As we can't get Tracy Rowlett on the phone this afternoon -- left a message, surely he'll call back, because that is how he rolls -- we'll go with what he told Uncle Barky about his controversial new gig working for Chesapeake Energy's new WebTV enterprise:
"I guess the best way to put it is the proof will be in the pudding," Rowlett said. "If people will just give us an opportunity, they'll see that what we'll be doing is good, objective reporting. Chesapeake is just the sponsor, and there's nothing truly different about having a sponsor in news programming. I really won't be answering to Chesapeake. They have already said we'll have full editorial control."
3:53 p.m.5:20 p.m.: Rowlett did indeed call back around 3:30, and he says he's stunned at the "condemnations" he's received today -- "especially on the blogs," wuh-oh. Our full interview will be posted shortlyon Friday, as it's long, tomorrow's his last day on the air, and I've still got Merten's GM CEO blog item to edit.