Thursday, December 28, 2006

BREAKING NEWS...

So long Saddam...

6:31pm, NBC News: We "have been told by U.S. military and intelligence officials that the execution could take place within the next 48 hours or perhaps as early as tomorrow," Richard Engel reported from Baghdad.

From CNN today...

CNN Offers Live Coverage of Ford Remembrance

Extensive Reports include Former President’s State Funeral Services, CNN Pipeline Feed of Public Viewing

As the official remembrance begins on Friday, Dec. 29, for former President Gerald Ford, CNN will provide extensive live coverage throughout the week of tributes to Ford in California and Michigan, the transport of his body to Washington, D.C., his body lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda and his memorial service at the National Cathedral on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Throughout Friday, CNN will provide reports from Palm Desert, Calif., where the Ford family plans to hold a private service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

On Saturday, Dec. 30, live coverage continues from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as officials transport Ford’s body to Washington, D.C. As ceremonies move to Washington, D.C., CNN’s live reports resumes at 5 p.m. with a special edition of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and Jeff Greenfield anchoring coverage of the landing at Andrews Air Force Base, the procession to the U.S. Capitol, the state funeral at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda and the start of a public viewing.

For Sunday, Dec. 31, CNN will air a special Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blitzer and Greenfield will anchor the network’s live coverage of the National Cathedral Memorial Service on Tuesday, Jan. 2, beginning at 9 a.m.

Coverage concludes on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Ford’s will lie in state for a public viewing at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Coverage includes a final funeral service at 2 p.m. at Grace Church and internment in a hillside tomb on the grounds of the museum.

Question: Should Cooper fly to Iraq and report on the execution, given that at this time Cal Perry and Arwa Damon are the only people in Baghdad OR should he cover the state funeral of Gerald Ford? Your call...

18 comentarios:

Jade said...

This really has to irk Cooper...two large news stories and he's stuck in Times Square hosting a show on NYE.

Poor guy.

Billie Newman said...

@Jade I agree, but I think he may find some way to cover some part of it. It's only an hour and a half flight from NYC to Grand Rapids. He could cover that portion of it.

Anonymous said...

He was supposed to have gone to Iraq weeks ago. He said he was when he spoke at SMU, but he never got around to it. I'm surprised he's working this week at all.

jr said...

I pretty much thought that Wolf and Company would cover the funeral since they are stationed in Washington. Not sure who they would have covering in Michigan. If it was AC, don't you think the press release would have stated as such?

As far as Iraq goes, I'm sure there will be debates as to whether the execution gets televised or not and I'm guessing that the Anchors will chose Ford's funeral over Hussein's death.

The Somalia conflict is escalating also and I'm guessing Anderson would love to cover that conflict also.

Whatever it is...my guess is AC will be "back on the road" again soon!

Billie Newman said...

Please get him back on the road and no more Rosie/Donald - ENOUGH ALREADY.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind the Rosie/Donald stuff. Anderson seems overly amused by it all, and it's nice to see him smiling and being snarky again. He can do both the serious and silly.

Anonymous said...

He is staying put for now, at the advice of his new girlfriend.

Anonymous said...

his new girlfriend? does that mean he ended with the dog walker?

Anonymous said...

What? Who's girlfriend? certainly NOT Anderson's. We all know that he's not into it.

Jade said...

Here is an observation that I've been noodling around in my head...

When Cooper is in the field, his fan base becomes all motherly and worried about his safety, etc., BUT...the minute he's been at the desk for more than a week at a time, the same fans demand that he return to the field.

I've also noticed the same trend on other sites when it comes to him taking vacation. If he's been consistently working (as most of us have to) then they demand that he takes vacation! BUT.. the minute he takes some time off, they are clammering for his return because he's hardly ever on.

Does the old addage of "you can't have your cake and eat it too" apply here?

BTW...no Cooper or 360 tonight...they are preparing for NYE!!

Anonymous said...

Who has a problem with Perry? He's the only one that turns actual news pieces out of Iraq when Ware is gone. Should be him and Ware all the time.

Jade said...

I don't think anyone really has a problem with Cal Perry, he just doesn't have enough "face time" so I think he might come across to the normal viewer as inexperiened and young even though he is the bureau chief now.

jr said...

@Jade: You are right on about what you've been "noodling". I totally agree with your observations. The only thing I would add is the "snark" factor. Everyone seemed to go nutso with the Rosie/Donald snark but then they are the first ones to complain that the story is not newsworthy so enough already.

If I worked at CNN and had to deal with all the "praise/complaints" they get, which I'm sure come from the same people, I'd go nutso myself!

Bottom line, we aren't going to get 24/7 AC and if you do expect it, then watch CNN on Sunday because it's the AC360 Marathon so you will get your fill of him for sure!

Jade said...

@jr...dare I say that I don't think I could watch Cooper for 24 hours. :/ He's not that great a journalist at times...

*quietly backing out of the room*

courtney01 said...

He's a much better writer than reporter.

*backing out of the room with Jade*

Anonymous said...

Why are you all backing out of the room? I think we have to expect different opinions, even on Anderson, from owners of a blog named "Freakspeakers". I'm a huge fan of his, but I know he's not perfect and I don't blindly worship him or feel that he can do no wrong as a reporter or anchor. There's nothing wrong with a little criticism if it's warranted.

Anonymous said...

@ Jade,

I think Anderson enjoys doing the New Year's Eve show, so he's probably not irked about it.

courtney01 said...

@anon10:05

You're one of a kind, then.

I've run across a few people who prefer no criticism for their idol. Better safe than sorry.

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