Wednesday's AC360 was almost entirely devoted to Senator Edward Kennedy. It's got to be tough to go last after a day of non-stop Kennedy coverage and yet keep it fresh. But 360 managed to do that with reports by Tom Foreman, Erica Hill, Joe Johns and Randi Kaye. And there were discussions with David Gergen, John King, Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Douglas Brinkley, a Presidential Historian.
Thanks to Julie for finding the picture of Anderson, Barry Diller and Dominick Dunne taken at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in LA, circa 2004.
Anderson did a beautiful tribute at the end of the program for his friend Dominick Dunne. Dunne died Wednesday, of bladder cancer, at the age of 83. If you missed it here's the clip.
I found some irony in my night on Wednesday. While I watched 360, I participated in a phone-in Town Hall with my Congressman. The subject was health insurance reform (he made it very clear that we are reforming health insurance, not health care). I found it ironic because as I watched Teddy Kennedy's life examined in detail on CNN I was participating in a discussion of his greatest passion and dream.
I was given an invitation, by phone, yesterday and told that I would receive a call at 6:30 tonight. I was free to just listen to other people who had joined in the Town Hall, all by phone, or I could press 0 to get in the queue to ask a question. Periodically Congressman Mitchell would ask a poll question and, if you chose to answer, you would push a button on your phone registering your opinion/situation. While some of the people were very annoying (and probably Republican) most asked intelligent questions and were very well informed.
I'm not sure if this phone-in Town Hall has be utilized by other Congressmen/women, but for me it was a success. No yelling and arguing, no sitting on uncomfortable folding chairs for hours and no braving the sweltering Phoenix heat to hear the debate and register your opinion. If you ever have the chance to participate give it a try.
It is almost a given that if AC360 plans a road trip there will be a big breaking news story. Anderson Cooper is slated to broadcast live from New Orleans on Thursday and Friday nights this week. Senator Kennedy's body will lie in repose at the Kennedy Library in Boston on Thursday and Friday night is the wake, with the funeral on Saturday (wasn't that the original date for MJ's funeral?).
I think if NOLA hadn't been scheduled AC might have been in Boston on Thursday and Friday evening, but of course I'm just guessing. I did come across one conflicting bit of information today, about the NOLA broadcasts. The Times-Picayune (the NOLA newspaper) reported that AC360 will broadcast from New Orleans on Thursday, with no mention of Friday. We'll find out soon enough.
That's it for me this week. We've got a busy weekend in Casa Phebe, it's my daughter's birthday. I need to bake a cake, cook a big family dinner and get the presents bought and wrapped. Whew, I'm tired already. Have a great weekend everyone. ~Phebe
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