March 31st, 2008
09:15 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/31/08

Anderson is back in New York tonight.

We're going to launch a new way to take part in the 360° live blog. Tonight we'll debut a live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. 

LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA (sorry – no audio – talk to the lawyers)

As for the live blog, we'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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  1. Jen

    great danes are AWESOME! mine loves kids, and yes anderson you can ride them...well, YOu can't probably...but little kids can! my little sister jumps off the porch onto my dog's back and hold on while he runs around the lawn.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Ceit

    I love the puppy!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Michelle in Los Angeles

    What a great big cute dog. U got to love him

    March 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Kathy, Chicago

    That puppy is adorable. Now 50 lbs of love and destruction graduates puppy class this week. Great show tonight!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Annie

    If we're going to "complain" and gripe about doctors – the people in the medical community who are supposed to "help us" needing help themselves, we need to redirect our complaints. The bigger issue to public safety is people in law enforcement abusing their power. I believe both are high stress industries and give false sense of power and ultimately it's abused.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Rose from IA

    Check your State Medical Board's Website and search for your Doc to see his Record. Most States have them.........

    March 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Steve N

    Great show guys, thank you. Keep the web cam feature up. 🙂

    March 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Kyle

    CNN should sell a bobble head doll of Erica for the beat 360, i love the head bobble!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Deanna

    Dear Anderson,
    I do hope you or someone at CNN will take on this project. That would be to have a full background check on each democratic candidate.By
    t hat , I mean from 10 years old: Parents, schools, church, friends, part-time jobs, full time jobs, College: Major, minor, number of years to complete, changed schools, changed major...Friends in college, as young adults, clubs, organizations, volunteer work, Best friends & mentors : as teenager, young adult & mature adult.
    There are probably more things that need to be checked but this
    is all I can think of...this is being asked by everyone, but no one has
    addressed this issue..Thank you in advance for your concern in this matter..
    It is a privilege to watch your show, Thanks,

    March 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Dusty

    I dont think the Hillary Obama fight will divide the party, look at everything that has gone on during the current adminstration. There is almost NO WAY a republican will win. I think all this excitiment will make the party stronger!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Marie

    The rhetoric is working. If everyone keeps saying that Clinton should drop out it appears the Obama campaign wants to disenfranchise voters. As it stands, it appears as if he doesn’t want the FL & MI votes to count or the 10 remaining states. It makes Obama appear arrogant and unpatriotic. So when it’s time to vote in the remaining states they will vote against Obama even though he’s campaigning in states that have primarys in May and says that Clinton should stay in the race. Very clever.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  12. comfortablynumb

    I did an internship at our local hospital for two years with an anesthesiologist and he told me flat out that he knows of multiple high-status surgeons who have been in similar situations. It is pretty surprising what they get away with in those facilities. I thought so anyway...

    March 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Kellee

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of Dr screw ups every year, "under the influence" or not!

    Anderson, I love the new web cam, although I feel like a semi-stalker!
    You rock!!!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. propstanne

    Lesli and others, most medical boards and hospitals make this one of their top priorities and this could never ever happen in a quality hospital. I am sure of it from my years in hospital administration. Just make absolutely sure your hospital has a peer review program and an impaired MD policy. That way even if the doc is in treatment, he/she is monitored to eliminate these horrors. Seen it work well numerous times.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Jacqui Chan

    This story about the alcoholic doctor is extremely disturbing. The man who forgave him is just amazing. Why didn't a coworker intervene obviously they would have known he was constantly drunk; this is there responsibility as a nurse or hospital worker.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Jo Ann

    I think patients should be entitled to know if their doctors are in any type of rehab program.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Brandi in the Swamps of Louisiana

    I personally think they should lose their licenses. I believe the regulations actually have clauses covering practicing under the influence and the hippocratic oath, which is what is violated when doctors choose to do it.

    I understand about addictions, but if it is so bad that you hurt the innocent, you should really find another line of work.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Marie Rose

    Dave, our medical school has been very good about discussing addiction with us, as well as other related issues. We’ve also been given resources and encouraged to use them if the need should ever arise… I guess medical education seems to be changing for the better.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Kim

    @Dave: I think that's the smart and fair way to go with better quality monitoring to make sure peopel are safe rather than exposing people as substance abusers.

    Anderson, Erica, thanks for a great show and a perfect way to start the day :o)

    March 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Daniel, Germany

    @Kim: I don't have a problem with their privacy, but my problem is that these doctors are still allowed to practice. These people are holding the lives of other people in their hands, so i think they should be at least be suspended for a certain time.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Renee

    Randi Kaye: How does Dr. West still have malpractice insurance or is he "bare"? If a doctor is without malpractice insurance in FL he or she must disclose that fact! Many hospitals are now allowing doctors to do surgery without malpractice insurance. The patient must sign a disclosure statement along with the doctor.

    @ Dr. Dave: Can doctor's with alcohol and drug issues get malpractice insurance in your state?

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    "Accidental" drug overdose? Since when is taking illegal drugs and accident?

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois

    Anderson you bring up a great question. How well run are the oversight programs for doctors if things like this are occurring. People are being hurt and dying because of the behavior of someone that they have put their trust in and more importantly their lives. This is negligence. While doctors need a means by which to get treatment for their addictions they need to be 100% stable and clean before they start putting other people's lives in danger. Thanks for keeping them honest 360!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Zing-Zing, Canada

    Does the program require co-workers who suspect physicians of addiction to report it?

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Becca, Louisville, KY

    I think every person has a right to keep their treatment for addiction a secret. I am not condoning doctors that continue practicing when they KNOW they should not be, quite the contrary. But I think we should step back before revoking the right to privacy especially in a matter like addiction, which has such a stigma attached to it.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Jolene

    Sure, Doctors should go to rehab too, but, they shouldn't practice or do surgeries. They should at least be honest with themselves. If I was a doctor with an addition, I wouldn't want to practice until I was free from the addiction.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Tammy

    Forging AA logs and fixing UA's are standard using behavior. When I worked as a counselor with the criminal justice drug court system, you wouldn't believe the things my clients were able to get away with (and they knew how to manipulate the system). An active addict knows how to play the system. And sadly, these people suffered for it. However, I know many medical and counseling professionals IN RECOVERY who help people heal every day. Guess what? My addiction is my private business between me and my supervisor. My supervisor will determine if I am not capable of treating someone. Not my patient. And outside agencies aren't going to understand the medical profession (or addiction).

    March 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Glen Up North

    Kim, I believe you hit the nail on the head: As long as their performance does not hurt anyone. Is rehab the threat of hurting, or is it the time spent before actually making it to rehab?

    March 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Ceit

    Yes it's private but they shouldn't be allowed to practice either.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
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