Rich Galen

When I remembered that Mizzou is a state-supported school, my angst evaporated.

The students there had "covered" election night by mocking up TV and radio coverage in real-time and putting out a magazine the next morning.

They showed us a video of the event and made the usual rookie mistakes. For example, rather than video of the activities, they interviewed each other about what they had done.

Fenn is a world-class video guy, so he mostly led the conversation, but when the questions turned to covering the government I had my turn at bat.

They asked very good questions about how to be a good reporter (understand how to tell the story with some drama and in a way that your readers, listeners, or viewers can easily grasp its importance to them), and how it was to be Newt's and Dan Quayle's press secretary (I was a good press secretary because I had had been a good reporter and usually knew were the story was going to be coming from).

The new constitution, to my knowledge, does not have the same protections as the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, so they may have a rougher row to hoe than their American counterparts.

Neither of these events was terribly hard work for us, but it was uplifting to be able to at least try to plant the seeds of change to two groups that, if they are successful, will help lead Morocco to a new, brighter, and fairer future.

Tomorrow: Casablanca! I'm going there for the waters.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at