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February 24, 2006

All publicity is good publicity: Majikthise on FOX News Radio

A few days ago, I got an email from a producer at the John Gibson Show asking if I would be willing to appear on a segment they call "Blue Blogapalooza."

Each week on BB, Gibson grills a liberal blogger and throws him or her to the mercy of his callers. Maryscott O'Connor of MyLeftWing has already done two segments on Gibson's show.

Initially I was hesitant. Luckily I was able to seek some blogmotherly advice from Jeralyn of TalkLeft who assured me that all publicity is good publicity.

I also have a real-life example to draw on. I grew up accompanying my father to hostile interviews. Dad is always going on right wing radio to explain why drugs should be legalized or why near death experiences don't prove the existence of God. Dad always likes to say that his job is to be the skunk at the garden party.

The trick is to stand your ground and not take it too seriously. It's political theater. It's going to be fun. Nobody likes knock-down drag 'em out rhetorical combat more than I do. I'm looking forward to playing Mark Luther to Gibson's Al Franken.

At 8pm tonight, I will enter the ring of fire. Here is the call-in number: 888-788-9910.

Wish me luck.

Update: I'm getting Thad to make an mp3 of the show, but it would be great to have a backup recording. If any of you public-spirited podcasters are listening at home, I'd be very grateful if you could record the interview. I'll let you know later on tonight if we'll be needing the backup.

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Good for you. Glad to see you're getting your shot at fighting the beast head on. I don't know that I can actually watch it on time but I do have DVR so I will get it recorded if I can't. Good luck.

It's radio, John, not TV. If you're watching Lindsay tonight you're either a FOXNews Radio employee or some kind of stalker. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're a stalker.

I'm of the opinion that anybody remotely left-of-center should just boycott appearing on most right-wing media outlets. The format is awful, the hosts are insufferable, and there's no real upside (Oscar Wilde quote notwithstanding).

Then again, maybe it's because I haven't been asked. Good luck, Lindsay.

Break a leg! (his)

Because you're an atheist I won't insult you by wishing that you receive a ridiculous and superstitious phenonomen commonly referred to as "luck." Instead I'll pray for you.

Rock on!

Njorl, you left out the possibility that John Stith is God.

John Gibson looks like one of the evil clowns from "Killer Clowns from Outer Space".

Good luck Lindsay.

Give 'em hell, Lindsay!

Lindsay


Oh Joy!

Now I get to see if your really a hottie….?
All I’ve had to work with is that small sneering photo.

You had to be on on Shabbos, and anyway Gibson isn't on the air in the red state I live in and audio does not stream well over my dial-up -- but knock 'em dead! Keep it short, and keep talking till you're interrupted. It doesn't hurt to be more glib and colorful than you would be in a more reasonable, less commodified conversation -- or to be funnier at your interloucutor's expense. Don't expect to be allowed to develop an argument. In the old communist lingo, you will be doing agitation, not propaganda. If the frame or presupposition of a "question" is too stoopid, spit on it en passant and move on to make a worthwhile point. Break a leg, preferably a RW one!

You will fry his... behind. The man is a grin on top of a lump. It won't be a fair fight, by any measure. In fact, you'll make it look easy.

game plan...

... go on air, say something as long as they want ya back to plug yer blog. (and charm the wingnut while at it. come on, You are trained to cut logic 9 millions ways before lunch time. Being interesting is the key,...

then we deal with wackos here. Open a special thread the nite before, so we can dump ya the latest juiciest, info and liner.

hah, blog brawl palooza.

nooooo...

I don't think obvious straight up 'I'll crush ya' works too good with girls on tv. Ya want to use all cards on table. (if you are boys, then you do straight rethorical Kung-Fu)

do the unexpected. indirect, with, subtle eleptical logic, and final blow...

(have you seen the wingnut blog crowd? jees, they are ugly and dull.)

we do it pretty and witty.

(or something like that. I need to lay off this morning coffe)

As the good Dr. says, "Don't take any guff from those swine!"

That's awesome. good luck. have fun.

Good Hunting.

OK... I'm braindead and obviously couldn't read.

It's radio, John, not TV. If you're watching Lindsay tonight you're either a FOXNews Radio employee or some kind of stalker. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're a stalker.

Yep... I'm a stalker but I have to leave in a few minutes to make to NYC by airtime. Could someone give me directions? If I can't make it, would anyone be willing to be a standin stalker for me?
I can even do the newspaper type scare letters. I've just not mailed any out for a while. I wish I'd had more notice though... airline rates at the last minute are rough.

Because you're an atheist I won't insult you by wishing that you receive a ridiculous and superstitious phenonomen commonly referred to as "luck." Instead I'll pray for you.

Heh. Luck is real, it's simply not an entity to be propitiated. :-)

Best wishes, Lindsay.

Give those godless animals hell Lindsay!

Lindsay, MaryScott took an incredible amount of drubbing from a lot of folks on Kos for going on Fox. So get ready.

Personally, if you're up for it, give em' hell. I think Gibson loves women bloggers. How about accusing him of being a lecherous old man!

KXL tape delays Gibson's show, so I won't be able to call in with a softball. I'll be listening, though. Good luck. You won't change any minds, but if you can show that you're not a whacko, you might get some new conservative readers. And giving people a taste of the liberal perspective is part of the project here, right?

Jeralyn's appearances might raise her profile, but I don't think they really do her causes or her reputation a whole ton of good. For a long time, I didn't realize that the woman running the very smart, in-point blog was the same person I'd been seeing on TV. When I figured it out I think I thought Her?, Arrested-Development-style.


John Gibson looks like sombody who has just been revived out of 5000 years mumification.

I mean I know all Fox news anchor are vampires and the undead, but fer gawd sakes, gt some sun tan.

and that forhead is the size of aircraft carrier platform. with that hair do.

Lindsay, MaryScott took an incredible amount of drubbing from a lot of folks on Kos for going on Fox. So get ready.

Posted by: greyhair | February 24, 2006 at 04:15 PM

It's fox radio, not TV tho' I thought we boycott the TV. I don't think Lindsay should go on Fox TV. Because the boycott is going very well. The Fox news guest list is incredibally pathetic. Only wingnuts and ass kisser left.

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