May 8th, 2008
09:34 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/8/08

Tonight, is Hillary Clinton injecting race into the race, again? We’ll show you what she said and you can decide for yourself.

We’ll also have Barack Obama’s first interview since his win in North Carolina. See what he says about Clinton and also what he said that upset the McCain campaign.

Plus, the latest news out of Burma where military dictators are keeping cyclone relief to a trickle while bodies rot and survivors go hungry.

And almost 40 years after Charles Manson and his twisted followers painted Southern California red with the blood of seven people there’s new evidence that the Manson Family body count may be even higher. We'll take you to the ranch where more bodies may be buried.

We want to know what you think so we’ll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET. Take a look at a post that may be helpful if you wonder why some comments get posted while others do not. LINK TO COMMENTS POST

And be sure to check out our 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

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  1. Marilyn

    I remember Manson and the terrible killings. Manson loves the camera, publicity, and most definitely himself and that's the way he always was. Wish he was given the death penalty a long time ago.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. andersoncnn

    Billi – i agree of course media outlets have a big effect on things, though i think the notion of "the media" as some monolithic block that shapes opinion is false. There are so many varied members of "the media" – talk radio, blogs, cable news, network news, print, etc... and so many different perspectives..

    May 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Saera El Paso, TX

    ahh... the wonders of youtube <3
    goodnight everyone!!!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Thursday evening..Dancing inmates..All those orange suits in one place..nightmare on the color chart..Night all

    May 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  5. deborah,OH

    Good night all. VERY good show, as always.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. EJ

    Goodnight Anderson & Erica – keep smilin!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Jen in Mex.

    Ok. That's it. Cnn has to send someone to do a full story on those dancing Phillipino dancing prisoners. Come on, maybe they know something we don't and perhaps could implement in our prisons. Well, maybe.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Dancing prisoners–where do you find this footage of these guys? On that note, good night all.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Maria

    It was a very brave thing Lawrence King did, but in todays world I am sad that it is a topic one should be brave to admit. Being gay is an normal as being straight, black, white, gray or bald…

    May 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Kathy, Chicago

    Thanks Erica! You are on top of things as always. Night all!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Jana, Indiana

    Good night All and Anderson. Really good show tonight.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Maria

    It was a very brave thing Kenny did, but in todays world I am sad that it is a topic one should be brave to admit. Being gay is an normal as being straight, black, white, gray or bald...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  13. anita in honolulu

    Anderson: I agree regarding your Manson comment "Blah, Blah, Blah." Anyone who has read "Helter Skelter" knows that Manson knew exactly what he was saying and doing.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Kayle

    Blah blah blah, lol thank you Anderson. I'm sure that I don't stand alone when I say Manson and everything involving him creeps the hell out of me!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Maureen T

    How sad that Lawrence King was killed because of who he was! Such sadness!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Jacqui Chan

    I wonder why no one talked about the missing people that Manson may heve killed before this, obviously their families would have missed them...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  17. deborah,OH

    I remember Manson from the 'old days'. And, yes, he loves the camera, and, yes, he has gotten crazier looking ever time he is brought out for a hearing. God rest the souls of those he has slaughtered.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    Ok, seeing Manson and hearing him still brings chills down my spine.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Minou, GUAM

    Maria : it could be very dangerous for a journalist to just go in without being allowed to work in Burma. the regime not open to the media and if a journalist would be caught doing her/his job, they would be in danger of torture and losing their lives. this regime has no respect for human life.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Betty Ann

    Charles Manson is some REALLY evil energy but the tracking dog was good energy.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Anderson: I didn't mean to insinuate that you were speaking for anyone, in fact you are one of the few anchors/ reporters who has tried to be fair during this election. I just think that this comment has been approached differently than Obama's comment was.

    I don't know what the word "media" means anymore myself, but I didn't know how else to characterize the people reporting on the election.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Jacqui Chan

    oh thanks for responding EJ, I appreciate it.

    it's so horrible that thousands of people are in agony dying of thirst and food deprivation and so many volunteers are trying so desperately to help but the government does not want to risk losing it's pride and control – very frustrating a genocide as someone stated is right!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  23. Maureen T

    Hopefully Charles Manson will spend the rest of his life locked up...What an eerie time that was!...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  24. Maria

    Charles Manson is a historical figure and this is only going to make him even more legendary Infamous. His mission accomplished. Hope the bodies are found and brought to peace by a PROPER burial.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  25. angie tennessee

    it is sad what the goverment in burmese is doing to it citizens but look what our country did to those katrina victims i see no diffrence

    May 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  26. Cher

    Shouldn't the leaders of Burma have to answer to the UN today for not allowing people into help? It makes you wonder what or if they are trying to hide anything in that country.

    It is really hard to see the pictures of bodies in the water and knowing that if they don't take care of them soon, there will be more disease and death.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Andrea from Canada

    Manson is the craziest looking man in the world.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  28. Jolene

    Wow, you gotta love dogs and their senses. Buster trained to find human remains. Very interesting. I agree with Ted, even if remains are found, it will remain a mystery on who they are.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Roy Mason Hudgens , San Antonio, TX "Go Spurs Go"

    Manson looks like he enjoys the camera.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Kathy

    When you see the scenes from Burma, it sure makes you appreciate the lives that we live.
    God bless those poor people.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  31. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I wouldn't for a second be surprised if more victims were found in the Death Valley location. Charles Manson and his followers were ruthless.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  32. Connie from Ohio

    Manson scares me....

    May 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Melissa

    I think they are objecting more to U.S. involvement than anything.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Kayle

    I don't get that country. The fact that the entire country is so determined to be secluded is unsettling. The thing that got me was that when I first heard the story I thought the reporter said 1,000 people. 10,000 people died and I wasn't aware of it for almost 3 days. I'm a bit shocked of myself, and this country.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  35. Nikki

    Invading Burmese air space without permission can be considered an act of war, I believe.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Maria

    I understand that most of the Western journalist can not get a visa to Burma but what about anyone who can, you don't have to be a journalist or an aid worker to find a way to get a visa GO there and make a little but difference.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Ana

    It is so sad what we see from Bruma ! UN looks powerless ....
    Thank you Anderson. You are doing a great job.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Jana, Indiana

    Anderson, The Burma story is so distressing to all of us. I don’t think unless someone lived in the Gulf Coast area or any area that has been hit here in the United States, that we can even imagine what those people are going through.

    I imagine this story is close to your heart. I am glad that you did the report yourself.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
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