I did my first real TV appearance. I got interviewed for a local Los Angeles station a year or two ago for speaking at a Tea Party rally, and I’ve done Ustream. I’ve been on the really real radio a few times too. But this was the first time I got invited to be on a television panel as part of a discussion as an “expert” in my field.
The topic was the Trayvon Martin shooting, and the venue was CNTV – an English-speaking Chinese news station, on a program called The Heat. Yes, I said Chinese news station.
I got contacted by their booker over a week ago, because I wrote a very controversial piece in which I suggested that shooter George Zimmerman might not be a racist. I said yes to CNTV, because why not? I don’t have a problem backing up what I write on screen. I wish I had the opportunity to do it more frequently.
CNTV is based out of DC, but they patched me in from the NBC studio in San Diego. I went in without a clue as to how the whole thing was going to work. Were they going to do make up? Was there going to be a set? Would I get to wear one of those cool clippy microphone thingies?
The answers to those questions were no, no, and yes. I was glad I had slapped some makeup on my face before heading in. Unfortunately, I didn’t use enough blush, because WOW I look washed out in the video. The ‘set’ was the middle of a crowded cubicle farm newsroom, with a bright light shining in my face. I couldn’t see the host or my fellow panelist; I could only hear them through the CIA-like microphone in my ear. I did get to wear the microphone clippy thing though. That was pretty cool.
Ok, so we got to talking about the case. They could see each other, and they could see me even though I couldn’t seem them, which was a bit disconcerting. I was in the middle of newsroom, where a dozen or so people could hear every word I was saying without hearing what they other people were saying. I was super nervous. Knees-knocking-together nervous.
All things considered, I think it went pretty well.
Side note: I had to stop myself from saying fact-tah about eight gajillion times, especially when we started talking about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. No, you can’t shoot people who make you nervous. That’s a fact-tah!
Thank you so much to The Heat for inviting me on, to host Mike Walter, to the other panelist Jennifer Butler, and to everyone that watched!
Click here to watch until someone with more technical know-how in their little finger than in my entire body can embed it for me…