Saturday, August 11, 2007

Continued Mine Coverage, Newark Murders, Crazy Hot Weather, Bob Murray Interview, And Raw Politics (Thursday's Show)

Hi everybody. We're mixing it up tonight with Soledad O'Brien doing Anderson Cooper's hosting duties. Wha? I guess John Roberts got tired of doing double duty. But it's nice to have some girl power on 360 for a change. Anyway, we begin again on the subject of those six trapped Utah miners and Gary joins us live to let us know they're still drilling, but that's as far as I'll go into that since I'm a day behind. Next we get a piece from Gary of when he was allowed to actually go down into the mine, which is a pretty big deal for a reporter. Looks pretty scary in there and Gary tells us they're 30 minutes from the nearest exit. Oh, hell no would I go down there. Okay, maybe if I were a journalist, but I'm not, so my 'hell no' still stands. As if being way underground isn't scary enough, while they're down there there's some kind of seismic activity that freaks everybody out. Man.

For some randomness, I actually caught Gary's piece on this on American Morning too and during that run his safety course was 45 minutes long, yet about 15 hours later during 360, he gained 15 more minutes. Magic! And that, children, was your random trivia of the day. After Gary's piece, we learn that he felt going in the mine was as scary as going to Iraq because there's no way out. I can see that. Being trapped underground not knowing if anyone is ever going to come for you must be one of the worst feelings ever. The mine coverage then continues with an interview with Dennis O'Dell of the United Mine Workers Union and Ted Rowland follows with the angle on the miner's families.

Transitioning now to a Deborah Feyerick piece that updates us on the Newark murders. Jose Carranza, a 28 year old from Peru, surrendered to the mayor himself and a 15 year old is also in custody for the murders. We're then joined by James Harvey, father of one of the victims. He blames the parents of America and urges everyone to instill good values in their children. He also tells us he's letting the police handle the matter of the murders and believes they're doing a great job. James has an amazing attitude for someone that just lost his son to horrific violence. After this interview we go into another with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and he talks a bit about how the suspect turned himself into him personally. They're still looking for other suspects.

In tonight's "What Were They Thinking?" Erica Hill tells us of a Texas school that just suffered about $1 million in damage due to vandals. Who were the vandals? Well, one was a kid that just graduated with a baseball scholarship. And we know this because the idiots obviously forgot their school has cameras. Guess that diploma didn't come with common sense. Anyway, next we're on to a Reynolds Wolf piece on our wacky weather. It's hot! Oh so hot. The mayor of East St. Louis is going door-to-door to check on people and for good reason; I know there's been at least three heat related deaths in my area so far. But heat isn't so weird. What is weird is that apparently New York has stolen the Midwest's weather. There was a tornado in Brooklyn! What the hell? See, this just leads me to believe that Mother Nature is up to something. Don't be surprised if we have raining frogs come fall.

On now to a live interview with mine owner Bob Murray. I was actually expecting some sparks to fly here given his history, but we just get a general update. Then we're on to "Raw Politics" with Tom Foreman. First up, we learn that the primary dates are getting out of control. If states keep moving their primaries up like this, pretty soon the vote is going to be held in the past. Next Tom tells us that Clinton is criticizing Obama for something she herself said in the past. Ah, politics. Also, Cindy Sheehan is running for Nancy Pelosi's seat. Oh, Cindy. I don't think this will end well for you. Finally, we learn that contempt of Congress proceedings might begin in September if the White House doesn't answer questions on warrantless wire-tapping. Well, at least 360 is mentioning the subject. I mean, c'mon, people. Kind of important, don't you think? For those that aren't up to speed, let Snuggly the Security Bear help you out.

Next, Soledad tells us that because of the mine stuff, they're bumping the previously promised exorcism story. Oh, I'm crushed. Besides being spared a sensational piece, I now don't have to spend three minutes watching the tv through my fingers. I actually love horror movies and am usually no wimp, but there's just something about the exorcist that FREAKS ME OUT. Probably because I watched it when I was like eight and then had people tell me that it was based on something that happened here in St. Louis. I'm scarred, y'all. The Shot tonight is a zoo in Taiwan where the crocodiles are allegedly all mellow because the zoo plays Buddhist prayers. Yeah, well, we'll see how that works out for everybody. The show, again, was meh. What's going on? No coverage of the Bush presser and his remarks about Pat Tillman and Scooter Libby? Sigh. C-

I'm not sure if you guys saw it, but I thought you might be interested in this Newsweek piece on the gorillas in the Congo. Four were recently found slaughtered. So sad. And since that's a bummer, check out this "press conference" video of Bush explaining the threat of...zombies!!!


Anonymous Duffy said...

I missed the show; how did a kid do a million dollars' worth of damage to his school??

Also, this?

First up, we learn that the primary dates are getting out of control. If states keep moving their primaries up like this, pretty soon the vote is going to be held in the past.

*snorts milk*

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh hay! if they're going to let us vote in the past, let's just vote in 2000. Hit the reset button.

3:49 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

@duffy-There was a mention about fire hoses, I think. Probably flood damage.

I swear, I'm running out of early primary jokes. I've already made a Delorean reference. Hee.

@anon-Amen to that! Have you seen "president" Gore on SNL?

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'

-John Greenleaf Whittier

6:07 PM  

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