Democracy Now! — Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

In one of the largest days of protest in U.S. history, millions took to the streets Saturday one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. The largest protest was the Women’s March on Washington, where more than 500,000 packed the streets. According to crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, the crowd was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration a day earlier.

Women-led marches took place in over 600 locations spread across seven continents—including Antarctica. In addition to Washington, massive protests took place in Boston; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Madison, Wisconsin; New York; Oakland; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul; San Francisco and Seattle. According to one count, as many as 4.6 million people took part in the global day of action.

Also on today’s show:

Voices of the Women’s March
To mark the historic Women’s March on Washington, here are some highlights from march organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, professor Angela Davis, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Madonna, singer Alicia Keys, transgender activist and author Janet Mock, singer and actress Janelle Monáe, actress Ashley Judd, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards and six-year-old immigrant rights activist Sophie Cruz.

Response to Trump’s “America First” Inaugural Address
Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Friday as the 45th president of the United States prompted strong reaction from the roundtable of guests during an extended Democracy Now! broadcast. This segment features an excerpt from Trump’s speech and highlights of responses from consumer advocate Ralph Nader; author Naomi Klein; professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”; investigative reporter Allan Nairn and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.

Other media stories:

Responding to new White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s early attack, the press got real over the weekend. Here’s a choice selection:

President Trump’s ‘America First’ slogan was popularized by Nazi sympathizers | Washington Post
Trump isn’t quite promising “America über alles,” as Eric Rauchway reports, but it comes close.

White House Pushes ‘Alternative Facts.’ Here Are the Real Ones. | New York Times
Nicholas Fandos fact-checks Trump, Conway and Spicer. See also this more recent article.

Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times More People Than Trump’s Inauguration | New York Times
But of course Trump will say he’s had enough of experts.

Trump’s Two-Step Strategy To Take Over the Truth | Robert Reich
Reich emphasizes the importance of holding Trump accountable for his lying.

Observable Reality 1, Trump White House 0 | The Intercept
Robert Mackey reports on the hilarious Twitter takedown of “alternative facts”.

Journalists should stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway | Recode Media
In this podcast, Jay Rosen argues that Conway just makes everything more confusing.

Disturbed Man Gets Past White House Security, Gives Press Conference | The New Yorker
Thanks to Carol van Strum for this excellent satire by Andy Borowitz.


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