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Charlie Cook (2016)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-08-17

Duration: 00:24:31

Subjects: Cook, Charlie | Journalists | Political analysis | Politics | Johnston, J. Bennett (John Bennett), 1932- | Elections, 2016 | United States presidential election, 2016


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Yancey, Allegra Nevils Producer
  • Mann, Bob Interviewee
  • Weiss, Jack Interviewee
  • Cook, Charlie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 17, 2016, features an interview with Charlie Cook conducted by Beth Courtney. Cook, a Shreveport native, is the editor and publisher of “The Cook Political Report,” a political columnist for the “National Journal,” and a political analyst for NBC News. He discusses: his television appearances; the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats; the changing demographics in the country; working on J. Bennett Johnston’s 1972 U.S. Senate campaign as a high school senior; the 2016 presidential election; politicians being unwilling to compromise; young voters; the colorful personalities from Louisiana, including James Carville and Edwin Edwards; growing up in north Louisiana; and the changing media landscape.