Category Archives: A “Top Ten” List

Top Ten Installment Number Five

Friday, 10.12.07 

Allrighty, here I go with a second dose of Top 10 in two days!

Yesterday’s blog gave me an idea for a follow-up post, along the lines of a similar theme: My Top 10 favorite blog posts. These are the ones I ranked in order according to my opinion, but if anyone has a different viewpoint, please share in the comments section – all feedback is welcome!

These are the posts that made my list:


Till We Run Out Of Road

I just LOVED Kitten’s video because she picked a song so very appropriate to the theme of “campaign-o-rama”. (And oh yeah, my all-time favorite Ren and Stimpy clip is available for viewing at this post too!)


The Spin Room

I really, really enjoyed seeing John speak off camera and casual. It was the first time ever that I had seen such a video clip of John where he was not in a studio nor in front of some spectacular backdrop reporting on a story. It was an amazing addition to the blog! Also, it was really cool that Shelbinator (the guy who interviewed John) took the time to drop by and visit johnthenewsking!


Welcome To The Inaugural John King Blog


I just had to include this one on my Top Ten because it kicked off an endeavor I did not know would end up making me laugh, cry and smile on so many days in so many ways! To all the regular readers and commenters who I have come in contact with as a result of this blog, I would like to say, “Thanks guys, you are the best!”


John, The Younger Years


How great was that to see John in true journalistic form during his AP days? I literally fell out of my chair when I first saw a young image of him pop up in that video!


A Slam Dunk


I enjoyed putting this blog post together probably more than any other, and actually spent more time on it than any other as well. I really wanted to make sure I got all the details straight and was able to present the information in a cohesive manner. (Ok, maybe the fly on the wall comment was a bit out of place, but I think that minor detail can be forgiven.)

Additionally, I just like the fact that this shows John is an expert not only in political and national news matters, but in other media areas too. It really highlights his depth as a journalist.


Mr. Secretary, Please Pass The Sheep Eyeballs


I included this one on my Top 10 list for the “shear” reason that it generated some of the most off-beat comments I’ve ever come across at johnthenewsking… I never laughed so hard as I did when reading what everyone had to say about some very unusual subjects!


Fried Twinkies Anyone?


Reading about Evelyn’s personal encounter with John was a real treat! Her detailed description was truly remarkable. Plus, this was the post that started us rolling on the subject of weird foods!

(Speaking of weird foods, check out this post from yesterday’s All Things Anderson blog. OMG! Scroll down a tad and click on the “out-take” reel from Planet In Peril. At 1:07 into the video, CNN’s Dr. Gupta is shown discussing and displaying some really bizarre foodstuffs. Wow! Side dishes to accompany your meal of goat nads and sheep eyeballs!!)


“A Real Bostonian”


I’ve put this one near the top of my list because it contains a really neat article, one I consider an “off the beaten path” type of find, if you will. Those kinds of stories about John are unfortunately all too rare to come across! But I was glad to have located the piece and be able to include it here on the blog.


America Remembers


John’s personal words about September 11th were simply an incredible read, and it was very gracious of him to put it together for this blog.


When Lightning Strikes


You just can’t top a blog post that includes user-generated questions that John King has answered himself.



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A Top Ten: Number Four

Thursday, 10.11.07 

Here’s another Top 10 for your enjoyment!  This will mark my 4th list, and I will continue to add new ones as ideas hit me for topics in this category.  (If anyone has a particular suggestion, please let me know.)

For the 4th installment of this series, I went back and checked out all the comments posted at the blog since day one.  Granted, this blog has not been around very long, but according to my blog statistics page, there have been 307 comments posted so far. 

OK, so that is not exactly a high number, but the good part of this means we have sincere people visiting this blog who just like to find out information about John King — no trollers or spammers have been lurking around!!

For today’s post I am recapping my top 10 favorite comments posted at this blog.  Here they are:

# 10

(From: I’ve Eeen Those Eyes Before)

“BTW, in that last pic it looks like Bill Clinton needs to sneeze.”


# 9

(From: The Eve of 9/11)

“I’m looking forward to see what you have for us tomorrow. I’m all a-twitter”


# 8

(From: Deja Vu)

“Bush in Iraq?? Could you imagine Bin Ladin ever making a pit stop somewhere in the US? Talk about asking for a bullseye smack dab on your butt!”


# 7 

(From: Still Reporting From London)

“I imagine the cab driver was thinking ‘Who’s the bloody Yank standing in the street?’”


# 6

(From: A Top Ten)

“Oh, you go crazy with the John pics and you had the nerve to tell me that *I* had too much coffee today?”


# 5

(From: Fifty Nifty or Forty Nine, Ain’t  Got Time)

“JK360, lol how about we split it up, AC180 and JK180?”


# 4

(From: Mr. Secretary, Pleas Pass The Sheep Eyeballs)

“Goat Nads?”


# 3

(From: A Malfunction of The Non-Wardrobe Kind)

“The clip that cracked me up the most was Larry King “rearranging” his, um, shirt, in his pants as it was being announced that his show was coming on!! ”


# 2 

(From: Cheerio Old Chap, John is In London)

“I don’t need my mind going into the gutter about John…it’s already in the gutter about Anderson.”


# 1

(From: Just The Caps Ma’am, Just the Caps)

“Screencaps are always welcome, like ice cream- they need no reason”



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Another Top Ten… And A Bogeywoman?

Tuesday, 9.25.07 

Today I am going to post  a different kind of “top ten” list than my two previous such entries. I’d like to share some impromptu banter and funny quips from John that I’ve dug up from old CNN transcripts I’m sure you will enjoy.

But first!

Ah yes, I like to tease… (This hasn’t been the first time I have done so at the blog and probably won’t be the last!!! hehehe)

John took literally not much of a break after his London trip and got right back into the swing of things. He was reporting yesterday about how Senator Clinton is perceived as a “GOP Bogeywoman” in the campaign.


I truly thought that was a strange use of word play, but apparently the phrase nevertheless found itself entering into the minds of some editors at CNN who decided to roll it across the screen during John’s piece.  Not the most flattering description, but obviously someone over there at CNN must have given the green light on that one. Go figure!

Below are some screencaps from John’s appearance in The Situation Room during yesterday’s broadcast and subsequent discussion of “The GOP Bogeywoman”:

Kitten summed up John’s report thusly: “[Yesterday John] was interviewing Republicans who were discussing Bush’s statement that it looks more and more like Hillary’s going to be the Dems choice and how tough it’ll be to beat her… that should be the “oomph” Republicans need to get out there and vote because they HATE Senator Clinton and hate the thought of Madame President even more.”

Well, on with the countdown!  I present to you:

A Top Ten List of John’s Impromptu Banter and Funny Quips!

Note: I’ve had to edit some dialogue with (…) for brevity’s sake and all text is taken from CNN transcripts unless otherwise noted.

Onward we go!

# 10.  February 13, 2006:

“MILES O’BRIEN: Let’s talk about the blizzard of ’06. Geez. You know, in New England, they always talk about the big storm in ’78. John King was — let’s see, he was about 16 years old. Living in Dorchester at the time when that happened, I think. And now he’s out on the Cape at the very tip end of the elbow of the Cape… And John King, how is it looking up there? Because, you know, I know there’s a huge problem with beach erosion there. And I know every time there’s a big storm that comes through, they’re worried they lose a little more of the beach.

JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: That is a big worry, Miles. And you mentioned Dorchester and the blizzard of ’78. I remember making igloos about this high. We had walls this high and no school for a couple of weeks back in those days. So the kids back to school today or will be tomorrow — most schools in Massachusetts are closed — will be quite jealous of us, I guess, for those days way back then. ”

#9. May 24, 2006

“KING: Time now for ‘The Shot of the Day’. Check out this little boy. This is amazing. He got away from his mom at Kansas City’s Union Station and did a little dance on top of sand art, destroying it.

HILL: Oh, my gosh…

KING: … And the best part, I think, was the mom just grabbing him arm and getting him out of there… Scoot him out. Scoot him out.”

#8. June 2006 Interview With Dick Cheney, taken from White House website

“JOHN KING: …critics say, Dick Cheney has become this dark, nefarious force (emphasis Millie’s) in the administration…True?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: …I suppose people sometimes look at my demeanor and say, well, he’s the Darth Vader of the administration.”

#7. June 19, 2007

“RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John, as you will know, it’s the oldest political trick in the book. When you want to burnish up your international credentials, you get on a plane, cross the pond, and visit the other side of the Atlantic… It’s safe, safe, safe… Fred Thompson is visiting the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Now, that’s a new one, wrapping yourself in Margaret Thatcher’s skirt. John, back to you.

KING: A day without Richard Quest is a day without sunshine.”

#6. June 22, 2006

“ABBI TATTON, CNN INTERNET REPORTER: John, today’s study is the most comprehensive study to date of the global warming research. It was requested by the chairman of the House Committee on Science after questions were raised about the accuracy of previous studies on global warming. Specifically, this one, it is known as the hockey stick graph, for it’s shape here, indicating a sharp rise in the Earth’s temperature in recent years. Today’s study looked at that research and a number of other studies and concluded that yes, indeed, temperatures of the Earth, in recent decades have been on the rise. And responsible for much of this warming, human activity. John, we’ve linked to the whole thing at

KING: Interesting stuff. And you know, Wolf Blitzer is from Buffalo, he would know what a hockey stick is.”

#5. November 6, 2006

“BLITZER : Let’s bring in our chief national correspondent, John King, one of the best reporters, arguably the best political reporter here in Washington. You’ve got some news that you’ve been working on. You are an excellent reporter…. Thanks very much.

KING: Sure.

BLITZER: As I said, one of the best — arguably the best political reporter in town.

KING: Dial that back a bit (ph).

BLITZER: John, thanks very much.


BLITZER: Jack Cafferty is part of the best political team on television, as well. Don’t you think John King is a terrific reporter?

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, you’re not going to get me to start sucking up to John King. I mean I like John King a lot but…


CAFFERTY: … you know, it’s — you should be in P.R. Wolf, you know that? I mean if you would like not ever do this, you could do public relations, because you like everybody, you get along with everybody. I should take lessons from you.


CAFFERTY: That ain’t going to happen.”

#4. June 19, 2007

“COSTELLO … Driving can lead to needless death and sin, so pray and remember, the drivers’ Ten Commandments… if you find yourself in a state of road rage, the Vatican says, make the sign of the cross over and over and it will calm you. And of course you’ll have to keep that other hand on the wheel, John.

KING: That’s not the sign we often see from people in the middle of road rage, is it?

COSTELLO: No, no, that’s in the commandments. You’re not allowed to do that one.

KING: I suspect I may have sinned in the past but never again.”

#3. June 19, 2007

“JACK CAFFERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John, some of New York City’s poorest residents will soon get cash rewards for good behavior… Possible rewards include $25 for attending a parent-teacher conference, $25 a month for elementary and middle school kids with 95 percent attendance records, $50 for getting a library card, $100 for each family member who sees a dentist every six months, $150 a month for adults who work full-time, $200 for visiting a doctor every year and $400 if you graduate high school…

KING: I’m just grateful that Noah and Hannah King are away on a camping trip and nowhere near a television so they don’t get the idea. ”

# 2. September 22, 2006

“CAFFERTY: Thank you, John. A new British poll out shows that 40 percent of the people there would be willing to give up sex if it meant they would live to be 100 years old. The question is, would you? John King is already on record as saying absolutely not… If you didn’t see your e-mail here, go to You can read some more of these online — John.

KING: You say more of them, Jack. I bet you can’t put all of them online.

CAFFERTY: Well, no, but I mean, it’s a family show. We got hundreds of these, and most of them are cute and in the vein that we kind of expected. You know, it was just a fun question.

KING: I answered your question. Now you answer your question.

CAFFERTY: Absolutely not.

KING: Amen. We stand together, Brother Cafferty and I.”

#1 July 19, 2007

“JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: …Obama’s campaign told ABC News the senator does not support teaching explicit sex-ed to kindergarteners, but for example if a child asks a teacher, he should be able to tell them that babies don’t come from storks. Of course, the next question is likely to be then where do they come from?…

KING: Babies don’t come from storks?

CAFFERTY: John, we don’t have time for this.

KING: Jack Cafferty, you are right about that. Thank you.”

(If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for a future top ten topic, please e-mail me at


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A Top Ten, Part Deux

Tuesday, 08.28.07 

Yesterday I brought to you my top 10 favorite John King pictures, shots where he is casual and away from the camera. Even though we have oodles and oodles of screencaps available thanks to Kitten et al., I nonetheless yesterday wanted to show a fun, more rarely seen side of John.

Today I continue with the Top 10 series. Again, I wanted to make this fun and light-hearted. So, in that spirit, I present to you:

The Top Ten Reasons Why We Tune Into John

(aka “There really are 12 reasons listed, but who’s counting?”)

10. The impressive tie collection.


(Credit to Book Asylum for the above tie collection representing January 2007, which is also posted at her website).

9 1/2.  It should be noted that John is humble about compliments to his appearance!

9. The sneaking ways he brings up Boston.


8. His ability to come up with quick-witted banter.


(Here John is discussing the “Birds and the Bees” with Jack Cafferty)

7. The wearing of his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his kids Noah and Hannah.


(John mentions here how he reads Harry Potter with his son.)

6. He knows how to deliver a really good speech!


5. John always asks intelligent and thoughtful questions of interview subjects.


4. His compassion when covering difficult stories.


(John is discussing the day schedule of one of the Virginia Tech shooting victims, Emily Hilscher.)

3. His ability to get up close and personal with his subject matter.


2. His professionalism, honesty and credibility.


1 1/2. His ability to make the mind-numbing primary calendar understandable and even interesting.


(Ok, so the above is not a 2008 primary calendar but you get the point. Thanks Javagirl for the pic! Here is a US map with the number of delegates assigned to each State:)


And, the number one reason?

1. Anyone who rubs elbows with presidents and royalty, senators and celebrities, yet maintains he is just as equally intrigued and fascinated by interviewing everyday folk, is all right in my book!



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A Top Ten

Monday, 08.27.07 

Ok, just for the fun of it, I’m going to do something a bit different today.  I mulled around the idea of doing a top ten list of sorts.  All kinds of ideas for list topics came to my head, and I have a few coming up, but for today, I think I will stick with something light and fun.

I really enjoy new screencaps of John!  They certainly are a-plenty. But what I also come across every now and then are pictures that show John off-camera and casual.  Those are rare to find, but sometimes while searching the internet you can locate such pictures. 

Therefore, today I will post my 10 favorite pictures of John away from the camera and casual.  Some of these came from individuals who posted pictures at photo album sharing sites, and some of these pictures came from performing a random google search.

As you will see, in most of the photos he is posing with other people who I do not know, so I simply cannot give picture credit to them; my apologies to these folks. (They simply happen to be on my website because they had the good fortune of posing with John!)




















And my favorite casual picture of John: 




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