Saturday, January 31, 2009


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Yesterday News Today

2008 Pepsi Commercial

Since the election coverage and the Inauguration ended there has been very little news about Anderson. I hope he is getting some much needed rest... Or that he does something outrageous, atrocious, delightful, magnificent, silly, wicked, or simply that he walks out of his house and somebody takes his picture and post it in a blog or web site and associate it with something outrageous, atrocious, delightful, magnificent, silly, wicked or the truth: that they saw him walking out of his home and they took the picture.

For now, let's watch cute, sexy Justin Timberlake get dragged, hit, knocked off, ball smashed (twice), lifted and thrown against many surfaces -- mostly really hard surfaces, and all for the looks of a plain, uncomplicated, uninvolving, and simple looking girl wearing an ugly bikini and slurping a Pepsi. Why not, do I ask, Why not have Justin in a Speedo? and the girl... Well, why a girl?... A puppy or, say... Anderson Cooper would have been adequate. Enjoy!

2008 Supe Bowl Commercial:

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Three Stars Are Born: Bob, Frank and Jerry

CNN AC360 Crew Did the Beyonce Single Ladies Dance

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Added: January 30, 2009

Description: Since Obama did it too, CNN Anderson Cooper's floor crew did this amazing Beyonce "Single Ladies" dance that's out of this world.


Friday, January 30, 2009

The Rockettes

No, Anderson is not one of the Rockettes now, he's interviewing Arianna Huffington, D.L. Hughley and Mike Huckabee on the same stage for the 2009 New York Speaker Series about "Free Speech and the Power of the Press," on March 31.

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Feb 17 to June 12

Senate Passes Second Bill Changing DTV Transition Date

Bill expected to be sent to the House for consideration under regular rules

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/29/2009 5:26:03 PM MT

The DTV Countdown - Complete Coverage of the DTV Transition

An aide to Senator Jay Rockefeller confirms that the Senate has once again passed a bill changing the DTV transition date from Feb. 17 to June 12.

The bill, which again passed by unanimous consent--no Senator objected--contains a couple of fixes made in the House to language pertaining to budget rules and first responder communications.

The bill is expected to be sent to the House for consideration under regular rules. If the House Rules Committee gets the bill Tuesday, the first day it could, it could get to the House floor by Wednesday, Feb. 4, where a simple majority will be sufficient to pass it.

“The Senate has acted quickly and in a bipartisan way to put the needs of consumers first,” said Rockefeller in a statement. “Senator Hutchison’s leadership was critical to getting this bill passed. We addressed the concerns of our colleagues, public safety, broadcasters and most importantly, consumers. The House will have a second chance next week to implement this delay, I am hopeful they will pass this bill so we can send it to President Obama.”

Rockefeller (D-WVA), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has taken the lead on the DTV date move on the Senate side, including getting the backing of the Obama administration for his version of the bill, though it became a compromise bill with Senate Republicans, led by ranking committee member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), who added a number of elements.

Those included language meant to help first responders get access to reclaimed TV spectrum as quickly as possible and to unclog the DTV converter-box coupon program. Those changes made it much more like the House version authored by Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Initially, Rockefeller’s bill only changed the date, which is what he thought would be the easiest bill to get passed.

"I do want to serve notice that I will not support another delay in implementation," said Senator Hutchison Thursday. "By now, people, have had the notice and we’ve done everything to mitigate the cost of this transition. I’ve talked with Senator Rockefeller about that and I think we are in agreement that now is the time for people to get their coupons and boxes because on June 12 this transition will be made.”

Following are the key elements of the bill, according to Rockefeller’s office:

--Provides Consumer, Broadcasters and Governments time to prepare – In order to better educate consumers about the transition, and to provide consumers with ample opportunity to utilize the converter-box coupon program, the digital transition will shift from February 17, 2009 to June 12, 2009. Despite high awareness of the DTV switch, a recent --Consumer Report survey found that among Americans aware of the transition, 63% had major misconceptions about what steps they need to take to prepare.

--Permits Broadcasters to Continue with Transition Efforts – The bill reaffirms existing law to permit over-the-air broadcast television stations to voluntarily switch from analog to digital service before June 12, 2009.

--Improves First-Responder Communication -- In the event a broadcast station switches early to digital service, public safety organizations may start using the vacated spectrum.

--Provides Relief to Consumers -- Consumers holding expired coupons they were unable to redeem because of natural disaster, retail or mail issues will be able to apply for replacement coupons.

February 17

June 12

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The Face Of Denial

January 30, 2009

Analyzing Haggard’s interview

Posted: 08:17 AM ET

Anderson Cooper talks with psychiatrist Dr. Paul Dobransky for analysis of Ted Haggard’s interview with Larry King.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Another 30 seconds mini-video/experiment. Enjoy!

AC 360º Special

Thursday, Jan 29

Velshi Leading CNN "Money Summit"

CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi will lead CNN's first "Money Summit," airing tomorrow at 11pmET and Saturday at 8pmET.

The Summit is called an "Anderson Cooper 360 special."

Velshi will lead a panel discussion on a variety of issues facing President Barack Obama. Guests include Fortune editor Andy Serwer, CNN political analyst David Gergen and more.

CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi leads a fast-paced panel discussion for CNN's first "Money Summit," which looks at a potential deep recession, a collapsing housing market, rising unemployment and exploding budget deficits at all levels of government. This Anderson Cooper 360 special, "CNN Money Summit," airs on Friday, Jan. 30, at 11 p.m. (ET) and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. (ET)

Velshi and a panel of experts will explore the big questions facing President Barack Obama about the economic crisis using the latest on-air technologies and iReports to advance the conversation. The panel includes: Katie Benner, writer/reporter, Fortune; Telis Demos, writer/reporter, Fortune; David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst, Stephanie Mehta, assistant managing editor, Fortune; Amanda Gengler, writer, MONEY magazine; Jeanne Sahadi, senior writer,, Andy Serwer, editor, Fortune; and Walter Updegrave, senior editor, MONEY magazine.

The panel will discuss job creation, the housing mess and scandals and regulation in today's economy. Additionally, they will consider the mythologies of the American Dream, particularly in terms of how the average consumer carries thousands of dollars in credit card debt and the national debt has soared to more than $10 trillion.

Posted by SteveK | 05:55 PM | CNN

Show Me The Money!!

The Hand That Wasn't There

...And The Fingers That Were...

The hand is actually a foot away, but looks like a benediction the way the photo came out. Taken on inauguration day, just after midnight.

Photo and caption by: coolifornia. Thank you.

To what I might add, Whose fingers are those holding that lucky kid's head forward? It almost looks as if Anderson himself is holding the head from the back of the person's neck.

Beauty of the Night


(Click on the picture to enlarge)

Thanks to deviler from Athens, Greece, for this magnificent shot.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


A 30 seconds mini-video/experiment.

Bill & Geo

Getting Ready

Anderson's A Comedian

Thank you, John King! Thank you! That's what I've been saying for years, Anderson IS a comedian. He could still be a newscaster, but he should have his own "Daily Show" also.

If Anderson can handle "AC 360º" and work for CBS's "60 Minutes," plus travel all over the world taping "Planet in Peril"s, AND replace Regis Philbin on "The Regis and Kelly Show"! every so often, then he surely could find a half an hour, for four days a week, to exercise his comedic skills. He'd be even bigger than he already is! And we'd be happier and smiling more often than we do now.

... and Wolf Blitzer should be on "Dancing With The Stars." Plus, it turns out that Wolf, actually, didn't steal all the heaters!

John King: CNN's 'Ink-Stained Wretch'

By Charles Geraci

Published: January 27, 2009 -- 10:30 PM ET

WASHINGTON CNN's John King says he wants his new Sunday morning show to be different, and he's already using newspapers to help him do it.

During the debut of "State of the Union" ten days ago, , King--broadcasting his inaugural coverage live from the rooftop of the Newseum in Washington--showed the headlines of several newspapers from around the nation in an effort to demonstrate that one of his goals for the show early on is to go "outside the Beltway" and look at the needs of communities across the country.

King sat down with Editor & Publisher last week to talk about his impressions of the inauguration, his new four-hour show and to have a little fun in the process.

"Four hours is a challenge, but it's a great opportunity to do more and to be different," King said. "We will be different than any other show on television on Sunday morning. And that's not to criticize the others ... but with the time and with my passion to get out of Washington, we're able to do some things differently that I hope give it a greater connection to people who aren't in Washington."

Two days after traveling to Ohio last Friday to tape an interview with now-President Obama--King was the only anchor to have Obama on the Sunday before Tuesday's inauguration--he made reference to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on his show.

"Because of my show, we brought in some newspapers from around the country, just to take a look at how the Obama pre-inaugural coverage was going," King told E&P.

He also looked at headlines in The Miami Herald and the Omaha World-Herald, along with detailing the offerings of Sunday's Chicago Tribune.

"This is Barack Obama's hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune," King told his viewers. "(It's) a little breezy up here on the roof of the Newseum, but (the headline reads) 'Bound for Glory: With White House as last stop, Obama rides rails into history.' Special graphics, 'Two days to the White House.' Special sections. Pretty extraordinary newspaper there."

He also read headlines from The Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Extensively incorporating newspapers into his first show should not come as too much of a surprise, though, since King, who has been with CNN since 1997, used to write for the Associated Press, heading AP's political coverage of the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. Obama's inauguration was the sixth he's covered in his career.

Calling the troubles of the newspaper industry a "sad chapter in our business right now," and noting the effects of a "digital age," King called himself an "old, ink-stained wretch....

"I like to have newsprint on my hands in the morning," he said. "I like when people tell me, 'You know, you've got a big smudge on your nose.' That means I've read my third or fourth or fifth newspaper."

He added, "I'm pretty predictable in the morning--make some coffee, read the papers."

But King wasn't all serious in his interview with E&P.

Since he did a lot of reporting from the rooftop of the Newseum that inauguration week--E&P received a tour of the operations and can testify to the wind at the anchors' backs--King took some time to dispel any notion that Anderson Cooper harbored any hostility toward Wolf Blitzer for "stealing all the heaters," a comment Cooper made last week that has gotten picked up by several blogs.

King said, "Anderson was just being funny," adding that the space heater was located by Blitzer to keep it out of the television shot.

When the topic of dancing at inaugural festivities came up, King also poked a little fun at Blitzer before complimenting him, recalling his moves recently on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"Bastard!" King quipped, while smiling widely. "Wolf was showing us all up there."

"See, Anderson's a comedian," King joked. "Wolf, it turns out, should be on 'Dancing With The Stars.' I'm gonna stick to being a lowly reporter."

Charles Geraci covered Inaugural Week for E&P.

Anderson's Back

Back, not as in he was gone now he's back; but back, back as in his behind... well, not quite that behind... but his back... Just look at the pictures, we'll talk later.

Even the back of his head looks gorgeous! and talented!!

From evacois photostream on Flickr. Thanks evecois.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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CNN Tent

CNN tent above the Newseum on the day of President Obama's Inauguration.

Click on the picture to enlarge it and you'll be able to see Anderson's and Wolf Blitzer's back of their heads.

He's #1 !

Tuesday, Jan 27

January Ratings: CNN #1 in Total Day Demo

CNN was the top cable news network during today day (M-Su) in the A25-54 demo during the month of January. CNN had the most growth as well year-to-year in the demo, up 39% compared to 2008.

Anderson Cooper 360 was the top show in the demo at 10pmET, as was The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at each of its three hours. During the Inauguration from 12-12:30pmET, CNN was the #1 cable news network, finishing ahead of CBS as well.

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