Friday, March 28, 2014
Posted by The ATC Team at 1:13 PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Chicagoland is an eight segment non-scripted original series which airs at 10pm ET and PT Thursday's on CNN.
The first three episodes covered some of the City of Chicago's 2013 news headlines starting in the spring and going through the 4th of July weekend. As a Chicago "area" resident, the stories seem to be those that were making headlines in the Chicago Tribune and local media, with in-depth filming of some of the news makers and events adding the background drama for the series. The major story arcs are the controversial closing of 50 public schools and the gang related violence on the South and near West sides of the city. Much time is given to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Fenger High School Principal, Elizabeth Dozer. We also meet Gary McCarthy, Police Superintendent brought in to work on reducing the violence (which he correctly claims is the result of gangs and guns); Dr. Dennis, the head of the trauma unit at Stroger Hospital; and Erica Demarest, a reporter with DNAinfo who documents the lives of those lost - all trying to make a difference in their own way. Episode two did cover the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship and gave a brief mention to Chicago's Gay Pride Parade and some of the various ethnic neighborhoods, but much of the "good" gets overshadowed by the focus on the violence plaguing the South and near West sides.
While the personalities portrayed have compelling stories to tell, I would warn viewers that Chicagoland focuses mainly on the violence in certain areas of the city and is not a representation of the city as a whole. This series is a snapshot of certain events taking place in a city over a period of a few months. It is this reviewer's opinion that while entertaining and informative as to some of the stories making Chicago news headlines in 2013 it is not representative of the City as a whole and the first three episodes have not dealt with the background cause driving the violence in the South and near West sides of the city so that viewers understand there is no easy fix and while certain people are stepping up to effect change it's going to take more people and much time to change the culture driving the violence. Future episodes appear to offer stories of more people stepping forward to attempt to effect that change. ~ Wonz.
Here's a preview of episode 4, which airs tonight ~
Posted by Wonz at 6:00 AM
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Posted by The ATC Team at 4:40 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2014
If you feel we at ATC have been asleep at the wheel lately you're right, but we're not the only ones. We seem to be persona non grata with CNN PR lately, no press releases for the new Don Lemon show, the Sunni Hostin/Mark Geragos try out or even the stellar ratings that AC360 has accomplished this week. And to top that all off they aren't spoon feeding us the Sunday morning programming, we actually had to look it up ourselves. Oh the horror!
Even as CNN quality has let us down recently we always felt their PR department had our backs, guess we need to rethink that too. If you have a CNN related rant here's the place for it.
Posted by The ATC Team at 1:32 AM
SUNDAY MARCH 16, 2014
INSIDE POLITICS with John King – Sunday 8:30am-9:00am
Topics: How the newly released Clinton documents may impact the 2016 presidential race; the real lessons from FL-13; former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown; who is ‘the next Ronald Reagan;’ and the story behind the surprising new poll numbers on the potential GOP 2016 field
Guest: Peter Hamby, political reporter, CNN
Guest: Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter, The Washington Post
Guest: Jonathan Martin, political reporter, The New York Times
Guest: Manu Raju, senior Congressional reporter, POLITICO
Anchor: John King
STATE OF THE UNION with Candy Crowley – LIVE Sundays 9:00am-10:00am & 12:00pm-1:00pm
Topic: Missing Malaysian airliner
Guest: Commander William Marks, USS Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet
Topic: Missing Malaysian airliner
Guest: Colleen Keller, senior aerospace analyst
Guest: Steve Wallace, former FAA investigator
Guest: Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ)
Topics: 2014 midterm elections; GOP strategy since the 2012 election ‘autopsy’
Guest: Reince Priebus, RNC chairman
Topics: Politics panel
Guest: Charles Blow, columnist, New York Times and CNN commentator
Guest: Ana Navarro, CNN commentator
Guest: Ron Brownstein, editorial director, Atlantic Media and CNN senior political analyst
Anchor: Candy Crowley
FAREED ZAKARIA GPS – Sundays 10:00am-11:00am & 1:00pm-2:00pm on CNN/U.S.; 3:00pm-4:00pm on CNN International
Topic: The crisis in Ukraine
Guest: Radoslaw Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland
Guest: Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia
Topic: Nigeria’s missing billions and anti-gay legislation
Guest: Ngozi Okongo-Iweala, PhD, Finance Minister of Nigeria
Topic: The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well Is The Key To Success (2013)
Guest: Megan McArdle, columnist, Bloomberg View
Host: Fareed Zakaria
RELIABLE SOURCES – Sundays 11:00am-12:00pm
Topic: Malaysia Flight 370: covering an aviation mystery.
Guest: Robert Hager, former NBC News correspondent
Topic: Speculation journalism and the coverage of MA Flight 370
Guest: Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief and director of the George Washington University of Media and Public Affairs
Topic: MA Flight 370: why millions are glued to their televisions – for a mystery that has no answers?
Guest: Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist
Topics: The dangers of reporting in Crimea; Ukraine news organizations shut down by Russia
Guest: Anna Coren, CNN International correspondent
Host: Brian Stelter
Posted by The ATC Team at 1:24 AM
Friday, March 7, 2014
Posted by The ATC Team at 2:15 PM