Columnist and blogger Cathy Seipp was on the Dennis Miller show last night. As usual, when I see someone on TV who I first discovered in print (or on-line), I squealed, “Hey, I read her stuff all the time!” (I said the same of David Horowitz when I first saw him, but changed the pronoun.) The CI (Civilizing Influence) accused me of trying to look down her dress, which of course prompted me to peer at the TV from an up-down angle for the rest of the segment. Seipp says of her experience:
It was fun, and afterward everyone said I did OK (or I suppose at least looked mildly decorative enough, sitting between two bearded men in jackets: David Horowitz and travel expert Peter Greenberg), but I didn’t get to talk about the one topic I actually knew something about: the continuing FCC fallout story.
The producers had four subjects on the slate for the Varsity Panel discussion: Richard Clarke and the 9/11 Commission; tourism in the wake of terrorism; gay marriage; and the FCC. Of course tourism was really the only topic up NBC travel correspondent Peter Greenberg’s alley, so a lot of time was taken up with him on that.
I’m not exactly a 9/11 expert. So I ended up as The Person Holding Forth On Gay Marriage…which I do have an opinion on (I’m against it, for various reasons that I’ll eventually work up a column about) but it’s not exactly a burning issue with me. It’s lucky we got to three of the four topics, though; the producers said usually they only get to two.
Hell, Cathy, I’d say that 99% of all people know next to nothing about 9/11, let alone terrorism; you did fine. The FCC issue may be a bit too…arcane for the average viewer, and I think would be better served as a one-on-one interview segment instead of the Varsity Panel.