Friday, April 27, 2007

McDreamy, Anderson and Michael Ware

Doesn't Anderson look as if he's a little perturbed? Why? Cause I was a bad Anderfan again. Anderson was up against McDreamy shirtless in bed with angst (not literally but figuratively)! How can our favorite anchor compete with that? So as penitence I fast forwarded through the dvr and captured some screen beauty for all of you. I can only hope you'll tell me your favorite parts of Thursday's AC360 in comments.

I did notice Mr. Cooper has been shopping...that's a new shirt, correct? I likeey the purple stripes. Dare I name it as my favorite shirt? That's always the kiss of death, we'll never see it again. So I'll just be saying I hate the shirt (wink wink).





A few weeks ago Velda sent us some links to Michael Ware interviews. The following interview of Michael Ware was done by Andrew Denton in July, 2004. I love that MW talks about him mum and briefly mentions his son.

There are two types of war correspondent - those who stick to the circuit of military briefings, safe hotels and careful excursions into unstable areas, and those who throw themselves at the job with apparently reckless disregard for their own safety. Mike Ware is one of the latter. Writing from Afghanistan and Iraq for 'Time' magazine, he spent much of the past few years behind enemy lines, bringing back stories of the Taliban, Afghani war lords and, more recently, Iraqi insurgents. A few weeks ago some of those insurgents sent him tapes showing in chilling detail just how they go about their work, tapes whose images were soon flashed around the world.
ANDREW DENTON: Mike, thanks for being on Enough Rope. How does a boy from Brisbane end up in the middle of an Iraqi insurgency?
MICHAEL WARE: Yeah, I'm sort of asking myself that same question every night before I go to sleep. It's quite hard to fathom actually. But, yeah, from suburban Brisbane to the trenches in Baghdad, to having the words I write read in the White House, it's all quite a trip actually.
ANDREW DENTON: The President reads?
MICHAEL WARE: Well, so we're told, or perhaps it's read to him! I did say it was "read in the White House".
ANDREW DENTON: Your ability to get close up to groups that others can't is quite extraordinary and you describe this as 'gumshoe journalism' - you're basically on the ground with the Iraqis, earning their trust. How do you do that?
MICHAEL WARE: Well, it's pretty difficult, as you can imagine. I've been here in Iraq for just over 18 months now. I arrived before the war and then was here through all the conflict. And then as soon as the first phase, as I call it, of the war finished - the actual invasion - I quickly turned my attentions to the second phase which we're in now, the insurgency and the occupation. Now, I started off very simply with the 'bad guys' as people from the West and certainly Fox News likes to call them. In the beginning they were just ragtag groups - you, me, a cousin, Ahmed, we go out, we shoot at a passing American convoy and feel a lot better for it. So, I started just hooking up with these guys, talking to them individually. Over time, they started to get their act together and they formed into groups, then that group would join another group and then suddenly there'd be a structure and it would grow and there'd be commanders. And I just kept in touch and followed them as they progressed, so it's taken well over a year and it's had some moments, I can tell you.
ANDREW DENTON: Journalists who worked with you in Afghanistan describe what you did almost like method acting. Is that part of your approach?
MICHAEL WARE: Well, I mean, I think it's very important, I mean, not so much to be a chameleon as such, but you really do have to immerse yourself in whatever environment you find yourself in. Really, what I want to do is find out what makes these things tick. I mean, this is world history playing out before us. So, in the beginning it was Afghanistan. I mean, we had al-Qa'ida terrorist camps there, a Taliban regime, we had the American war machine charging in. Well, I wanted to see what that was all about. Now, for me I think the only way to do that is to really get down in amongst it and let it all wash over you, so I have been known on many occasions to go in Afghan drag. I mean, I grow my beard down to a suitable Taliban length, I wear what the Americans perfunctorily call a 'man dress', but it's actually a salwar kameez. I learned to speak a little bit of Pashtu, enough to bluff my way through a checkpoint, so that if I'm driving or passing through your village or eating in your restaurant you don't know that I'm not a Pashtun.
ANDREW DENTON: Nonetheless, as you said, you speak a bit of Pashtun, you don't speak fluent Arabic, I know that. How vulnerable does this make you, Mike?
MICHAEL WARE: It means I must always have a translator almost surgically attached to me, grafted on to me. It's really my 'Jiminy Cricket' or alter ego, I guess. I can't function without a translator. I might be able to order tea but I mightn't be able to ask for sugar in it. To do every little thing, I need to have a translator with me, so that becomes an integral part of your life. You've got a constant shadow with you and they become integral to you. You've either got to gel with this person and find a real trust, because you and he - it's always a he - are about to go to hell and back. That's always guaranteed. So, you've really got to know who each other is. It's quite a challenge.
ANDREW DENTON: Can you describe what hell and back means?
MICHAEL WARE: It can be anything from disease... I've had recently - a little while ago - I had typhoid, for example, or it might just be in Afghanistan, I was the proud home to a colony of rare parasite that a team of experts in Australia congratulated themselves on because they could only find reference to it in out-of-date textbooks. So it can be anything from that to being held hostage by Saddam's Fedayeen militia, which happened to me during the war very briefly, having a gun to your head, sitting in a room with a group of people, having someone walk in and in a language you don't understand ask for permission to execute you. Then a debate goes on about the relative merits of whacking you or not, and you don't learn this until, or if, you walk out the room and your translator decides to tell you about it. The other thing is the American war machine. I don't know how many times I've nearly been killed by the Americans, be it from ordnance falling from the sky, I've had a tank leap out of a ditch and ambush me, I've had soldiers shooting at me. So, hell and back can be all sorts of things. It's body and soul.
ANDREW DENTON: In amongst all this, you trust your translator who hopefully is loyal, but how do you know who else to trust? There must be a great degree of instinct and guesswork?
MICHAEL WARE: There's a very simple rule about that, Andrew. You trust no-one. People can turn on you in a minute and it's very hard to see it coming. I mean, you almost develop this intuitive sense, especially when I'm out there - I'm out there in tiger country. It's territory controlled by the other side, what the military would call the enemy. Now, I'm completely at their mercy, so the mood can change in the blink of an eye, and across the cultural barriers, sometimes it's hard to know just what different signals or body language mean. I had an incident just a few weeks ago with some of the Iraqis who were involved in the kidnappings and beheadings. Now, I'm with them. Suddenly, a flash passed over this guy's face and he turned. Now, he turned on my translator and I could have sworn I was about to see my translator executed as some kind of message to me. Now, that's how precarious it got. And we very quickly had to move to diffuse it and all that was was just a subtle hint in his voice and a look in his eyes and then it was on, so that's what it's about. It's kinda hard.
ANDREW DENTON: A few weeks ago you brought to the world's attention tapes from the insurgents detailing how they go about suicide bombings. We're going to look at an excerpt of one of those now. BLURRY FOOTAGE, COURTESY APTN, WITH MEN CHANTING IN ARABIC, EMBRACING AND GETTING IN A TRUCK. EXPLOSIONS RING OUT.
ANDREW DENTON: Mike, how did you come by these tapes?
MICHAEL WARE: They were brought to me by insurgent sources. For a over a year I've been getting a variety of tapes, pamphlets, materials. It's one of the ways that I can learn about them, about what's making them tick, how their moods are shifting, how their designs, their tactics, their goals are constantly being amended. The most disturbing thing about that tape, though, is that's essentially from al-Qa'ida. You've got Iraqi fighters defending their homeland, you've also got al-Qa'ida here fighting the global Jihad, the clash of civilisations. That's who does those suicide bombings, and that's who that tape is from. Now, apart from the disturbing images, the most difficult aspect of that whole experience for me is this - that the al-Qa'ida central committee, the shura, the group of leaders, physically sat around and discussed me by name before they gave that to me. That's not entirely comfortable, having al-Qa'ida talk about you personally, weighing up your relative merits and then deciding to hand you something very, very special, in their eyes.
ANDREW DENTON: When you look at that young man who's addressing the camera before going to kill himself, is there something for you to be admired about a man who can willingly face his death for his beliefs?
MICHAEL WARE: The important thing about what you're illustrating here is about this commitment that you see in the face of this guy and, in that tape, in the face of many others. There's no negotiation here. I mean, you can see it for yourself. These are committed individuals. They're on a path and they do not deviate from that path and they're not tempted from it. And that's the mindset that we're dealing with. That's what we've come here into Iraq and stirred up. Now, I want my mum and dad, my family, my friends and by extension, the public, to know that's what we're up against. That's what we're facing. That's what American GIs every day are dying from. We've got to understand this and to understand that it's not always pleasant, and you've got to look into the face of it just like that young suicide bomber.
ANDREW DENTON: How do you possibly combat that, Mike?
MICHAEL WARE: The only way we can combat that, the only way we can deal with really what the conflict here in Iraq has become, is on the grand scale. We're not going to stop the fighting in Iraq by addressing it in Iraq. This is now the global Jihad that Osama bin Laden inspired with September 11. This is what it was all about. September 11 was the end of al-Qa'ida, really, not the beginning. All he wanted to do was by his 'great deeds' to his mind, open the Pandora's box of Jihad and that's what's happened. That's Bali, that's Madrid, that's now the insurgency here in Iraq. You've not going do stop that in those individual places. We've got to address the big picture, the big Jihad - the big West and East. I mean, something has started here that I think we're going to be living with for a long, long time in many forms. As one American intelligence officer said to me, "I was telling my mum that this is a new Cold War," he said, "and it's going to have its ebbs and flows, high-intensity, low-intensity conflict, but we're going to be living with this". From what I see, that's nothing but right.
ANDREW DENTON: We read in our papers today, Mike, of the Tawhid Islamic group threatening to bathe Australia in pools of blood if we don't withdraw our troops. Do you know anything about this group, and should we take this threat seriously?
MICHAEL WARE: Firstly, take that threat very, very seriously. Even if it's come from a bunch of yahoos who don't have the capabilities to carry out a tenth of what's they're threatening, it doesn't matter. That sentiment expresss something very real. Trust me. I mean, Australia now, particularly since our Government's choice to involve us so publicly in the war here in Iraq, much lesser degree with Afghanistan... It's Iraq that has entered Australia into the global Jihad lexicon. I mean everyone knows. You ask them who is the coalition here - it's America, it's Britain and it's Australia. People even know John Howard's name. I see signs - "War criminals, Bush, Blair, Howard". Osama bin Laden himself has listed us as a legitimate target. When I read their material coming out on the Net and documents that I've retrieved from al-Qa'ida safe houses, we're right up there. Have no fear. So if these guys can't do it, there's others looking to. Trust me on that. Tawhid's an interesting name. The group that's here in Iraq, led by the Jordanian terrorist, a former intelligence officer by the name of al-Zaqawri, he's been a fringe player for al-Qa'ida for a long time. The Iraq war had made him the pin-up boy, the star. He now rivals Osama. Well, his group, I hate to say it is al-Tawhid. He formed that many years ago, principally as a channel of funnelling men and documents and communications between Europe and the Middle East. Eventually that blossomed into individual terrorist organisations, everywhere he goes, wherever he sets up his new branch or version, its name is a play on the word 'tawhid', which is 'unity' or 'unification'. In Iraq it's... (Speaks Arabic) - 'unity in Jihad'. This new group concerns me - this name - because it includes 'tawhid'. I don't know anything specifically about them, but at first blush, that suggests some kind of link to Zaqawri and that's not a link that we should relish.
ANDREW DENTON: What precautions do you take against being kidnapped, Mike?
MICHAEL WARE: Quite frankly, Andrew, there's not a great deal you can do. I mean, I'm literally surrendering myself to men who kidnap, and in two cases, to men I know who have been involved in the beheadings. There's certain things you can do, but it only goes to an extent. It's all about calculation, quite frankly. The big thing that I do is that I rely on again coming back to understanding the environment you're in, the culture here. In the Middle East, with the Arab world, there's a true meaning of the word 'guest'. Hospitality is a very serious thing, so if you invite me into your home, you're giving me your cloak of protection, so even if your brother comes to the house to kill me, you're honour-bound to defend me. So, using the experience that I've gained, using the contacts that I've developed, the fact that people have come to know me and know that I play it straight, then I can cultivate a situation where I will get an invitation and that will get me into a place where no other journalist can go and will get me out. The complicating factor now is the foreign al-Qa'ida presence. I can be with an Iraqi group or Prince who does protect me and shield me, but he can do nothing against the foreign fighter al-Qa'ida presence. If they walk in the room, I'm dead. So, it's a matter of calculation, it's rolling the dice.
ANDREW DENTON: I've seen you referred to by some journalists as a bit of a cowboy, an adrenaline junkie, "the Steve Irwin of Baghdad" was one description. How do you respond to that?
MICHAEL WARE: I don't bring my little boy here and hang him out over the front of insurgents. I haven't done that yet. Although, that might make a good picture! But look, yeah, I cop a bit of that, but I've got big shoulders. I mean, Philip Knightly, one of the doyens of journalism and particularly conflict writing, he said in every war someone inevitably steps forward, one person steps up. Well, at the moment, for better or for worse, maybe that's me. I don't know. So there's bound to be some flak. And there's a fundamental...I don't know, almost a failing on the part of the press corps in general. I mean, you can't report a war from your hotel room or from the hotel bar, as much as I wish I could. You've got to be out there.
ANDREW DENTON: You mentioned your mum before. I know that you were on Sydney radio a couple of weeks ago and your mum asked for a tape of it because she hadn't heard a great deal from you. I know you're dealing with a lot of fear despite the fact you're smiling now. Is there a part of you that would like to come home?
MICHAEL WARE: I mean, I guess, but...there's a lot of things here. I mean, I think there's a job to be done here. I think that it needs to be done well, because this is the war of the 21st century and this is only the beginning, so we've got to start getting into it and learning about it now. And we as journalists have to do this so someone's got to do it. Plus, sometimes I get the feeling that not many of us journalists can really do it. There's only a few of us prepared to go that extra mile. Among that few I feel there's an even greater responsibility. So I feel a kind of a sense of wanting to be noble and wanky, a sense of duty, to some degree. But there is another element that you touched on. I wouldn't call it the 'adrenaline junkie', but there's something extraordinary about living your life in conflict zones. I mean, you really see the best and the worst of what humanity has to offer. I mean, it's an extraordinary experience for me.
ANDREW DENTON: Just quickly Mike, we're nearly out of satellite time. What would you like your family to know?
MICHAEL WARE: That everything's safe. I'm in no danger, Mum, and I'm staying in the hotel bar, covering the story.
ANDREW DENTON: I hope that's all right, Mike, and that you travel safely. Thanks for being with us tonight.
MICHAEL WARE: Thank you very much Andrew. It was a pleasure. Weird, but a pleasure.
ANDREW DENTON: (Laughs) Mike Ware, ladies and gentlemen.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not familiar with McDreamy, but I can't imagine ANYONE that would entice me to switch my channel away from Anderson!

AndysGirl said...

Thanks for the yummy screen caps; I liked the shirt too. The show was full of serious material tonight, didn't have the lighthearted moments like last night.

Good interview with Michael Ware, thanks for posting it.

ACAnderFan said...

I liked 360 last nite. It was a good mix of stories.

As always Michael Ware was very interesting.

I also liked when Andy talked to John Walsh about 'Stop Snitchin'. It nice to see Andy so passionate about something.

Now as for Andy's outfit last nite. When I first saw it I hated it. And I still do think the shirt is very ugly, but by the end of the nite I thought it (shirt and tie) looked very nice on him. So basically he can never look bad...LOL!!! And I guess we should be expecting a haircut from him soon too...LOL.

copperfish.jungle said...

AC looked good in that purple striped shirt. What else can I expect?

WOW!, that was a very revealing and amazing interview of MW. I was thinking how does he sound like if he speaks Pashtu with thick australian accent. No wonder why Phebe calls him "balls of steel". He really is.

megan said...

I am running out the door on my way to work so I will comment about the show later but I thought Anderson's stripes were red not purple. The colour on my tv must be bad LOL cause I thought they were red but from the pics they look purple :) Either way I "hate" (wink, wink) the new shirt too

I get to watch Shepherd at 9PM and my personal McDreamy at 10PM. So I am a winner :)

Anonymous said...

Phebe, that was a reference to Steve Irwin dangling his infant son in front of a crocodile. There was a tremendous uproar at the time.

Alice said...

What a show last night. Anderson sure enjoy the doing the political piece. Paul Bagala did bring a good laugh among them when he wish the canidiate need to be more candit, or get some sauce on them. Shame on Cameron who finally apologize. I will bet it is just a PR piece to salvage his record sale. If he really mean it, he should do a PSA announcement on denouncing Stop Snitching.

I applauded for John Walsh for taking a stand against Stop Snitch. I am glad there is someone who is standing up for the victims.

My favorite part of the show, when he asked Erica to help him on making fun of Shot of the day. Their snarky comment always lightening up a depressing news day.

ACAnderFan said...

About Cam'ron's 'apology'. I don't think it was an apologyy at all. To me it seemed like what he said was just re-worded. And not by him. I think his publicist or whoever took what he said and re-worded it so that it came aross a little nicer, than the blunt want Cam'ron said it.

Phebe said...

@anonymous 12:36, You don't know what you're missing.
@anonymous 5:09, I thought it was a referance to Michael Jackson when he held his baby over the balcony for fans to see.

Alice said...

I always loved seeing MW with Anderson. These two have great rappot. Talk about someone who should look up to. Here is someone who is doing something important, and not for money or street cred, because he felt it is important to share what is going on in this world.

I am glad he is able to keep his sense of humor about him. Sadly, I would have to agree with him on the situation in Iraq on getting a strong man to keep that country from falling into anarchy. Iraq need security more than democracy. At the mean time I hope Michael keep himself safe from harm, and report the story from the hotel bar LOL.

Cindy said...

I thought the first hour of the show was great! I loved seeing Michael Ware in the studio with Anderson. I hope he stays in the states a while and takes some time off. Or maybe he should go home and spend some time with his son and family. They probably haven't seen him in some time and I imagine they worry alot about him.

I loved the John Walsh segment about Stop Snitchin. He got riled up about that. And I totally agree with everything he said!

The second hour I fell asleep in...it bored me. But I did catch it on a rerun. It was OK. But I noticed Anderson didn't say he'd see us tommorrow. So I guess no Andy tonight!! We should all be so lucky to have a three day weekend! COME ON ANDY....GIVE US ATLEAST AN HOUR!! PRETTY PLEASE!! It really makes my,our weekends!!

kris jordan said...

Although I believe our Anderson could never look bad in anything...I absolutely hated that shirt...Kind of reminded me of an old school McDonalds uniform:(

Maybe we should pitch in and get Phebe a DVR so she can watch both Grey's McDreamy and still watch Anderson....

I think we should come up with Mc.... name for Anderson. Just like McDreamy and McSteamy on Greys. What do you think???

m.minkoff said...

I only caught the last hour as I had to work late. I liked the shirt, but it looked like red stripes on my tv too. I'm sorry I missed the first hour. Sounds good.

Anonymous said...

You've got to be kidding!?! That was the worst shirt I ever saw Anderson wear!! It didn't even translate on the screen! He should have known better! It was distracting it was so bad.

Phebe said...

@kris jordan: I've got a dvr on my computer and a TiVo on the television. Recording both shows is not a problem, time is the problem. So if you could all pitch in and buy me some time that would be great! LOL
@cindy: The second hour smells like something we'll be seeing again soon. Maybe as soon as tonight?

Annie Kate said...

@phebe - yep, from what the 360 page says the second hour will be repeated tonight. Not impressed. They do way too many repeats.

Michael Ware - one of the best correspondents they have. I wish they would give 360 a little more structure (might help on cutting down on their overwhelming emphasis at times on things that are celebrity based and not hard news). They have raw politics. What about a nightly report from Michael Ware on the war - both in Afghanistan and Iraq. I would love to know what Michael thinks is the basic differences between the two wars and what the similarities are. He explains well - like a teacher - and he really knows his stuff. IMHO, having a regular segment with him would be a boost to their show.

@anon at 12:36 - watch Grey's Anatomy for McDreamy. There is also one they call McSteamy. Puts Anderson to shame anyday!!

@Phebe - dvr on your computer - how did you mange that? Did it come that way?? What brand? Sounds neat. I have a dual tuner dvr on top of my tv and a dvr on the tv downstairs so if I have to I can get 3 shows at once (the kids think the one downstairs is theirs). But to have it on my computer would be great - it would eliminate that time period it takes to pull the shows from the dvr to the computer for editing. Man that would be nice.

Phebe said...

@AnnieKate: We bought a new Dell computer a few months ago with a video card and Media Center. I set it just like TiVo and it records right to my external hard drive. Makes capping so easy and much faster.

Aruna said...

I'm going to have to agree, Phebe. I think that may be one of my favorite shirts!! Although, there is this very classy silver/gray one he's got which I love as well!

Great interview with Michael Ware. That man never ceases to amaze me.

Anonymous said...

Ooh good challenge, finding a Grey's style McName for Anderson. . . .Hmm, well McSteely comes to mind first, in honor of his gorgeous grey hair.

Will have to give this some thought. This will require more coffee :) TGIF.

Cassie

Anonymous said...

How about " McSnarky"?

kui said...

Anderson looked soooo hot! last night, is that a new suit? does he have a new hairdo too? he's been looking so young lately!..
Confession? sorry, I did mute last night, couldn't concentrate on the news very well. Loved the suit.
And I would like to announce that I'm heading to the naughty chair.

Purple Tie said...

I liked the shirt... wasn't sure at first but it grew on me.

I'm not into Grey's so I don't get all the McDreamy etc. (don't hurt me Phebe! LOL) I know who they are but I think Anderson should just be Anderson... he's not a big fan of nicknames from what he's said before. He's said in a few interviews that no one calls him Coop, AC or Andy or nicknames, just Anderson. So, I guess Anderson it is for me. LOL

Anonymous said...

You guys never liked it when I criticized the way KC dressed, so take a look at what Richard Huff said about her "bimbo attire" in the NY Daily News today. I rest my case!!

Anonymous said...

thought I read somewhere that only his mother can call him Andy.

Purple Tie said...

Anon 2:05 I think you're right but I've not heard her call him that. Seems like I remember reading in one of her books that she called him that as a kid??

Anonymous said...

Maybe she only calls him that in private

Alice said...

I saw both red strip shirt & purple strip shirt last night on last night show!!!
I was watching AC360 in my regular TV (DH is watching ER), it was red strip. Then I went to see 2nd hour in our High Def TV, it was purple strip. Oh well, what color is the shirt? Only AC and 360 staff know.

Annie Kate said...

@Phebe - email me and let me know how you set your Dell up. I have two new Dells - one a laptop and one a desktop with great video cards. They also came with Media Center on them. Thanks.

sydney said...

OMG Paul Begala cracked me up with the happy hour thing...that might actually make the debates bearable! The look on Candy's face tickled me, too - she seemed to really get a kick out of it.

I think a chat with Michael Ware needs to be a nightly segment.

Well, on my TV the shirt looked somewhere in between red and purple (sort of a maroon). @alice, I'd be more inclined to trust your HD. Purple it is! Either way, he looked great, as usual.

Yeah, I don't get the whole Grey's thing either (I get my hot doc fix from ER, but that's a different story). But noone can hold a candle to Anderson.

Anonymous said...

"McDreamy" has nothing on Andy. It's quit simple people. ; }

And the shirt he was wearing last night looked great on him. I'm not sure why you guys aren't to fond of it, but i loved it! Anything AC wears he will make it look good.

- PhiLLy

Anonymous said...

Ladies:

Here are a few Mc's for consideration.
McAnchor
McTraveler
McAuthor
McSexy
McSilver
McHottie
McQuickSilver (travels fast with silver hair)
McHot
McFridayNightDate (for Sheryn)
McAnchor
McStarry
McBlue (for blue eyes)
McBald (for all the ladies that think the hair is thinning)
McComputer (for his addiction)
McNaughty

I had a few more but let's same they would not be internet appropriate (He drops his head and heads to visit the chair.)

I vote McBlue. Time for another poll.

Blade

Phebe said...

Oh Blade you are the man! I love McSexy and McHot! But sweetie it's me who calls AC my Friday night date not the lovely Ms. Sheryn.

How about scooting over in that naughty chair and tell me those other names you thought of? LOL

ACAnderFan said...

@Blade...you are a genius. Those are geat names for Andy.

Personally I like McBald, becuase I am one of those girls who thinks his hair is thinning.

I also like McBlue and McNaughty. Good job with coming up with those names.

*Sits with Blade and Phebe in the naughty chair*

maria said...

There is also one they call McSteamy. Puts Anderson to shame anyday!!

Huh? Wha? Blasphemy! I've yet to see anyone who puts the uber-gorgeous Anderson to shame, but to each his/her own!

Anonymous said...

No Anderson tonight? Did John King say he was off or on assignment or nothing?

Anonymous said...

@ megan: yeah I thought the stripes on Andersons shirt were red too...I had to get used to that shirt first.But I think Anderson is the only CNN Anchor who can pull off that shirt with a blue tie and an black jacket.

This week Anderson could be described with 2 simple words: totally cute and riveting.He was great this week.

I'm waiting for another "Planet in Peril" segment.
Pretty plueasee Anderson.Call up Jeff Corwin and go find some animals....

Oh and Michael Ware.I love that guy.His Wed and Thurs appearances on AC360 were so great.What a tough guy.They oughta call him the superman of journalists.With his submergenses into conflict zones he reminds me of Anderson in the early days (And he also seems very attached to his mum.just like Anderson :)

Another Mc Name: McSilver Fox? or is that too long? just a suggestion...

Velda said...

Yay me and my links! This week was pretty good, but I do hope they get the Afghanistan trip back on soon. The one last September with Nic Robertson and Peter Bergen (and his very non-terrorism analyst giggle, as somebody pointed out in a post from earlier in the month, lol!) was great. If they could somehow work Dr. Sanjay, Michael Ware and Reza Aslan into it, I'd be completely overwhelmed by awesomeness/hotness and likely wouldn't survive the week. All my McDreamys in one show. Except Sean Bean and Bono. :)

Anonymous said...

We came up this morning with more Mc's this morning.

McNeil for the camera man, Neil
McBoss for David Doss
McKing for John King
McRoberts for John Roberts
McPretty for Erika
McCrazy for the stranger blogger

And the final one for today........
McMuffin for Anderson (ie: a take off for Stud Muffin)

When John and I walked through the door this AM for breakfast we both looked at each other and laughed and said that's our man -- McMuffin.

Sorry Phebe about the mix up on the Friday night date thing. It was my first post and I screwed it up.


PixieDust:

All the men wear the pants like that on top of the shoes.

Blade