Skip to comments.Live on H&C: Well, I guess I held my own (mhking on FNC last night)
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.
I listened to his first hour; it didn't come up there. They didn't call me, I do know that much.
[shrug] No matter.
I stand that Hannity should be embarrassed of what he did not do.. but you should not.
I think one mistake you may have made was thinking that the hosts would try and control that circus atmosphere on a televised debate show for grown ups.
Well I made the same mistake.
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?
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.
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!
I was impressed with your poise and your comments. You did very well and by contrast you showed that the liberal lacked stature.
Wise words from an old acting teacher:
Stop beating yourself up, and kick a$$ next time.
As I remember, it only occurred when you spoke to Colmes or Hannon, therefore, it is understandable..... ;-)
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.
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.
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