The topic of Iraq policy will be at or near the top of our broadcast tonight, specifically, the fact-finding and deliberations of the Iraq Study Group, and the potential effect it will have on U.S. policy. The comments of Congressman Rangel yesterday seem to have done exactly what they were intended to do -- stir up debate -- which we will cover tonight. Additionally, we will talk with Richard Engel, who happens to be here in New York, on leave from Baghdad, about the reality on the ground over there. Also tonight, we're proud to begin a week-long series called "WHAT WORKS" -- based on our collective search to find life's minor victories: the functioning portions of our sometimes-broken daily lives. Tonight, we will tackle the awful problem of emergency room waiting time, and see how some are trying to fix it... and have succeeded.
VICTORY FOR VIEWERS?
Fox has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV show. That certainly frees up a weeknight for all of us.
CONVERSATIONS WITH CHARLIE
I spent a good bit of the middle of the day seated at the famous round wooden table of my friend Charlie Rose. You will get to see the conversation tonight on PBS. As they say: check local listings.
TIME TO SAY FAREWELL
Tomorrow in New York, for many of us in the industry, the day will begin with a farewell to Ed Bradley. The day will end at the annual black-tie dinner for the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that Ed had supported in the past.
THE ENDLESS FEEDBACK
I spent a good chunk of the past 24 hours reviewing hundreds of viewer e-mails. As I always say, we cannot "program" our newscast with only the topics people want to see, nor can we filter out topics that are unpopular but newsworthy. Taken as a group, they are a fascinating barometer of viewer sentiment... and we all read everything written to the broadcast. Some days most of them are negative. Other days, most are positive. What I'd love to know is: How many of them would have been written on paper in the old days? The availability and instant-gratification of e-mail does tend to "allow" people to get complaints off their chests -- in a way that is pleasing to them, and not so pleasant to read. We sometimes joke that most of our viewer e-mails begin with the same three words: "How dare you..." As fate would have it, my assistant Melissa just told me that today we received "three of the nicest e-mails that have ever been written." So there you have it. Someone took the time to make my day.
We hope you can join us for our Monday night broadcast.