Saagar Enjeti is co-host of Breaking Points, one of America’s most popular news podcasts (Congrats to them on reaching 1 million subscribers on Youtube as an independent venture). He’s also a guy with strong opinions on why successful creators shouldn’t sell out. In this pod, we discussed his takes on the corporate sagas of Barstool and 538, plus we addressed the following question: Is Fox News or ESPN more doomed going forward?
Conversation in this episode includes, but is not limited to the following topics listed by the astute Sam Schuette:
Why Saagar is anti-selling out`
The importance of standing for the content and the audience
Why Breaking Points is not the model
Being nuanced and normal is the exception to the rule of mainstream media
Getting to talk about what you want because you work for yourself
The Chris Matthews Interview that went bad
The clash of old media vs new media
The potential, imminent crash of Fox News
Their diminishing cultural power over the public
Why the era of incubating network stars (Carlson, Maddow) is over
How does Fox survive without Carlson?
Monoculture old media vs new media
There’s no more universal cultural reach among celebrities
“Fame is dead”
The Internet’s influence seeping into politics
Vivek Ramaswamy and Andrew Yang rising the ranks via the internet rather than through mainstream legacy
How Ramaswamy went from virtually unknown to competing with the former Vice President
The downfall of New Yorker profiles
The dysfunction Ronan Farrow’s Elon Musk profile accidentally reveals
Politics shifting toward lifestyles
How it shifted away from personal beliefs towards aspirational class
How hate fuels political involvement
Why the left loves talking about Trump and the right loves talking about wokeness
Richard Hanania controversy: How did his book survive?
What factors shielded him from an unearthing that would have recently been a death knell for others?
How it’s difficult for the media reaction to process Hanania’s fundamental weirdness
The shifts in fashion among the general public
Is it narcissistic to dress casually and expect respect?
When Ethan wore a suit with athletic shorts and sneakers for TV work