I’m scheduled to appear on MSNBC’s “Connected Coast-to-Coast with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley” at 5 p.m. Eastern to discuss, of all things, the recent spate of judge shootings and what needs to be done about it.

Maybe they needed someone else with a PhD in international affairs to balance Crowley on the topic….

Update (1900): Unfortunately, I got bumped from the lineup around 1745 after sitting in the studio miked and ready to go for 45 minutes. They wound up doing multiple segments with Bo Diedle, which cut into the schedule. It was, to say the least, aggravating. Still, it’s understandable that they didn’t want to cut off fruitful discussions with subject matter experts to get to my segment. I took some consolation that Mike Scheuer of Imperial Hubris fame had previously gotten bumped from Hardball because they decided to go wall-to-wall with the Atlanta shooting saga. So it goes in TV land, I guess.

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  1. Jim Henley says:

    Tell me, oh tell me, you’ve got the guts to answer “Nothing, especially.”

  2. Awesome, James. I’ll watch.

  3. Tom says:

    Did the boss let you off for it? lol

  4. denise says:

    Don’t forget that shooting outside an L.A. courthouse (I think it was L.A.) last year. The judge wan’t shot at, but a lawyer was.

    To the extent there’s a trend, I think that incident qualifies as part of it.

    My husband commented earlier today that everyone keeps referring to this Atlanta matter as the killing of a judge, when in fact three people were killed. The other two count too, and they were killed for being part of the legal/judicial system.

  5. Ian says:

    I got on a bit late (5:30 est) … were you bumped?

  6. Tom says:

    He was bumped . I watched an hour of Ron Reagan to see James.. . Oh well, get em next time James.

  7. Ian says:

    Eh I have to watch him everyday! (Just to hear Monica) .. Usually he makes some remark about his father … He said some variation of “I had to endure security because of a certain job my father had in Washington, DC”.

  8. jen says:

    That’s a relief – I tried to get the Tivo setup online, but it didn’t go in time, I guess. Glad to know that I didn’t miss it. Sorry to hear you got bumped.

  9. bryan says:

    man, I hope you get paid for this aggravation. As much silly money as they’re throwing at Reagan, you should get something for having to sit under those lights for almost an hour.

  10. Aqeel M. El-Amin says:

    The young lady who reasoned the Mr. Nichols, the alleged shooter of those in Atlanta this weekend, surely is a woman of deep faith and good character. She deserves a medal, but her greatest reward, I believe, will come from G-d, for surely she exhibited the height of what compassion is. I pray for Mr. Nichols, for surely, something strangly out of the odinary must have happened to him…for I see great signs in his last act before turning himself over to law enforcement, that he too, has some great redeeming values in spiritual senitivity.