Friday, April 30, 2010

the "Reporter" & Anderson Cooper

Sanjay Gupta was in the anchor chair for Anderson again tonight. The big "Breaking News" is the oil spill that threatens the Gulf Coast. Alabama, as well as Louisiana, is now affected. AC360 explored all the angles; wildlife reserves and fisheries in danger, the Pentagon is mobilizing 6,000 national guard troops, and the search for who to blame -- BP? government regulators? -- seems to me there's enough blame to go around. Also covered tonight; a shooting of a Sherrif's Deputy in Arizona with a suspected illegal immigrant invloved; an Arizona Cop that's taking on the new law, filing a lawsuit calling it unconstitutional; and Sanjay talked breast cancer, mammograms and the "Race For The Cure" with four prominent newswomen.

While I have enjoyed Dr. Gupta in the anchor chair this week, I've missed Anderson... so tonight I bring you Anderson Cooper, version 2005.


A couple of weeks ago I watched a wonderful documentary on HBO called "Reporter" -- it was like watching an hour and a half edition of CNNi's "Backstory" -- on the reporting of Nicholas Kristoff, a two-time Pulitzer Prize -winning columnist for the New York Times. While the documentary focused on Kristoff's reporting on the Congo, it made me think a lot about Anderson and the work he's done throughout Africa over the years. (I think Kristoff would make a wonderful guest for the "Big 360 Interview" some day. I would love to listen to Cooper and Kristoff discuss their reporting experiences.) The documentary talks about Kristoff''s mission to make known the plight of the people of the Congo by sharing individual stories of those affected. Anderson talks a lot about sharing people's stories as being at the heart of his reporting.

"If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at one, I will." -- Mother Teresa. To me, this quote sums up the vision of Cooper's and Kristoff''s reporting.

Below are a few excerpt's from Anderson's Book Dispatches From the Edge, A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival; along with some videos I found on his reporting from Maradi, Niger in 2005 -- wish HBO would have been following Mr. Cooper around during this point in his career. If you've never read AC's book, I highly recommend it; it's an interesting read. If you have read it, but it's been a while, it may be time to pick it up again.

I’m in Maradi, Niger. It’s late July 2005. A few days ago, I was in Rwanda with friends on vacation. I’d gone to see the mountain gorillas and to tour the new genocide museum. Not everyone’s idea of fun perhaps, but I’ve never been very good at taking time off. I burn on beaches, and get bored really quickly. I had a couple of days left in Rwanda, and was watching TV in my hotel room, when a short report came on about starvation in Niger.
“According to a report by the United Nations, 3.5 million Nigerians are at risk of starvation, many of them children,” the news anchor said, then moved on to something else.
I called CNN to see if I could go. My travel companions were pissed off, but not all that surprised. They were used to my bailing out on them at the last minute.
“Why would you want to go to Niger?” one of them asked when I told him of the change of plans.
“Why wouldn’t you want to go?” I responded.
“Um, because I’m normal,” he said, laughing.
I wished I knew how to explain it to them. It’s as if a window opens, and you realize the world has been re-formed. I wanted to see the starvation. I needed to remind myself of its reality. I worry that if I get too comfortable, to complacent, I’ll lose all feeling, all sensation.
The next day, I was on a plane, on my way. I’d been relieved of the burden of vacation. I was in motion once again, hurtling through space. Nothing was certain, but everything was clear.






It’s hard to see the hunger at first. In Niamey, chauffeur-driven Mercedes glide down potholed streets. Business men and bureaucrats shuttle about, car windows firmly shut. A layer of dust seems to coat everything.
“This isn’t a famine, it’s a sham-ine,” I hear one European reporter mutter in the hotel, concerned that the images he’s gathered aren’t going to be what his bosses back in the newsroom are expecting. That’s how TV works. You know the pictures you want, the pictures you are expected to find. Your bosses will be disappointed if you don’t get them, so you scan the hospital beds, looking for the worst, unable to settle for anything less. Merely hungry isn’t good enough. Merely sick won’t warrant more than a cutaway shot.
The hunger is there, of course – you just have to look close. On the drive from Niamey to Maradi are fields of corn, sorghum, and millet. Crops are planted, but harvest is a long way off, and there’s little food to get families through until then. Adults can live off leaves and grass; kids need nutrients and there are none to be had.
“It’s not so bad,” I say to Charlie Moore, my producer, and as soon as the words come out of my mouth, I wish I could take them back.
“It’s bad enough,” he responds, and of course he’s right.
It’s bad enough.






It’s late July 2005. In a makeshift hospital in Maradi, Niger, dozens of mothers sit with their children, waiting to see if they are malnourished enough to be saved. The hospital is run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), a French relief group that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. They are one of my favorite relief organizations because they fearlessly go to the worst places, and they seem far more efficient than the lumbering UN.
The hospital is a few blocks off Maradi’s main drag. This is the third largest city in Niger, but that’s not saying much. Even the capital, Niamey, is a backwater, and it’s a ten-hour drive away. …

In the intensive care ward of the hospital in Maradi, Niger, a four-year-old boy named Aminu lies on a bed. …. Aminu whimpers softly. His mother sits on the bed slowly waving a fan over him to keep the flies away. …"Aminu came in with severe kwashiorkor,” Dr. Tectonidis tells me, lifting part of the gray blanket off the boy’s tiny body. He cries softly at the sudden exposure, but allows Dr. Tectonidis to examine his blistered flesh.
“Water in the tissues, water around the eyes. And his skin is peeling off, because of a zinc deficiency.”
“He’s getting better very fast,” Dr. Tectonidis says… “I’m sure we’re going to save him, if he makes if through another day or two.”
“You mean he could still die,” I ask, surprised.
“Oh yeah,” he says, handing Aminu a tiny sweet. In an hour he can die if he gets too much bacteria in his blood, despite our antibiotics. But he’s had five candies already, and he drinks all his milk. That’s the best sign.” ….

He holds a cup of milk formula to Aminu’s lips, and the boy drinks it eagerly.
“What a life,” the doctor says, his face just a few inches from Aminu’s. “What a life, eh, bambino?” ...

Here they treat the worst cases first. That’s what TV wants as well. The illest, the greatest in need. It’s a sad selection process that happens in your head.
“That child’s bad, but I think we can find worse,” I say to myself, deciding whose suffering merits time on TV. You tell yourself it’s okay, that your motives are good – at the moment you might even believe it. But later, alone, lying in bed, you go over the day and feel like a fraud. Each child’s story is wothy of telling. There shouldn’t be a sliding scale of death. The weight of it is crushing.
They die, I live. It’s such a thin line to cross. Money makes the difference. If you have it, you can always survive, always find a place to stay, something to eat. For the first few days in Maradi, I’m not even hungry. It’s not just the heat, the dust. I’ve become disgusted with myself. My body fat, my health, my minor aches and pains. I brought with me a bagful of food – cans of tuna and Power Bars – but the thought of eating anything makes me want to throw up. That changes, of course. After a couple of days I forget why I’m depriving myself.
They die, I live. It’s the way of the world, the way it’s always been. I used to think that some good would come of my stories, that someone might be moved to act because of what I’d reported. I’m not sure I believe that anymore. One place improves, another falls apart. The map keeps changing; it’s impossible to keep up. No matter how well I write, how truthful my tales, I can’t do anything to save the lives of the children here, now.

“Aminu’s dead.”
Charlie Moore, my producer, tells me when he gets back from the intensive care ward. Aminu was four. Yesterday he seemed better. Yesterday was a long time ago.
“Aminu’s dead.”
That’s all the nurses said. They don’t know exactly what killed him. They don’t do autopsies here in Maradi. No point. No time. Aminu was starving, but that’s not what finally did him in. He’d been sick for months, hospitalized for the last two weeks. His body was riddled with infections. He might have had malaria; his skin was peeling off.
“Aminu’s dead.”
When Charlie tells me, I’m surprised at how shocked I am. We both knew this could happen; it’s just not what I expected. It seems so unfair. Dr. Tectonidis had been optimistic. Aminu had been eating sweets, drinking his milk formula. He’s made it through the worst of his illness. He was going to be our success story, a bundle of hope to end our report after the death of Habu. We both know what this means. We find our cameraman and head back to the hospital. That’s what we’re here for, after all, to document the death. That’s how it works, isn’t it? Tell stories, get pictures, look out for just such poignant moments. It’s not pretty how poignancy is made. ...







Anderson also wrote an article about his reporting in Niger and Aminu's death for Details magazine in their October 2005 issue. Here's a link to that article, now posted on CNN.com





That's it for me tonight -- I hope you all have a great weekend and remember to tune in to 60 Minutes on Sunday night for Anderson's segment, "Smokes" ~ Wonz.

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NYT reports Michael Ware is back with CNN

The entire article is up at ATC:

http://www.allthingscnn.com/2010/04/nyt-reports-michael-ware-back-with-cnn.html


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arizona's Border Battle

I had no intention of blogging 360 tonight, but when more than half of the program focused on Arizona I just had to put my two cents in. If you read here regularly you'll know that I abhor Senate Bill 1070 and am convinced that it will not stand up in court. I was beyond pissed that Arizona's legislature passed it because I knew it would cost the state money we do not have to mount a legal battle to defend the legislation. I still believe all of that but I'm coming to the realization that many of those who voted for the bill and supported the bill knew it probably wouldn't stand up in court BUT they were so fed up with the non action by our Congress that they were willing to take this drastic step to get Washington's, and the nation's, attention. HB1070 has gotten the Dems in Congress off their duffs and they now have a quasi plan. But it is a plan I won't support. I'm siding with Arizona's Congressmen John McCain and John Kyle and their plan for taking back our borders. Their bill calls for completing the border fence and increasing drone surveillance and cameras. They also are calling for 3,000 National Guard members and an additional 3,000 Border Patrol agents to be deployed to the Arizona border.I have never been a huge fan of the border fence until the recent death of Rob Krentz, a Cochise County, AZ cattle rancher. I was very pleased to see Randi Kaye cover the Krentz story on Wednesday's AC360 since this event has really molded the opinions of many in AZ when it comes to what needs to be done. After the death of Rob Krentz last month local media talked with his family and neighbors about what would work to stem the flow of illegals through Southern AZ and what was not working. Almost to a person they all supported the fence and said that where it had been completed crossings were almost nil. Who would know more than the people who own the land and live right on the border? Certainly not the people in Washington, DC.I could have lived without the Shakira interview and the longer I listened the angrier I got. She said that under this law illegals won't be able to use state hospitals, childcare programs and food programs. Am I naive to think that those programs and services are for to benefit of US citizens, not illegals? I don't think I could go to a foreign country and expect to get free health care, childcare and free food if I crossed into their country illegally. And for her to say that our Constitution exists to protect the rights of every human being got me to thinking. Is she right? I always thought it was to protect the rights of US citizens. In my eyes Shakira is doing her cause no favors and she is no spokesperson. And because I feel that I've gypped you a bit by focusing on AZ and not on the rest of the program I've got a clip that is a little gem. AC isn't in it but it's a group of American Morning alum that you'll recognize. Trust me even though Cooper isn't actually in the clip you're going to love it!



That's my abbreviated post for this evening. Wonz will be with you tomorrow night and I hope to see you back here on Monday. Have a good weekend. ~Phebe


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tribute to the Dogs

Another night with Sanjay Cooper at the helm of AC360 and another night of classics from the ATA Archives for my post.
BTW congrats to Sanjay and the 360 team for great ratings on Tuesday night. Gupta beat every single CNN program in the demo. Cooper better watch his back, isn't this what happened to Aaron Brown when he took a vaca and someone sat in for him? ;)I'm going with an all dog theme tonight in honor of my Springer Spaniel, Bailey, who was put to sleep yesterday morning. She was just the best dog and lived a long, wonderful life. It's been a rough few days for our family but life does go on.

Anderson had his dog on 360 back in the good old days of red 360. Here's Molly being 'read' by a pet psychic.



This is one of my favorite clips of AC and dogs. It was right after Katrina and he was trying to do a serious live shot with Paula Zahn.



Also post Katrina Cooper did a 'Dispatch' about the problem of abandoned pets.



There have been more than a few 'The Shots' about dogs. Here are a couple of my favorites, not really because of content but more because of giggles.

August 2009:



February 2009:



November 2009:



And here is a clip from August of 2007 with Anderson and one of Michael Vick's dogs.


And I'll close my post with the picture, taken a few years ago, of my dogs 'watching' AC on television. Actually 2 of the dogs are my son's and 2 my daughter's and I had 2 dogs at the time also but only one agreed to be photographed. What you can't see is my crazy kids dangling a turkey carcase from a fishing pole over the television so the puppies would cooperate.

I'll be in for Julie tomorrow night so I hope to see you then. ~Phebe




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Michael Ware leaves CNN

We won't be seeing any more of Michael on AC360...

In addition to having taken a break recently in order to work on his book, it is no secret that he has been grappling with PTSD, brought on from the hellish years he worked in Baghdad. I was told that, unfortunately, when he needed more time off in order to deal with things, his request was denied. So he will not be returning.

While it is a huge loss for us (and for CNN) I am extremely relieved that he chose to take care of his own needs first. And while I sincerely hope that he will return to US television someday on another network, it is far more important that he gets the care he needs.

His work for CNN over the past four years has been an astonishing and brutally honest look at the causes and results of war. Not easy subject matter to watch… but he made us care. His urgency and passion burst through our television sets and made us pay attention, made us want to understand.

Personally, I will never forget the first time I heard him, speaking with Anderson Cooper via telephone to discuss Saddam Hussein’s trial as well as an article he had just written about an embed he had been on in Ramadi. It wasn’t even five minutes of airtime, but it was riveting. When it was announced that he would be joining CNN, I was delighted, because it meant we would be getting even more insight from him. And that we did — he worked like a stevedore, appearing on CNN at all hours of the day and night to make sure that we knew what was really going on in Iraq. As a viewer, you could tell that it mattered to him that the American people understood the issues in this far-away war of ours. He didn’t give a damn about the politics; he cared about what the grunts were going through and what the innocent Iraqi citizens (whose blood, he had to keep reminding us, is no less valuable than ours) were suffering.

His work was always insightful and informative, and on the too-rare occasions when he was able to do longer-format programs for them, it was like being in a classroom. He knew the material cold and presented it in a way that made it easy to comprehend. He is far from the average buffed-and-polished pretty boy posing for the camera. He’s real. He’s a guy — sorry; a bloke — you’d want to sit down and have a beer with, to ask how he’s doing and how he copes with all the craziness he reports on. And want to ask more about what he knows, what he’s seen, what he’s witnessed … no matter how unpleasant the answers would be to hear.

And exactly how does a news organization justify (to themselves, even!) not giving their war correspondents whatever they need in order to deal with their wounds, whether they are visible ones or not? If ABC had treated Bob Woodruff so callously, there would have been hell to pay. I don’t doubt they wanted him back in the field ASAP — doubly so after losing Christiane Amanpour — but don’t force him to make a choice between getting better and getting paid. That just sucks. Surely it would be better to have him off the air but still yours once he is ready to come back than to have him off the air and someone else’s upon his return? So not only has CNN made a callous move here, they have made a stupid one, as well.

What a tremendous asset he has been to CNN. And how foolish they are to lose him. Especially when the ratings are plummeting and the number of columns about how quickly they are losing stature are multiplying. Although, truly, ratings should not enter into these decisions, and none of us really expect corporations to display a modicum of decency or fairness anymore… Still.

When I first heard the news, I was angry at their foolishness. Now, I’m just sad. They blew it. Their loss will be another network’s gain.

I will, of course, continue to keep track of whatever work he does -- his book or other writings, or if he makes appearances here or in Australia.

When I started my site, he was working for Time magazine. I was delighted when he transitioned to CNN, knowing that it meant we would get more of his remarkable work. And now there will be a new chapter in his career to look forward to ... but only after this brief intermission.

Thanks, Mick ... be well.




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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AC on 60 Minutes May 2nd


Anderson Cooper will profile culinary superstar Jose Andres this Sunday, May 2nd, on CBS's 60 Minutes. Here's a short clip:


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Monday, April 26, 2010

Anderson Cooper & Arthel Neville

Où est-ce que se trouve Anderson Cooper?
(If your French is more proficent than mine, and most everyone's is, corrections would be welcome). I love when Dr. Sanjay Gupta sits in for AC but since this week is a vacation week for Cooper I’m going to take a bye too. It has nothing to do with Gupta and everything to do with stuff going on in my own life. So for the next three nights I’ll be posting some oldies but goodies from the ATA Archives.There has been a lot of talk the last few weeks about who is right for filling Erica Hill’s place on AC360. Anderson has had a long string of funny, smart ladies that he has worked with in the past. One of my favorites was Arthel Neville. Neville joined CNN in 2002 and became the host of "Talk Back Live With Arthel Neville". While at CNN she also anchored morning and daytime news, and co-anchored weekend news with Anderson Cooper from CNN's Atlanta and New York City bureaus. Here’s a couple of clips of AC and Arthel from May 10, 2003 where they talk about Match.com and David Letterman.~Phebe











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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Last Week in Shots ~April 19th - April 23rd

AC and Joe Johns are featured in our puzzle tonight. Joe's reaction to Anderson's teasing about the Willie Nelson clip was priceless!

Click to Mix and Solve


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BTW, tomorrow is "Hug an Aussie" day. In honor of the day, here's a nice pic of Anderson and one of our favorite Aussie journalists.



Until next Sunday, take care of you!






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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Living with Loss

Back in 1996 People Magazine interviewed Gloria about living with loss after the death of Carter. Below is the article. (click pics for larger version). Thanks Tedi B for the find.


ASK ANDERSON COOPER TO TALK about his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and sooner or later he'll tell you the story of his great-great-great-grandfather, New York shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. He had a rowboat, says Cooper, 28, that he used to ferry people from Staten Island to Manhattan, "and he built that rowboat into a steamship line. I think that if push came to shove, my mother would get back in that boat and start rowing."

Gloria Vanderbilt—author, onetime jeans designer and socialite—has indeed spent much of her life crossing troubled waters. She became known to the world as the poor little rich girl when, at 10, she was the prize in a bitter custody battle between her widowed mother and an aunt, who eventually won. She married and divorced three times before losing her fourth and best-loved husband, writer Wyatt Cooper, who died in 1978 at 50 after a series of heart attacks. Then, in July 1988, as she watched helplessly, her son Carter, 23, committed suicide from the terrace of her 14th-floor Manhattan penthouse. "At first you think you will never, ever recover—you want to die," says Vanderbilt, 72. "But you realize you have responsibilities to people."

In A Mother's Story, her soon-to-be-published memoir, she tells how she learned to cope with Carter's death. "I have one friend, who meant well, who said to me, 'It happened, it's past.' It is never past. The more you go over it, the more it helps." Even now, she says, "When I'm walking down a street, I'll look up at a building and count 14 stories. This helps me. It's facing it instead of running away."

On the day that was to be his last, Carter, a Princeton graduate working as an editor at American Heritage magazine, showed up at his mother's opulent penthouse and said he was moving in. Delighted, she didn't question his motives. She had his favorite lunch—spaghetti with her homemade sauce—prepared for two and then, since he said he hadn't slept in several nights, left him to nap on the library sofa. Carter was acting oddly: The day was sweltering, but he wanted the air-conditioning off, and at one point, Vanderbilt writes, he said, "Mom, am I blinking?" Though she had never known him to take illegal drugs, she asked if he were on anything. He answered no.

At about 7 that evening, Carter appeared suddenly in her room, looking dazed. "What's going on?" he kept repeating. Then he dashed out onto the terrace and sat on its wall. Keeping his terrified mother at bay with a rigidly outstretched arm, he asked, "Will I ever feel again?" Desperate, Vanderbilt offered to call the therapist he had begun seeing recently. "Do you know his number?" Carter asked. When she said no, he recited the number and then shouted, "F—k you!"

"He reached out to me at the end," Vanderbilt remembers. "Then he went over, hanging there on the wall, like on a bar in a gymnasium. I said, 'Carter, come back,' and for a minute I thought he'd swing back up. But he let go." A nightmare no parent dares contemplate had, for her, come true.

In replaying the incident during the blur of days that followed, Vanderbilt tried to deny what she had seen. "I thought each person I saw would be the one to bring the message that it hadn't happened," she says. As the reality sank in, she coped by talking to friends, a strategy that went against everything she had learned in childhood. "Rich people don't communicate," she says. "They rise above things."

She also set about looking for answers. The second-youngest of her four sons (she had two by her second husband, conductor Leopold Stokowski), Carter was a precocious child who grew up to be "a perfectionist," she says. "Unseemly behavior horrified him—he would be horrified to think he'd done this." He had broken up with a girlfriend some months before his death and had been under a cognitive therapist's care "for stress, but I don't know many people who haven't been in therapy," Vanderbilt says. "He wasn't being treated for depression."

The culprit, she came to believe, was an inhalant that had been prescribed for Carter's asthma. Vanderbilt says she learned that some asthma medications can cause agitation, insomnia and other central nervous system disturbances. "I was there when he did it, and Carter wasn't himself," she says. "It was as if the medication had snapped him into another dimension."

It was, if nothing else, an explanation she could live with. Three years after Carter's suicide, she began believing she would survive her grief. "I remember sitting in a restaurant one night and drinking a glass of water and feeling like a person," she says. "Until then, you feel you have no skin."

Now at work on another book, about Newport, R.I., Vanderbilt has plenty of reasons to carry on. There is "a man I'm in love with," she says, although she won't divulge more. She and Anderson, a correspondent for ABC News, are "very close," she says, and she delights in her two grandchildren, Abra, 10, and Aurora, 12, the daughters of landscaper Stan Stokowski, 42. (Of son Chris Stokowski, 40, she says only, "He keeps a very low profile.")

Vanderbilt also has new problems to cope with. She sued her former lawyer, who she says formed an illegal company with her former psychiatrist that defrauded her of some $2 million. (Though a court has awarded her the money, she says, legal loopholes have so far prevented her from collecting.) To pay the IRS back taxes she says the same lawyer, also her business manager, never paid, she was recently forced to sell her Southampton, N.Y., summer home as well as her Manhattan town-house and now lives in a smaller, though still comfortable, apartment. "I am not broke," she says.

And it's clear financial woes won't break her spirit. If losing Carter had a positive effect, it was to help her feel less alone when trouble strikes. "His death shattered the glass bubble I've always felt I lived in," she says. "Tragedy happens and people say, 'Why me?' I say, 'Why should I be exempt?' Tragedy connects everyone in the world."

KIM HUBBARD
ANNE LONGLEY in New York City

* Contributors: Anne Longley.


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Friday, April 23, 2010

NYC in the Morning & Atlanta at Night

Anderson Cooper opened tonight’s AC360 with the story of “government watchdogs acting like teenage horn dogs” at work! Anderson quoted various reports of SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission not the “sexual explorers club” as AC made clear) employees watching porn (described as misuse of Govt. computer resources and official time) during work, including one of a Sr. Attorney downloading and watching porn up to 8 hours a day. Think 16 reports of these types of violations in 2008 – when the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme and the failure of Lehman Brothers were happening. Joe Johns was in with more on the story. The names are protected by the privacy laws, but some employees resigned, some were fired and some received a slap on the wrist. – a full range of punishment. And of course now the issue is becoming political because of the debate of securities reform currently underway on Capital Hill. Anderson made sure to say the link on the AC360 website was to the story and not the porn sites!

Gov Jan Brewer of Arizona defied President Obama and signed the toughest anti-immigration bill into law today. President Obama called the law “mis-guided.” The governor says opponents are over-reacting. Miguel Perez, CNN contributor and Rep. John Kavanagh (R) Arizona were in to debate the issue with Anderson. Supporters say the bill won’t lead to racial profiling, but Miguel made the point of who is to say what individual officers will do. Kavanaugh supports the bill and says Miguel is just “wrong.” The question is what “behaviors” will qualify a person to be questioned. Anderson played the role of devil’s advocate for both sides. (I, personally, see all kinds of problems with states trying to take on the role of federal immigration officers based on personal experience in my previous employment. I’m guessing this will not stand the test of the courts.) President Obama has asked the Judicial Department to look at the bill to see if civil rights are being violated.

And then Jeff Toobin joined Anderson (and pretty much supported my beliefs). Toobin stated he doesn’t see reasonable suspicion as the biggest problem, but rather; does AZ have the right to enforce federal immigration law. There is a doctrine of law called “pre-emption” where it says the US Federal Government pre-empts certain area of law and immigration is a classic example. AC pointed out that people feel the federal government has failed, but as Toobin stated that doesn’t change a legal document – you can’t suddenly have a state deciding to take over a federal function. AC and Toobin also discussed “what does an illegal immigrant look like.” Anderson asked Toobin if he thought the Supreme Court would uphold the law and Toobin answered by saying it’s a highly political issue and while the lower courts will likely find the law unconstitutional, in a highly charged political environment it’s hard to predict what the Supreme Court will do.

There was more on the South Park Security Threat. Apparently extra security is on duty at the Comedy Central Offices in NYC. Part 2 of the South Park episode that caused the uproar, aired this week with parts bleeped out by the network. John Avalon and Ayaan Hirsi Ali were in tonight to discuss the latest events with Anderson. Comedy Central censored a speech about fear and intimidation that didn’t mention the Prophet Mohammed. Avalon thinks Comedy Central “over-crossed” the line to protect the show's creators. The issue of free speech was discussed again tonight, as well as giving into the fear. Both felt we need to stand up to the groups inciting the fear.
Part of Anderson’s interview with Dr. Kevorkian was replayed as a segue to the next segment. Assisted suicide is legal in 3 states; Oregon, Washington & Montana. Doctors cannot be present – they can only prescribe the medications. Some doctors in Connecticut are trying to change the law in that state. Randi Kaye was in with the report of a man in CT who is terminally ill and wants to die on his own terms. At the law now stands in CT, doctors who prescribe medications that are used to commit suicide can go to jail. Two doctors are trying to get the law changed.

Next up was a report by Dan Simon about parents who were given 16 months in prison for failure to give their son the medications he needed. He died as a result. This story was covered in a previous post here’s the link. Due to technical issues Simon’s report did not air that night. This story is about the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City, Oregon. The church group turns to religion to treat illness. About 10 years ago a law was passed making it illegal for parents to deny their children medication and as a result there have been investigations into 30 deaths over the last 10 years.

Joe Johns was in tonight with the 360 Bulletins
- search ends for oil rig workers
- new home sales were up 26.9% in March
- Missouri man hits $258M jackpot and buys a used truck
- Brett Michaels is in critical condition after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage
- Sarah Palin testified in the case involving the hacking of her e-mail account
- Hubble telescope turns 20 and provides an amazing new image
- Dog came to the rescue in a fire in Alaska

Tonight’s SHOT was from Anderson’s Co-Hosting appearance on Live with Regis & Kelly this morning. See tonight’s extras for the complete coverage.

Anderson ended the show with a heartfelt goodbye to AC360 Executive Producer Kathleen Friery who is leaving CNN to be a full-time mom to her baby daughter


Tonight's extra's
First a couple of pictures of Anderson on the street with Kelly found on this blog post.





And some more of Anderson on the street today found on this blog post. Remember to click to enlarge images.













And Anderson Co-Hosting Live with Regis & Kelly today.

Host Chat




Trivia Contest




Drew Brees




Kate Gosselin Part 1



Kate Gosselin part 2


Project Runway Winner




Worm Composting & End


And a Web Exclusive courtesy of the Live website.



And a couple more from Host Chat - just because-





A reader made reference to Anderson signaling his producer during an interview last night. Here's the clip.



That's it for me tonight. I hope you all have a good weekend! Wonz~


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