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I will appear on tonight's "On The Story" on CNN, chatting with Abbi Tatton and Jeralyn Merritt about the Harriet Miers nomination and the effect of the blogosphere on the mainstream media. Jeralyn did a fine job on the Libby indictment, which doesn't surprise me -- she's one of my favorite liberal bloggers (and I do read blogs on the left). It runs at 7 pm ET tonight, and at 1 pm ET on Sunday.
While most television appearances require guests to drive into town and get to a television studio with a satellite uplink, CNN tried something different with OTS during its taping last night. They shipped out a basic Mac box and a webcam, and I hooked it up directly to my DSL modem to initiate a webchat. What you see when I appear on camera is not a set, but the inside of my home office -- although I had the good taste not to point the camera towards my messy desk. For a real trivial point, the map on the wall behind me is in Irish, but I doubt anyone will make it out. I didn't have time to change from my casual clothes, so I'll look a bit relaxed for CNN, I think. My father, the Admiral Emeritus, will recognize the shirt as one he bought me from the Galapagos Islands, but fortunately the camera didn't pick up the I LIKE BOOBIES logo, with an embroidery of the blue-footed booby just above it.
I think it went very well, and even though we had to rush through the initial setup, I got the hang of it pretty quickly. CNN and especially Abbi and Josh the technician were just wonderful with us; if anything, Abbi is even nicer than she comes across on TV, and she is a big fan of the blogs. They've asked me to keep the equipment handy, so I hope I will get a chance to make more appearances on CNN.
The next time, though, I'll wear a different shirt.Sphere It View blog reactions
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