John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair and AC360 tweeted the following:
This blogger is doing a head desk reading the above tweets. How do you go from coverage of a memorial service for a world leader who changed the course of history to the above topics in a few hours? FYI - Congress has not reached a budget deal; but rather a bi-partisan committee has reached a deal which now must be sold to both the House and the Senate... (I learned this from watching a NEWS broadcast.) And really, leave the crack smoking Toronto mayor to the tabloids; unless you are using it to introduce a segment as to why the US Congressmen from FL, busted for Cocaine in a DC sting, is on a leave-of-absence and in rehab vs. resigning from Congress and in jail like an ordinary US citizen. Topics like the above are what has CNN in a ratings tailspin. It doesn't matter who they put in the anchor chair if this is the type of story selection they chose to air. How much more interesting would the program have been if Anderson had been able to stay in SA and interviewed people who attended the memorial service and talked about how Mandela and the end of apartheid in SA had changed their lives? Paul Begala wrote a wonderful post for CNN.com today and could have been a good guest with a unique perspective. Contrary to what some people think, things happening outside the U.S. do have an effect on us and Paul's post is a wonderful example. I like to be educated and hear people's stories, not fed political talking points and stories better left to the tabloids. - Wonz.