Monday, June 25, 2007

A CNN Update

We received additional information from CNN on this week's special sexual diversity programing.

"The latest installment of CNN’s “Uncovering America” coverage coincides with plans for several large events and parades across the nation as part of “GLBT Pride Month.” Online, CNN.com has requested “Coming Out” stories from users and users’ reflections on gays in their communities. Through I-Reports, users can submit videos, still photos and text of their stories, experiences and reactions." To see these viewers stories follow the link.
Here's a preview of stories CNN will be featuring on Wednesday, June 27th:

-Alina Cho, on American Morning, will examine the case of Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller, who were united in a civil union in Vermont and later conceived a child via in vitro fertilization. Miller, the biological mother later returned home to Virginia, joined a conservative church and decided she was no longer a lesbian. A family court in Vermont recently ruled in favor of visitation rights for Jenkins.
-The Situation Room, in its 7 p.m. hour, examining how constitutional amendments against same sex marriage have been used to get conservatives to vote during elections and explores efforts to politically manipulate the gay community to win elections.
-Special correspondent Thelma Guitierrez’s report from Trinidad, Colo. – the “Sex-Change Capital of the World” – for Paula Zahn Now. Guitierrez interviews Dr. Marci Bowers, who every week performs about five vaginoplasties, an operation to transform men into women. Nine years ago, Bowers was a man herself, and she provides first-person insights into the physical and emotional journey that her patients experience. Also as part of her nightly feature segment “Out in the Open,” anchor Paula Zahn speaks with several members of the “ex-gay movement,” which consists of gay individuals who became straight.
-CNN Newsroom profiles gay neighbors, bosses and pastors to offer perspectives on being gay in America. In reports airing throughout the week and weekend, CNN Newsroom will also spotlight the “Coming Out” I-Reports submitted online by CNN.com users.
-Correspondent Gary Tuchman’s reports on the “ex-gay movement” for Anderson Cooper 360°. Thousands of Christian conservatives are convinced that homosexuality is a developed pathology that can be cured. “Ex-gay ministries” have developed therapy programs that claim to “turn” gays straight. Tuchman attends Focus on the Family's “Love Won Out” conference to hear first-hand from “ex-gays,” speaks to a former “ex-gay” participant who does not believe these programs work, and profiles a family with a gay teen who is reluctantly participating in an ex-gay program.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

So are you going to make us wait until tonight for us to find out if Anderson will be on tonight?

I can't help but think you know!

BookAsylum said...

There's a "Sex-Change Capital of the World"? I would have expected it to be in someplace like LA.

Phebe said...

@anonymous 4:10, It would seem to me that many of AC's fans wouldn't bother to tune in if I said he was on vacation. Shocking as that is, there are people who don't watch 360 for the news (LOL). So when you consider it from that angle you can understand why CNN keeps information on AC's vacations close to the vest.

anne carter said...

HI all,
I have a quick question that's a little off topic-when will you have your Q@A with Tom Foreman?
I have to admit,sometimes I'm not actually paying attention to the actual news Andy gives us,that's because I'm too busy gawking at my screen(gosh,I'm terrible)!LOL

Etoile Bebe said...

For the record, I don't think there is a cure for gayness! I am not a gay person, but I would like to know why the U.S is so hung up on the issue of gays, Lesbians, gay marriage and especially gays serving in the military when they have been serving for quite some time in the armed forces of most of the industrialized world with great success? There are so many more issues that pose a "real" threat to our country and its citizens.

@Phebe: I have sent you an invitation to look at my new Andervideo in Photobucket. I hope you enjoy it!

Phebe said...

@anne carter, Tom has been on vacation for the last 10 days so I'm sure he'll have some catching up to do before we get our answers. All good things are worth waiting for.

anne carter said...

Thanks Phebe,
I'm looking forward to Tom's interview.

Sheryn said...

I'm glad that CNN is focusing on Gay rights issues. I just wish that Anderson's report was new.

It looks like Gary Tuchman's report is from AC360's What's a Christian. That's kind of a bummer.

gray angst said...

It looks like Gary Tuchman's report is from AC360's What's a Christian. That's kind of a bummer.

I was hoping for some NEW reports too.

So, Anderson's on vacation, huh?
Just kidding....

Chelsea LH said...

I went to Gay Pride this weekend and saw CNN people out there. I was glad to see them there supporting Pride.

Also got a coozie from a guy who called him self Goober Anderson.

Anonymous said...

Phebe at 9:37 AM: I agree with your point. Of course those same people will tune in, see Anderson is not on, and immediately change the channel or turn the tv off. Same difference except they have to wait. Most of the news Anderson covers has already been on at some other point during the day, not counting his specials which are usually repeated.

Jennifer said...

On my TV guide it said's at 10'0 clock Anderson Cooper 360, What it should say MAYBE! Anderson Cooper 360 LOL!!!!

It should say CNN News, because I watch it anyways with AC or no AC

Purple Tie said...

I'm glad CNN is covering this too. It makes me proud to know my favorite news station actually reports on valid and important issues like the environment, refugees, Africa, Aids and now this. No other network bothers, so it's nice. CNN focuses on the crap too, but these stories make up for it to me!

Megan said...

great post Phebe......whether you think this is right or wrong, nurture vs nature, it is important to learn about all different faiths and sexual orientations......it is the only way we can truly have tolerence.

I am so impressed with the fact that CNN is doing a weeks worth of stories throughout all their shows talking about this issue because it is an important one.

I can't wait to see all the stories, it should be quiet interesting!!!

They should do a story about all the couples who come to Toronto to get married (it is legal in Canada), that would be interesting....I think Anderson should do it so he can come to Toronto :P (it's all about me in the end people :P)

Etoile Bebe said...

OT, but has anyone else noticed that they have been showing Anderson's "360" ad quite a bit on MSNBC lately!?! I'll bet Olbermann and Abrams pitch a fit everytime they see it!! HA!

ACAnderFan said...

Yes, Megan we know it all comes back to being about you...LOL!!! Just kidding. It would be nice if Andy came to Toronto.

Sex change captial of the world...how interesting.

I'm glad that CNN is focusing on various issues.

The cure for being gay really bothers me. I know some people who are gay, and they don't need to be "cured" there is nothing wrong with them. To me saying that someone needs cured is like saying that being gay is a disease. But each to their own I guess

Em said...

I think the Gary Tuchman interview is a repeat. If so, I loved the teen boy whose parent were dragging him to the conference to "ungay" him! He was a cutie with a great attitude. Seems like he may be one of those children who thrive inspite of the pressures family and society puts on them to be something they are not.

I also wanted to mention how much I have appreciated the great additions to All Things CNN. Thanks all of you and our ladies at ATA for the time you spend keeping us informed. The pressures of my job don't allow me to watch as much CNN as I would like..which is probably a good thing..so I reserve myself for my two hours of AC360 and Larry King if it is interesting. Of course, once the elections really kick it into gear I will be glued to CNN!

By the way, Mr Em bought me a "crack"berry...like I needed another obsession! It really made my day and I loaded ATA on my web browser first thing. Now when I am visiting or traveling with friends and family members who do not appreciate Anderson like we do, I can come to ATA for updates on all the happenings.

The parents were here for a month and #1 son was moving so for the past few weeks it has been hard to make time for my little hobby. Ironically, when the parents left and I said my goodbyes to #1, Anderson took a vacation!! You can imagine how happy I was last week when things returned to normal. The peace and quiet, Mr Em, my pups, ATA, and Anderson...who could ask for anything more!

copperfish said...

I would like to expect an indepth reports on this hot button issue. I think if there's any country in this world that is more liberal in this kind of community, it's the US. I knew of someone who's gay who went to the US with his lover to get married coz' it's not allowed in our country.

It seems that Gary Tuchman's report is a repeat. I don't mind to see a repeat in AC360 once or twice or thrice but more than that I think the show is becoming dull. Being a regular viewer whether AC is on or not as much as possible I'd like to see fresh reports especially as interesting as this issue. I think somehow they owe that to their viewers.

Anonymous said...

I think this is the first time tonight that I have seen the second hour of 360 be a complete repeat of the first hour.

Rather disappointing he isn't live and showing the taped segments like they usually do. Not because he isn't live but it seems bad. Maybe he cut out early tonight

Evelyn said...

I agree, I was so disappointed that the second hour of 360 was a complete repeat of the first :(

Purple Tie said...

It was kind of weird of them to do that? I'm sure there was some reason for it. Ah, the inner workings of TV...

Anonymous said...

Gays in the military...who cares! Our country has faced this issue for a while, so it's a 'dont tell dont ask' type thing. Honestly if I were in the military, I wouldn't care if the person next to me was gay or not, as long as they did their job!

Although I do not have a problem with gay people personally, I do not support the lifestyle, and say what you want but my beliefs have a major part in my reasoning. Therefore I do not believe people are born that way, and that's that...that's my opinion on the matter...agree or disagree we all have the right to do that.