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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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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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This weekend

Thursday 04.10.08 Posted by: Mebz

Update 2: Instead of added more chaos to my last post. I thought I’d have a whole new post. This Sunday CNN is hosting a “Compassion Forum” for the Democratic candidates. But I just now read this part of the press release:

Leading up to The Compassion Forum, chief national correspondent John King will anchor live special coverage beginning at 10 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 12, and then again on Sunday, April 13, immediately following the forum. Special coverage on Sunday will feature analysis from commentators across the faith and ideological spectrum. King will be stationed at CNN’s Pennsylvania “mini-bureau,” the CNN Election Express bus, which has allowed the network to maintain a full-time presence in these weeks leading up to the April 22 primary. “Ballot Bowl” will also originate live from Pennsylvania and air throughout the weekend, bringing the candidates’ significant events directly to viewers in long-form, not soundbites.

So it looks like we will get some JK this weekend. Yeah!

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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


(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!


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:


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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Live Coverage From Southern California

Tuesday, 10.23.07

John is currently in California reporting for AC360’s special edition coverage of the SOCAL fires. From the live video stream, here are a some video caps of John reporting live just a few minutes before 8:00 pm CST:




John is in Rancho Bernardo and he spoke with Anderson Cooper earlier this evening. Here is what he reported on, about what he heard and saw around him.

“We’re standing amid the devastation of one of those homes, some families allowed back in today to see whether their house was destroyed, whether it was still standing.

But this neighborhood, Rancho Bernardo, as you noted, still under permanent evacuation for now, because of what fire officials are worried about. If you look at the wreckage here of this home, the metal, this is a piano frame. It is still hot to the touch. Down below, you can hear and smell the embers still burning.

So, families were allowed in briefly today, some lucky, some not. Fire crews were here most of the day, wetting down the devastation of the houses that were destroyed. But you can see and feel the smoke still coming up in this, the heat getting hotter as we’re here. The metal is cracking, still very hot to the touch. They’re also worried about this. They’re worried, again, the winds could shift, those devastating winds. There is a small fire just over the hill this way, to my right. They’re worried, if the winds change, it could come back through this neighborhood as well.

And, if you look further up to the north, you can see very thick smoke of a major fire they’re still dealing with in the north. And, as we stand here in this neighborhood, surveying the destruction, you see helicopters coming in behind us, filling up on their missions, heading off to the hills to the north, where the fire still rages.”

Anderson then asked John how many homes in that area where destroyed.

“It is hard to count. And we’re still counting in the hours we have been here. But, where I’m standing, one, two, three, four this way, and then a house with a little smoke damage on the side, but unscathed. You look this way, two more homes destroyed, then three or four homes that escaped virtually untouched, perhaps some smoke damage.And you just see, going through the yards, we’re seeing a hot tub behind this house simply melted down to the ground, lawn furniture destroyed. The hill, up into the hill, is scarred. All of the vegetation around here is scarred. And, again, in the hours we have been here, as the evening comes on — and the fire crews have been gone now for a few hours — more and more smoke is rising up, as, once again, there’s still quite a bit of heat, low fires burning under the ground. They believe they have done as well as they can in this neighborhood for now.

And they have shifted, the fire department, to neighborhoods where there are still more active fires burning, but, Anderson, quite a bit of devastation here, and the families told they don’t know when they will be able to come back, because they are worried the fires could come back or blow in again.”

Anderson next wanted to know, should the fires come back, is there anything left to burn? John replied,

“There are plenty more homes up behind me. I can count eight, nine, 10 homes just in this small subdivision up on the hill behind me, vulnerable, because the trees up there were untouched. So, if, again, the winds shift and you have embers coming in, and they get into the trees, that hill escaped virtually unscathed directly across from me, more up the hill this way. The devastation is much more down here. But we are in the worst end of the subdivision.

As you drive in, many of the homes up there untouched. But, again, were the fire to come back, it is a rolling hill, and the winds get blowing, as you have seen, throughout Southern California the past few days. There are many more homes here, which is why this neighborhood is off limits. And many families, Anderson, for hours have been lined up at a police roadblock trying to get in just to get a quick glimpse, police telling them only if they need medication, only if they need vital documents. They get an escort in. Then they’re quickly asked to leave, because the police still worry this neighborhood’s not yet safe.”

We hope that John, his producers and camera crew all stay safe as well.


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