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Monday, January 14, 2008

Wolf Blitzer humbled by viewer response

Hello everyone. I hope you had a good week. Hey! Do you read CNN's Political Ticker? For a political junkie like myself, it's exciting to read posts from the frontlines! One post in particular caught my eye last week. Wolf Blitzer asked readers to submit questions they would like to ask the Democratic candidates at next week's debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Well, readers did not disappoint! Right now, the comment tally stands at 2197. Not a bad haul.

A stunned Wolf blogged today to thank readers for their wonderful response. Here is an excerpt:

I have always had high confidence in our CNN viewers. I know you are smart because you wouldn’t be watching The Situation Room and all of our other CNN political coverage if you weren’t. There are simply too many other options available to all of you — ranging from sitcoms, to sports, to silly talk shows. Our viewers are intelligent and that certainly came through with your comments. You can take a look at them yourself. If you take the time, you too will be impressed.

Let me assure you that our team is going through all of these suggested questions, and we will select some of them for the debate. We will also use your ideas to formulate some other questions. You’ve raised serious issues and Suzanne Malveaux, Joe Johns and I are taking them very seriously. This has been a great opportunity for us to know what is on your minds, and we are grateful to you for the help.

Throughout my journalistic career, I have always cherished the fact that I am blessed with a front-row seat to history. I have the opportunity and privilege to ask important newsmakers tough and important questions. In the process, I see myself as our viewers’ representative. You might not have that chance, but I do — and I take it very seriously.

I envy Wolf's "front-row seat to history" and I'm glad that he takes his responsibility to be the voice of the readers and viewers very seriously. That Wolf is one classy man!

If you haven't gotten a chance to read some of the submissions, hop on over to Wolf's post. There is still time to submit your suggestions! All you have to do is close your eyes, click your heals together and click here! You'll be in Political Oz in no time! ;)

If you are not an early riser but miss John Roberts, you are in luck! Mr. Roberts will be anchoring a daily political update at 8pm ET. CNN issued a press release regarding their new programming.

CNN Launches Nightly Election Center Co-Anchored from Campaign Trail

Best Political Team to Provide Round-Up of Campaign News for 8 p.m. Hour

CNN starting today will dedicate the 8 p.m. hour each weekday to the latest election news coverage from the campaign trail in a new program, CNN Election Center. Building on CNN’s successes and ratings wins from both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, CNN Election Center will be anchored by members of the “Best Political Team on Television” from the New York-based CNN Election Center and on the trail by CNN anchor John Roberts.

The program combines CNN’s unrivaled field reporting and analysis with all of the technology that CNN demonstrated on recent primary election nights. Each evening, CNN will report on substantive issues of concern to the American people with policy-oriented questions that will go beyond the minutia of the horse race and Beltway conventions.

For CNN Election Center, Roberts will anchor live from the field as candidates circulate through Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida and California as the Super Tuesday primaries approach. In New York, a rotating slate of anchors, including Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Lou Dobbs, John King and Soledad O’Brien, will anchor from the CNN Election Center. Cooper and Roberts will co-anchor the program’s debut edition.

“CNN will offer the electricity of Election Night every night at 8,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “The Best Political Team on Television will provide unmatched insight and inside information and will give viewers what they want the most: less horse race coverage and more of the candidates talking about what they would do as president.”

CNN Election Center will air each weekday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. through the week of Super Tuesday. All times Eastern. The program also serves as a television companion to’s Election Center available at

Joining the program from the trail will be CNN’s Emmy Award-winning political team with Dana Bash, John King and Mary Snow covering the Republican candidates, and Candy Crowley, Suzanne Malveaux and Jessica Yellin reporting on the Democrats. Also out on the campaign trail will be CNN correspondents Jim Acosta, Tom Foreman, Joe Johns, Chris Lawrence and Dan Lothian. Gloria Borger; senior political analyst; Jack Cafferty, commentator; David Gergen, senior political analyst; Bill Schneider, senior political analyst; and Jeff Toobin, legal analyst; will also contribute to the program along with CNN’s nationally known contributors Bill Bennett, Carl Bernstein, Donna Brazile and Roland Martin.

Jeff Kepnes serves as executive producer for CNN Election Center.

Through 2007 and continuing this year, CNN’s election programming has resonated with viewers who have made the network and their source for politics. Two of CNN’s primary debates – the CNN/YouTube Republican debate and the Democratic debate in Las Vegas – stand as the two highest-rated primary debates in cable news history. CNN’s coverage of the Iowa caucuses topped the competition in the youngest demographics, while its New Hampshire primary coverage won across all demographics including total viewers.

Click here to read the full release including programming notes for a special Lou Dobbs Primetime special, “Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit," airing from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Well, that's all for me today. Have a great week and I'll see you after the debate next week! ~Sheryn

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Anonymous said...

Wof is a smart and awesome journalist.Blitzer is
one of my favs.It is good to see John Roberts
have a prime time political program. He seems
to be very informed on American politics.

Best of luck to Wolf and John.

Sapphire said...

Oh what a great blog from Wolf! He has been doing such a great job with all this political coverage. You have to be so on top of the ball to cover the political scene because it can "change" (pun intended) at the drop of a dime.

oh seeing JR on last night was awesome and he was with Anderson to boot. My two favourite anchors....what a lovely thought.

Great post Ms. Sheryn!