Thursday, October 30, 2008

5 Days and Counting.....

I come bearing gifts so hopefully you will forgive me for not spending too much time on Wednesday's AC360. This will be the speed version.

• As we suspected most of the night was spent talking about McCain's interview with Larry King and Obama's infomercial. I didn't watch either (remember I've already voted?) so it was all new (but not very interesting) to me.
• Candy Crowley was on the trail with Obama (Florida) and Dana Bash with McCain (Ohio).
• Tom Foreman did some fact checking of the candidates talking points and also of Obama's infomerical.• Strategy Session was with David Gergen, Gloria Borger and Marie Teresa Petersen. My screengrab is a little silly, but don't you just love how The Gerg is looking at Borger like she's a nut job?• John King was back at the magic map and the Obama numbers are looking pretty good. I was shocked today to read in my local paper that Arizona (John McCain's home State) isn't a shoe in for Mac. CNN continues to show AZ as red but maybe it will turn to pink?
•Joe Johns looked at who does the polls and how they set the parameters. Seems there are so many variables that we won't know if the polls are accurate until the election is over.
• AC360 was live for the second hour also with most of the time being spent broadcasting the Clinton/Obama rally in Florida. It was wonderful to listen to Bill Clinton speak again. I'd vote him back into office tomorrow if I could.
• And the best of the night was Ms. Erica Hill and her red scarf. I think there will be a run on that fashion accessory today!

I've had my copy of the Best Life magazine for over a week now and kept forgetting to scan the article and additional pictures for all of you. Just click on the picture to enlarge the page for reading and enjoy.

And for those of you who asked, here is the large version of the black and white photo and an additional photo from the page of contents and the color one we've blogged before. Again click to enlarge.
So that's it for me tonight, I hope I'm forgiven for the abbreviated synopsis of the program. I cannot wait for this to be over and to get back to polygamy, perverts and even some Paris!~Phebe

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Anonymous said...

someone explain to me why the media pounded palin for spending 150,000 dollars on "uneccessary" wardrobe....but now Obama spends what is estimated from one source that i found to be 4 million (which makes sense if you think about it, 1 mil for every station, and i saw it plastered on at least 4 here) to spill the same "stuff" i only watched part of it got bored b/c it was nothing new and turned it. i have already voted as well, but i would like to think that the media would "keep them honest" especially with anderson cooper...but maybe i missed something.

Anonymous said...

Phebe, thanks so much for scanning the article and photos of AC. He really looks charming in the alternate cover wearing the gray suit. You can tell he has modeled.
I do take issue with you as far as having Bill back. Clinton passed NAFTA: hence the beginning of out sourcing and just this past weekend, on 60 Minutes, it was on HIS WATCH, that the "mortgage swap crisis," began. It is also referred to as the "credit default swaps," which was illegal up until the year 2000, just before he left office. So he knew about it and gave it his blessing. He is no innocent "babe in the woods," when it comes to this financial melt down. Bill Clinton helped create the Wall Street casino along with his friend Alan Greenspan. If you doubt this just check the 60 Minute transcripts from this past Sunday.
The only thing I do thank him for is helping Obama. But then again, he did it for his Party and his next position....and so it goes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting that clip. I had a good laugh, sort of surprised with John King's reaction. They're all so silly.

Speaking of silly, Jack Gray was on the webcast. He's so funny. AC had a chance to "finally meet" Jack. Remember on the blog he said he was going to fire Jack if he knew who he was. AC joined Erica and Jack on the webcast and asked who he was. Jack introduced himself as Lou Dobbs, and they shook hands. LOL! He also says he goes to Anderson's bar in his office in between blogs. He says AC has lots of gin! That guy's hilarious! John King also joined them for a while. I wish he could be on regularly.

Anonymous said...

I was disappointed in Tom Foreman's report about Khalidi; he spent too much time on Obama's tenuous links to the man, too little time stating it was a bogus desparate ploy by the Repulicans.
Although Foreman also stated their was a tenuous link between Khalidi and McCain (a group McCain belonged to gave lots of money to Khalidi's group), equal time should have been given to both sides.

Good to see John King back with his map.

Thanks for the extra photos of Anderson from the magazine.


ACAnderFan said...

I will be so glad when this election is over. Then maybe 360 can be interesting again. Last nite's 360 did not interest me at all.

The best part of the program was Erica Hill and the red scarf. I love the lighter moments.

I don't see how anyone can still be undecided at this point. We know where the candidates stand. You should know by now who you support and agree with.

Phebe said...

@anonymous 10:13, You are so right that the credit default swap bill got us into this mess. The bill was sponsored by Republican Phil Graham and passed unanimously by Congress right before the Christmas recess in 2000. Bill Clinton was the lame duck President at the time, and he signed the bill into law. (I don't think I've ever heard of a President not signing into law a Bill that passed unanimously.) Graham is the one who we should be pointing fingers at not Bill Clinton.
As to NAFTA I have to agree with you. It was not Bill's finest moment by a long shot.

QuotidianEditorialist said...

The show was eh, last night, but what made it for me was the red scarf moment (thanks for the clip!) and Jack Gray. However, I think I take issue with the fact that he and Anderson have never met. How is that possible? If the guy is an Associate Producer on Anderson's show, there is no way Anderson has not met him. You know darned well that they do not hire people without having them meet the big cheese. Come on. I am not that gullible. Another little fib? I don't get what that was all about.

Forgive me for being cranky. I had a very negative political experience last night and I am still very ticked off about it. If I may, I would like to get others opinions on it:

I attended a political event at my church. There were actual reps from both campaigns, higher ups no less and they were all faith based persons with credentials galore. The discussion turned to same sex marriage and both sides presented their views and they agree. Then the McCain woman said this: "but you will never see McCain info being handed out at a Gay Pride Parade"!! She got all high and mighty and attacked the Obama people when they said nothing! OMG I freaked out, grabbed my stuff and stormed out. So what, I wanted to ask her - those folks are not Americans like the rest of us, with the right to have info on the candidate of their choosing? And I also assume that John McCain will not accept votes from a gay Americans as well? Suffice it to say that I got the looks when I walked out and I was so furious that I do not even remember the drive home.

All I can say is, people, please really think about whom you are going to vote for. The last thing we need in this country is that type of hatred. God it made me SICK!

And if any of you think that I over-reacted, feel free to tell me. Thanks!

Sorry, and Phebe if you cannot post this I understand. I just had to get that out. Apologies.

snooks said...

Phebe - thanks for scanning the article and the great pics of Anderson

Another act of desperation by the GOP bringing up Khalidi and the arbitor of ethics Palin calling out the LA Times for a story that was 6 months old based upon something that happened 5 years ago - they still don't get it - people care about the economy only the conservative base buys this crap - last night they were bitching that Barack bought national TV time - please - they only wish they had the money to do the same

It was great to see Clinton out with Obama - he should have been doing this since the convention but better late than never

Early reports here in Florida are saying that Democrats are early voting 2 to 1 over the GOP

Phebe you are so right about Phil Grahm - he followed Reagan who destroyed the Savings and Loan industry - by setting the groundwork for destroying the remainder of the financial industry - I agree it was not one of Clinton's finest moments but the Republicans are responsible for this mess and have been since the 80's

Can't wait to see what slop McCain and crew try to throw today

snooks said...

The New Republic online has an article about reporters covering the campaigns - Candy Crowley among others are interviewed - I miss her blog posts

Anonymous said...

Jack Grey is one element that has been missing from 360 for a long time - humor. Maybe, please lord, once the election. inauguration is finished it will return, but until then more JG please.

When Clinton was in office we had a budget surplus which was gone in the first term of the Bush Admin. Obama may have spent millions on the "infomercial", but I believe he got his point across, I only wish it had been done earlier in the campaign.

Anonymous said...

both parties are to blame for the economic crisis we were in. as president bill shouldn't have been the "Lame duck" he should have done his job. He signed it, he's just as much to blame.

i'm democrat but at least i can see the flaws in my party and i'm willing to not let "party affiliation" cause me to bias in anyway. I'm glad I'm not tied down to a particular party in the general election even though I declared a party in the primaries... I can at least weigh the options and choose the lesser of two evils because i can honestly say i dont like either one!

Anonymous said...

I don't do the webcast so it is disappointing that those who don't really missed out on meeting Jack (even if he was drunk!).

I realize they are aiming for the big demo numbers and they probably figure people in that age range are webbing and blogging and all of that. Just that for whatever the reason is not everyone blogs and views the webcasts.

@PatiMc 5:43: Anderson really does know who Jack is, he is just messing around.

Anonymous said...

pebbles 10:16 PM: I think Anderson was surprised at John King's reaction too.

Anonymous said...

Anderson was biting his nails and hangnails last night on his webcam. Maybe he needs a manicure.

Anonymous said...

I already have a red winter scarf, and I went and got it and wore it for the rest of the show! What a great bit - and thank you, John King, for shaking things up a bit and being spontaneous - not a term 360 is as familiar with as I would like, recently.

After nearly two years of a national campaign, in which Obama has organized, directed, planned and executed what even Replublican pundits are calling one of the best run campaigns they've ever seen - McCain/Palin is still trying to hang the "has no executive experience" label on him. Obama raised more money than McCain by nearly 5/1, so of course he can spend $4 mil on TV. Millions more people have contributed to his campaign than to McCain's. Let's hope that translates in to millions more votes!

Anon 10:13pm was right about Andy's modeling background serving him well in the present. The only thing I don't like about that is that his gaze and facial expression are always the same - piercing, almost emotionless, just like a model would look. That's why I am particularly fond of the interior portrait in Best Life - no tie, up close and personal, no artifice, or at least less. That's a great Shot! MIO

Anonymous said...

It was great to see AC360 for a full 2 hours last
night, except CNN gave too much face time to
John McCain. CNN has not caught on that viewers
are sick of the GOP and the angry conservatives
who show up on cable news.

aries moon said...

I do wonder what 360's criteria is when they choose to do an investigative report - they seemed to jump on the Khalidi thing right away, but have never shown a bit of interest in Sarah Palin's association with the Alaska Independence Party, which I thought merited at least some coverage. Odd that McCain would bring up Khalidi when the group he was chairman of gave many substantial grants to Khalidi's reasearch center - Tom Foreman seemed to be minimizing McCain's relationship with Khalidi, IMO.

Thanks to everyone who posted about Jack Gray's webcast debut. When Anderson posted that comment in Jack's blog post a few weeks ago about how if he only knew who Jack was, he'd fire him - I figured that Jack would seize on that somehow when he did "meet" Anderson. I know AC was joking about not knowing Jack, but they do seem to have a ton of producers and associate producers on 360.

My favorite lighter moment on the show was Anderson's indifferent reaction to Erica's "sexy" red scarf - John King liked it, but AC wasn't moved a bit - Erica, you need to stop trying honey.... ;)

Anonymous said...

okay so the surplus is gone but neither candidate is going to help that.

Quoted from a fact source:
Independent analysts say both Obama and Republican John McCain would deepen the deficit. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates Obama's policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years — and that analysis accepts the savings he claims from spending cuts. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, whose other findings have been quoted approvingly by the Obama campaign, says: "Both John McCain and Barack Obama have proposed tax plans that would substantially increase the national debt over the next 10 years." The analysis goes on to say: "Neither candidate's plan would significantly increase economic growth unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases that the campaigns have not specified."

hope that's not the only reason people are voting either way!

Anonymous said...

OK this is a little off topic, but if you are at work you won't see it. I tuned into Rick Sanchez this afternoon and he had a McCain supporter on taking about the video that the LA Times has of Obama and Kalihdi(sp) together. The supporter stated that Obama pals around with Palestinian supporters and Rick said that he named one, but could he name another. The guy danced around the question, but Rick kept at him, finally the guy said well we know who number one is and Rick said give us the name and the guy kept saying you know who he is. Rick kept saying tell us, but the guy refused. Rick finally gave up and said good bye to the guy.

Lets see Campbell tried to get at the truth McCain's supporters sidestepped the issue, Rick tried again and again the old side step. I haven't seen this much fancy footwork since Dancing with the Stars. Way to go CNN trying to keep em honest and let the voters see what is going on.

Sorry this is so long, but I had to type fast and furious while it was still fresh in my mind

Kristien said...

I liked the show and I would have loved to have been able to see the second hour, I wanted to hear Bill Clinton and Obama together.
I also wish that I could have seen Obama's infomercial, it looked great from the bits they showed on 360.

I loved John King's reaction at the map right before they went to a commercial break, he looked a bit sorry for hooting Erica, lol.

@Pati: I would have left too, your reaction was understandble.
I think that Anderson is just pretending not to know Jack, I'm pretty sure they've met.

I really hope that they post the Webcast, I want to see Jack!

Thanks for the scans Phebe, next week I can finally collect my issue of Best Life.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what all the fuss is about Jack Gray!!!

Anonymous said...

It was extremely exciting to watch President Clinton and Sen. Obama on the same stage. President Clinton still has the ability to capture and hold the attention of his audience like no other. I do enjoy listening to and watching him speaks. He really is passionate, articulate, captivating and engaging in his dialogue with his audience! Weather he has changed the minds of anyone at this late date, it’s yet unknown, but what an inspirational and passionate individual.

Anonymous said...

This anon 10:13 PM and I agree with 7:59 AM: Clinton is at fault for signing something he knew would wreck havoc on the economy in the future. The worst part is, and I'm no great fan of George W., it all seemingly came to pass under the GOP. "Just push it on through and let the next administration take care of it." Clinton gave with one hand and took away with the other and every time he says "Look at the great economy I gave you," well some of us know better. He wasn't called "Slick Willie" for nothing and that....will stick.

Anonymous said...

So John King does have a sense of humor, but it's not about the magic map.

Anonymous said...

So John King does have a sense of humor, but it's not about the magic map.

aries moon said...

The world has truly turned upside down when RICK SANCHEZ, for heaven's sake, is actually kicking ass with his questioning of politicians and their mouthpieces - I can't believe I'm saying it, but he has begun to grow on me and I wish Anderson would really dig in and do some hard questioning of some of these political figures - he goes too easy on them, particularly when it comes to McCain and Palin. And whatever negative comments I said about Campbell Brown in the past, I take back, because she's also been impressive since she started calling people out on their B.S.

Anonymous said...

I think Anderson comes across as being soft on interviewing is that he tries to be polite and stay away from yelling and confrontation.

aries moon said...

I appreciate the fact that Anderson doesn't want to get into screaming matches with his guests and keep the tone of his show civilized, but I think it's possible to be tough and smart in your questioning of political figures without resorting to hysterics and I don't think he does enough of that. His excellent interview with Scott McClellan was a good example of what he can do when he really wants to dig deeper.

ACAnderFan said...

Looks like we're getting another two hour 360 tonite. I hope it's better than last nite. I used to look forward to two hour 360, now not so much, because two hours are just too boring.

Anonymous said...

@aires moon: though I often agree with you, AC's interview with Scott McClellan, if you remember, was not exactly HIS interview. It was in fact, Wolf Blitzer's interview from TSR. We were all a bit taken by surprise that he, of all people would use the same exact questions, as Wolf. I know I was shocked, because I'd had seen both and even Newser commented about it. Yes, his tone was one of interrogation, but the questions were the same.
Having said that, I do agree that AC's political interviews are generally lacking something. There is no righteous indignation since Katrina and I've often wondered why.

Anonymous said...

Anderson often said on 360, in reference to Obama, that "Hope isn't a plan." Well, he might just get to eat those words. According to the size of the crowds that Obama keeps drawing,"Hope," is a well thought out plan.