Alina Cho was in with the report of Phoebe Prince and what the school has been doing. The school released a statement saying they have taken disciplinary action, but none of the 9 charged in Phoebe’s death have been officially expelled, though some or all have left voluntarily. Parents are upset and claim they have been speaking out for years, but the administration didn’t listen.
Queen Bees and Wannabes’ author Rosalind Wiseman was in the studio to talk to Anderson. She created an anti-bullying program called “Owning Up”. Anderson pointed out that the computer allows bullying 24 hours a day. But Wiseman said the big issue is how do you teach children to believe in adults, so they feel comfortable talking to adults when they have a problem. She said you need to give teacher’s concrete skills to deal with bullying, and also need to train parents how to deal with the problem, otherwise the kids with social power run the school.
The parents (along with their pastor) of Jon Carmicheal, the 13 year old boy who hanged himself this past Sunday, spoke with Anderson about what their son endured prior to taking his life. The school said they knew nothing about what was going on and Jon didn’t want his parents to do anything for fear of retaliation. It was a heartbreaking interview to watch, but the parents wanted Jon’s story told in the hopes of helping others.
8 members of the Hutaree Militia pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they were attempting to launch a violent revolution against the US. This story seems to just get crazier by the day. I loved AC’s comment that they were not “brain surgeons!”
The Hutaree Operation Plans included:
*The group wanted to create a country carved from four Michigan Counties, then defend it as the “One World Order.”
*Bombs were made from cardboard tubes containing some explosive material, but no shrapnel
*There was an audio tape of Tina Stone telling her son he needed to find work and his reply was “I can’t get a job, I’m preparing for war.” And her reply was “Well I’m preparing for war but I still have a job.”
There are competing versions of what was going on inside the “church” and Anderson questioned, why the police weren’t called. Those who have come forward are accused of working together to destroy the “church.” CNN received dozens of e-mails, declarations and affidavits from current and former Scientologists defending the “church” and it’s leader, David Miscavige, and attacking the credibility of those who have spoken out. They accuse Marty Rathbun and others of being the violent ones. Parts of AC’s interview with Marty Rathbun were shown, but the part I found most interesting video of a rather heated discussion between AC and leaders of the “church” over why if Rathbun was so violent, wasn’t it reported to Miscavige and the police. Apparently the violence took place over a period of four years and they said Miscavige “wasn’t there” and AC asked “didn’t you have a phone?” AC became rather animated during the discussion. He summed up the situation saying “…no physical evidence proving former scientologists' charges – just an affidavit supporting Miscavige and attacking his critics which cannot be verified. But surprisingly though they disagree on who was perpetrating it, both sides describe a work environment within the “church” where punching, choking, and kicking as a means of discipline and intimidation occurred on numerous occasions and no one ever filed criminal charges or even called the police.” The leaders' response was that it was treated as an internal matter. Anderson then made the comparison that if his boss beat him up and the head of Time Warner said we are going to treat it as an internal matter, it would be pretty shocking!” Stay tuned for more on this subject tomorrow night and Friday night.
- At a day long UN Conference long term aid for Haiti was secured. 3 dozen nations pledged $10 billion dollars in aid, with the US promising $1.5 billion of the total.
- New Russia Bombings – 2 bombs killed at least 12 people today
- New video was released on-line of a man claiming he ordered the Moscow subway attacks
- Stocks fell today, but posted a strong first quarter. The Dow has it’s best first quarter sine 1999 and it’s fourth straight quarter of gain.
- Toads may be able to predict earthquakes.
- New details on the trainer attacked and killed at SeaWorld – the autopsy was released today.
- Jesse James is entering rehab to deal with his personal issues.
- New development over “Climategate” – the scientist accused of data tampering to heighten the threat of global warming was cleared of any wrongdoing.
- A woman claims she was cheated out of $42 million dollars after winning the jackpot on a penny slot machine. The casino said the jackpot was a mistake, the gaming authorities are investigating, the woman wants her money, but all she has received so far is a free breakfast.
Soledad_OBrien "tweeted" this tonight - Off to atlanta. Working on a project w anderson that will be unveiled in a week long series next month abt perceptions of race. #fb
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Jason Beghe Tells Me to Shut the Hell Up About Anderson Cooper's Scientology SpecialBy Tony Ortega, Friday, Mar. 26 2010
Just had a great conversation with Jason Beghe, the actor who famously defected from Scientology two years ago.
He understands the point I made yesterday -- that it irks me when Anderson Cooper announces that he's holding one hand behind his back as he goes into a boxing match with Scientology. Cooper said that while his special series looks at allegations of violence by Scientology's supreme leader, David Miscavige, he wouldn't be looking at the beliefs of Scientologists themselves.
I called that a big, fat mistake, and in the comments to the post, I added that it would be like doing a story revealing that John Gotti beat up his lieutenants, without mentioning that they were part of something called a mafia that extorted people.
Well, Beghe admitted that I had a point, but he also told me to shut the hell up.
Any story on a mainstream outlet like CNN which brings light to the nefarious nature of Scientology is a good thing, he says.
"It's like the health care bill. It doesn't really go far enough, but at least it's something. And it's important to get it out there."
Beghe went on to say that he's surprised the show is appearing at all. "I thought the thing was dead," he says. "It was ready a year ago, and had been held up all that time by attorneys on both sides."
Well, it's good to hear CNN's legal team finally grew a pair.
OK, Jason, we'll just shut up now and watch next week's special series, which begins airing on Monday.
From SCTonline.net -- The online companion to The Scott County Times (Mississippi)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Last modified Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:27 PM CDT
Anderson Cooper will visit Scott County
By CHRIS ALLEN BAKER, News Editor
FOREST — During an upcoming visit to the South, CNN broadcast news journalist Anderson Cooper is making a stop in Scott County within the next two months as part of an effort to help raise funds for the new Forest Public Library shelving campaign.
Cooper, who has family ties to Forest through cousins who live here, is expected to visit on Friday, May 14, according to family members who confirmed the visit late last week. He is expected to speak for one hour, from noon to 1 p.m., that day. He is expected to serve as a commencement speaker at Tulane University the next day.
A family spokesperson said Monday that Cooper, a book author in addition to broadcast journalist, will speak for approximately 30 minutes and take questions from the audience. Attempts to use the Forest Elementary Auditorium fell through on Tuesday but organizers were seeking a new location.
Cooper’s visit is the result of his local family’s membership in the Friends of the Forest Library organization which is conducting a fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 for shelving for the new library facility expected to be completed this summer. The family spokesperson said an invitation was extended to Anderson, who has visited Mississippi frequently, to make a public appearance.
Further details of his visit were still incomplete as of press time.
According to his CNN biography, Cooper anchors “Anderson Cooper 360°,” an award-winning provocative alternative on CNN/U.S. each weekday to the typical network evening newscast. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq and then to a two-hour, late evening timeslot in November 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, where he spent more than a month along the U.S. Gulf Coast and has returned regularly.
His reporting has also taken him abroad to Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico and London. Additional international correspondence assignments during his career have included Bosnia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Vietnam.
He also anchored much of CNN’s live coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican City in 2005 and traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami in 2004.
His book, Dispatches from the Edge, are memoirs about covering the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and other news events, has topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and other bestseller charts.
Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, The Mole, among his ABC assignments.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, in New York City, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, and is the great-great-great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping fortune.
All Things Anderson is a blog dedicated to CNN's AC360 and its host Anderson Cooper.