle View, 2013). He is a passionate and accomplished fighter for the public interest, with credentials including 14 years as a metro newspaper reporter, plus degrees from Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell University.
Unlike many commentators, Kreig has long been a DC insider but does not accept paid clients and pushes no political party. Instead, he delivers a rare combination of insider revelations about current events, local scandals, national issues, and self-help for civic reformers and fellow researchers.
As editor of the non-partisan Justice Integrity Project, Kreig uncovers scandals and reports on significant trends. He revealed, for example, to HuffPost Live! how Alabama deputies arrested, beat and jailed without bond freelance journalist Roger Shuler on Oct. 23, 2013. Authorities held Shuler into the spring of 2014 on contempt charges for failure to spike his stories before any trial. On Fox News Talk Radio and CBS-affiliate WWL AM/FM, Kreig described how such procedures threaten Shuler’s Deep South readers and national U.S. Supreme Court precedents on civil rights, with scant notice or protest.
His project now is “The Truth Patrol.” Kreig draws from a trove of material in the new Presidential Puppetry book. The first volume on the Obama second term, Puppetry boldly names the names, revealing the devastating hidden histories about the top two Republican and Democratic tickets in 2012. Kreig argues that the same pattern of suppressed or under-reported news looms for the 2014 and 2016 races, badly hurting the public in the process.