Happy accidents

By Dotcomabc

Jul 10, 2007 6:59pm

Interesting little thing while working on our World News with Charles Gibson spot on GOP Sen. David Vitter’s travails with the so-called “D.C. Madam.”

There was a speech we wanted to use, a clip of Vitter on the Senate floor on June 6, 2006, talking about the need for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. We wanted to show how a man who had admitted sinning in his marriage was also a leader on socially conservative causes.

Somehow our team working on the spot neglected to order the footage, which was in some immense ABC News warehouse in Siberia. So a little after 5 p.m., we were in a mad scramble to find the clip.

NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, CSPAN, no one was able to provide it for us. (Yes, networks sometimes share footage; it’s a nice thing to do and good karma.)

In any case, the only places we could find it were Youtube….Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo….and on Vitter’s own Senate website, where it originated. (CLICK HERE)

Weird. Ironic, even.

Anyway, we were able to use the clip from Sen. Vitter’s site and it allowed us to further underline the point that Vitter is emphasizing these conservative credentials himself.

– jpt

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