Friday, April 08, 2005
It's Guckert/Gannon on CSPAN2! (updated twice)
CSPAN has made an announcement that the panel will be shown at 8 pm EST. The change is not reflected so far on their website.
After the broadcast
This sorry episode was best summarized by a chubby man from the audience who began to yell "This is a fraud!" when the audience questions were cut off.
I cannot imagine what the National Press Club thought they were doing by convening this "panel." Its only news value was the appearance of Guckert/Gannon himself, who did what he does best—self-promotion and whining.
My suspicion is that self-promotion was in fact the aim of the National Press Club—by acquiring Guckert/Gannon they pretty much guaranteed themselves CSPAN coverage. If they hoped to improve the image of journalists, they failed miserably in this corner of the world.