Why does Jerry alter the tape?
Because he thinks the story is real. He believes Genoa went down the way his other sources told him it did, and he feels like he has enough to go with. This one guy won't quite say exactly the words Jerry needs him to, but he just thinks General Stomtonovich is nervous.
Is he conflicted about it?
Not after the amount of time he spent on the story. He's a true believer, which is something of a term of art for journalists. He believes that the story should be out there and that the people should know.
Throughout the series, the D.C. bureau has been something of a forgotten step-child in the ACN newsroom. Does Jerry have a chip on his shoulder?
At first, Jerry may have been somewhat motivated by ambition and feelings of being neglected. But as the part grew, it seemed to me more and more that he just believed in the veracity of the story, and in the righteousness of the truth coming out. He completely believes that the administration has gone wild in so many other ways pertaining to civil liberties - he's always going on about the drone strikes - and he wouldn't put it past them to do something like this.
Jerry and Jim seem to have something of a rivalry.
Jim's younger and MacKenzie has all this faith in him that I'm sure Jerry wish she had in him. But really what Jerry wants is for her to have as much faith in the story as he does.
Jerry is the closest thing to a villain in this season. How did you approach playing that kind of role?
The great thing about being a bad guy as that you're the only person in the room who doesn't think you're a bad guy. You have to commit to what your character believes is good.