"On The Story", a CNN show airing tonight at 7 PM ET, will include a segment on the Fitzgerald investigation. It is hosted by Jacki Schechner and will feature bloggers Jeralyn Merritt and, yes, yours truly. The spot will probably air in the second half hour.
We taped Friday night, so I can tell you that Jeralyn will be calm and incisive, as expected.
As for my own performance - I can't wait to see.
The first question was to contrast Bob Woodard's performance with Judy Miller's in the Fitzgerald investigation. I rose to Bob's defense, pointing out that investigative reporters are not meant to be particularly cooperative with prosecutors. I also emphasized the point that Judy spent over a year on a losing court fight *after* her source identified himself to Fitzgerald; Woodward gave evidence within two weeks of his source's decision to come forward. Media maven Jack Shafer skipped right past that in his "Bob Ain't Judy" column, so I was either original or painfully obvious. And yes, Jeralyn pointed out that Woodward may have had a duty to disclose his conflict in commenting on a case in which he was a concealed participant.
The second question was - hmm, what was that question again? Jeralyn answered first and I was so taken by her eloquence that I had a Scooter Libby moment, which may, if there is a God, not survive the videotape editor.
Anyway, the second question related to the interaction of the media with bloggers. I framed the question very narrowly in what was left of my functioning mind, and responded as if the question had been, "How should the media react to being chewed on from the right and left every day"?
A more interesting response would have been to chat about how the media ought to be relating to bloggers. Framed that way, my "Coulda, woulda, shoulda" answer would have been that, since bloggers are the media's most avid and engaged customers, we ought to be a valuable source for feedback and ideas. If Jeralyn Merritt, a top defense attorney, is willing to take time out of her day to research the legal ins and outs of Fitzgerald's investigation, any reporter with a lick of sense ought to avail himself or herself of that effort.
Well, we'll see what airs tonight. I figure two of my fifteen minutes have been exhausted, but I have thirteen to burn!
UPDATE: The Political Teen has the video, thanks very much.