As Jay says, Robert Costa is one of the leading political reporters and analysts in the country. He works for the Washington Post and appears on NBC and MSNBC. He is also host of “Washington Week,” the venerable public-affairs program on PBS.

Jay asks him about the Trump White House: Is it still fun to cover? Still juicy, even with the arrival of the disciplined General Kelly? What about McMaster? What about (the departed) Bannon? What about Sarah Sanders?

What about the charge of “fake news”? Does it hurt the media? Does it hurt the public? How about Twitter? What is the effect of that medium on journalism?

At the end of the podcast, Jay asks Costa about the conservative movement: Does it exist? If so, what does it stand for?

When it comes to political reporting and analysis, Costa is indeed a leader, and rock-solid.

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