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Note to Megyn Kelly: No Need For So Much Hype

One week ago today, I shared a Vice.com video interview of Dr. James Mitchell (a.k.a., “The Architect” of enhanced interrogation techniques) about his role in interrogating terrorists, terror suspects and other detainees in U.S. custody. Today, I share another interview of the man that reveals as much about the interviewer as it does about the guest.

One thing that stands out to me in the video is that Dr. Mitchell seems humble and content to avoid the spotlight. On the flip side, I was disappointed by something I heard come out of the mouth of Megyn Kelly, host of “The Kelly Files” on Fox News Channel:

“I want to tell our audience that, up until tonight, you have not fully told your story, because you’ve been under a nondisclosure agreement that’s been loosened over the weekend, and now this is the first chance you’ve had to really respond directly to this Senate report that was really put out by the Senate Dems — no Republicans — so this is an extraordinary moment for you to be able to come on camera and tell this story.”

Most viewers probably didn’t notice, but Kelly’s “first chance” statement — about Dr. Mitchell’s interview on her show being his first on the subject of interrogations — simply wasn’t true.

I know, because I shared the Vice.com interview video days after it was released on the news outlet’s website. She was, at a minimum, six days behind.

With that explained, what advice do I have to offer Kelly and her crew?  There’s no need for so much hype. Let the facts “sell” the stories instead of resorting to sensationalizing and issuing false claims of exclusivity.

And, while I’m at it, I recommend you read two books, Three Days In August and The Clapper Memo, if you’re looking for serious subjects to discuss on air.

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First Review of The National Bet: ‘It’s A Nice Job’

The action in my just-released first crime-fiction thriller, The National Bet, takes place in several locations around the world. Because one is Effingham, Ill., I mailed a copy of the 368-page paperback to Bill Grimes, a veteran reporter at the Effingham Daily News. Today, I received the mini-review below, via Facebook:

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Bob McCarty probably shouldn’t work too hard on his Pulitzer acceptance speech just yet, but The National Bet, McCarty’s first novel, is an entertaining read. Much of the book centers around the fictitious Effingham Chemical Company in a very real Effingham, Illinois. It’s the story of how FBI agent Joe-L Wilson and his team solve an act of terrorism that kills upwards of 30,000 people. McCarty does a good job of leading us down false roads, much as any good mystery writer would do, before we find out who the actual culprits are. Interestingly, he plugs one of his previous non-fiction books in this book. I guess people do that. All in all, it’s a nice job from Bob McCarty Writes.

Shouldn’t work too hard on my Pulitzer acceptance speech? Why not!

Regardless of that minor dig, I’m looking forward to reading a full-length review of the book in an upcoming edition of the Daily News.

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