Joe Conason's Journal

Notes from a media book tour. Plus: Remembering a great man senselessly killed.

Published August 20, 2003 3:21PM (EDT)

Blackout blues and revised bookings
Due to the blackout's lingering effects on digital service in Manhattan, I've been offline for most of the past two days. (For my views on the ideological aspects of that little cataclysm, see today's Observer column.) One result was that I couldn't update information about TV appearances; as I suggested, the schedule is subject to continuous changes. My apologies to anyone who took the trouble to look for me, only to find I wasn't there. I've also been unable to reply to e-mail until today, and probably won't be able to answer everyone for a while, although I'm still reading them all. Thanks so much for all the praise, critiques and advice about the book.

What didn't happen yesterday is supposed to occur today and tonight, including "Kudlow & Cramer" on CNBC, "Buchanan & Press" on MSNBC, and "Live From the Headlines With Paula Zahn" on CNN at 8 p.m. Eastern. (I'll be on "Crossfire" next week instead of tonight.)

Today's schedule also includes a live Internet chat on at 3 p.m. EDT. (In addition to which I'm also doing lots of local radio.) And Barnes & Noble has posted an interview with me about "Big Lies" on its Web site.

I wish I had more time to write about today's terrible news, but I can't let the killing of Sergio Vieira de Mello pass without comment. A close friend of mine worked with him for several years, and has always told me what the world now knows. He was a wonderful man and a great public servant. His murderers are the enemies of world civilization and humanity's future.
[9 a.m. PDT, Aug. 20, 2003]

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