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Politics and Eastwood make the cut on PBS

By Mark Washburn
TV/Radio Writer

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    “Washington Week” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on UNC-TV and SC ETV. To watch the show online or catch the Webcast taped at UNC Charlotte on Friday, go to www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/watch/webcast.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. Gwen Ifill did her PBS show “Washington Week” at UNC Charlotte on Friday, but the best laugh line didn’t come until after the broadcast.

In a post-taping session called “Convention Eve Town Hall Webcast,” Ifill and her guests took questions from about 300 people in the audience. One asked about why the convention was being held in Charlotte.

“I think you needed to hold it someplace,” said Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times.

“And you meant that in the nicest possible way,” Ifill cracked.

Zeleny was joined by panelists John Harwood of the Times and CNBC, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics. They looked back on the high points of the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and ahead at the Democrats in Charlotte.

And then they cut to the topic of the day – actor Clint Eastwood’s performance on the RNC’s final night when he spoke to an invisible President Barack Obama in an empty chair next to the lectern.

“Greatest stagecraft blunder I can remember,” said Harwood.

“It was just a head-scratcher and that’s not what you want right before your nominee is going to walk on the stage,” said Tumulty.

Ifill took questions from the audience at the Anne R. Belk Theater during breaks. Does she get a bonus for working late doing the conventions? No. Do they fake the talking during the closing credits? No. How does she keep up the pace? Adrenaline.

Ifill said security in Tampa was as tight as she’s ever seen it. Then she mentioned she hadn’t yet seen how it was in Charlotte’s downtown.

She was quickly fact-checked by the audience.

“Uptown. I meant uptown. Thanks,” she said.

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