(Politico) -- One hundred-and-twelve days into my career as a sportscaster-turned-newsman, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton were dropped on top of me with no advance notice. One morning I’m in Los Angeles headed to the set of “Third Rock From The Sun” to interview John Lithgow and prepare for the following weekend’s Super Bowl; that afternoon I’m doing a talk-back with Tim Russert about how the president might have to resign.
The next 228 shows are all about Clinton and Lewinsky. Except for those that are about Lewinsky and Clinton. We do an hour each night, whether there’s news or not. Then we debut another live hour. Sometimes a third. Each time I tell the audience that the coverage of the saga is overwrought or unjustifiable the ratings go up. Each time I publicly beg to leave or change the subject the ratings go up further. My hair begins to turn gray and I begin to look even more like a news anchor and the ratings go up again.