Saturday, January 3, 2009
The world could definitely use a little timeout in Margaritaville, but unfortunately that doesn't seem likely to happen.
On Wednesday, Morgan Neill took a look back at 50 years of Castro rule in Cuba. Nice to see him get some airtime on Domestic that doesn't involve a hurricane:
On Thursday, the International (aka "Green") Zone in Baghdad was formally handed over to the Iraqis. American officials have moved into the brand new and extremely impressive embassy there, although the US military will be backing up the Iraqi Army inside the GZ for at least another 90 days. Jill Dougherty reports:
Reza Aslan discussed the current Israel/Gaza battles on Wednesday morning...
... and on Thursday Peter Bergen updated the status of Afghanistan and Pakistan:
Nic Robertson was traveling through Ashkelon, Israel on Thursday when the air raid sirens sounded. A look at that moment and an update from later that day:
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Where in the World...?
SATURDAY: Abbie Boudreau and TJ Holmes anchored Saturday Morning and NewsRoom at 7am, 8am, 10am, and 11am; Richard Liu anchored NewsRoom at 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm; Don Lemon anchored NewsRoom at 5pm and 11pm; Ed Henry was still in Honolulu covering P-E Obama; Paula Hancocks reported from Jerusalem on Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
SUNDAY: Abbie and TJ anchored Sunday Morning and NewsRoom at 7am, 8am, and 9am; Richard anchored NewsRoom at 4pm and 5pm; Don anchored NewsRoom at 7pm and 10pm; Elaine Quijano was in Crawford, Texas to cover President Bush; Jessica Yellin was in Washington; Cal Perry was in Jerusalem to cover the Gaza offensive.
MONDAY: Richard was in for Heidi Collins; Suzanne Malveaux was in for Wolf Blitzer; Kitty Pilgrim was in for Lou Dobbs; Tom Foreman was in for Campbell Brown; Nic Robertson was in Jerusalem.
TUESDAY: Christine Romans was in for Kiran Chetry; Suzanne was in for Wolf; Kitty was in for Lou; Tom was in for Campbell; Karl Penhaul tried to enter Gaza on board a boat carrying humanitarian aid but was unsuccessful when Israeli patrol boats enforced the blockade, ending up in Tyre, Lebanon; Ben Wedeman was in Ashkelon, Israel; Nic was in Sderot, Israel.
WEDNESDAY: Christine was in for Kiran; Joe Johns was in for John Roberts; Fredricka Whitfield was in for Kyra Phillips; Suzanne was in for Wolf; Lou Dobbs Tonight was a repeat; Campbell's program was replaced by Tom's year-end special; Morgan Neill reported from Havana on Cuba's 50 years of Castro rule; Cal was in Beirut; Anderson Cooper, Erica Hill, and Don covered NYE festivities from Times Square.
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Joe was in for John; Fredricka was in for Kyra; Suzanne was in for Wolf (above); Kitty was in for Lou; Campbell's program was replaced by a repeat of Ali Velshi's special; Nic was in Ashkelon, Israel.
FRIDAY: Joe was in for John; Fredricka was in for Kyra; Kitty was in for Lou; Randi Kaye was in for Campbell.
NOTE: A few hours after I prepared this post, Israel's ground forces entered Gaza. On Domestic, Fredricka Whitfield broke into Your $$$$$ just after 1:30pm to speak with Paula Hancocks, who was reporting that it seemed to have started and while on-air was given the formal announcement by the IDF. Fred also spoke by telephone with General David Grange. At 1:53, they switched to the International feed for about 15 minutes before coming back to Fred. Christiane Amanpour is now in Jerusalem, it has been announced that Anderson Cooper will be hosting AC360 from Israel on Monday. I'll have more reports in the Monday post.