John LeBoutillier, the former GOP congressman from New York with a reputation for being genteel and unflappable, might seem an unlikely figure to chronicle a revolution; yet, that is precisely what the conservative pundit and top Canadian talker and co-host Arlene Bynon, are bent on doing.
Together, they are hosts of the hot new show "Revolution_The Podcast."
Crank up their podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud and its crystal clear audio immediately jumps out of the increasingly crowded podcast field. Most podcasts sound like they were produced in the bottom of a well. Revolution, by contrast, sounds like the work of a top-flight team of sound engineers — which it is, thanks to Dave Grein of Toronto's Acme Podcasting Company, who also just happens to be Bynon's husband.
"This is as good a sounding podcast as I've heard," LeBoutillier said. "Criticize the content, criticize me if you want — but certainly not the quality of it."
The show's fidelity extends beyond its sound. The high-powered media are indeed fomenting a revolution, at least one where intelligent conversations do not have to escalate into shouting matches. Their show's respectful tenor is sadly absent from the AM airwaves. When Newsmax founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy appeared on the podcast, he likened it in style to "NPR for conservatives."
Their weekly show is already making its mark, with listeners downloading it from throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, even far-flung spots like Southeast Asia. In part that is thanks to a parade of A-listers from media and politics, including GOP political consultant Ed Rollins, opposition-research maestro Roger Stone, and Roger Ailes biographer Gabe Sherman.
LeBoutillier and Bynon have tag-teamed political talk ever since Bynon's producer booked him on her show to discuss the 2008 primaries. When they connected, the chemistry was immediate.
"Here was this former congressman who came on," she recalled. "I finished interviewing him, and I hit the button and said to the producer, 'I love that guy! I loved that guest!'"
A minute later her producer informed her: "Well, he just called back and said, 'I love that host.'"
LeBoutillier told the producer to book him on her show anytime, and thus a powerful media duo was born. He now appears twice per week on her Sirius satellite radio show "Canada Talks," channel 167, and they co-host the podcast on the side.
They named their show "Revolution_The Podcast" because they view the political and media landscapes as being in the throes of an unprecedented transformation, one that began long before the election of President Donald J. Trump.
LeBoutillier noted the current series of wave elections began under George W. Bush, and accelerated when Barack Obama failed to deliver on hope and change.
"It's a revolution that's ongoing in our politics, our culture, our view of the elites," he said. "It's a huge revolution that's been going on for several decades in the West."
LeBoutillier goes on to question whether Trump "really even grasped the revolution he rode in to victory. He thinks it's about him, when it's not really about him. . . . He profited from these people being unhappy."
As an afterthought, LeBoutillier added, "But frankly he's a little clueless about what's going on . . . he's not changing Washington as he promised to do. Already, Washington is changing him."
Whether LeBoutillier is more put off by Trump or the Beltway establishment is hard to say.
The former congressman occasionally warns listeners Trump's Republican credentials are suspect: "He's always been left of center in New York, in favor of single-payer in healthcare. He says he's now pro-life, but he's been pro-choice all his life. He's lived a life as a libertine. So he's really much happier talking to [Rep. Nancy] Pelosi and [Sen. Chuck] Schumer than he is [Speaker Paul] Ryan and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell."
As veterans of the media wars, they know Trump's tweets are the gift that keeps on giving for political journalists. But there's another reason LeBoutillier and Bynon might be on to something: The hosting service Libsyn reported podcast downloads nearly tripled from 1.2 billion in 2012 to 3.3 billion in 2015. Edison Research reported in 2016, podcasts on average attracted a stunning 35 million listeners a week.
"I think we're at the forefront of this thing right now," LeBoutillier said. "I think podcasts haven't peaked yet. I think in several months we'll see this thing growing like crazy."
Trump, in other words, had better brace himself for the revolution. It’s coming.
Listen to John LeBoutillier and Arlene Bynon's free Revolution podcast.
This article first appeared in the July 2017 issue of Newsmax magazine. Subscribe here.
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