Thursday Jan. 31, 2013
It’s not yet aired (as I write at 7:20 p.m.), but the CNN program that Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers appeared on has already been taped.
Word spread earlier today (look at this article or this blog post) that he would appear on CNN journalist Anderson Cooper’s program at 8 p.m. this evening, offering a pro-gun rights view on a special program dedicated to the gun issue, “Guns Under Fire.” Rogers said in a Facebook posting around 6:10 p.m. that the taping is over. Scroll down for his text of his post in its entirety.
As Rogers puts it, it was a bit anticlimactic “but nonetheless a great experience.” He flew to Washington D.C. for the taping at George Washington University, but didn’t appear on the panel called to discuss the issue, it turns out. Rather, he sat in the audience “with other speaking visitors.”
Rogers lauded Cooper as “gracious,” even if he disagrees with his views, and said he spoke for only around 30 seconds, when the CNN journalist asked him for a sheriff’s perspective. A legal analyst responded to Rogers’ comments, the sheriff said, “and basically called me a liar.”
Stay tuned and watch at 8 p.m., if so inclined. Meanwhile, here’s Rogers’ Facebook post:
The recording at George Washington University townhall meeting is over. It will be aired at 8pm EST. Anderson Cooper is a gracious host and certainly a professional in his field (even if I don’t agree with his liberal view). I met him and he was not pompous or arrogant as some celebs are. Anyway, I thought at first, that I was going to be on the panel, but they put me in the audience with other speaking visitors. Cooper asked me a quesiton something about the Sheriff’s perspective on gun laws and background checks, and my thoughts on enforcements. 30 seconds later (approx) I was done and the legal analyst came on and basically called me a liar. So, that was my debut on CNN. A bit anti-climatic, but nonetheless, a great experience. I drove by the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the place where the government is printing all the money as we speak! So, don’t get your hopes up on my response–I’m not even sure what I said exactly, but whatever it was, I was lying-according to the legal analyst. Interesting that there was another school shooting during the filming (or directly before) in Atlanta. Thanks for all your prayers and support. I remain vigilant on constitutional issues and will continue Serving You!
(Reporter’s note 2/1/13: Spelling of anticlimactic in headline, third paragraph corrected (from anti-climatic).)
Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., www.etruth.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him/subscribe to him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.