I'm off to a late start tonight and I missed both the live program and the repeat so I'll be speed blogging tonight. For that I'm sad because I love when John King is in the AC360 anchor chair. But a girl has to get her beauty sleep! And speaking of beauty, Mr. King looked fabulous on Wednesday night. I'm not sure who wins the battle of the plaid dress shirt, I'm calling it a tie (no pun intended).
•Can you believe that the far right has labeled Sotomayor a racist? Candy Crowley gave us the very 'Raw Politics'. Sotomayor's statement about a Latino woman making decisions vs that of a white male was controversial, but her record reflects her ability to dispense justice according to the letter of the law. Alex Castellanos and Maria Echaveste (former WH deputy Cheif of Staff) discussed the racist label with John King.• The stalemate with North Korea was topic number one at the dinner I attended tonight. I was shocked to hear several of those in attendance say we should just nuke North Korea and be done with them. Cooler heads prevailed on AC360 in Retired Brig. General David Grange and Mike Chanoy (author of 'Meltdown'). Grange was almost Pollyannish in his analysis of the situation, Chanoy explained it was posturing by the North Korean leader to position his son to follow in his footsteps.
• Is the recession over? Economists are saying the recession will end later this year. Ali Velshi reported from GM headquarters with the good news (housing sales are up) and the bad (GM will file for bankruptcy on Monday). Erica Hill's 360 News and Business Bulletin:
•3 suspects are in custody for the bombing in Jahore, Pakistan
•An America soldier was killed in Baghdad today bringing May death toll to 20
•305 Banks and Thrifts are on the troubled list
•Maryland has replaced lawn mowers with goats on some State highways
• Drew Peterson is now a comedian? The man is nuts
• A white tiger in New Zealand mauled its keeper in front of tourists
• Adam Lambert fans are not going quietly into the night. Cries of voter fraud are being heard
• Robert Gibbs is the funniest Press Secretary in recent history
•Tom Foreman took a look at the continuing controversy about California's Prop 8. George Bush's Solicitor General Ted Olson and Al Gore's lawyer David Bois (both who handled the Florida recount) have joined forces to oppose the California proposition and try to get it overturned in Federal court. Thank God for men like this who recognize and are willing to fight for equality for everyone of us.•Joe John's 'Crime & Punishment' report centered on an attorney Paul Bergrin who is now on the wrong side of the law. He is accused of witness intimidation and possible murder of a witness.
•'The Shot' was of men chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill in England. I love John King but he and Erica should just skip the banter....it's strained and not funny. Wonder what's happened to 'Beat 360'?
I read with interest some of the comments today criticizing those who say they enjoy John King's reporting over Anderson's. I really don't want to get into a big brouhaha BUT I did want to add my two cents worth and please remember this is strictly my opinion. I admire both JK and AC as reporters and anchors and think that both have different strengths and weaknesses. John King has paid his dues in Washington and has incredible contacts with those in government. In my opinion, Anderson is more visible and famous beyond the news business but must sometimes rely on CNN and/or his producers for access to the inner circle since he has not spent the time in Washington that King has. But conversely Anderson has contacts among the movers and shakers in this country (IE Oprah, Bill Gates, etc) that John King will never have. I read recently a complaint by Roland Martin that CNN didn't work hard enough to secure important political guests for him when he subbed for Campbell. Maybe that too is the case with Anderson. We'll never know. But when JK is in the chair I do think that some of the guest and panelists are of a higher quality then those that 360 usually gets. Again, just my opinion.
I'll be back to do it all again on Thursday, hope you'll be here too. ~Phebe
All Things Anderson is a blog dedicated to CNN's AC360 and its host Anderson Cooper.