American talk show host Tim Russert recently took the stand at the trial of White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby who faces perjury and obstruction charges.
Here's how Russert described the experience:
"Sitting in that witness box is very uncomfortable because on `Meet the Press' or the `Today' show, you have a chance to finish your thought and complete your sentence. That's not the case in a court of law. The defense lawyer will say, `Yes or no, yes or no' and you're trying very hard to listen intently to the question to make sure you answer as precisely as possible, ... Otherwise it can be played back the next day. ... It's not pleasant, I have to say."
As someone who has endured a snarky cross-examination in a criminal trial (The NCC was charged with violating the election gag law) I wholeheartedly concur.
It's not something I would ever care to repeat.