Posts Tagged ‘CNN’

We knew it wouldn’t be long before the feeding frenzy behind the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman came to a head, but it’s kinda surprising where the first controversy is beginning.  Over the weekend Juror B37 gave an exclusive interview to CNN’s Anderson Cooper intimating that she spoke for most of the jurors in the case.  NOT SO! Late Tuesday, Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40, soundly denounced her in a public statement.

We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives. We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B-37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.

Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.

We appeal to the highest standards of your profession and ask the media to respect our privacy and give us time to process what we have been through.

Thank you,

Juror B-51
Juror B-76
Juror E-6
Juror E-40

Watch The Complete Interview of Juror B37 by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, that got the rest of  The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case Jurors pissed off!  and See Also :

“Juror B37, You Can’t Cash In on Trayvon’s Death!” – Social Media Efforts kills Juror B37′s Book Deal


cnn27f-1-webJust like We watch NASCAR for the wrecks and Hockey for the fights, so too will America have a strange fascination with CNN’s revival of the old “Crossfire” political debate show, but this time, I think they struck TV gold! The show has 4 co-hosts, 2 of which are Van Jones and Newt Gingrich.  Names and political ideologies which immediately caught my attention as soon as I saw they were involved with the show.

CNN states …

Crossfire,” the long-running political debate show that aired on CNN from 1982-2005, is getting a reboot, the news network announced Wednesday. Four new hosts – two on the left, and two on the right – will debut the program this fall.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who made a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, will host on the right alongside S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist who currently co-anchors “The Cycle,” a television program on MSNBC.

On the left, President Barack Obama’s former deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter will host next to Van Jones, another former Obama adviser who later founded Rebuild the Dream, a group that fosters innovative economic policy.

Mike Papantonio appears on MSNBC‘s The Ed Show to talk about Romney’s Olympic hypocrisy, and Santorum’s war against women.

It looks like Ron Paul is definitely getting the front runner treatment now and the media is bringing out the skeletons. At one point Paul even walked out of a CNN interview when questioned about the racist newsletters. The story has in fact been out for years, but it’s Paul’s explanation, that has changed slightly time and time again. But could this hurt his campaign?


The Super Committee the culmination of crappy politics

We all knew that the idea of forming a Super Committee with no way of breaking a deadlock, was shitty idea…. and as the deadline approaches… we realize, it’s wasn’t just a shitty idea…. it was a complete waste of time and tax payer money.

by Ed Rollins (CNN New York)

Even though the American elections won’t be decided until the polls close tonight, the Irish bookies late last week started paying off bettors who predicted Republicans would win a majority in the House of Representatives. And they stopped making new bets. That’s a pretty definite statement!

Although I am very confident my party (Republican) will win the House, I usually like to wait until the voters have voted before taking any victory laps. Many of my pundit friends have had a field day attempting to analyze, over the last several weeks, the early voting patterns of those of you who have cast ballots already and argue what it all means. I have always been more concerned with the late counting of votes rather than the early voting.

And because so many races are so close, this is one election in which every vote can matter.

There is an old saying in the business: “We only hold elections to see if the pollsters are right!” And if the pollsters are right, it will be a big night for Republicans and a lot of second-guessing at the White House.

Certainly viewers will know some trends and results shortly after the polls close. But in other cases, it will be late Tuesday and maybe even sometime Wednesday before we know the final results — particularly in the Senate, where key Western races may alter the final outcome.

Here is what’s at stake: There are 37 Senate races being contested (19 Democratic and 18 Republican). Fourteen of those seats are open, meaning either the incumbent is not running for re-election or has been defeated in a primary.

In order to win a Senate majority, Republicans have to hold Alaska and all their open seats: New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Utah and Kansas. And they must win 10 Democratic seats. If any of the Republican seats go to Democrats, the Democrats will continue to hold the majority. Everyone has all but conceded two Democratic open seats: the North Dakota seat will be won by Republican Gov. John Hoeven, and the Indiana open seat is likely to be won by former Sen. Dan Coats, also a Republican.

The most vulnerable Democrats running for re-election are Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas; Russell Feingold of Wisconsin; and Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader. The Nevada election is the most heavily watched race in the country, and it has been neck and neck in the polls.

Reid’s opponent is Sharron Angle, a Tea Party-backed candidate and former Republican state legislator. This race has gone back and forth, but Angle took a narrow lead going into the final weekend after surviving millions of dollars of negative advertisements. If she wins, this will be the biggest story of the night.

The next best chances for Republican gains are the Illinois, Pennsylvania and West Virginia open seats. The West Virginia Senate race between Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and businessman John Raese has been a back-and-forth contest. If Raese upsets the popular governor, Republicans are in the chase to make the Senate very close. Other vulnerable Democrats are Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Patty Murray of Washington and Barbara Boxer of California.

Here is what’s happening in the House: All 435 seats are up, and 43 seats are open (20 Democrats and 23 Republicans are not running for re-election). In the present Congress, there are 256 Democrats and 179 Republicans. Two seats are vacant.

CNN has systematically chosen 100 congressional races to focus on. Fifty are viewed as the most competitive. Four of these are Republican and the rest Democratic. They have listed another 50 House races to watch. Five of these are Republican and the rest Democratic. This is a far larger number than in most midterm elections, but all of these races have shown signs they are competitive.

Republicans must win 39 seats to win the majority. If early in the evening, Democratic incumbents start losing in the early returns from states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, then it is likely the trend predicted for Republicans to gain a majority in the House will come true.

There are 16 vulnerable seats in those four states and another 11 on the watch list. If at the end of the night you see that either the dean of the House — John Dingell of Michigan who has been in Congress since 1955 — or Barney Frank of Massachusetts has lost, then you know it’s been a historic election.

That sums up the congressional and Senate races, but many states have other contests, including 37 governors’ races (19 Democrats, 17 Republicans and one independent up for election). Twenty-four are open seats. Republicans are expected to easily end up with a majority of governors.

Across the country, there are 6,118 state legislative seats also being contested, along with 160 ballot measures in 37 states.

Tune in for what should be an exciting evening. But most of all, go vote!

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Ed RollinsNew York (CNN)

Editor’s note: CNN’s “Election Night in America” coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm. He was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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The Videos: “The Dream Lives On”, “I Rememember” and “If You Don’t Vote Everyone loses, are not part of Mr. Rollins Original Piece, but a Commentary by “Reclaim America from The Lunatic Fringe!”

Ed Rollins Opinion Article can be found here sans video.