Tuesday, January 23, 2007

SOTU talk, 2008 Candidates, Fixing New Orleans, And Radicals In Prison (Monday's Second Hour)

Hi everyone. We kick off the hour with a Nic Robertson piece on the Zawahiri tape. The whole piece boils down to the fact that the tapes are the same old, same old for us, but they're motivational for his followers.

Transitioning now to Ed Henry live to talk about the SOTU speech. Apparently they're trying to shorten it because it's too long. Added a few too many "freedoms" I guess. Ed tells us that Iraq will be a big part of it and adds that "let's face it, he's a lame duck president." Hey Ed, have I told you lately that I love you? Okay not really, but keep talking like that and who knows? After Ed we have a John King piece that explores the stress this war is putting on military families. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be in a constant state of worry.

On now to our political panel from the first hour. Nothing ground breaking here. Bush is stubborn. Bush has no credibility. Bush is trying to sell his strategy. Blah, blah, blah. Next up we have a Candy Crowley piece on the new candidates for 2008. Obama, Clinton, and Richardson (Governor of NM) have thrown their hats into the ring. These three candidates bring a lot of possible firsts: the first woman, African American, and Hispanic. We're asked, has Hillary peaked? Is Obama ready? I've got one: Is it way too early for this? Anderson is on my wavelength because he's wondering the same thing. Candy says that the reason is "money, money, money." Ah...democracy. She tells us that these candidates are going to have to raise about $100 million for this race. Just think of all the good things that could be done with that money. Instead it will be used to smear people. I just love our system, don't you?

Moving on to a Susan Roesgen piece on why things still suck in New Orleans. Apparently the federal money is there, but the city is blaming the state and the state is blaming the city and...oh for the love of God people! Shut up and step up. Sorry. Anyway, the state says the city hasn't filled out the proper paperwork, but Nagin flat out says they're lying. Nagin, your outburst during the height of Katrina was warranted and quite frankly a little awesome, but now that doesn't fly. The state admits the process is complicated, but I guess it is what it is. Can't they think outside the box or something? I just don't get this. And to top it all off, the city and state actually meet once a week and they still can't get things worked out. There are no words.

Transitioning now to a rerun of the Gary Tuchman piece on the stolen identity woman. After that we've got a David Mattingly piece on radicals in US prisons. There's an issue with people going into prison and then coming out religious radicals. One of the problems is that Muslims are most vulnerable to being corrupted into extremism because there aren't enough Imans to guide them. Another problem is overcrowding. We're shown a cell where two people are living even though it's supposed to be for one. It's the prison industrial complex. Locking people up is a booming business. After this piece we've got a repeat piece from Christiane and we're out. Time for the SOTU. I'll have some sort of post about the coverage of it later.


Anonymous Sharla Dawn said...

Actually, I've already signed up to help my candidate of choice by writing letters and campaigning :)

6:35 AM  

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