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This is always "fun": Thursday night at 8:10 p.m., I received a phone call from my senior producer in New York City. She told me that a guest who was scheduled for our first segment of the show had just bailed on us. Apparently the guest got a lawyer and the lawyer decided it was a bad idea for the guest to do our show… and thus the plug got pulled. Ugh. We had to scramble and figure out what to do. As always, we figured it out, but it is a pre-show surprise we don't like.
Tonight we'll air Part 3 of our interview with President Bush 41 and Mrs. Bush. (If you recall, we also broke up our interview with Senator Clinton last December and aired it over several nights. We got teased by her staff that we were doing a miniseries and that the interview would be out in DVD soon. I guess the same will be said about the interview of President Bush 41 and Mrs. Bush!)
Quiz time: Do you know what "phishing" means? I confess, I had never heard the term until I read it in an article last night. (Yes, for those of you who don't know what it means, either, I posted the article below.)
Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET, we'll air our special, "Crime Scene." I am curious what you think. You may be surprised to learn that I have not yet seen the complete show. I am hoping to get my copy today so that I can see the final product before it airs. This hour involves many interviews and the producer, with consultation, puts the final product together. If you think about it, the producer plays perhaps the most important role in these specials, since the producer decides the order of the show and sometimes even the order of interviews has an impact on what is conveyed to the viewer. The most important challenge is to make sure we are fair and complete. When you have many, many interviews — and have long interviews with the guests — the producer must reduce it all to one hour. What part of the interview hits the cutting floor? And, in the end, have we been fair? So, please watch the special and let me know what you think.
Now for some of your e-mails:
E-mail No. 1 — This e-mail refers to Thursday's blog. I posted a picture of a painting in former President Bush's office that I really liked:
The painting you admired in former President Bush's office is called, "An Evening With the President" by Texas native artist G. Harvey (Gerald Harvey Jones). I thought it looked familiar to me because we have his "Lee and Longstreet." Prints can be ordered over the Internet from many Web sites. I'm sure the former president's was an original. They are beautiful. Just thought you might like to know and browse through the rest of his paintings. Keep up the good work.
Your faithful viewer in Waco,
E-mail No. 2
Has there been any information about the size of the bathroom where the alleged rape took place? For three grown men to hold down and rape a grown female, it seems that the bathroom would have to be pretty large. I am remembering a rape case involving a NFL football player (Mark Something) where an alleged rape took place in a bathroom with a young female, during the trial, there was a demonstration by the defense with a mock bathroom with the same dimensions of the alleged rape scene. In the trial the jury found the defendant not guilty. Just wondering your thoughts on this issue.
E-mail No. 3
I can't understand why no one has put this fact into play: Everyone is giving Reade Seligmann only 15 minutes to have had the opportunity to participate in the rape, because he was picked up by a cab at 12:19 a.m. and the stripper arrived at 12:04 a.m.
So here is what happened: Reade calls up for a cab, 10 minutes earlier (12:09) at the latest, and figures he's got 10 minutes or so, to help gang-rape this girl, before he has to be out front to catch his cab ride.
It's a total farce!
E-mail No. 4
What has happened in the Mary Winkler case? When the shooting first happened it was all over the news, now there is nothing. Why all the secrecy? It just seems unusual to me how everything has been kept so secretive.
ANSWER: Every day we check on the Winkler case. It is pending trial and there is not much else new in it.
E-mail No. 5 — This next e-mail refers to E-mail No. 7 in Thursday's blog:
I take issue with E-mail No. 7's logic. He said:
"Also, the timestamp on the camera might be off if the time was not set accurately via computer. One last thing, the time frame for the alleged crime is being determined by the time stamp of the camera and the time at which the cab picked the guy up. If the camera time was fast and the cab time was slow, we could be looking at several more minutes. The time alibi is not a fixed way to determine the window of opportunity and the window of innocence."
Sure, and maybe Superman stopped the world and reversed it. Maybe the alien dude from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" pulled that electrical trick and stopped time. Come on! If you're going to give the prosecution that many excuses in not accepting the boy's alibi, then you need to be as open-minded when it comes to the defense — any defense.
E-mail No. 6
An issue I would like to have you raise: Did this case come at a bad time for Mike Nifong? If he had not found someone to prosecute could he possibly have been elected in Durham, N.C. with the high percentage of black voters there?
It seems to me from what I have learned that he had to prosecute someone or his shot at being elected as the prosecutor was over. Not maybe but done.
Also, if I recall correctly during the news conference the defense attorney's clearly stated that the fingernails were tested for DNA and the result was negative. Much seems to be being made of the scratches on the bodies of the defendants in the photographs taken by the prosecutor and used to ID the defendants. There seems no doubt to be that if she inflicted these scratched the DNA tests would have been positive from either her fingernails or the fingernails found at the house. The test was negative. To me this is more scientific evidence in favor of the defendants. It is also more evidence this case should not have been prosecuted.
Greta, to me Mike Nifong did what he had to do to keep even a chance of getting elected. He is also betting he will have an excuse when he loses these cases so he can keep this job.
If this is true Greta I think you will agree. This is exactly the kind of person we do not want anywhere with the power of a prosecutor.
Finally, here are some articles that caught my attention. As for the first one, this is about a MIDDLE SCHOOL! Yes, a MIDDLE SCHOOL!
• Slur left on Renton mayor's bathroom mirror
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Someone sneaked into the Renton mayor's private bathroom during a contentious city council meeting and wrote the word "bitch" on her mirror with her lipstick.
Police are investigating the Monday night incident as a burglary because the lipstick was taken.
Meanwhile, the city is evaluating security at City Hall.
The mayor, Kathy Keolker, declines to comment because the investigation is continuing.
• Can pharmacists refuse prescriptions?
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Should pharmacists be allowed to refuse prescriptions on moral grounds?
That's the question for the state Board of Pharmacy.
At a hearing yesterday in Tumwater it heard from abortion rights advocates who said pharmacist should be required to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, regardless of moral objections.
The state has no such rule now and did not investigate complaints earlier this year from an abortion provider who said pharmacists balked at filling prescriptions.
Governor Gregoire, 40 state lawmakers, Planned Parenthood and other groups have gone on record opposing a rule that would let drugstores refuse prescriptions.
A handful of people at the hearing spoke in defense of letting pharmacists refuse. One Seattle pharmacist, Daphne McBreen, said there was no problem getting someone else to fill a prescription the one time she objected to filling one.
• Senate passes bill that would make misleading 'spam' a crime
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate today passed a bill that would make sending false or misleading "spam" a crime, and going "phishing" a civil offense.
Spam is a term for unsolicited commercial e-mail. Phishing is the practice of using spam to entice people to divulge personal information that can be used to steal their identities.
The bill would put teeth in an existing anti-spam law that lacks any criminal penalties. Judges would be allowed to send offenders to prison for a maximum of five years for the most serious violations.
Circumstances that would merit a five-year term include spam volume in excess of 25-hundred attempted messages in a 24-hour period; 25-thousand in 30 days or 250-thousand over a year.
The bill's anti-phishing section would allow victims and the state's attorney general to sue spammers who try to obtain personal identifying information.
The bill is on its way to the House, where similar legislation is moving through committee.
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