C-SPAN’s Book TV invited me to interview convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff for its Afterwords program. The invitation was prompted by this Roll Call article that I wrote on Abramoff’s attempt to reinvent himself with the publication of his book, “Capitol Punishment.”
For past TV appearances, I have always been the interviewee and someone else has been asking the questions. This time I was asking the questions – something I do constantly for print interviews, but which involves different skills in the broadcast medium. Timing is key, including the art of conducting the interview in precisely the alotted time. I found it challenging but enjoyable. Another reversal: When we concluded the interview, I found myself asking Abramoff for his card so I could keep abreast of his “reform” activities. Now he has gone from subject to source. In Washington, it seems, there is always another turn of the wheel.