SOURCES:RAHM EMANUEL TO LEAVE W.H., Expected to run for Mayor of Chicago: Paul Begala and Alex Castellanos represent the pundits tonight with John King phoning in information from his sources
CAMPAIGN ADS DISTORTING THE TRUTH: the panel returns
You all know how we feel about panels here at ATA but any panel with Begala holds our attention. Tonight we had a few Begalaisms:
• "As a staffer I always prided myself in knowing the difference between the organ grinder and the monkey...... I was just a monkey."
• "Too many voters use the media like a drunk uses a lamp post, you know more for support than illumination."
• quoting De Gualle: The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
SCHOLARSHIP SCANDAL, Rep. Johnson insists she broke no rules: Todd Gillman (Dallas Morning News) and Melanie Sloan (CREW)
TENNESSEE MOSQUE FIGHT, Lawsuit filed: Akbar Ahmed (Chair for Islamic Studies, American U) and Frank Gaffney (Center for Secure Policy) participated in a civil debate, no yelling, just presenting their differing points of view
US SOLDIERS ACCUSED OF MURDER, 5 charged with killing Afghan citizens 'for sport': Drew Griffin, Special Investigative Unit, reporting
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Randi Kaye (hurry back Isha)
In an interview with the new CNN boss, Ken Jauzt, Georg Szalai asked about Cooper:
HOW IMPORTANT IS ANDERSON COOPER TO THE CNN LINEUP AND BRAND?
Jautz: Extremely. Anderson Cooper is the standard bearer for the type of journalism that CNN has become famous for and that we want to continue to be known for. One of the most memorable stories this year was Haiti, and nobody covered it as comprehensively as CNN, and nobody did as brilliant a job while covering it as Anderson Cooper or Sanjay Gupta and their teams.
We'll title this one: THE CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN:
I'm sure TJ Holmes would never presume to give Anderson Cooper fashion advice (in this case he certainly could) BUT we will. If you are going to wear jeans to work get jeans that are the proper wash to wear with a suit coat and the right fit and length (without rolling them up like you did last week). And loose the tennies. If that is asking too much then stay seated behind a desk, please. The shirt, jacket and tie probably cost more than most of our paychecks but looking put together from the waist up just isn't enough for the face of CNN.