On Reliable Sources this morning, Howard Kurtz moderated a panel discussion with Frank Sesno, Mark Feldstein, and Alicia Shepard regarding the coverage of Sanjay Gupta being named as a possible candidate for Surgeon General. The panel had mixed reviews regarding CNN’s handling of the news:
Kurtz also spoke with Jessi Klein about her crush on CNN commentator David Gergen.
Today was the final Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. The last word in Sunday talk wrapped up its 15 year history with a strong program. Among the interviews that aired today was one that Wolf did with Vice President Cheney. They discussed the economy, foreign policy (Gaza, Afghanistan, & Iraq), 9/11, and torture. The VP reflected on his career in DC and also offered some advice to the incoming VP.
Wolf asked the VP whether he thought this was the worst economy that we’ve seen since the Depression. Here’s a clip from his response and Wolf’s follow up comment about his own family:
The next interview on the program was with Speaker Pelosi. The economy, the bail out package, the new administration, and a possible stimulus package were discussed. The Speaker also commented on this being Wolf’s last Late Edition:
Over the last several weeks, a segment with Campbell Brown has become a regular part of Late Edition. This week, Wolf and Campbell discussed Obama’s speech regarding the economy.
And what is any Sunday without the Best Political Team on Television? The first panel: James Carville, David Gergen, & Tara Wall. Wolf continued the discussion about the economy and reported job loses as well as whether the Republicans and Democrats can work together to solve the country’s problems. The panel also discussed Govs. Palin and Blagojevich and the meeting of the Presidents (current, past, and President-elect).
The second discussion panel: John King, Candy Crowley, and Gloria Borger. The panel focused on the transition of power to the new administration and how the administration will work with Congress.
They also discussed the transition from Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer to the State of the Union with John King:
The State of the Union with John King debuts next Sunday, January 18th at 9AM. They’ll be broadcasting from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and the first program will be focused on the President-Elect Obama’s inauguration.
The final clip tonight is of Wolf’s final sign off as anchor of Late Edition. In typical Blitzer style, he thanked the team of professionals that have put the program on air week after week for the past 15 years.
Sunday mornings won’t be the same without Wolf and Late Edition, but I’m looking forward to seeing John King’s new program. Plus, Wolf isn't going anywhere, we can still see him Monday - Friday at 4PM on The Situation Room.