Newsmax TV is currently seen fairly widely on the web, but it’s about to head into tens of millions of homes, having recently signed deals with DISH Network and DIRECTV.
In anticipation of the ascent to satellites, they’ve started a couple of new daily shows, The one I appear on is Midpoint with Ed Berliner, which airs from 12-3 pm ET. Ed seems like a good guy and a sharp interviewer, and he clearly has a terrific TV presence.
NewsmaxTV will soon have a studio in Washington, but for now it’s Skype, through which I hooked up to the show from my home in Northern Virginia.
In the video, I’m sitting in front of my computer in the area where I often work when I’m not at the White House or somewhere else around Washington.
Fascinating experience, I had never even used Skype before.
About a minute before airtime, after I’d finally figured out how to hook up with them, they said, Mr. Koffler, we can’t see you. No great loss, as you’ll see, since the video makes my face even fatter than it already is. But it’s TV, of course.
Mr. Koffler, there must be a button you can push to activate the video.
I’m sure there is, but I don’t see it.
Mr.Koffler, there must be a button.
I can’t – Oh, there it is, I think. Can you see me?
Yes. Thank God. Welcome to the 21st century, Mr. Koffler. Ed will be with you in 30 seconds.
You’ll notice the purple paper in the background on the wall, which I should have taken down for aesthetic reasons, but I couldn’t because my daughter put it up. It’s a daily menu she created to help me lose weight. You may be able to make out the last item, my reward at the end of the week for being good: ICE CREAM.
Anyway, here you go.