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Monday, June 8, 2009

Ware O Ware...

Thursday and Friday gave us a bit of a Ware-a-thon (always a good thing in my book!) as Michael Ware was in the New York studio to comment on some aspects of the president's speech in Cairo. On The Situation Room, he weighed in on the implications to the Arab/Muslim world and Candy Crowley looked at the domestic political implications:

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The next day, Michael and Candy discussed the promised closing of Gitmo and what to do with the prisoners, as well as the upcoming Iranian election:

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Meanwhile, on Thursday's Campbell Brown, Michael is part of a panel to discuss the speech. Others include NPR's John Ridley, Bill Bennett, and Fran Townsend. (In my opinion, Bennett's contention that Obama said nothing new in the speech -- nothing that Bush didn't say -- is a perfect example of the cluelessness that still pervades the far right. They still just Do Not Get It.)

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Friday, Campbell's new "Great Debate" segment posited a truly ridiculous concept, that Obama insulted the troops by not thanking them in the speech and by admitting that the former US administration made mistakes in its dealings in the Middle East. The idea stems from an article written by a former Bush speechwriter (who clearly does not grasp the concept of targeting a speech to a specific audience.) Not sure why Michael drew the short straw to 'debate' this guy, but he at least showed the guy's argument to be specious at best. 

Due to the length of the segment, the first part had to be split in two to comply with Blogger's limitations:

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Part two, 'common ground' is sought:

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Elsewhere, Phil Black is back in Baghdad for the current rotation, and on Sunday reported that five US contractors are currently being detained by Iraqi authorities investigating the murder of another US contractor. If charged, they could be the first Americans tried in an Iraqi court:

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Cal Perry is back in Beirut, and reported Saturday from an election site as huge turnouts crowded the scene. Cal also spoke with former president Jimmy Carter about the potential outcomes:

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This morning, Cal reported on the election results. It seems that the pro-Western bloc won handily, while the bloc supported by Hezbollah picked up enough votes that a coalition government will be formed:

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The principal of a high school in Michigan gave the commencement address to his graduating class ... from Iraq, where he is currently deployed. Also on hand was a special surprise guest:

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Stephen Colbert broadcasts from Iraq all this week, and tonight's episode promises to be a great one. As reported on CNN.com, Colbert was given a military haircut (by General Odierno, no less!) in support of the troops. Can't wait to see that!

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Where in the World...?

MONDAY: On the day GM declared bankruptcy, Deborah Feyerick reported from a GM plant in Warren, Michigan; Sean Callebs was at a Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee; Ali Velshi was still in Toronto. Gary Tuchman and Ted Rowlands were both in Wichita, Kansas to cover the murder of a doctor who performed abortions.

TUESDAY: Ed Lavendera was in Wichita. For the Air France Flight 447 story, Paula Newton was in Paris; John Zarella was in Rio de Janero. David Mattingly was in Little Rock, Arkansas to cover the shooting at a military recruitment center. Anderson Cooper broadcast AC360 from Los Angeles.

WEDNESDAY: Ed Henry and Dan Lothian were in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with President Obama. Ben Wedeman was in Cairo in preparation for the president's visit (above). Rick Sanchez broadcast his segment of NewsRoom from New York. Anderson was back in New York.

THURSDAY: Ed Henry was in Cairo; American Morning began five minutes early in order to cover the president's speech. Atia Abawi was in Kabul. Frederik Pleitgen was in Weimar, Germany in advance of the president's visit to Buchenwald. Michael Ware was in New York. Carol Costello was in for Kiran Chetry. Anderson co-hosted Regis & Kelly. Rick was still in New York.

FRIDAY: Domestic took the International feed for about 30 minutes prior to American Morning to cover the president. Ed Henry was in Dresden, Germany with the president. Carol was in for KiranAnderson co-hosted Regis & KellyAC360 was a special report, "A Woman's Choice; A Nation Divided."

SATURDAY: Dan was with the president at the American Cemetery in France to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day; Karl Penhaul was in Recife, Brazil; Phil Black was in Baghdad.

SUNDAY: Cal Perry was in Beirut.

That's all for me today -- see you Thursday!

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