In the elevator moving 9 floors up the Museum of Art and Design to Robert Restaurant, C and Jeffrey Toobin hotly debated the news of the day: the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Would Michael Jackson's doctor be convicted of involuntary manslaughter? Chances are he'll get off. Then again, . . . . Doors opened to a throng of television news A-listers abuzz, celebrating Erin Burnett's upcoming show, Out Front, to premiere Monday. Cameras flashed. Anderson Cooper posed in front of the CNN scrim.
In this world of television news, no one gives it a rest. Mort Zuckerman stopped to ask if I am fine. Yes, are you? It's complicated, he replied. We'll survive, he said in a bonding moment. But a lot of people won't. 25 million Americans are unemployed and will never recover the standard of living they enjoyed before they were unemployed. It's a tragedy. I have to get a drink.