Author Radio Interview
In this recent interview with Doc Kirby of Troy-based WTBF, we discussed many aspects of the book.
Here is a rough guide to the subjects and when they occur in the interview:
Start: Explaining how and why I first started looking into the Siegelman administration.
4 minute mark: The G.H. ("Goat Hill") Construction story, and its role in starting the investigation into Siegelman.
5:45 minute mark: On Nick Bailey, and what I believe to be Siegelman's greatest personal flaw.
7:50 minute mark: How I stumbled upon the hidden, secret second life of the "Alabama Education Lottery Foundation."
This was the series of stories that led to Richard Scrushy becoming part of the investigation into various matters regarding
the Siegelman administration. This section leads into an analysis of Siegelman and his fiercely aggressive fund-raising techniques.
14:00 minute mark: Here, I discuss stories about the at least $1.4 million paid to Siegelman in legal fees while he was governor.
18:30 minute mark: In which we talk about the odd entrance into the Siegelman case of north Alabama lawyer Jill Simpson, and
the manner in which Siegelman and his public relations people managed to sell Simpson as a legitimate source linking Karl Rove to
the Siegelman prosecution. Related issues are also discussed, including: The silliness of the premise that Karl Rove would or could
order the Justice Department to prosecute Siegelman; and the failings of the national media, especially as contrasted to the reporting
on the same matter by the Alabama media.
23 minute mark: On the coverage, or rather, mis-coverage, of the Siegelman case by the New York Times and others after they were
given an affidavit by Simpson. I also touch upon a theme I bring up in some of my talks: That the Times, it would seem almost as
a whole (news side and editorial), fails to understand Alabama politics.
The interview was taped in March, while I was visiting Troy to participate in the Troy University journalism department's
annual "M. Stanton Evans Symposium on Money, Politics and the Media."
Below is a photo of "Doc" Kirby. He came into the interview knowing the subject, prepared to ask informed questions, and ready for fun.
Kirby, shown below, is also a lecturer at the university.
The interview was quite long, and Kirby edited it down to about 30 minutes. It was one in a series of Kirby's, "Doc's On The Bookshelf" interviews.
Doc Kirby, of WTBF, Troy, AL