Monday, October 17, 2005

Berkowitz's Ari Fleischer interview webcast and cablecast

In collaboration with the Illinois Channel [which is, generally, an analogue to C-Span], Berkowitz’s ten minute interview with former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is airing this week in 75 communities through-out the state of Illinois [including Chicago] and in St. Louis and Jefferson counties in Missouri. You can watch the webcast by going to the Illinois Channel, and at the same site, you can go to “Distribution,” and locate on which channel and when the Illinois Channel airs in your neck of the woods, if you prefer to watch the cablecast on your TV.

The Illinois Channel is cablecast in two hour blocks of time. Thus, for example, in Springfield, IL, you can watch Illinois Channel programming on Municipal Channel 18 on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm [as well as at other times and channels listed on the Illinois Channel site].

The Fleischer interview is the last segment of the two hour block of programming, and thus, for example, should air at about 8:50 pm in Springfield on tomorrow night [Tuesday] and Thursday. You might tune in at 8:45 pm to be on the safe side. Or better yet, tune in at 7:00 pm and watch U. S. Senator Dick Durbin [D- IL], Congressman Ray LaHood [R- Peoria], Former Governor Jim Edgar interviewed by Illinois Channel’s Executive Director Terry Martin and then stay tuned for the Fleischer Interview.

The Berkowitz interview with Ari Fleischer preceded a Republican Jewish Coalition event at the Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, at which the former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush was speaking on October 9, 2005. Topics covered included the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination, the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom Delay, the potential indictment of White House senior adviser Karl Rove and or Vice-President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby, Iraq and the Bush legacy.
Jeff Berkowitz: Do you know her [Harriet Miers] well enough to know that she is going to construe the Constitution strictly or narrowly and she is not going to be a judicial activist? Do you know that?

Ari Fleishcher: I know the President well enough to know that I don’t think he would have picked somebody who would have done otherwise. I can’t say that about any of the people who could have been named because my background is not that of a legal expert and I have never put constitutional questions to Harriet [Miers] or anybody else. But, I do now the person making the appointment and I know him very well and that’s George W. Bush and I think he has a very good sense of what he wants on that bench [the U. S. Supreme Court], the direction in which he wants to move the Court and I think you have to take that into consideration when you weigh who he ultimately picked.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at