John King back in the AC360 anchor chair on Wednesday night. When JK did the rundown of the program's content I was more than a little disappointed. After watching the broadcast the only thing that saved the night for me was the discussion with Michael Ware and David Gergen on Afghanistan. What is it about Wednesdays' AC360? I've had three stinkers in a row. Joe John's opened the program with news that the POTUS did fundraisers and gave supporters access and special treatment. I am shocked I tell you......shocked. I had no idea that those types of things happened in Washington, DC. Paul Begala and Ed Rollins did the follow-up.
This was a ridiculous waste of air time and I agree with Begala, if it was a quid pro quo then it would be news, it's not and so it isn't.Part II of the CSU investigation into the aftermath of the tsunami in American Samoa. Three weeks after the tsunami the local government officials were almost invisible and there was no evidence of the US aid money working to save and rebuild the island.Another follow-up in the next segment, this time on the gang rape of the student in Northern CA. Five suspects are in custody and four could spend the rest of their lives in prison. Jeffery Toobin and Lisa Bloom talked with King about the legalities of the case.Finally we get to some International news about the deadly attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan today, both resulting in deaths. 5 UN workers who were were killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban to send a message against the run off election that will be held in 10 days.
Also in Middle East news was the story about the CIA paying Ahmed Karzai, the drug lord brother of the Afghan President. Joining JK to discuss was Michael Ware, David Gergen and Bob Baer (Intelligence Analyst, Time.com).All three panelists agreed that this payoff should come as no surprise. As Michael Ware said 'I'd be surprised if you (US gov't) weren't paying Karzai's brother'. Gergen added that it's been a standard American tactic to try and buy our way out of a problem rather than fight our way out of a problem. This was a fascinating discussion and if you missed it you should be kicking yourself. Why it was buried at the end of the program is beyond me.Back to politics with Candy Crowley talking about Sarah Palin and Levi Johnson. The only thing this report had going for it was CC. Thank God we didn't have to listen to a follow-up.
I posted Jon Klein's pep talk at ATC today too and we got an anonymous comment that summed things up pretty well. I wanted to share it with all of you:
Moving on Julie found a real treat for us today, and thanks to BA for uploading it too. This video is from Janette Barber's website. From the excitement of the two ladies that spotted Anderson biking I'm guessing they are fans. (This video was posted back in August, it is not from this vacation week.) Take a look:
It's been an odd week here at ATA and happily my weekend has arrived. My DH and the boys are heading out in a few hours for their annual trip to commune with nature. This pilgrimage signals to the women folk of the family that it is time for unbridled shopping and eating out. So I'll be back with you on Monday....many dollars poorer and a few pounds heavier. Have a great weekend everyone. ~Phebe
All Things Anderson is a blog dedicated to CNN's AC360 and its host Anderson Cooper.