by Kevin Allman
As part of Tales of the Cocktail, national morning-show guy Mancow did his show live from Fulton Street near Harrah's. It's online here, and I've only been able to get through about an hour of it, but the guest lineup wasn't your typical morning-zoo: Julia Reed (Mancow told her he wanted to "get naked" with her and asked her where to buy the best crack cocaine), Ben Gersh from Old New Orleans Rum, and a rather bewildering assortment of chefs who got up at 5:30 am for all of this -- including John Besh, Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Susan Spicer, and Lazone Randolph.
And, for some reason, by phone: a very sleepy-sounding John Stossel, the luxuriantly moustached host of ABC's 20/20.
"We're standing in a square in the middle of New Orleans," Mancow told him, to which Stossel replied "Why?" Mancow and Stossel discussed Bobby Jindal (two thumbs up), then Stossel discussed New Orleans as "a great lab experiment," praised Wal-Mart for all its relief efforts in the aftermath of Katrina, and finished up by pitching his latest important journalistic project, a no-doubt-hardhitting 20/20 exposé called "Sex in America."
I'm an hour into the broadcast and so far they've discussed the city's great food, the number of 500-lb. people in New Orleans, where to find the best prostitutes, and the "trolley car." Now they're drinking moonshine on the air, discussing beignets, and describing the addition of chicory to coffee as "ghetto."
Mancow's good at his job, but I don't think I'll make it to the chefs. Sorry, guys.
You stay classy, John Stossel.