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Live on H&C: Well, I guess I held my own (mhking on FNC last night)
Ramblings' Journal | 4.28.04 | Michael King

Posted on 04/28/2004 5:43:35 AM PDT by mhking

Live on Fox: Well, at least I held my own

Last night, I appeared on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes in a "debate" (and I use the term loosely, it was more like an ambush than anything else) with New York City Councilman Charles "I Wanna Slap The Nearest White Person For My Mental Health" Barron.

Project 21 put out a press release Monday, which strongly criticized a Jesse Jackson's earlier this month in Boston. In the speech, Jackson accused the US Military of "murder," called for the impeachment of the President, and called for both UN sanctions and military action by the United Nations against the United States.

Last I checked, openly supporting military action against the US is grounds for treason, isn't it? Am I missing something?

Well, in any event, Project 21's release was very critical of Jackson, and I was quoted prominently in the release.

"Jesse Jackson's motives have never been as transparent as they were with these statements. If anyone needs to apologize, it's him. He indulges his fantasies and delusions of grandeur by calling for Bush's impeachment and calling for United Nations action against us. But blacks are beginning to see the truth -- that Jackson's bluster is exactly that: all smoke and no substance."
FNC's Atlanta studio is in a new facility in Midtown, where Georgia Public Broadcasting has it's headquarters.

The bureau is fairly small, but the facilities modern.

The producer (I'm sorry, I can't remember his name -- I so bad with names; I generally don't forget a face, but I'm horrible with names) ushered me into the studio. The room was comfortable, nowhere near as tiny as the veritable closet that NBC uses for it's Atlanta studio. A chair and low table sat in front of a "Fox Atlanta" backdrop.

The producer explained that the camera was controlled from New York. It was a fancy robotic affair, not overly large at all. A small monitor sat nearby.

They set me up, and I waited a short while, making small talk with the producer, and with the people in New York. The producer turned the monitor away from me -- "So I wouldn't be tempted to look at it," he claimed.

Bottom of the hour, and they came up live. NYC Councilman Charles Barron, along with Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes. I have spoken to Sean a couple of times in the past -- he and I were on competing talk radio stations in the same time slot when I first came to Atlanta nearly 10 years ago. I'm not sure if he remembers me though.

Sean did the intro, then tossed out a question. Barron immediately jumped on it, trying to marginalize me. "Nobody knows who you people are. Yet you are trying to speak for black people."

"No, I'm not trying to speak for everyone. However, I never stopped to elect Jesse Jackson to speak for me," I retorted.

Barron was on a roll. He had the advantage of being in the studio with Sean and Alan -- he could read body language and facial expressions, where I couldn't see a thing (save the unblinking eye of the camera).

He began yelling, and when I didn't shut up right off, he began screeching.

Alan jumped in, grabbed the conversation, and yanked it -- hard -- into the deep water of Iraq, where I was not prepared to go.

Barron was in his element. I thought he sensed my unease, but everyone I've spoken to said that I was pretty cool throughout the whole thing. They said that if anything, Barron was unhinged by my not getting upset and flying off the handle.

I have a strong commanding voice and presence. I am certainly aware of that, and use it pretty much unconsciously.

I spoke over Barron, in an attempt to get my point across. I'm not sure if I did -- the segment was over so quickly.

I kicked myself on the drive home, for allowing Alan to grab the subject from me and head off in another direction.

My wife (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) insisted that I did just fine, and reminded me that Alan was one of the hosts -- he had the right and perogative to shift gears if he wanted to.

Oh, well. Come to find out that Mitchell (my 10 year old) yelled at Barron to shut up and let me talk; Lynese just wandered up to the TV, pointed, and said, "There's Daddy."

Then she waved. "Hi, Daddy!"

After I got home, I talked to my folks. I could hear my mom beaming through the phone. My dad? Well, my very liberal dad finally surprised me. "Well, boy, I don't agree with your politics, but you did good. You were polished and authoritative. I'm proud of you."

I guess the "idiot son" has finally come home and shed the "idiot" label.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; blacklash; deneenborelli; foxnews; freedomworks; jessejackson; mhking; michaelking; project21
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To: mhking
You did fine. I emailed Hannity and asked him to have you on again so we can hear what you have to say, since they didn't give you much of a chance to say much the first time.
251 posted on 04/29/2004 8:23:50 AM PDT by Auntbee
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To: Born Conservative
Perhaps he is still bent out of shape at the "80%" of Freepers who don't like him.

BTW, did you know that Sean has a new book out?

I don't think he knew that I'm a FReeper.

Yes, I do know about his book - haven't read it yet though.

252 posted on 04/29/2004 8:26:50 AM PDT by mhking (You all have my eternal gratitude and prayers of thanks. God bless you all.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus
Barron was on a roll. He had the advantage of being in the studio with Sean and Alan --

He sure did... he talked over you from the start with that "speaking for black people" frap. I think you came off very cool, and he was rude and shrill. You did well. Would have been nice for them to have shut him up and let you talk!

253 posted on 04/29/2004 8:28:12 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (I am HairOfTheDog and I approved this message.)
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To: mhking
I saw part of the segment, but didn't realize it was our mhking.

I was impressed with your poise and your comments. You did very well and by contrast you showed that the liberal lacked stature.

254 posted on 04/29/2004 8:34:16 AM PDT by gatex
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To: mhking
Also, I kept glancing down at that floor monitor when I shouldn't have.

Wise words from an old acting teacher:

There is no money on the floor.

Stop beating yourself up, and kick a$$ next time.

255 posted on 04/29/2004 8:54:35 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: mhking
Also, I kept glancing down at that floor monitor when I shouldn't have.

As I remember, it only occurred when you spoke to Colmes or Hannon, therefore, it is understandable..... ;-)

256 posted on 04/29/2004 8:54:43 AM PDT by b4its2late (If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.)
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To: mhking
You did more than hold your own. You were great in an impossible situation.

Barron is a loud and obnoxious jerk that Sean likes to provoke. H or C should have cut Barron's mic when he kept shouting during your responses, it annoyed me when they didn't. More and more what they call debate is little more than a verbal free for all that makes me grab the remote and switch to Dennis Miller.

I'm sure your parents were proud of you. Of the four people onscreen during that segment you were the only sane, intelligent one.

257 posted on 04/29/2004 9:23:10 AM PDT by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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To: mhking
absolutely outstanding.

this is my first time on free republic in months, thanks to my computer at home crashing, and them labeling it an "advocacy group" on the websense blocker at work, and I am so happy that this is the first post I saw.

I was just as proud watching that video as I was when condi kept her cool in the face of the scum on the 9/11 commission. quiet dignity trumps overt self-serving every time.

bravo!
258 posted on 04/29/2004 9:41:48 AM PDT by bigghurtt (Thy tender, major burn - anagram of the bigghurtt's full name.)
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To: mhking
Like I said, Colmes blindsided you, that much was obvious. If they had given you two more minutes you would have wiped the floor with him (I think you surprised him with your fast recovery), and chased Barron to the showers (he wouldn't have matched blows one on one, he'd be fighting way out of his weight.)

The important thing to remember is that you should be prepared for any off the wall questions the libs may hit you with. Remember that and the next time you'll take them.

I'm looking forward to a rematch, but I'll bet Colmes isn't.

259 posted on 04/29/2004 9:48:25 AM PDT by magslinger (YKWH Akbar!)
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To: mhking
Wow, of all nights to miss H&C I missed it last night. I will find a way to watch it! Way to go!!!
260 posted on 04/29/2004 9:50:51 AM PDT by Sender (It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. -Aristotle)
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To: mhking
[cringe] - Missed it Michael - I get up at 4:30 am for work and I just flat didn't make it to the party.

A woman I work with (and has been in touch with you via e-mail) said that you ***ROCKED***. Her 11-year old son was impressed.

'Nuff said as far as I'm concerned.
261 posted on 04/29/2004 11:44:03 AM PDT by dansangel (*PROUD to be a knuckle-dragging, toothless, inbred, right-wing, Southern, gun-toting Neanderthal *)
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To: dansangel
A woman I work with (and has been in touch with you via e-mail) said that you ***ROCKED***. Her 11-year old son was impressed.

[blush]

Tell her i said thanks -- the video is streamed on FNC's video page

262 posted on 04/29/2004 11:46:06 AM PDT by mhking (You all have my eternal gratitude and prayers of thanks. God bless you all.)
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To: mhking
I just watched the segment on Fox's site. Michael, you did very well. You appeared composed and logical. You did good. Barron, well, anyone who would actually call Saddam our friend and say that Nagasaki was one of the worst things America has ever done...it doesn't suprise me he thinks slapping white people is good for his mental health.

263 posted on 04/29/2004 11:58:02 AM PDT by FourPeas (We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. - Will Rogers)
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To: mhking
Hey, nice work, MH. Sorry I missed it!

Barron is a loud-mouthed jerk. When debating him, I think you have no choice but to speak over him loudly and authoritatively. Otherwise, you won't get a word in edge-wise.

You've definitely got a face for TV, though. I suspect you'll be on H&C again and probably other shows as well.

And to get props from a liberal father? Nothing beats that...
264 posted on 04/29/2004 12:02:21 PM PDT by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces )
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To: mhking
Wow, I didn't know that guy was you! You did great! That Charles Barron is a noxious gas-bag! There is something about a conservative person who is also black that unnerves these people. They have a green-eyed-monster on their backs, and they sure don't like being challenged! There are a good number of white ones like that too; liberal ones who throw their weight about!
265 posted on 04/29/2004 12:03:23 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: mhking
I'm going to check out the video now - thanks!

(((((mhk)))))))
266 posted on 04/29/2004 12:13:47 PM PDT by dansangel (*PROUD to be a knuckle-dragging, toothless, inbred, right-wing, Southern, gun-toting Neanderthal *)
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To: mhking
Hoo-ray for YOU!! Thanks for the report.
267 posted on 04/29/2004 12:25:43 PM PDT by YepYep
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To: msdrby
PING
268 posted on 04/29/2004 3:56:42 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Welcome to the Free Republic ~ You can logout any time you like, but you can't ever leave.)
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To: mhking
Very Cool!!
Didn't realize that a Freeper was on the tube while I was watching...but I shoul have realized it by the way you handled yourself!!
The other "guest" has been on several times and I sense there is some bead-blodd between he and Sean...Sean always asks him about 'slapping white people' just about every time he's on. The guy ALWAYS comes off as a total jerk too...You on the other hand came across in a very positive way.
You should get ahold of Sean and set up a time to be on the radio program...you'd get alot more quality time there for sure. Definitely try and get them to have you on the television program too though...if there's a way to get yourself in studio that would be the way to go, you'd have a better "footing" that way.
If you hear anything about being "on" again make sure to give us a "ping"!!!!!!!!

You did GREAT...looking forward to your next appearance!!
269 posted on 04/29/2004 9:12:42 PM PDT by FlashBack (USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA..USA...USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: mhking
I'm sure sorry I missed this! Sounds to me like you done good though.

Plus, what better than your family's support, ie <"My wife (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) insisted that I did just fine, and reminded me that Alan was one of the hosts -- he had the right and perogative to shift gears if he wanted to.

Oh, well. Come to find out that Mitchell (my 10 year old) yelled at Barron to shut up and let me talk; Lynese just wandered up to the TV, pointed, and said, "There's Daddy."

Then she waved. "Hi, Daddy!"

After I got home, I talked to my folks. I could hear my mom beaming through the phone. My dad? Well, my very liberal dad finally surprised me. "Well, boy, I don't agree with your politics, but you did good. You were polished and authoritative. I'm proud of you.">

Seems to me, mhking, that you made quite an impression all-round. Kudos! Just sorry I missed seeing it.


270 posted on 04/29/2004 11:05:06 PM PDT by JLO
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To: mhking
The country needs people like you who are strong in their conviction for doing the right thing.
271 posted on 04/30/2004 8:06:35 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: mhking
Sorry for my spelling errors in the previous post...sometimes my two-finger typing can't keep up with my thought process!!

E-mailed Sean's show and suggested that he have you on as a guest again....SOON!!!!
272 posted on 04/30/2004 2:06:43 PM PDT by FlashBack (USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA...USA..USA...USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: mhking
^5's Micheal :)
273 posted on 04/30/2004 3:54:32 PM PDT by moonman
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To: mhking
Saw it...you did fine. Barron is a punk and I would have slapped him if was in the studio.
274 posted on 04/30/2004 7:50:35 PM PDT by harbinger of doom (Don't be so open minded your brain falls out)
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To: mhking
Great Job!!! You did very well.
275 posted on 04/30/2004 8:28:16 PM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: mhking
walked in the 'middle'; almost bolted when I saw Barron; I do not like him. You brought reason to bear. . .good job; and I hope you will keep on. . .your voice is so important.

I love that your Dad is proud of you; I hope he will take your message to heart as well. Perhaps in time! ;^)

276 posted on 05/03/2004 3:28:56 PM PDT by cricket (Liberals are a scourge . . .)
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To: mhking
hmmmmmmmmm....a star is born "LOL"

speak the truth
have convictions
and the rest will take care of itself

Doogle
277 posted on 05/05/2004 7:06:16 AM PDT by Doogle (....and the truth shall set you free....depends on what you mean by truth)
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To: mhking
Great job, MHK, (as I gleaned from reading the article). Sorry I missed it! But the article is terrific and you made great points more people need to hear. Bookmarking it. And, who knows, your dad might come around yet!
278 posted on 05/07/2004 5:13:10 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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