Sing it, Kool and the Gang!

First and foremost, this post needs a soundtrack.  So press play and continue reading:

From CNN Political Ticker:

Posted: 04:47 PM ET
John King will host CNN's new Sunday public affairs show.
John King will host CNN’s new Sunday public affairs show.

(CNN) — CNN Chief National Correspondent John King is set to take the helm a new four-hour Sunday block of political programming, CNN announced Monday.

King, who has been with CNN for more than a decade, became a household name this election season after breaking a host of stories for the network — including Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. His expert analysis on election nights and innovative use of the “Magic Wall” technology won wide praise and was quickly imitated by several other networks.

Watch: King discusses his new show

“We are reinventing Sunday mornings around the best political reporter of his generation, John King,” CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein said. “He has stood out throughout the election as the single best connected, most knowledgeable source of what’s going on and why, and this new program is an opportunity to showcase those strengths throughout the entire year.”

The new block, to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET will debut in January. The first hour will focus heavily on politics and the new administration, while the later hours will delve into national and world affairs and commentary on current events. The four hours will also include “Reliable Sources,” hosted by Howard Kurtz, which will continue as an hourlong examination into the intersection of the national media, politics, and the hottest topics in news.

Meanwhile, Wolf Blitzer will continue to serve as CNN’s lead political anchor through the next presidential race and host of “The Situation Room” — the No. 1-rated weekday news program in all three hours during November among the key 25- to 54-year-old demo.


WooHoo, indeed!  I’ve only been waiting 4 years for this day.  I know I’m critical of you at times, but CNN, you rocked my world today.  Thank You.
Congrats John!  There is no reporter that deserves it more!!!
Small problem:  I WORK SUNDAY MORNINGS.  Oh cruel irony, why must a JK blogger work during the exact hours that JK is anchoring.  Oh cruel fate, what have I done to displease you so!!!!!!
I’ve got a month to figure out the solution.  Keep you posted.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

From JohnthenewsKing!

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Coming Down From the Post-Daily Show High

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Since nothing I could ever think of or write about today would ever match the awesomeness of Tuesday’s Daily Show skit.  I thought we’d have ourselves a little poll.

It’s John King vs. John King!

Pick your favorite pic!

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Wednesday, November 19

Watch… just watch.  And smile.  All day.  Deep, deep smile.

“Before you kill me John King, I just have a couple of questions.”  Those are so TOTALLY going to be my last words on earth.



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I Just Sacrificed 3 Hours to the Google Gods.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Tuesday Cyberworld!  I’d like to start by saying that I think we’ve gotten a little off track here at Johnthenewsking, we’ve lost a little of our focus.  I would like to try and rectify that right now:


Ah, isn’t that better?  You know, we (and by we, I mean, me) at JTNK try to be mature and respectful in regards to Mr. King.  And while he is most certainly a first-class journalist, sometimes you just gotta say “Damn, you are hottie!”  Handsome, handsome man…

Okay, I’m better now.  Forgive me.  Anyway, I started working on this post at about 10 this morning.  I thought I’d rummage around Google for a few JK tidbits I might have missed in the last few months.  Well, that was THREE FREAKIN’ HOURS AGO!  I can’t keep anything I just read straight, and I’m in desperate need of a nap.  Here are three things I linked before my eyes started to cross:

1.  I don’t spend a great deal of time on (no time at all really- didn’t TV Guide jump the shark in about 1992?) but apparently I should have been ’cause you can keep track of JK’s TV schedule: TV Guide

2.  From TV Week.  I just came across a guest commentary that JK wrote (in April!, where have I been!?) about people’s reaction to the Magic Wall: A Little Bit of Magic Brings the Election Home It’s kind of sweet.

3.  I found this to be hilarious, I don’t know why.  The Magic Wall has it’s own Wikipedia page! Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall


Apparently you can order one from the Neiman Marcus catalogue!  You know, Christmas is coming up…  If you don’t know what to get your favorite JK blogger… just sayin’…  It would look nice in my living room…


Speaking of looking nice in my living room… Sorry, got off track there.

I should actually do some work since I haven’t done a darn thing other than play on the Internet since I got here.  I will leave you with (trumpets sound)

Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video!

Squirrels make bad decisions.


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Warm and Fuzzy

Friday, November 14, 2009 Posted by: Mebz

Hello Johnthenewsking readers.  I know… I know… I’ve been slacking in my blogging duties for the last few weeks.  I have reasons, but nothing that any of you would find interesting, I’m sure.  Regardless, I’m back!  Miss me?  I’ve missed you guys.  Before we get to the JK-goodness I just wanted to say: Thank You.  I was reminded, yesterday, just how kind, thoughtful, sweet and dear “cyber” friends can be.  Those of you who are frequent visitors here at JTNK, Wareabouts, ATA, ATC, and War Journos know that we are a fun-loving group of CNN fans.  I was reminded of that yesterday when MWmcfan completely, and unexpectedly made my week, she knows why.  YOU ROCK GIRL!


Alright, enough with the Hallmark moment.  Game face people!  I haven’t posted anything since October 21st!  What could possibly have happened in the meantime?


All Saints Day 

America rockin’ the Vote.untitled

You might be asking yourself: What now?  After such a long, tiresome campaign, how can I go back to normal life?  Especially if you’re CNN’s Chief National Correspondent.  Well, as it turns out, you interview the Governor of California, fill-in for Larry King and Wolf Blitzer and teach NBA commentators a thing or two about how to use sophisticated technology.


Well team, it’s late and my bed is calling me.  Goodnight dearies.


Filed under Election 2008, Technology

We interrupt this John King blog…

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

…to bring you a Rory Stewart themed post.  Please pardon the delay in JK related infotainment.  John King blogging will resume later in the week.  But for now, sit back and enjoy one of Scotland’s gifts to humanity; along with kilts, Scotch and Billy Connolly: Rory Stewart.

I am not going to go into an explanation of who he is simply because I could not come close to doing his life justice.  However, the following links are articles that will give you a good primer.

Can Rory Stewart fix Afghanistan?

Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century

Stewart of Afghanistan


Moving on now to a few articles written by Rory Stewart:

Iraq: The Question

How to Save Afghanistan– this one caused a stir.

Where Less Is More

And now the YouTube offerings:

Charlie Rose Tomorrow


 This was a MWNGIYV (Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video) a few months ago.

Inside Story- Rebuilding Kabul pt.1 & pt. 2


Donor Update


Authors @ Google

His books can be found here at Amazon.  Both of my copies of The Places in Between and The Prince of the Marshes are worn, stained and dog-eared.  They are well worth the money and should be required reading for anyone trying to understand our attempts (and failures) at state-building.

If you missed his interview with Fareed Zakaria on GPS last month, do yourself a favor and watch it: part 1  part 2

Why have I taken the time to put this together?  I’ll tell you, it’s because when I hear Rory speak about the issues the world faces today, I am comforted by the knowledge that there are in fact smart people out there working very hard to fix our problems and make the world just a little bit better.  Mr. Stewart’s honest and frank assessment of our abilities and limitations is a welcomed voice on the world stage. For those of you who are already Rory Stewart fans, I’m sure this is all old stuff to you, but if you are new, by all means check him out.  And after reading this, if you are thinking that his story would make a good movie- you would be right.

Alright, this is turning into far too long a post and I haven’t even said anything about Turquoise Mountain or Harvard or the fact that he’s only 35- ahh! There is simply too much Rory-awesomeness to fit into one post.  Sorry, if it wasn’t overtly funny, either.  I will try better next time.  And I promise more JK fun soon.  Later.


Filed under Entertainment, General Discussion, Just For Fun

Funny Ha Ha and Pictures!

Sunday, October 19, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

Let’s start our week off with a little comic funny that I found at

 I have lacked noting that JK’s CNN profile picture has been updated. 

Very nice, although I’ve got to admit that I kinda miss the pink tie.

A few found on from the New Hampshire primary in January. 

 (Disclaimer:  DO NOT take this as some sort of pro-McCain message.  They were just some cute pictures.  And please do not turn the comments section into a stump speech for/against either candidate.  While I might not be in”real life”, here in the public blogosphere, we at JohnthenewsKing are non-partisan.  I mean it- I don’t want to hear it.  I’ve got my finger on the comments’ delete button.  I’ll use it.  You will make Mebz angry.  And be warned, you won’t like Mebz when she’s angry.)

On with the eye candy:

The envy is strong with that last one, dear readers.

It has been a long time, and I’m sure you guys have missed the famous

Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video!

I have come to the simple, yet disheartening conclusion, that the British are just funnier than us.  Simon Amstell being a prime example.  I’s loves me some Never Mind the Buzzcocks.


Filed under Election 2008, Just For Fun

A slightly inebriated critique of the 3rd Presidential Debate.

Thursday October 16, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

Happy Almost Weekend Everyone!  How’s it going?  My week has SUCKED!  Busy and stressful.  But at least I’m not running for President.  (Although I should.  I would make a wonderful Commander and Chief.  And John King would TOTALLY be my Press Secretary)  Anyway, I’m off tomorrow, I have broken out my flannel pajamas, Kenny Loggins is playing and am half-way through a bottle of white wine.  Things are looking up.  (Of course, if I finish this bottle everything will be looking up, because I will be on the floor…  Hey AC, you still have cardboard Anderson around somewhere?  This is turning into a party.)

The alcohol is responsible for all things following.

It’s nice to know that CNN takes to heart all of the well-intentioned advice that I give free of charge on this blog. (Sarcasm) Example, the notion that perhaps they should use both sides of the table.  Exhibit #1:


They have so many people on that set that they ran out of chairs!  Let poor Roland Martin sit down!

Dana and John’s heads make a nice frame for Andy, don’t you think?

Mebz’s favorite quote of the evening:  Anderson Cooper: “How does the race change now for John McCain?”  David Gergen: “Beats the hell out of me.”  Probably the most honest answer of the evening.  The Gerg, rocks.

Proof that JK was in Missouri this week:


I’m playing with WordPress’ new poll option:


The bottle is two drops short of bone dry.  And I’m tipsy… who am I lying, I’m drunk.  Any mistakes in spelling and/or grammar is due solely to this fine Australian wine.  Maybe I’ll proof read this when I’m sober.  No promises.  Later, all.



Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates

Tell Me Why? I Don’t Like Mondays…

Monday, October 13, 2008  Posted by: Mebz

Hello All!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Apparently it’s Columbus Day, which I was completely unaware of until an hour ago.  Its also the 50th birthday of Paddington Bear.  And for you X-files fans, it’s also Fox Mulder’s birthday.  You can’t say that JohnthenewsKing isn’t educational.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram compiled a list of “Power Pundits.”  While I take slight issue with the term pundit (he’s a reporter– dammit!) here’s what they had to say regarding the King of the Magic Map: 

John King, CNN — Billed as the network’s chief national correspondent, he’s best known to viewers as one thing: the Wizard of Aahs who controls the Magic Wall. His state-of-the art, interactive national election map — technically called the Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall — is a mesmerizing piece of technology that sometimes seems to send King into a state of hypnotic, electoral bliss.

I’d like to note that technology is only as good as the person running it.  The Magic Wall is cool and all, but JK has to KNOW his stuff, or else he would just be playing with a map.  Moving on-

The AC360 blog this morning says:

John King will report from battleground state of Missouri, and explore the race issue from the inner city perspective. We have brought up the issue of how some whites may or may not vote for Obama (otherwise known as the Bradley effect) but tonight John will look more closely at the hope and anticipation in black communities at the prospect of Obama as President.

BATTLEGROUND STATE OF MISSOURI!?!?! Gee, who else do I know in Missouri, oh wait- IT’S ME!!  Thanks a lot, 360 Blog for not giving me a city!  Not that I’d probably go there anyway…  I admire from afar… But if he happens to be in my home town… not very likely… rural Mid-Mo is hardly “inter city”… maybe I could… what if… Nah, not going to happen.  Drats!

Here’s a video from this weekend’s election special America Votes 2008.

Pretty random post today.  What can I say, it’s Monday.  Later!


Filed under Election 2008, Just For Fun

Odds and Ends

Thursday, October 9, 2008  Posted by: Mebz

Hello Everyone.  As my title post indicates, I have a few odds and ends for y’all.

1. A VERY NICE flicker photo stream featuring our favorite political reporter.  The rights were reserved, so I didn’t feel right about cuttin’ and pastin’.  Regardless, here is the link:  CLICK ME!  You won’t be disappointed.

2. A interview JK did during the Democratic National Convention.  (I’ve been trying to get it embedded, but the WordPress overlords have thwarted my every attempt!)  Regardless, watch it here: video

3. Self Explanatory

4. Ditto

Last Note: I wanted to send good thoughts to the beloved Warden of the Drunken Monkeys (Don’t ask, it would take too long to explain.)  Cyn, web-mistress of and the recent victim of an unprovoked screen-cap stealing (see post below) is having surgery tommorrow.  GET WELL SOON, CYN!!  This one’s for you:



Filed under Election 2008, General Discussion

Assigned Seating?

Monday, October 6, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

 I just wanted to make a small observation regarding CNN’s coverage of the last two debates.  Mainly the VP debate… WHO THOUGHT UP THIS SEATING ARRANGEMENT?

Seven people crammed on to one side of the table?  It’s like a bad Thanksgiving dinner.  Maybe try a bigger table next time.

At least someone was thinking during the first Presidential debate: 

“Hey- I know, lets use BOTH sides of the table!”  Good job, guys.  Go Team!

And for you JK and MW fans, I present to you the moment of the night, where Mebz damn-near died:

(Yes, I totally stole this screen grab from Cyn’s most excellent site  First of all, if you haven’t been there, what is wrong with you and secondly, don’t hate me Cyn, you know I love you.)

But wait! It didn’t end there— OMG, it’s the CNN REPORTER TRIFECTA!

Anderson Cooper, Michael Ware and John King?!  IN A ROW?!  I tell you what, if they had added Peter Bergen into the mix, I would have turned into a 10-year-old at a Jonas Brothers concert.

Yes, I changed the theme, again.


Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates

Stretching the ol’ blogging muscles

Thursday, October 2, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

I haven’t blogged since June!!!  *smacks hand* Bad John King fan, bad John King fan… I’m sorry to the 2-3 people who have missed this little slice of JK-dedicated interweb, but in my own defense I still think that it’s July, so I haven’t missed that much.  I thought I would celebrate my triumphal return to the blogosphere with a new design layout.  What do you guys think?  I’m on the fence.  Regardless, I would like to appease your anger and/or feelings of abandonment with this:

Yeah, I just used an unprovoked John King picture!  What are you going to do about??  Yeah, that’s what I thought…

If you were watching CNN last week, you probably noticed JK was in Montana, trying to get a feel for the political environment out there.  The local news (townies!) got to talk to our guy.  Check it out here.  Did I mention, that there was a video link on the page?  If you can bear local news long enough for a glimpse of the King, go check it out.

‘Nother picture:

So the story of my life in the last 3 months goes like this: My boss retired at the end of June and for six weeks I had to essentially “fill-in” for him (while still doing my job, and without any extra money, in case you were wondering).  Then two months ago they got someone to fill the job, but it seems as if I’ve spent more time, now, trying to tell him what is going on.  Now, you know why I’m having a hard time accepting that it’s October.  But enough about me, how are you doing?  How do you feel?  Are you getting what you need out of this relationship?  Second thought, don’t answer that.

I’m really out of practise with this whole bloggin’ stuff, so consider this post a “warm-up”.  As a way of stretching my unused parts (insert joke here) I give you two YouTube vids of JK & The Magic Map.  The first from today and the second from yesterday:

Hard to believe that this election is nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. (I pray to God that it’s not an on-coming train!)  I can only imagine what JK and the rest of the BPTOT feel like.  Hunker down people!  We can get through this together!

 Here’s to the beginning (again) of a beautiful friendship!


Filed under Election 2008

I guess…

… it’s official.

Late Edition with John King.

Do you think the DC studio will get a Magic Map?

‘Bout damn time….


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