By Kara Swisher
Sacha Baron Cohen was busy last year. In “The Trial of The Chicago 7,” he portrayed 1960s antiwar activist Abbie Hoffman. In “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” he revived his role as a Kazakh journalist touring America. These films may seem historical or comedic, respectively, but Baron Cohen says their themes — abuse of political power, misogyny and disinformation — are reflective of our current reality. He blames two things: Donald Trump and social media.
In this episode of “Sway,” Kara Swisher and Baron Cohen discuss whether Silicon Valley C.E.O.s should be liable for the content on their platforms, what the rift in the Democratic Party means for future elections and — of course — what else happened with Rudy Giuliani.
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Special thanks to Kathy Tu, Michelle Harris, Shannon Busta and Liriel Higa.
“Sway” is produced by Nayeema Raza, Heba Elorbany, Matt Kwong, Daphne Chen and Vishakha Darbha and edited by Nayeema Raza and Paula Szuchman; fact-checking by Kate Sinclair; music and sound design by Isaac Jones; mixing by Erick Gomez.
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