Tag Archives: Jack Cafferty


Friday, 01.18.08   Posted By: Mebz

Thank God Its Almost Super Duper Tuesday! I don’t know how much more of this I can take. Hello and Welcome to the inaugural blog post of Ms. Mebz. You can think of me as your ambassador to the weekend. From now on I will be your Friday tour guide to the world of John “the news” King. Please keep your feet off of the furniture and don’t litter.

Now, regardless of what I might tell myself, you probably didn’t come here for me. So, for those of you who have had a hard week, this is for you:

Election Preview

Yesterday, John was in the Sit Room reporting on the race in South Carolina. He was live from the optimistically named Prosperity, South Carolina, a name that he and Wolf Blitzer seemed to enjoy. Later, John was a member of the Sit Room’s round table discussion. However he was cut off (again!) by near-by sirens. I remember this happening at least one other time in Iowa. Leading to this humorous exchange:

Cafferty: “Note to the roundtable producers– indoor locations are soundproof and remove the possibility of freight trains, sires, falling buildings, riot, tear gas canisters. And they’re just as adequate for us to have a conversation. We don’t have to put John King out on the railroad tracks every time he does one of these things.”

Borger: “Didn’t you know we sent police escorts with John all the time? That’s what the sirens are.”

Cafferty: “Arrest him.”

Now, if CNN does indeed send police escorts with John, I can’t imagine why. Millie, you have any idea?

You might notice that I don’t have visuals for yesterday’s report *ducks flying tomatoes* I was working, sorry! Please accept this old school picture as payment for my lack of current screen caps.

Old School

CNN’s schedule is showing Ballot Bowl for both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. And don’t forget that Saturday is the Republican primary in South Carolina and the Nevada Caucus.

For those of you in our Yahoo Group, you might have noticed that I haven’t been sending out my Daily YouTube videos in a while. I thought this would be a good chance to restart. Therefore, I give you Mebz’s Weekly No Good Irrelevant YouTube Video. (Disclaimer: I in no way endorse the actions of this duck. But you know water fowl, they can be so stubborn)

Also, since this is the end of the week and there won’t be another posting until Monday, I thought I’d give you a topic of discussion for the weekend. I found a pair of socks in the discount bin last week and thought to myself “Discount socks, rock on!” But when I got them home I realized they were marketed as some sort of “enviro-sock” and that they are made of bamboo. My question is: Am I taking food away from poor hungry pandas by wearing these socks? Is that why they were in the discount bin? Should I be ashamed of myself? Discuss.

Also, lastly, today is my Mom’s birthday. Now, I would wager a good sum of money that my Mother has never even hear the word “blog” before. However, on the off chance that she is abducted by monkeys and forced to Google JohnthenewsKing: Happy Birthday Mom!



Filed under Election 2008, Entertainment, Just For Fun

A New Format And Joan’s Roundtable Review

Friday, 01.11.08

Don’t worry, the tile of today’s post does not mean that Millie is going to go crazy with changing the colors and the layout of the blog, again. lol!! Granted, I had gone through a phase a while back where I implemented several visual changes in a row, but for the time being, there will be no more layout changes. Right now, I like things just the way they are!

Rather, if you recall, in my end of year post, I talked about where this blog has been and where I would like to see it grow. I had mentioned about wanting to switch to a multi-contributor format – an idea that had been mulled around in the past but never quite took off.

However, after discussing it with the ever-wonderful ladies over at the yahoo group over the last week or so, we decided to go ahead and implement the concept. Johnthenewsking now has added regular contributors!

*pops the champagne bottle cork*

Let’s roll out the red carpet for Ms. Mebz , Ms. CstKitten (Joan) and Ms. Katie!


Additionally, Johnthenewsking is switching to a Monday through Friday format. (The blog will now contain posts on Saturdays or Sundays only if there is breaking or urgent news.) You will be reading posts throughout the week written by myself as well as our new contributors!

*clinks champagne glasses in a toast*

Here’s to the start of a wonderful new year at Johnthenewsking!


Joan already has her feet wet and sent in this contribution:

Do We Need Experience?

Yesterday, on The Situation Room, John was involved in a “roundtable” discussion with Jack Cafferty (a personal favorite of mine) and Gloria Borger, Senior Political Analyst.

First up on the agenda was a discussion about how much experience really matters when it comes to the political candidates. Wolf said that Richardson, Dodd and Biden had almost 100 years of experience between them and what good did that do them? John answered stating that it is experience based on what the voters are looking for at that moment that counts. Bill Clinton had ideas on how to fix the economy, ideas on how to get the government back on the side of the middle class. That’s what voters wanted then. McCain’s saying with two wars going on, you need someone with national security experience. As for experience, John goes on to note that four of the last five presidents have been governors, yet it looks like the Democrats are going to nominate a senator, which many think leaves the Democrats at a competitive disadvantage. Wolf interjects that John F. Kennedy was the last [sitting] senator elected president.

Obama has spent most of his first term as a Senator running for president. So that’s being used against him. Jack states that he hasn’t been in Washington long enough to be “contaminated by the system” and that seems to be the appeal for a lot of people.

Wolf: People would love to see a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket. Is that realistic? John thinks that “absolutely” it’s realistic. They do not have a great relationship now, but thinks all that will get thrown out when they think about, as the nominee, what they most need to win. Would it be Clinton or Obama? Then he thinks that’s what they’d do. Gloria Borger thinks it’s more likely to see a Clinton/Obama ticket rather than an Obama/Clinton ticket. And that at the end of all this, it may be impossible to unite them if it turns really nasty.

Jack, however, had the quote of the segment. His answer was this:

Given the current climate in this country, unless the economy either doesn’t go into recession – a lot of people think we are already in recession – or comes out of it long before the election; if the two wars are still going on; if the hatred of the status quo is as intense as it is now, the nominee can put a chicken on the ticket with him – these people are not going to vote for a Republican.

Next up on the discussion was John Kerry’s endorsing Obama and snubbing his former running mate. Jack doesn’t think this means a whole lot. And Gloria wonders: Why did he wait until after the NH primary to endorse Obama?

Wolf then asks John, “How much do these endorsements really matter?” John’s reply is that a single person’s endorsement doesn’t matter all that much. However, as with Lieberman (Independent) and Mcain (Republican) – McCain can say that ‘I’m a proud Republican, but I’m willing to sit with the Independents and the Democrats. To do whatever it takes to get it done.” Then, that type of an endorsement does help.

So what about you – Are you more impressed with the experience someone has? It is the message? Or the person’s personality? How about endorsements – are you swayed by the endorsement that someone may get? Let me know what you think!


Filed under Election 2008, General Discussion

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 cnn.com/situationreport.

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 CNN.com/caffertyfile. 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 milliepip@yahoo.com.)


Filed under A "Top Ten" List, Election 2008