Monday’s AC360 started out with a crime story that happened last week in a neighborhood not too far from where I live.
The tragic events unfolded in a nice neighborhood of Pasedena, the last place you would think something like this could happen. A 61-year old man named Joe Horn shot and killed two burglars who were breaking in and stealing property from his next-door neighbor. The chilling audio and transcript were aired last night during a report by Gary Tuchman.
What makes this case so controversial is that a) it wasn’t his own property that Mr. Horn was trying to defend and b) the 911 operator so calmly and repeatedly told him not do do it, yet he continued to methodically carry out this horrible series of events to the very end.
Jeffrey Toobin came on the show to provide his legal analysis. He said there may be cause for indicting Mr. Horn with murder, but that decision will ultimately be left up to a grand jury to decide. Both John and Jeffrey (rightfully so) had nothing but compliments for the 911 operator who so calmly and professionally handed this very disturbing call.
After a quick check with Chad Meyers on holiday travel in the skies, the next guest was David Gergen.
Gergen discussed the latest poll numbers in New Hampshire, where Republican candidate Mitt Romney is gaining a lead and Fred Thompson is barely squeaking by. They also discussed John McCain picking up an endorsement from former New Jersey Governor and 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean. On the Democratic side of election news, John and David discussed Iowa and new figures coming out of a “Washington Post”/ABC News” poll which reveal Barack Obama currently at 30 percent, Clinton at 26, John Edwards at 22, which amounts to “essentially a three-way dead heat”.
The main part of last night’s program was devoted to airing Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s special about Autism.
Dr. Gupta’s piece follows a young Vermont woman named Amanda Baggs as she reveals how her computer and the internet have transformed her way of communicating with family and friends, as well as others who are also living in the world of autism, such as 15 year-old D.J. Saverese, a young man who also relies on his computer and the internet to communicate with the world around him.
I thought it was rather interesting how Dr. Gupta came about putting this report together. He was intrigued by Amanda’s own sharing of her world, which she conveyed in a You-Tube video. He felt compelled to contact and meet Amanda in order to tell her story of courage and adaptation in a society not accustomed to what Autism is all about.
Here is the YouTube video (“In My Language”) which sparked Dr. Gupta’s special report:
More of Amanda’s story will be aired as a part of a repeat on Friday night’s AC 360.
Raw Politics was great last night as usual. AC360 aired one of Tom Foreman’s all-time funniest graphics, in my opinion. The boxing shots were humorous, but Bush on a “doomed ship” is absolutely priceless.
I think I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Tom Foreman (or his producer) really needs to put together a “Best Of” segment for all of his quirky Raw Politics featurettes!
The program ended with a Shot of the day coming from Conroe, Texas, which is also a suburb here in Houston. Poor Santa, his beard got caught in his scaling rope as he was climbing down a billboard during a Christmas tree lighting event. All the kiddos saw him remove his hat and beard – I hope they are not traumatized by seeing Santa hatless and beardless!
It’s a good thing that his pants didn’t get caught. Seeing Santa in his underwear would not only traumatize the younglings, but it would possibly scar the adults as well! LOL!
Don’t know who will be hosting AC360 tonight, but if it is John, you won’t be hearing any complaints from my neck of the woods.
Take care everyone and have a great Tuesday!