Wednesday's AC360 again opened with 'Breaking News' in the Michael Jackson case. Randi Kaye reported from LA that Jackson's doctor is in danger of losing his Las Vegas home. You all know I'm not a fan of all the MJ news but Randi Kaye is really showing what a terrific reporter she is and how well she develops and works her sources. Digging Deeper tonight was with Jamie Floyd and Jeffery Toobin, who were in the studio with AC. I was a bit surprised that AC and the panelists had never heard about Michael's supposed love child. The young man spent a lot of time living at Neverland, as a child, with his mother according to the tabloid programs.In a story related to the MJ case Dr. Gupta did some pharmacy shopping for narcotic prescriptions. As he said, the simple way to solve this problem is a national tracking system. President Bush proposed it but funding was never issued. 360 aired a portion of the press conference given by the 911 caller in the Gates/Crowley case. This led into a report, by Gary Tuchman, of a race war in Paris, Texas, between Whites and members of the New Black Panther Party.Tom Foreman caught us up on the progress of health care reform. It looks like any final compromise will have to wait until September. When Congress heads home in August I'm sure they'll get an earful from their constituents. Candy Crowley then talked with AC about the reality of the health plan and answered a viewer's text question.The tanning bed story was next up, with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. If you watched AC on Regis & Kelly this morning, you know that they discussed it too. Take the time to watch the host chat (posted below) and you'll see they embarrassed Anderson by showing his spray-on tan segment.
Erica Hill was at the 360 Bulletin desk and Beat 360 was back. Maybe we can still hope for the web cam to return too?
All in all it was a much better program than we've been getting, IMO. Still too much Michael Jackson for my taste, but a great bunch of reports followed the MJ updates.
Regis & Kelly: First we'll start with the host chat (tons of gratitude to Sapphire for the upload):
The only human guests for the program were the Bachelorette and her fiance. Usually it doesn't creep me out when celebrities tell AC they have a crush on him. This time it did, maybe because she was newly engaged and there with her man?
Here are a couple of screencaps from the ugly dog segment:
And the program ended with AC trying mustard for the first time:
A few items of interest to share with you:
• Anderson will host the New Yorkers For Children 10th Annual Fall Gala on September 22. The event will be held at Cipriani 42 in New York City and will honor Mary J. Blige for her work in founding FFAWN, an organization that aims to help all women gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their full individual potential.
• Michael Ware will be a guest on HBO's Bill Maher show Friday night, this week. If you don't subscribe to HBO Cyn will have the highlight's of MW's appearance for you in the coming days.
• A reader sent us a link to an interview AC did with Brad Goldfarb. It's a lengthy q & a that was published by Interview in 2004.Good reading.
That's it for me tonight. Another appearance for Anderson on Regis & Kelly tomorrow, and we'll have it covered for you. Hope to see you back here soon. ~Phebe