Change of Plans

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No sooner that I wrote the blog below (and right before I was going to post and pack) that things changed. We are now — and unexpectedly (but you know this very random news business from reading the blog) — headed to London. We are going to grab a train — details to follow. But here is the blog as I originally wrote:

Click here to check out the pics posted today. They were taken for you in Paris yesterday. The point of the pics is twofold — to give those who have never been to France a glimpse of the beautiful architecture in Paris and to give you a behind the scenes of our show. There is one picture of the famous French art museum — the Louvre — taken from our car as we drove past. I have been to France many times (my sister lived here at one time) and I have always gone to the Louvre when I am in Paris, even if it is for a short amount of time. This time I have had no free time and I must be satisfied to simply drive by and stick my head and camera out the window for you. (I am sure I looked like an idiot taking a picture like that!) Incidentally, you may recognize the Louvre if you saw the movie, "The Da Vinci Code."

Our time here in Paris has been productive... we have done several interviews which the producer must now put together for a show for you. As you know our show is usually (99 percent?) LIVE interviews of newsmakers or reporters about current events and not taped interviews. I prefer LIVE (I think live is easier), but from time to time it is interesting to conduct a lot of interviews about one topic and present it to you. It is not often that we go out and get a bunch of tape (conduct many interviews) and put together a show from the tape.

Now that the interviews are "in the can," my work pretty much ends for a bit on this project, but will pick up later when the first draft of the show is done. I need to see the edited product and sign off on it since ultimately it is my responsibility.

These special projects from the producer stand point remind me of college term papers — they spend a ton of time collecting material (taped interviews with the anchor/correspondent) and then have to figure out how to put it together. What stays? What goes? What order? (And of course the inevitable, and periodic, what was I thinking when I agreed to do this?) I think it a daunting task to sit in an edit room with a pile of tapes and try to figure out how to compress hours of tapes into a short amount of time and be complete and fair to the topic... some things must end up on the editing floor. And, like with a college term paper, it is a huge relief when the project is finished.

One other thing about edited interviews, the reason I don't like them as well as live interviews is because the interviewed person is almost never happy and I can understand some of the unhappiness — despite our commitment to be fair. People often feel unfairly edited — no matter how much you try and do it just right, people don't like to be edited. They often feel clipped, or taken out of context, etc. Hence live interviews are easy — whatever is said by the guest is aired in full.

In a few hours we head to the airport here in Paris and then back to the USA. I had wondered if we would be asked to stay (the scandal ridden Tour de France ends Sunday and I wondered if FOX would want me to stay and cover it since I am already here... and there is horrible flooding in the U.K. and it's less than an hour flight away) but there has been no request and I am happy to head home. We have had a productive time working here in Paris... and the city is gorgeous (Paris IS my favorite!) But after no sleep, home looks great. I am anxious to see my husband (although we talk several times a day from Paris) and my pets (who always meet me at the door with the usual orders: "Feed me! (Even though I have been amply fed in your absence, maybe even spoiled!) Feed me first (before another pet)! Pet me! Me first!"

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hello Greta, some people wonder why the police don't jump up and down trying to find adults at the first sign they are not accounted for. Well the Wisconsin women is a prime example. Plus in most cases you always get, "they would never get up and go without telling someone", yea right. So while no crime was committed here as in the case of the runaway bride, it did use up valuable taxpayer resources, police resources that could have been better used solving murders or people that really are missing, and concerned citizens that volunteered their precious time. Plus not to mention that they spent taxpayers' money to track down and bother a totally innocent man, questioning and searching his belongings. And then I heard they are going out to celebrate. Yep, you all go out and celebrate.
John Tanner

ANSWER: John, I don't know many of the details about Francine Tate but did get a message from my producer (I am in Paris working.) I am curious for more information and tried to find it late last night after getting the word. I may have to wait until I get back. Your note makes a good point... but there is always the chance the person is at real risk, not a person walking away, and that time to find her or him is key.

E-mail No. 2

I was in the midst of a flight between Tampa and DFW when we had to make an emergency medical stop in New Orleans. It is concerning to say the least, whether over the ocean or not!
Thanks for your blog. Sure do enjoy it.
J.W. and JaNelle Glidewell

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