John Walters will be on C-Span’s Washington Journal from 9-9:30 am Eastern on Monday morning. (Thanks, Bob!)
If you’re going to call in, here are a few suggestions:
- Write out your question and have it in front of you. Otherwise, you’ll get so anxious about being on air, that you’ll get tongue-tied.
- Limit yourself. Find one specific point that you want to approach and really hone in on that one. Don’t try to ask a multiple-part question — it dilutes your clarity to the audiences and gives him the opportunity to answer whichever part he likes the most and ignore the rest.
- Focus. You won’t be given much time, so be prepared to keep it as short as possible.
- Speak to your audience. You don’t care what Walters thinks (you’re not going to change his mind) — it’s what the listeners get that’s important. Don’t talk about detailed conspiracies — stick to the simple points that listeners will understand — things like:
- Why do you want to throw sick people in jail for following the advice of their doctors?
- Why are you spending federal taxpayers’ money to campaign against state medical marijuana initiatives? Are you willing to publish how much you have spent on that?
- If there really is a link between potent pot and treatment as you constantly imply, why won’t you talk about it on the ONDCP website where it would be subject to data quality review?
- Remember that it’s not about winning — Walters has a huge advantage in this situation in that you cannot cross examine after he spins his answer in a completely new direction. It’s about getting your point across to the listeners through a well-crafted question.