SPECIAL EDITION of AC360 in the LKL hour
Tonight's guests were Ted Nugent, James Carville and Debi Mazar. They discussed a wide range of topics that included the birther controversy, today's reading of the Constitution in the House, the birthright citizenship debate and the BP oil spill.
The second half of the special hour was part 2 of Anderson Cooper's interview with Paula Abdul.
The last segment of the special hour was Piers Morgan Unplugged
The program began with a look back at AC's interview on Wednesday night with Andrew Wakefield about the link between inoculations and autism.
AUTISM, VACCINES, ACCUSATIONS OF FRAUD: Brian Deer (journalist, Sunday Times of London)
PENTAGON CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION, 1,700 potential suspects not checked out: Senator Chuck Grassley (R) Iowa
360 BULLETIN: Joe Johns
WHO KILLED BIGGIE AND TUPAC? Murders of gangster rap icons go unsolved: Ted Rolands reporting
FOLLOW UP: John Walsh
THE RIDICULIST: The Interrupter
Oprah talks about Cooper's new talk show:
Oprah Winfrey held her first press conference today in Pasadena, CA to help launch OWN, her fledgling cable network, Inside TV reported.
Her most compelling quote came at the end of the press conference, when someone asked her to comment on Anderson Cooper’s planned syndicated talk show for the fall and whether he has the potential to become the next Oprah.
“No,” Winfrey said unequivocally. “Will he be the next Anderson Cooper? Yes. This whole idea… it was like me [being asked], ‘Are you going to be the next Phil Donahue?’ I created my own way. I’m a fan of [Cooper's]. Obviously, he’s very talented. It would be interesting to see who does watch him, and what [he'll] do that’s different. And I will be rooting for him. He will not, definitively, will not — what I know for sure — he will not be the next Oprah.”
A few more screengrabs from CNN's NYE broadcast:
Blogger's Commentary: I'm happy to be back to blogging with a brand, spank'in new modem that makes uploading clips so much faster and easier. Now if CNN would give us something clipworthy.
I can't help but comment on the choice of panelists for the 'special' hour of AC360. Ted Nugent isn't objectionable, if the right side must be represented. And any night with Carville isn't all bad but WTF were they thinking when they booked Debi Mazar? She was beyond painful to watch. After her first few disjointed, nonsensical observations I was forced to mute or switch the channel when she spoke. I still am not sure if the B lister had any credentials for being a panelist beyond her sublebrity, I just know I wasn't impressed.
On a personal note: Some of you know, because you follow me on Twitter, that I had a very interesting day on Wednesday. My daughter and I decided to meet at the mall to do some shopping and have lunch. We usually don't hit the malls but the one in Chandler had everything we were looking for (Pottery Barn, Yankee Candle, Williams Sonoma & Nordstroms) all in one stop. We got there around 10:30 and didn't get too far into our shopping experience before all hell broke loose. We never did hear the announcement to exit the mall immediately but when we saw a stampede of people running toward us we knew our quiet day of shopping wasn't going to happen. Funny but at first I thought it was a flash mob and my daughter thought maybe they'd announced a contest or money drop outside the mall. But when we saw the look of terror on people's faces and the swat teams with their rifles we knew something was terribly wrong. We got out before the lock down and continued to run until we were well past the mall parking lot and perimeter stores. By then I think every police car, swat team and helicopter in the whole State of AZ had descended on the mall. It was a scene out of a movie.
We were lucky not only that no one was hurt but also that we weren't stuck in the mall on lock down for 5+ hours. We eventually made our way to our cars and headed home to watch the rest of the drama on television.
When AC360 and other news programs played video people had taken of the evacuation I had a *head desk* moment. It just never dawned on me to pull out my phone and film. Guess from now on I won't question why people who run into AC on the street or in a restaurant don't prove it with pictures. ~ Phebe