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Friday, September 30, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 10/01/11

SATURDAY, October 1, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates how the drug propofol, central to the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial, works in a hospital setting – and interviews doctors who practice so-called “concierge medicine.” He also interviews actor Seth Rogen and writer/producer Will Reiser who collaborated on the upcoming cancer comedy film, “50/50,” and previews this weekend’s CNN documentary investigation into the 2001 anthrax letters.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Interview with GOP presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain.
Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

IN HER CORNER: LATINO IN AMERICA – Saturday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM *

SUNDAY, October 2, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates how the drug propofol, central to the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial, works in a hospital setting – and interviews doctors who practice so-called “concierge medicine.” He also interviews actor Seth Rogen and writer/producer Will Reiser who collaborated on the upcoming cancer comedy film, “50/50,” and previews this weekend’s CNN documentary investigation into the 2001 anthrax letters.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM

Topic: Al-Awlaki Death; President Obama; GOP 2012 Field; New Book
Guest: Dick Cheney, former Vice President, author, “In My Time”
Guest: Liz Cheney, daughter and co-author, “In My Time”
Topic: Death of Al-Awlaki; Afghanistan; Relations with Pakistan
Guest: Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), former CIA Director
Guest: Jane Harman, former U.S. Congresswoman; director, Woodrow Wilson Center
Topic: View of the 2012 GOP Field from a Leading Republican
Guest: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)
Anchor: Candy Crowley


FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topics: Pakistan: are the ISI and other elements of the government allowing the Haqqani Network to operate in Afghanistan? What does Admiral Mullen have to say now about the death of bin Laden? How does he feel about the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan?
Guest: Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Topics: Is the Haqqani network a “veritable arm” of the ISI? Does the Pakistani government support terrorist elements within its country? Will the Pakistani government attack the Haqqani network to prove they aren’t in cahoots? What’s it like being a powerful woman in a largely conservative Muslim nation?
Guest: Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister of Pakistan
Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: Media Buzz Surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Fox News Tries to Reposition
Guest: Lauren Ashburn, founder, Ashburn Media Company
Guest: John Avlon, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Guest: David Frum, FrumForum.org
Topic: Burnett’s New CNN Program
Guest: Erin Burnett, anchor, OutFront
Topic: Michael Jackson Death Trial Coverage
Guest: Eric Deggans, media critic, St. Petersburg Times
Host: Howard Kurtz

CNN PRESENTS: DEATH BY MAIL – THE ANTHRAX LETTERS – Sunday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM **


*CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on Marlen Esparza’s Olympic dreams. The International Olympic Committee has allowed female boxing into competition – for the first time – in the 2012 games. Five-time U.S. national champion, 21-year-old Esparza weighs 112 pounds and hits so quickly and so hard that she has to spar with men. She is beautiful and oozes charm, but also has been fixated on the male-dominated boxing since she was 11 years old – shunning friends, boyfriends, a social life, and even TV to make time to train. She was smart enough to earn full scholarships to top colleges, but postponed college because she and her family dream she will one day represent the U.S. in the Olympics, giving their Mexican-American community a hero that could push aside negative stereotypes. Standing in Esparza’s way are the competitors who share her Olympic aspirations, a mirror of the kind of girls who box in this country – mostly blue collar, women of color, who struggle in what is traditionally a man’s sport. Chief among them, and also profiled, is Cristina Cruz, a Puerto Rican from Hell’s Kitchen.

** CNN’s Joe Johns draws upon recently released FBI and Justice Department documents to tell the story of the mysterious 2001 bioterrorism poisonings that killed five people and sickened 17 more. Threatening letters – using jihadist language – were enclosed with anthrax and mailed to media organizations and the U.S. Capitol shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Weaving together interviews with people central to the investigation, Johns follows the trail of evidence revealing where authorities missed important clues, wrongly focused on an innocent man, and ultimately built a case against a civilian scientist working in a U.S. Military laboratory. Since the suspect committed suicide and the government’s case was built upon circumstantial evidence, doubts linger about his guilt – ten years after the anthrax attacks.


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The Anthrax Mystery – CNN’s Joe Johns Investigates


The Anthrax Mystery – CNN’s Joe Johns Investigates
Death by Mail: The Anthrax Letters Debuts Sunday, October 2 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT

CNN’s Joe Johns reports for a documentary investigation into the anthrax letter attacks of 2001. Letters written with jihadist language and laced with deadly anthrax spores were sent via U.S. Mail to members of the news media and Congress in the weeks following the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. Five people were ultimately killed and 17 others were sickened by exposure to the letters directed to The New York Post, Tom Brokaw at NBC News, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and others.
Drawing from recently released FBI and Justice Department documents of what is officially called the Amerithrax Investigation, Johns tells the story of the complex, seven-year investigation into what happened and who was allegedly responsible for the deadly letters, explaining the bizarre turns in the bioterrorism case that extended the nation’s horror.



Thursday, September 29, 2011

CNN, Arizona Republican Party to Present Presidential Primary Debate


CNN, Arizona Republican Party to Present Presidential Primary Debate

As the race for the Republican nomination intensifies, CNN and the Arizona Republican Party announced today they will co-host a debate among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates in this key Western state on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
“Arizona is a key state that will play a pivotal role in helping Republicans choose their presidential nominee,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. “CNN is honored to provide voters in Arizona and around the country an opportunity to hear the GOP candidates present their vision for the future.”
“I’ve been in politics a long time, but I can’t remember a more critical election than this,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “When it comes to some of the hallmark issues facing our country – whether illegal immigration, the housing crisis or the ongoing power struggle between the states and federal government – Arizona is at the forefront. These are national issues, certainly. But Arizonans live and breathe them. So, I’m thrilled that the Arizona Republican Party and CNN have reached agreement on a debate, and optimistic that when the candidates come to Arizona, they’ll meet our voters and offer meaningful solutions to the problems facing our state and nation.”
As previously announced, CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference will present a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Third Quarter Ratings for CNN

CNN POSTS SIGNIFICANT RATINGS GROWTH IN ALL CATEGORIES AND DAYPARTS DURING THIRD QUARTER 2011

Primetime Grows +47%, Total Day +32% and Dayside +26%

Primetime:
For the third quarter 2011, CNN posted significant ratings gains and grew more than MSNBC and FNC during M-F primetime – increasing an impressive +47% in the key demo (232k vs. 158k) and by +28% in total viewers (710k vs. 553k) compared to third quarter a year ago. MSNBC increased far less, growing 7% in the demo (254k vs. 238k) and 9% in total viewers (879k vs. 808k); while FNC was down -2% in the demo and was up 2% in total viewers vs. Q3 2010.


Total Day & Dayside:
CNN topped MSNBC in total day (6a-6a) in both the key demo (158k vs. 150k) and total viewers (475k vs. 431k) during the third quarter. CNN also grew the most in total day, increasing +32% in the demo (158k vs. 120k) and +21% in total viewers (475k vs. 392k) compared to a year ago. MSNBC was up only 5% in the demo (150k vs. 143k) and 11% in total viewers (431k vs. 387k) and FNC was up 4% in the demo and 6% in total viewers.

During dayside programming (9a-5p), CNN had a 52% advantage over MSNBC in the key demo 25-54 (154k vs. 101k) and a 48% lead among total viewers (532k vs. 360k) during the quarter. CNN also had strong dayside ratings growth compared to Q3 2010, increasing +26% in the demo (154k vs. 122k) and +17% in total viewers (532k vs. 455k).

CNN PRIMETIME GROWS 46% WITH NEW LINEUP

CNN TOPS MSNBC WITH ANDERSON COOPER 360 AT 8P AND 10P

CNN PRIMETIME GROWS 46% WITH NEW LINEUP

September Ratings Highlights

• CNN M-F primetime grows +46% (demo) and +34% (total viewers) compared to a year ago.
• At 8 pm, Anderson Cooper 360 tops MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (demo); grows +36% while MSNBC drops -35%.
• At 9 pm, Piers Morgan Tonight grows +18% (demo) while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show is down -15% (demo).
• At 10 pm, AC 360 tops MSNBC’s The Ed Show (demo and total viewers).
• The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (6pm) tops MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton (demo); CNN grows while MSNBC loses viewers vs. year ago.
• CNN tops MSNBC in total day (6a-6a) and dayside (9a-5p).
• CNN.com users consumed nearly 40 million pages of content and more than 2.5 million videos per day.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ratings for the week of September 19th - September 23rd



1 - Special programming shown on one night during the week

Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Controversy Over CNN and the Tea Party Debate

The American Journalism Review has an interesting prospective published on the ethics of CNN's airing of the Tea Party Debate a few weeks ago. Author Caitlin Johnston argues that the Tea Party is a PAC (political action committee) whose purpose is to influence the process not to just make voters aware of the facts like other organizations who sponsor debates.

CNN's Sam Feist is quoted in the article defending CNN's decision on the debate, as we would expect. Marvin Kalb, former network correspondent and Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard says, "News organizations should not be sponsoring political events. They should be covering political events."
The Society of Professional Journalists warns against such alliances in its Code of Ethics. Rule No. 1under "act independently": "Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived."

You can read the full article after the jump or by following the link to AJR.org.

Some Weekend Reading


We're going to forgo the usual 'Your Views on the News' post this week and instead offer you some weekend reading. CNN.com has published, in four parts, a riveting story by Wayne Drash about a murder in small town North Carolina.
The murder took place 33 years ago still haunts the residents of Sellerstown, North Carolina to this day. It also still haunts the killer. CNN’s story provides perspectives from the remaining surviving family members, Sellerstown residents, and the murderer himself. The tale extends to explain the subtleties and atmosphere that the murder has left on the town. CNN tells the story of a killer who feels remorse, a family that forgave a murderer, and a town still shaken by it all.

PART ONE
PART TWO
PART THREE
PART FOUR

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Friday, September 23, 2011

This Weekend's Programming 9/23/11

SATURDAY, September 24, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates viewers on the latest news from this week’s United Nations global summit on health, he also interviews 1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Lee Miller about beating ovarian cancer, New York Times science columnist John Tierney about the themes of his book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, and a woman who recently underwent a double hand transplant.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Interview with former President Bill Clinton.

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM: BACK TO WORK - A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS SPECIAL – Saturday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM (all times Eastern)
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria anchors a special on solutions for America’s jobs crisis. Zakaria sits down with Jeffrey Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric and “jobs czar” for the Obama Administration to talk about his proposals for how government can encourage job growth, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) about infrastructure, Andrew Liveris president, chairman, CEO of the Dow Chemical Company and author of Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy about how to save manufacturing in America. Zakaria also interviews Starwood president / CEO Frits van Paasschen about the ultimate outsource-proof industry: tourism and how to strengthen it, and Dan Ackerson chairman / CEO of General Motors about the health of auto industry.

SUNDAY, September 25, 2011



SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates viewers on the latest news from this week’s United Nations global summit on health, he also interviews 1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Lee Miller about beating ovarian cancer, New York Times science columnist John Tierney about the themes of his book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, and a woman who recently underwent a double hand transplant.


STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM

Topic: Economy; Debt Reduction; 2012
Guest: David Plouffe, senior White House adviser

Topic: Budget Showdown; President’s Plan for the Economy; Debt Reduction
Guest: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Guest: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Topic: Mitch Daniels on the GOP Presidential Candidates Field; Changes of a VP Candidacy
Guest: Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), author "Keeping the Republic"

Anchor: Candy Crowley


FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topics: What is the state of relations between Turkey and Israel? Will Turkey escort the next flotilla to Gaza? Was Erdogan deceived by Syria? Can the Syrian regime last? Is Erdogan moving Turkey in an Islamist direction, pursuing an Islamic foreign policy? Has Turkey’s agreement to allow a NATO radar base on its territory caused a further rift with Iran? Is Turkey worried about a nuclear Iran? What are his relations with President Obama like?
Guest: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey

Topics: Has the often tense relationship between Russia and the U.S. become less confrontational under President Obama? If relations are better, why did Mr. Putin call the U.S. a “parasite”? Does Russia look behind the curve for supporting the old regimes in the Arab Spring much longer than old countries? Is NATO acting appropriately in Libya? Are sanctions working on Iran?
Guest: Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia

Topics: What’s the solution to the Greek crisis? Does the Greek bailout need to come from China? Can the Euro survive? Will any country exit the Euro? What will the EU look like in 10 years?
Guest: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria


RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: GOP Debate
Guest: Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
Guest: David Shuster, Current TV
Guest: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly

Topic: Controversy Surrounding “Confidence Men” Book
Guest: Ron Suskind, author and former Wall Street Journal senior national affairs reporter

Topic: Quitting Journalism
Guest: Connie Schultz, former Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter; wife of Sen. Sherrod Brown

Host: Howard Kurtz


IN HER CORNER: LATINO IN AMERICA – Sunday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM – 12:00AM, 2:00AM – 3:00AM (all times Eastern)
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on Marlen Esparza’s Olympic dreams. The International Olympic Committee has allowed female boxing into competition – for the first time – in the 2012 games. Five-time U.S. national champion, 21-year-old Esparza weighs 112 pounds and hits so quickly and so hard that she has to spar with men. She is beautiful and oozes charm, but also has been fixated on the male-dominated boxing since she was 11 years old – shunning friends, boyfriends, a social life, and even TV to make time to train. She was smart enough to earn full scholarships to top colleges, but postponed college because she and her family dream she will one day represent the U.S. in the Olympics, giving their Mexican-American community a hero that could push aside negative stereotypes. Standing in Esparza’s way are the competitors who share her Olympic aspirations, a mirror of the kind of girls who box in this country – mostly blue collar, women of color, who struggle in what is traditionally a man’s sport. Chief among them, and also profiled, is Cristina Cruz, a Puerto Rican from Hell’s Kitchen.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Soledad O'Brien Speical on Female Boxing


CNN Takes on Female Boxing - the Last Frontier of the Olympics – in New Latino in America Documentary
In Her Corner reported by Soledad O’Brien debuts Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:00pm ET & PT

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien traces the U.S. Olympic dreams of female flyweight fighter Marlen Esparza. The International Olympic Committee has finally allowed women’s boxing for the 2012 games, the last female sport excluded from the world’s most prestigious sporting competition. The one-hour documentary reflects the lives of girls who typically box in this country – generally young women from ‘blue collar’ backgrounds, often women of color who must focus and train against a backdrop of challenging family struggles. Frequently, they must also fight for acceptance in their communities for their competition in traditionally a man’s sport, as a pathway to success for themselves and their families, and positive recognition for their communities.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ari Fleischer Joins CNN as Political Contributor


Ari Fleischer Joins CNN as Political Contributor

As the nation looks to the 2012 election season, CNN continues to expand its team of political contributors with the addition of former White House Secretary Ari Fleischer, it was announced today by Sam Feist, CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief. Fleischer will serve as contributor to programs across the network as well as special political programming.

“Ari’s extraordinary experience in the political arena and in the White House make him an invaluable contributor to the network,” said Feist. “We’re thrilled to have Ari on board and our viewers will appreciate his keen insight as we head into this election cycle.”
“Having worked on a successful presidential campaign and having spent 21 years in Washington, I’m looking forward to joining CNN as a regular contributor,” said Fleischer. “It’s shaping up as a red hot political year and I’m eager to lend my perspective to it.”

Prior to starting his own company, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications Inc., Fleischer was the primary spokesperson for President Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. While working for George W. Bush, Fleischer served as spokesman during the historic 2000 presidential recount, 9/11 attacks, and the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Fleischer was also the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s run for the presidency, and he also served as the communications director for the House Committee on Ways and Means from 1994 to 1999. From 1989 to 1994, Fleischer served as press secretary to New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici, and from 1983 to 1989, he served as press secretary to two members of Congress from New York, and he also worked on several political campaigns. Fleischer is the author of a New York Times best seller, Taking Heat, which details his years in the White House.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Ratings For the Week of September 12th - 16th



1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week.


Rating calculations are weekly averages based on nightly ratings provided by TVNewser with data by Nielsen Media Research. Numbers reflect Live and same day (DVR) data.



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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Your Views on the News 9/17/11

This week CNN televised the Tea Party Republican Debate and Jon Stewart had an opinion. If you want to share your opinion this is the place. Enjoy the clip.



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This Weekend's Programming 9/17/11

CNN Weekend Programming ALL TIMES EASTERN

SATURDAY, September 17, 2011

24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz – Part 3 – Airs Saturday 12:00AM – 12:30AM
CNN rebroadcasts episode three of the HBO reality series “24/7 Mayweather / Ortiz,” the all-access, behind-the-scenes four-part special that allows viewers to step into the lives of the fighters before they step into the ring on September 17, 2011.

24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz – Part 4 – Airs Saturday 12:30AM – 1:00AM
CNN rebroadcasts episode four of the HBO reality series “24/7 Mayweather / Ortiz,” the all-access, behind-the-scenes four-part special that allows viewers to step into the lives of the fighters before they step into the ring on September 17, 2011.


SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta previews his special look at endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida as profiled in his weekend primetime special Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Diana Nyad – Xtreme Dream. Also interviewed is actor Kate Winslet about her role in the film CONTAGION, in which Dr. Gupta appears as a cameo. He also speaks with her about her recent real-life brush with danger – escaping a house fire at the Caribbean home of billionaire Richard Branson.


FASHION: BACKSTAGE PASS – Airs Saturday 2:30PM – 3:00PM
Marc Jacobs, Rachel Zoe, Tommy Hilfiger, Joseph Altuzarra, Billy Reid and Jenna Lyons and Mickey Drexler of J.Crew get the “Fashion: Backstage Pass” treatment as CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho hosts the third installment of her series, a behind-the-scenes look at the latest trends in fashion.


THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topic: 2012 Politics
Guest: Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor; GOP presidential candidate
Topic: 2012 Politics
Guest: Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor; GOP presidential candidate
Topic: 2012 Politics
Guest: Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
Topic: Arab Spring; New Book
Guest: Tom Friedman, columnist, The New York Times
PLUS: Best of the CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

DR. SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS: Diana Nyad Xtreme Dream – Airs Saturday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
Over 100 miles of open ocean – teeming with sharks and surging with strong currents – stretch between Cuba and Florida. In 1978, former Olympic swimmer Diana Nyad attempted the route, but failed, due to weather. In 2011, she tried again—this time at age 61—to conquer the dream that has eluded her. For two years, Nyad trained from the gym to the pool to the ocean—secretly at first – and CNN followed her tenacious pursuit of what she called “The Xtreme Dream.” Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Nyad about her grit and determination to hone her body into a machine, to prove that big dreams were within reach and at any age.

SUNDAY, September 18, 2011


SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta previews his special look at endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida as profiled in his weekend primetime special Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Diana Nyad – Xtreme Dream. Also interviewed is actor Kate Winslet about her role in the film CONTAGION, in which Dr. Gupta appears as a cameo. He also speaks with her about her recent real-life brush with danger – escaping a house fire at the Caribbean home of billionaire Richard Branson.


STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM
Topic: Selling President Obama’s Jobs Plan
Guest: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) Majority Whip
Topic: Republican Role in a Struggling Economy
Guest: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Topics: UN Vote on Statehood for Palestine
Guest: Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.
Topics: UN Vote on Statehood for Palestine
Guest: Maen Areikat, PLO Chief Representative to the U.S.

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topics: Issue #1: JOBS – what is Mr. Immelt doing in his new role as the president’s ‘jobs czar’ to help stimulate jobs growth? Where are the opportunities to create jobs NOW? How does he, a Republican, find working with President Obama? Do we need to spend more to create jobs? Does GE really pay no taxes? Why is GE shipping jobs overseas?
Guest: Jeffrey Immelt, CEO / chairman of GE, chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Topics: Palestinian statehood – what will happen at the U.N.? Is this a smart move by the Palestinians? How should Israel react? How do things look now in Egypt, Israel, Libya, and Syria?
Guest: Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Guest: Rashid Khalidi, D.Phil., Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, author of Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
Guest: Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs magazine
Guest: Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: New Palin Book
Guest: Steve Roberts, The George Washington University
Guest: Michelle Cottle, The Daily Beast
Guest: Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
Topic: GOP Presidential Candidate Debates
Guest: Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Guest: Ben Smith, POLITICO
Topic: TechCrunch’s Latest Drama
Guest: Paul Carr, TechCrunch

Host: Howard Kurtz


RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM: BACK TO WORK - A FAREED ZAKARIA GPS SPECIAL – Airs Sunday 8:00PM – 9:00PM and 11:00PM
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria anchors a special on solutions for America’s jobs crisis. Zakaria sits down with Jeffrey Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric and “jobs czar” for the Obama Administration to talk about his proposals for how government can encourage job growth, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) about infrastructure, Andrew Liveris president, chairman, CEO of the Dow Chemical Company and author of Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy about how to save manufacturing in America. Zakaria also interviews Starwood president / CEO Frits van Paasschen about the ultimate outsource-proof industry: tourism and how to strengthen it, and Dan Ackerson chairman / CEO of General Motors about the health of auto industry.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

American Morning Reinvented?


TVNewser is reporting 'the current iteration of CNN’s “American Morning” may be in its final months of production and will likely be replaced by two new shows, one airing from 5am-7amET and another from 7am-9amET.

We’re hearing Ashleigh Banfield, who has been working freelance for ABC News for nearly two years, may be tapped to anchor the earlier hours, while former “American Morning” co-anchor Soledad O’Brien, is being mentioned as anchor of the second two hours.

Banfield, the former MSNBC and Court TV anchor, is under contract to ABC News until the end of the year. O’Brien has been spending the last several years working on documentaries for the “In America” unit. No comment from CNN.'

The New York Post
has a similar report online today too.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Last Night's Debate Ratings

CNN’S REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES DEBATE WAS #1 LAST NIGHT IN BOTH TOTAL VIEWERS AND DEMO 25-54

CNN Digital Live Video of the Debate Triples New Hampshire

According to Nielsen Fast National data (8-10pm), CNN’s Tea Party Republican debate moderated by Wolf Blitzer delivered 3.6 million total viewers and 1.1 million among adults 25-54 last night, Monday, September 12. CNN ranked first in both total viewers and among the P25-54, topping second place FNC by +88% in total viewers (3.6m vs. 1.9m) and by +204% in the key demo (1.1m vs. 370k). CNN also out-rated third place MSNBC by +455% among total viewers (3.6m vs. 643k) and by +599% among 25-54 (1.1m vs. 161k).

Compared to CNN’s recent New Hampshire GOP debate (June 13, 2011), this debate increased 13% in total viewers (3.6m vs. 3.2m) and grew +23% in the key demo 25-54 (1.1m vs. 918k) despite other big events last night including the season debut of Monday Night Football and the U.S. Open Men’s Finals.


CNN.com – Global – 8-10 p.m.
• CNN.com recorded 4.0 million global page views during the 8 – 10 p.m. hours when the Tampa debate was live, up 9% over the prior 4-Monday average and up 17% from New Hampshire debate levels.
• With 609 thousand total video starts, levels were more than twice as high as the prior 4 Monday benchmark and 75% higher than the New Hampshire performance
• Live video hit 444.2 thousand streams, nearly 150 times as high as the prior 4 Monday benchmark and more than three times as high the New Hampshire debate.

The #cnnteaparty hashtag was the #1 trending topic globally and in the U.S. from 8:15 – 9:59 pm.


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Ratings for the Week of September 5th - 9th



1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week
2 - Special programming was aired on two nights during the week
3 - Special programming was aired on three nights during the week.

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Tonight's Tea Party Debates on CNN


CNN, Tea Party Express to Host First-Ever Tea Party Debate

CNN and the Tea Party Express, along with more than 100 local tea party groups from every state across the country, will team up Monday, September 12 to present a first-of-its-kind debate from the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention: Tampa, Florida. Eight Republican presidential contenders will face questions from moderator and lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer during the two-hour event, which will air live on CNN from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. from the Florida State Fairgrounds. The debate will focus on a wide-range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on issue number one to tea party members and all Americans: the economy.

In addition to questions from Blitzer, audience members inside the debate hall, made up in part by members from tea party groups in 31 states and the District of Columbia, will be invited to ask questions directly to the candidates. Questions will also be taken live from tea party members at debate watch parties in Phoenix, Ariz.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Portsmouth, Virginia. Online, CNN will solicit questions via comments on CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Politics Facebook page, and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.

The following Republican candidates will participate in the debate: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The debate will be broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, CNN.com, and CNN Radio. The debate will be available via live stream in the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.

CNN.com
CNNPolitics.com will provide a series of stories for all things related to the CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate: the evolution of the tea party movement, its influence on the Republican Party, what’s at stake for the GOP hopefuls participating in the debate and more. On debate day, Monday, Sept. 12, CNNPolitics.com will dedicate its site to coverage of the debate, featuring profiles of the candidates and a behind-the-scenes look at event preparations.
On the day of the debate, the CNN Political Ticker will host a live, up-to-the-minute blog, including real-time comments from CNN’s political team. The page will also incorporate a social media live stream, integrating the conversation happening across CNN.com, Twitter and Facebook directly onto the Political Ticker.
Additionally, a new page for debate coverage, CNN.com/TeaPartyDebate, will be live on Friday, Sept. 9 and will feature a live video stream of the debate, plus related video.

PROGRAMMING:
CNN’s coverage surrounding the debates will be live and on location with The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer through Tuesday morning, featuring anchors Wolf Blitzer, John King, Don Lemon and Ali Velshi.


All times Eastern.

Monday, September 12
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (from Tampa)
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. John King, USA (from Tampa)
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate (from Tampa)
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Anderson Cooper 360 ° (from New York)
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. CNN-Tea Party Republican Debate (replay)
Tuesday, September 13

6 a.m. – 9 a.m. American Morning – with Ali Velshi (from Tampa)



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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Your Views on the News 9/10/11



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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The 10th Anniversary of 9/11 on CNN Sunday

CNN To Provide Global, Multi-Platform Live Coverage of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11th

On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th, CNN will broadcast live from New York, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Penn., Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CNN programming for Sunday, Sept. 11 (all times Eastern):

6:00am – 8:00am CNN Newsroom
8:00am – 1:00pm CNN 9/11 Ten Years Later
1:00pm – 2:00pm FAREED ZAKARIA GPS
8:00pm – 9:00pm CNN Newsroom (to include President Obama’s remarks live at 8:45pmE)
9:00pm – 10:00pm CNN Presents: Footnotes of 9/11
10:00pm – 11:00pm Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11

On Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET, CNN’s global broadcast will be anchored by Anderson Cooper and Candy Crowley from New York City’s Ground Zero, joined by CNN International anchor Becky Anderson, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien. Wolf Blitzer will anchor from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., joined by Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr. John King will anchor from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn. Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh will contribute from Pakistan, and anchor Suzanne Malveaux and senior international correspondent Nic Robertson will contribute to CNN’s coverage from Afghanistan. On Sept. 11th, 2001, Robertson was one of the only Western television journalists in Taliban-held Afghanistan, and reported on the Taliban response and the attacks by the Northern Alliance on Kabul live via satellite videophone. Senior anchor Patricia Janiot and anchor Juan Carlos López will lead CNN en Español’s coverage from Ground Zero with regular reports by Adriana Hauser in New York and Ione Molinares from the Pentagon.
At 1 p.m. ET, a special broadcast of Fareed Zakaria GPS will feature an interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and anchor Fareed Zakaria.
Before the global simulcast, T.J. Holmes will anchor CNN Newsroom from Ground Zero beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S.

CNN Guest List for Sept. 11:

Geneive Abdo, Author, “Mecca and Main Street”
Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst; Author, “The Osama bin Laden I Know” and “The Longest War”
Vice President Joe Biden
Debbie Borza, Mother of Flight 93 victim
Andy Card, Former White House Chief of Staff
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Rep. Keith Ellison, Congressman, Minnesota’s 5th District
Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary
Michael Hayden, Former Director, CIA
Michael Hingson, 9/11 Survivor; Author, Thunder Dog
Monica Iken, Founder, “September’s Mission”
Denis Leary, “Rescue Me” and the Leary Firefighters Foundation
Mary Matalin, CNN Political Contributor
John Miller, Associate Deputy Director, National Intelligence Analysis; Former Assistant Director of Public Affairs, FBI
Jeff Parness, The NY Say Thank You Foundation
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Mark Tillman, Former Air Force One Pilot, US Air Force Retired
Frances Townsend, CNN National Security Contributor


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tonight's Special Programming


AC 360° and Piers Morgan Tonight to follow the Presidential Address
 
On Thursday, Sept. 8, CNN will broadcast special coverage of President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. with a special edition of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. The President’s address on job creation is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, along with chief national correspondent John King from Capitol Hill, will anchor the network’s coverage. CNN International will simulcast the President’s speech.

AC 360° at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Piers Morgan Tonight will follow at 9 p.m. and will feature special coverage and analysis of the presidential address. CNN will replay the president’s address at 11 p.m.

CNN.com will live stream the address in the new CNN video experience and the address will be available live on the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. CNNPolitics.com will feature in-depth reporting and The Political Ticker will incorporate live blogging during the speech.
All Times Eastern.
 
 
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ratings For the Week of August 29th - September 2nd



1 - Special programming was aired on one night during the week.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day 2011


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

CNN's Four Original Documentaries Marking 9/11

CNN to Debut Four Original Documentaries Marking 9/11 Anniversary

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Soledad O’Brien, Drew Griffin and TIME/HBO Presentation Report:
9/11 Ten Years Later

During the week leading up to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, CNN will premiere four one-hour productions on its domestic network. In investigations led by chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN is reporting new insights into the health consequences experienced by the first responders working at New York’s Ground Zero, examining the events of that day through the eyes of people who were on the front lines of one of America’s most tragic days, and profiling several unsung heroines who saved lives on that day. A fourth presentation from TIME in association with HBO features a collection of TIME magazine oral histories from people who experienced the events of that day as they unfolded, and their reflections as the nation reacted in the days, months, and years afterwards.

“It was a day that changed us all and CNN is leveraging its unmatched resources to cover remembrances from around the nation and the world as we look back on 9/11 and what it means a decade later,” says Bart Feder, senior vice president of programming for CNN. “In addition, these documentaries tell stories we feel will evoke pride in the heroism and bravery of the Americans who risked their lives, and some who sacrificed themselves on that day to save others. And, they present an opportunity to remember the difficult work of first responders – and our servicemen and women on the front lines overseas – who continue to try to keep this nation safe each day.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:00pm (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:00pm), CNN will debut FOOTNOTES OF 9/11, featuring interviews with people who went to work on Sept. 11, 2001 – and unexpectedly became part of history. Each of the eight people profiled by investigative correspondent Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days. They include ticket agents who checked in some of the terrorists, a maintenance technician who answered a call from one of the planes under attack, and the Lt. Col. in the Massachusetts Air National Guard – also a United Airlines pilot – who scrambled to provide defense to New York, and faced possibly having to shoot down a passenger plane.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11:00pm (replay on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:00pm), DR. SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS: TERROR IN THE DUST, will examine how responders who breathed in the toxic dust and noxious fumes at New York City’s Ground Zero are coping with the health effects of the attacks. The environmental hazards at the World Trade Center disaster site – mercury from fluorescent light bulbs, dioxin and benzene emitted as the jets burned, asbestos from the building materials, and more – have caused severe respiratory ailments, immune problems and, some suspect, a greatly increased cancer risk. Among those who speak to Dr. Gupta are two brothers – firefighters who searched for survivors in the pile of the collapsed towers – one whose lungs are now failing and the other who appears to have had no permanent physical effects. Ten years after the attacks chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks to first responders who continue to experience emotional trauma. Dr. Gupta’s investigation includes never before broadcast footage of the collapse of the Twin Towers, the medical consequences of the killer dust, and safety recommendations for future crisis responses.

BEYOND BRAVERY: THE WOMEN OF 9/11 will air on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 11:00pm (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:00pm), and profiles the sometimes overlooked female rescue workers who raced to the Twin Towers in the wake of the attack. Anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien looks at the work of these rescue workers over the decade following their life-altering experiences. Among the stories of these heroic women of New York’s Ground Zero is an African-American firefighter whose company lost seven of the 342 firefighters who died that day. She is pushing to recruit more women to this dangerous job, even as the number of female firefighters has dropped to less than one percent of the NYFD. O’Brien also speaks with the family of a decorated police officer and mother who was photographed rescuing survivors just moments before the collapse of the towers. O’Brien reports the present-day health and emotional struggles of these unsung heroines and hears about their determination to be prepared for the next attack – and to restore hope.

On Friday, Sept. 9 at 11:00pm (with replays on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm), CNN will premiere a special presentation from TIME in association with HBO, BEYOND 9/11: PORTRAITS OF RESILIENCE. Captured in words and moving images, this documentary features untold stories drawn from 40 women and men who led and sacrificed for America in the hours, days, and months that followed the attacks. Working with the editors of TIME, award-winning photographer Marco Grob produced an astonishing set of portraits which are coupled with dramatic recollections from government leaders, survivors of the towers, and first responders.
Kathleen Johnston, Brian Rokus, and Bud Bultman produced FOOTNOTES of 9/11, Stephanie Smith and Roni Selig produced TERROR IN THE DUST, and Rose Arce and Geraldine Moriba produced BEYOND BRAVERY.



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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Your Views on the News 9/3/11



It's your turn to tell us what's on your mind. Thoughts on what's wrong with American Morning? Or maybe you have an opinoin on the title of Erin Burnett's new show 'Out Front' or on Nancy Grace Dancing with the Stars?

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This Weekend's Programming 9/3/11

SATURDAY, September 3, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
A preview of CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s investigation into the health impacts of the toxins in the dust during the attacks in NYC on the World Trade Center. Dr. Gupta also interviews paleontologists Dr. Richard Leakey and Dr. Donald Johanson about why the study of evolution is important to medicine.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT’S TV SECRETS & SUPRISES Saturday 4:30PM-5:00PM
Hosted by AJ Hammer, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight teams up with Entertainment Weekly Magazine to reveal the biggest secrets and suprises of the fall TV season.

THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER – Airs Saturday 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Topics: American Politics; Congressional Black Caucus
Guests: Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin, CNN Contributors

Anchor: Wolf Blitzer

DR SANJAY GUPTA REPORTS: THE LAST HEART ATTACK – Saturday 8:00PM- 9:00PM, 11:00PM- 12:00AM, 2:00AM - 3:00AM
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates whether diet and modern medicine are enough to prevent every heart attack -- and if living a healthier lifestyle could save more than 100,000 lives every year in the U.S. alone. Dr. Gupta interviews former President Bill Clinton, who credits his vegan diet with his improved heart disease, and doctors researching the latest treatments. Dr. Gupta also puts his own heart under the microscope as to offer practical advice and hard science to show how healthy living could reduce heart disease. Includes interviews with Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of The South Beach Diet), for insights on how diet impacts heart disease – and how heart disease may be reversible with better nutrition.

SUNDAY, September 4, 2011

SANJAY GUPTA, MD – Airs Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM – 8:00AM
A preview of CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s investigation into the health impacts of the toxins in the dust during the attacks in NYC on the World Trade Center. Dr. Gupta also interviews paleontologists Dr. Richard Leakey and Dr. Donald Johanson about why the study of evolution is important to medicine.

STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY – Airs LIVE Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM, NOON – 1:00PM

Topics: GOP Candidate Forum in South Carolina; President Obama’s Jobs Plan
Guest: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Topics: Unions on the Economy and President Obama
Guest: James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Topics: Libya; Syria; 9/11
Guest: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) chairman, Homeland Security Committee
Guest: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) chairman, House Intelligence Committee

Anchor: Candy Crowley

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Airs Sunday 10:00AM – 11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Topics: Women in the world: How are women faring in the wake of the Middle East revolutions? Are women’s roles modernizing in the Arab World and Africa? What else is happening with women around the world? How are they changing world affairs and being impacted by global social and economic changes?
Guest: Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, The New York Times; co-author, Half the Sky
Guest: Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International
Guest: Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, co-author, Half the Sky, investment banker

Topics: Innovation, building construction, and design; Should architectural be subject to sustainability?
Guest: Frank Gehry, architect

Topic: Innovation: how far can technology take artificial intelligence? Can robots learn, tell jokes, become smarter than humans?
Guest: Heather Knight, doctoral robotics candidate, Carnegie Mellon

Topic: Bush, Clinton, Clooney, Gadhafi, Obama, Pacino, Putin – what can be learned while photographing world leaders, newsmakers, and celebrities?
Guest: Platon, photographer, TIME and THE NEW YORKER magazines

Anchor: Fareed Zakaria

RELIABLE SOURCES – Airs LIVE 11:00AM – NOON

Topic: Cheney’s Book
Guest: Jim Geraghty, contributing editor, National Review
Guest: Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief, Chicago Sun-Times
Guest: Eleanor Clift, contributing editor, Newsweek Daily Beast

Topic: Covering 9/11: 10 Years Later
Guest: Kelli Arena, former CNN Justice Department correspondent
Guest: Jamie McIntyre, former CNN senior Pentagon correspondent

Topic: Role of Media Criticism
Guest: Jack Shafer, former media critic, Slate

Host: Howard Kurtz

UNWELCOME: THE MUSLIMS NEXT DOOR – Sunday 8:00PM-9:00PM, 11:00PM - 12:00AM, 2:00AM- 3:00AM
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (pop. 100,000) is home to 190 churches… and one mosque. Five times a day members of the Muslim community gather in Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to pray… men in one room, women and children in another. Muslims have lived in Murfreesboro for decades, yet when plans to build a new mosque were approved this summer, questions were raised and the resulting backlash and acts of vandalism revealed a community divided by deep-rooted suspicions about Muslims, and Islam. Ten years after 9/11, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports the story of Muslims and non-Muslims, from Murfreesboro to Manhattan, struggling to find common ground in America.


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