Breaking News And A 360 Review

Thursday, 12.27.07

I woke up this morning and as is my usual routine, I turned on my ‘puter to check out what is going on over at cnn.com. Imagine my sadness when I realized that breaking news was splashed all over the webpage about Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the subsequent crisis situation brewing in Pakistan.

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I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert in international policies and politics, but I know enough to realize how much of an impact this is going to have in the face of current mid-east turmoils and upcoming elections in Pakistan.

Anderson Cooper’s 360 web page does mention this story will be covered tonight. Will John be providing the coverage for 360 or will Anderson? Don’t know that yet but we shall of course find out soon. However, ATA mentions that Anderson is cutting his vacation short to come back to work in light of today’s developments.

John blogged this morning about learning today’s news while he was getting ready to report on election politics for American Morning. He also blogged about how tight security is in Pakistan, specifically recalling a time when he traveled to the country in March of 2000 with President Clinton.

Like most everyone, I’ll be staying tuned to CNN throughout the day for updates and analysis on today’s tragic turn of events.

Last night, John hosted AC360 from New York. It had been a while since he subbed for Anderson, as he has been on the road for an extended period of time this month. But it was great to see him back in the studio after all those weeks in the freezing snow.

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The program started out with the horrible Christmas tragedy at the San Francisco Zoo. A tiger escaped his habitat, killing a zoo patron and injuring several other bystanders. A good chunk of the program was devoted to covering this story.

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As John said, “Who would ever imagine such a thing?” He spoke with the communications director of the Miami Metro zoo, Ron McGill, about this tragedy.

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McGill stated that at this point, there is still so much speculation and here-say about what actually happened, as well as what caused all this to happen, so we should wait for all the facts to come out before drawing any definite conclusions about the safety of the exhibit as well as the safety of other similar exhibits around the country.

Next up was the first of two 360 bulletins with Erica. She discussed her upcoming New Year’s Eve plans with Anderson Cooper in Times Square. John slid in this this tidbit: “Sounds like fun. I’m sneaking on a quick snowboarding break with Hannah and Noah King, but we will tune in.”

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(Of course this isn’t them but I would imagine that’s what they are gonna look like having fun out in the snow!!)

Next up was a round table discussion with Dana Bash and Gloria Borger, who were both in Iowa, and with David Gergen who was in Boston. Topics discussed were Huckabee’s hunting practices and his “likability” over Mitt Romney, as well as more woes for Romney (his conservative credentials are apparently “under attack” by several leading conservative organizations.)

We had a quick Raw Politics with Bill Schneider (Should the time Hillary Clinton spent in the White House count?) and then a return back to Gloria and David for more analysis and commentary.

Next, John had this to say for a lead-in to a piece by Jeffrey Toobin about how caucuses operate: “By now you’ve probably heard the word ‘caucuses’ more times than Britney Spears had mocha frappuccinos”. He then quipped , “The caucuses might sound like much mumbo-jumbo to you, until now. Trust me and CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.”

Yup, we trust ya John, we trust ya Jeffrey!

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For Toobin’s crash course on this Iowa political tradition, check out his “Caucus 101” report right here.

After a second 360 bulletin, the shot of the day was aired: a van crashed into a mini-mart in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The incident was caught on tape from four different camera angles. Here is one of them:

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John signed off for the evening requesting viewer’s shot ideas. I’ve never sent in one myself but who knows? Maybe I will someday come across something CNN will deem interesting enough to air.

We’ll be checking in tonight to see if John will again be hosting 360, and of course at the same be watching out for new developments in the Bhutto assassination story.

Have a great Thursday, folks! One more day and then the weekend will be here!

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Breaking News And A 360 Review

  1. It’s so sad that Benazir Bhutto has been assisnated. This is just going to cause more problems for that region.

    360 was FANTASTIC last nite, but then it would be seeing as John hosted.

    The tiger story was so sad. My heart goes out to the family of the young man who was killed. It’s sad when animals attack, but they are wil animals.

    It was so cute when John mentioned his New Year’s plans. I love how he mentions his children whenever he can. I hope they have fun πŸ˜€

    The piece about the caucus just confused me…lol!!! I just can’t understand politics at all, no matter how hard I try.

    To answer Mebz’s question in the previous post, no I do not like Anderson anchoring breaking news. I am very abhorrence to him covering breaking news. He is downright terrible at it. My least favorite journalist is cheerleader chick (Kiran Chetry) but she does a far better job covering breaking news than Anderson ever will. And then he has the audacity to blog that he cut his vacation short. Really, like anyone cares. If he was with anyone on this vacation then I feel sorry for them, but for him no. I do not feel sorry for him at all.

    Millie,I must say I love love love the way you blog about 360. Your write-up is perfect. I am so glad you started this blog πŸ˜€

  2. Millie

    Thanks AC for your compliments but I must say, has someone checked your forehead for your temperature???? Are you not feeling well, dear? I know that sometimes you are not shy when it comes to gripes about Anderson Cooper, but even this seems a little strong for you. LOL!

  3. Milie, this is nothing. Check my LiveJournal tomorrow morning. It will make this seem mild. I have got a very storng/harsh/negartive little rant planned which I will post late tonight. I have a frrling I may shock a few people with what I want to say.

  4. mebz72

    AC, do Millie and I need to stage an intervention here? lol
    You are very fierce in your likes and dislikes about Anderson, there’s nothing wrong with that. But I’m kind of looking forward to 360 tonight. I’ve always found international news more interesting then the typical domestic stuff.

  5. Here’s the thing about 360 tonight. I will watch becuase the assisnation of Benazir Bhutto, is very important and is going to greatly affect the region, however it pisses me off that Anderson is anchoring. He is beyond terrible at breaking news.

    I don’t think an intervention would help, but thanks for the offer. I’ll let you know when I am ready for one…lol!!! I am just a very opinionated person, and for some reason Anderson seems to bring out the worst in me.

  6. Mebz, I forgot to mention that I liked you calling me fierce in my likes and dislikes about Anderson. I think that is a very accurate way to describe me.

  7. mebz72

    Well, let’s put it this way: I don’t want you mad at me πŸ™‚

  8. Millie

    Just heard Wolf Blitzer a moment ago say he was going to toss it to Anderson Cooper at the top of the hour for AC360. So I guess it will be AC360 after all and not JK360.

    Didn’t think I would be saying this to ya AC, but, “I’m sorry!”..lol…

  9. mebz72

    Very odd 360 going on right now.
    It’s like a taped AC250 and live JK110.
    (Add a dash of Peter Bergen, shake and serve over ice)
    LOL… sorry, I have a twisted sense of humor. Like you didn’t know that already.

  10. AC250 and live JK110…LOL!!! This is the strangest 360 I have ever seen. Well John is the only reason 360 was watachable. I mean I knew Anderson was going to to a horrible job, but my gosh I never expected it to be this bad. He is doing a beyond terrible job. For a complete rant check my LiveJournal in the morning…lol!!!

  11. Millie

    Gee, Mebz has a twisted sense of humor? Like, when were you going to inform me of this young lady?? I feel so hurt that I am just barely finding out about this now.

  12. Millie

    “AC250/JK110″…. too cute!!

  13. mebz72

    You wouldn’t be sarcastic, now would you, Millie? πŸ™‚

  14. Millie

    Um… what… who me? sarcastic? What would ever make you think such a thing? Kidding aside, actually, I think I figured out from day one that you have a twisted sense of humor!! πŸ˜†

  15. I love Mebz’s sense of humor!!! And I love that Millie is scarastic πŸ˜†

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