Deggans in D.C. tonight with Ted Koppel, Clarence Page and Nina Totenberg at NPR's Political Junkie Roadshow
WASHINGTON D.C. -- It's one of those surreal moments when you wonder: Why exactly did they include me in such amazing company?
But in a couple of hours, I will be taking the stage alongside such names as former Nightline host Ted Koppel, NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, along with Talk of the Nation host Neil Conan and NPR's "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin to talk about the election we just survived in a very special Political Junkie Roadshow: Pre-Inauguration Edition.
It's a live show presented here at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, aimed at looking at the long slog of an election just before Barack Obama takes the oath again for his second term in office.
My bit in this will be to talk about the important media turning points for the election. If you read this piece I wrote for the Times' year-end edition, you already know a bit of what I expect to say -- with Fox News' meltdown on Election Night and the release of Mitt Romney's 47 percent video among the most important media moments of a campaign where both sides spent millions to push their message out on TV, social media and beyond.
I've spent the day watching the sausage get made at NPR's headquarters, talking with folks here about the commentaries I present on TV and media and watching them prepare for the move to a new headquarters in a few months. (pictured: Conan and Rudin, left to right)
Tonight, I expect to mostly sit back and absorb the knowledge from the other folks expected to make an appearance, including NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro; NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea; Paul Glastris, Editor in Chief of the Washington Monthly and a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton; Michael Gerson, a columnist with The Washington Post and a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush; Linda Chavez, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and political analyst for Fox News.
If you're anywhere near the D.C. area and are thinking about attending, check out the details on the synagogue's site here.
Otherwise, check back here later, and I'll try to offer an interesting post on what went down.