June 24th, 2008
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/24/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
June 24th, 2008
09:05 PM ET

AC360° Radar for June 25th

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some the stories on our radar for tomorrow:

RAW POLITICS: Sen. John McCain will be giving a speech on energy in Las Vegas and then will attend a finance event there. He’ll also be opening offices in Henderson, NV and Woodbridge, NJ. Sen. Obama will be in Chicago.

KEEPING THEM HONEST: Drew Griffin is updating his internet drugs story.  After chasing down doctors, confronting a rogue pharmacy, and exposing just how easy it is to go on line to purchase prescription drugs Drew thought he’d get a reaction from the government on what's being done to stop it.  He did but not the reaction he was expecting.  The bureaucratic agencies in Washington are finger pointing over who's in charge to stop it. The White house sent us to the DEA, the DEA to the FDA. All the while the government seems to be MIA on internet drug abuse.

IRAQ: President Bush is scheduled to meet in the Oval Office of The White House with Iraq President Jalal Talabani at 10a.m.

GLOBAL ENERGY MARKETS AND IMPACT OF HIGH OIL PRICES HEARING: Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing to “examine the state of the global energy markets and the impact of sustained high oil prices on the U.S. economy.”

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE HEARING: House Intelligence Committee’s Intelligence Community Management Subcommittee holds a hearing on “global climate change.”

MORTGAGE MELTDOWN REPORT RELEASED: A new report “Beyond the Mortgage Meltdown: Addressing the Current Crisis, Avoiding a Future Catastrophe” is scheduled to be released by Demos at the National Press Club.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 24th, 2008
09:00 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Faith Under Fire

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Good evening!  It's been a wild day on the radio airwaves. We'll bring it all you on the 360° airwaves

Senator Barack Obama is under fire from one of the country's leading evangelical leaders.  On his radio show today, Dr. James Dobson laid into the Democratic presidential candidate.  He's accusing Obama of "deliberately distorting" the Bible in speeches.  That's not all.  Dobson also says Obama is taking a "fruitcake interpretation" of the U.S. Constitution.  But does Dr. Dobson have it all wrong?  Tonite on 360, we'll have all the angles. And, wait till you hear how the Obama camp is responding to the charges.

Radio talk show host Don Imus also made headlines today.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 24th, 2008
08:38 PM ET

Dr. Dobson and Sen. Obama uncut

James Dobson, one of Christian conservatism's most influential voices, is taking aim at a speech made two years ago by Sen. Barack Obama.

In the speech at a conference of liberal Christians, Obama discussed the role religion can and should play in politics, suggesting it would be impractical to govern soley along Biblical guidelines.

Tonight on AC360° at 10p ET, we'll play excepts from both Dr. Dobson's and Sen. Obama's comments.

If you'd like to hear more, you can link to Dr. Dobson's radio broadcast HERE. The site also shows some excerpts from Sen. Obama's speech.

You can read Sen. Obama's entire 2006 speech HERE. You can also see it on YouTube by searching "Obama Call To Renewal."


Filed under: Raw Politics
June 24th, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Tuesday’s tidbits

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

Families in Indonesia are giving their children away to orphanages because they can’t afford to take care of them anymore. More than 80 percent of the kids in these orphanages and other child care intuitions have both parents. I cannot imagine the heartache, the fear and the sorrow.

From heartache… to a story that will simply make you smile. It took 34 years, but a man has finally made good on his promise to repay the kindness he was shown decades ago. I don’t want to give away the entire story, so I’ll let you read the rest.

I couldn’t resist clicking on the headline for this next story. I love porches. When we first moved to Atlanta, we rented a house with a screened-in porch. In the year and a half that we lived there, I think we spent more time on the porch than we did inside. There’s nothing like being outside on a beautiful morning with that first cup of joe, or a refreshing summer cocktail on a warm night… especially when you can keep the bugs out!

My first real porch was a tiny affair, and we shared it with the neighbors. Unlike most college porches, it didn’t have a hand-me-down couch – there would never have been enough room – but plenty of my friends did use their parents’ leftovers to furnish their outside spaces. I admit, while they were comfy, rarely did the over-stuffed couches and recliners look very good. Still, I never thought I’d see them banned. For one Pennsylvania town, the days of porch-based couches could be numbered.

Filed under: Erica Hill
June 24th, 2008
05:17 PM ET

Obama's Bridge to Nowhere

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Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Before Sen. Barack Obama tries to extend his presidential appeal to the faith community, he would do well to understand its core beliefs.

In his daily radio show today, Dr. James Dobson is taking a deeper look at Sen. Obama's a la carte interpretation of God's Word. During today's broadcast, he questions a speech Obama gave in 2006 in which the senator said, "Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount-a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let's read our Bibles."

As Dr. Dobson said on today's show, "I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology." He said Obama, who supports radical abortion rights, is trying to govern by the "lowest common denominator of morality," and labeled it "a fruitcake interpretation" of our Constitution.

"Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?" Dobson said. "What he's trying to say here is unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe."

Obama's statement reflects the Democratic Party's pre-2008 position, which is that you must check your faith at the gate of the public arena. Now that Democrats appear to have gotten religion, Sen. Obama is saying that while he is a Christian, he doesn't think that faith or the Bible should have any role in shaping public policy.

There's either a disconnect between Sen. Obama's faith and the policy positions he holds, or his theology is off. Every Christian – including Dr. Dobson – has the right to evaluate a candidate's use of faith. As Obama tries to build bridges into the Christian community, we have to ask – are these bridges stable or swinging?

Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics
June 24th, 2008
05:07 PM ET

Stopping the flood–all by himself

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Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

The floodwaters in Winfield, Missouri continue to rise and rage; more homes are being flooded.

Some people are resorting to building their own levee systems surrounding their homes.

One man's home looks like a houseboat; all you can see is the house and his levee. High water surrounds it on all sides.

He says he'll leave his home if the water tops his levee, but not until then.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gary Tuchman • Severe Weather
June 24th, 2008
04:56 PM ET

TV Talk: "Get ready for a hotroll!"

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David M. Reisner
AC360° Digital Producer

Hey gang,

In the spirit of giving you more behind the scenes action, I wanted to share with you things that we say around the newsroom... Language we use, for things you watch.

So from time to time we'll bring you a new phrase in our TV vocabulary:

Here is today’s "TV Talk:"

So last I left you, we realized we were 'crashing a package...'
So what happens if we don’t have enough time to finish?


"Get ready for a hotroll!"

Playing a piece of edited material directly from the editing station


When there is no time to save the material you are editing as one item, it's time for plan B: To literally 'roll' the story 'hot'... in-real time. Not from tape, not from a computer file, but directly from the editing station where you are working.

In TV, this is a phrase you never want to use, and the phone call you never want to make.

The producer calls the control room to let them know the package is going to 'hotroll.'

The director can normally see all completed pieces of video on a screen in the control room, but not if the piece is incomplete – like our hotroll... the director now needs another way to see the story. The control room routes the signal from the edit bay. Now the director can see the piece, to make sure the colors look OK, the sound is good, etc...

At this point the director tells the edit bay when the hotroll will happen, to manually queue the editor to press 'play.'

This is always an awkward and difficult dance.

Think about it from the director's view: The director must take into account the anchor's introduction before the story, the satellite delay, and a whole series of other problems... before calling out 'play.'

Think about it from the editor's view: Imagine you are watching a CNN.com/video clip on your computer... and you were on the phone with the director, who is going to tell you the exact moment to hit play.

  • Hit play too early and the world misses your story's introduction...
  • Hit play too late and every viewer will see a frozen shot to start.

Even if you hit play at the precise moment needed, you aren't out of the woods yet:

If the computer playing the piece fails... or someone hits pause by accident... or if a piece of video is missing... it will show up on-air... and the control room must be ready at any moment to 'dump out' of the hotroll.

If you are lucky, the piece plays exactly when it needs to, and plays with no audio or visual problems...

The viewer at home won't even know there was a hotroll, and you can wipe the sweat off your brow, and vow never to go through that again.

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • David M. Reisner
June 24th, 2008
04:38 PM ET

Dobson, Black and Rove... But what about McCain, Obama?

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David Gergen
CNN Sr. Political Analyst
Fmr. Presidential Adviser

The latest remarks by James Dobson, just like those yesterday by Karl Rove and Charlie Black, are sure to stir up a public fuss. Every presidential campaign brings these flare-ups when partisans let fly with criticisms about rival candidates (sometimes off the wall, as these seem) and naturally enough, the news media focuses in.

But I wish that storms like these would pass quickly. They are tending to drown out public conversation about issues more central to the next Presidency.

Just yesterday, John McCain offered some interesting ideas about the growing energy crisis (gas prices have now reached $4.75 in some areas around New York City and could hit $5 by July 4), but they were lost in the Charlie Black controversy...

Filed under: Barack Obama • David Gergen • John McCain • Raw Politics
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