original cartoon courtesy of Time Magazine
I feel like I've been gone from ATA forever. The last time I did a live program post was almost 2 weeks ago. Was Santa Claus good to everyone?
I had quite a mess to clean up at the ATA offices, when I came in this morning. You ladies sure are messy when you party!
I thank Cyn for the fine job and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at ATA's live NYE blog. Next year we'll have to put a limit on the Anderblue martinis.
I've been catching up on posts and comments that I missed while on vacation. I must say I was a bit disappointed at how quick some of you were to criticize CNN, and Anderson, about the Pakistan trip. While I agree it seems odd that AC traveled all the way to Karachi to stand in front of some greenery, and do satellite interviews, we do not have the whole story. What if CNN was promised interviews if they sent one of their major on-air talents? Or what if AC did some filming for a future report? Or just made connections to gather the rest of the story? Even did a little networking so when there is more news he has a trusted source? Any of this, or none of this, is possible. We are not privy to what happens behind the scenes and because of that I think we need to cut AC and his producers a little slack.
We are also not always privy to last minute scheduling decisions about AC360. Sapphire reported, in her Friday night post, that there would be a live AC360 on Saturday night. This information was posted because of advertisements that aired during various CNN programming. I am always sceptical about special editions of AC360 popping up on weekends, but the sourcing on this was sound. Unfortunately, the program was pulled with no explanation. I'm sorry to those of you who count on us to get it right. We try very hard but sometimes even our best efforts aren't enough.
I finally took the time, on Tuesday night, to watch Anderson's New Year's Eve program. I loved Kathy Griffin (but then I knew I would) and hated the musical guests. Very, very lame for a program that usually is cutting edge when it comes to music. John Zarella was such a blast and who knew Sean Callebs could jam? Gary Tuchman needs not apologize for his finish time of 49 minutes. At least he finished. Did you hear AC say his skinny little legs couldn't run a marathon, on Tuesday's AC360. Maybe he needs a new trainer? Any volunteers?
And speaking of AC360's New Year's Eve program did anyone catch AnnieKate's shout out to all of us at ATA? Very, very cool to see the blog on the crawl. I pasted the caps together so the message would be easier to read. Thank you Annie Kate.
Since I had so much catching up to do in this post I'm going to skip over Tuesday's AC360 rather quickly.
•First up was politics in Iowa. I don't know about you, but I'm going to be glued to the caucus results show on Thursday evening. This should be very interesting.
•'What Were They Thinking' was a discussion about the daredevil who made the record breaking motorcycle jump in Vegas on New Year's Eve. Anderson was impressed, but not as impressed as he was with Fonzie's motorcycle jump on Happy Days. Hmmm.... maybe the Fonz was the inspiration for this AC photo of old?
•Jack Hanna has been saying all along that there is more to the tiger attack than meets the eye. I hope, eventually, the facts will emerge. If those boys were taunting the tiger, shame on them.
•And another story that we don't have complete information on is the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Unlike the San Francisco Zoo story I'm not sure we'll ever know who is really responsible.
If you've been with us at ATA for a while you know we offer you the opportunity to download an Anderson Cooper/All Things Anderson calendar every year. This year we've designed something a little different. All the pictures are of AC from the PIP series. I think it is our best calendar yet. You can download by following the link to yousendit. Please let me know if you have any problems with downloading. If you have a dial-up connection be forewarned, it's a large file. Enjoy!