Episode 11: Tomi Lahren and Interview With Sarah Silverman

March 23rd 2017

ATTN: Staff

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Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren was suspended from hosting her show on The Blaze network this week. On Friday, as a guest on "The View," Lahren expressed that she was pro-choice, because she said it would be hypocritical to be in favor of limited government while at same time supporting policies that restrict a woman's choice.

“You know what?" Lahren said. "I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well."


The admission has precipitated waves of backlash and a fair amount of conversation: Can you be conservative and pro-choice? Should The Blaze have suspended her? Should feminists defend her? Does this show a rift between religious conservatives, folks like Glenn Beck who founded "The Blaze," and Trump Republicans?

On this week's episode of "Got Your Attention," senior editor Sarah Gray, senior social trends editor Omri Rolan, staff writer Danielle DeCourcey, and staff writer Mike Rothschild discuss the comments and Lahren's suspension.

The cast also tackles Monday's congressional hearing on Russia and the U.S. election, the beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj, and why Italy is the healthiest country in the world, according to a new report.

Then, the show returns to the topic of abortion with another pro-choice woman: Sarah Silverman. In an interview with Editor in Chief Matthew Segal, Silverman discusses a plan to regulate men's reproductive rights the same way we with women — aka, a masturbation ban. Silverman and Segal also cover topics like President Donald Trump, free speech, and having children.

Podcast notes:

Read more about the stories we did (and didn't) talk about this week on "Got Your Attention."

  • Update on the Russia hearing: What’s the most important thing we learned, what do people need to know, and what happens next? This helpful piece from the Guardian explains.
  • People are pointing out how President Trump can avoid cutting $18 million in education cuts under his new budget... and it relies heavily on Melania Trump.
  • A waiter in Huntington Beach, California asked a group of Latina women for proof of residency. Are people getting bolder with their bigotry?
  • Katy Perry talked about being exposed to gay conversion while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign gala.
  • Is Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj's rap beef good or bad for feminism?
  • Chuck Berry died this weekend, and a few people are wondering why we lionize someone who was accused (and in one case convicted) of sexual offenses. Is this something that should be mentioned alongside his hits? Should we write him off completely? Or is it too soon to get into anything other than his impact on music?
  • Elementary School kids in violent neighborhoods actually find friends in a different way than other kids, the Science of Us reports.
  • According to the Bloomberg Global Health Index, the healthiest people in the world live in a European country with a struggling economy and one of the world's highest debt loads: Italy.
  • Even though Trump is actually playing more golf than former President Obama, Press Secretary Sean Spicer says it's different...?
  • Tomi Lahren said she's pro-choice, people freaked out, and she was suspended. Can you be a conservative and support abortion rights? 
  • What do we think of Glenn Beck's comments about Lahren?
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson didn't take a press pool with him on his trip to Asia, claiming it was to save money, and because he's not a big "press access person."
  • Read Fusion's Katie McDonough and the series Where it Hurts.

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