CNN.com Takes #1 Video and Traffic Spots, Dominates Social and Mobile
October 22nd, 2014
08:25 AM ET

CNN.com Takes #1 Video and Traffic Spots, Dominates Social and Mobile

With nearly 1 billion page views, CNN.com overcame Yahoo News for the month of September to become the most consumed news and information website in the U.S.  CNN.com also snagged from Yahoo News the top spot in video starts for the first time on record. Adding to its unprecedented performance, CNN Digital maintained its 7-year mobile lead over all competitors while the network exhibited ongoing social dominance on Twitter and Facebook.  

#1 in Traffic

Topping Yahoo News by 16% in September, CNN.com earned more page views than any competitor:

CNN.com:  993mm page views

·      Yahoo News: 855mm (16%)
·      FoxNews.com: 706mm (41%)
·      Huffingtonpost.com: 658mm (51%)
·      NYTimes.com: 474mm (110%)
·      USATODAY.com: 307mm (224%)
·      NBCNews.com: 227mm (338%)
·      ABCNews.com: 112mm (787%)
·      CBSNews.com: 53mm (1767%)

    Source: comScore Media Metrix, September 2014

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Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Mobile • Ratings
October 21st, 2014
09:28 PM ET

Transcript: CNN and WJXT-TV Host Florida Gubernatorial Debate

CNN and WJXT-TV in Florida partnered to host the nationally televised debate between gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R). The debate was moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper and aired on CNN at 7p.m. (ET). WJXT's anchor and reporter Kent Justice co-moderated the one-hour debate. The debate will re-air on CNN at 11p.m. (ET).

Please credit all usage to CNN and/or CNN's Jake Tapper

Transcript from Debate:
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANNOUNCER: Tonight, the final debate in the Florida governor's race. One of the closest, most negative, and most important contests of the year. Republican Rick Scott is fighting to keep his job.

GOV. RICK SCOTT (R), FLORIDA: Let's keep working.

ANNOUNCER: He's a former Tea Party darling backed by the GOP establishment he once ran against.

CHARLIE CRIST (D), FLORIDA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDIATE: Governor Scott has delivered to the people of this state.

ANNOUNCER: Democrat Charlie Crist is fighting to reclaim his old job.

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October 21st, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Florida debate: Immigration, climate change

GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist tackle the big issues in their final debate.

October 21st, 2014
11:52 AM ET

"FANGATE" Put Spotlight on Florida Debate

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux discusses the Florida governor's race between Gov. Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist.

October 20th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

US Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with CNN's Evan Perez

CNN’s Evan Perez sat down with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss Ferguson, national security and Leon Panetta’s recent criticism of President Obama.  Holder also took time to reflect on his time as Attorney General and one of the longest serving members of the Obama administration.  The interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5  p.m. E.T.

Please credit all usage to CNN’s Evan Perez

Highlights from the interview are available after the jump.
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CNN and Florida’s WJXT-TV to host Florida Gubernatorial debate
October 20th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

CNN and Florida’s WJXT-TV to host Florida Gubernatorial debate

Thirteen days before Florida voters head to the polls to select a new governor, CNN and WJXT-TV in Florida will partner to host a nationally televised debate between gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Beginning at 7p.m. (ET) on October 21, the one-hour debate will be moderated by chief Washington correspondent and anchor Jake Tapper. WJXT-TV anchor and reporter Kent Justice will join Tapper to co-moderate what will be the final debate before Election Day. The debate will re-air on CNN at 11p.m, (ET).

During the broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following the debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal Independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers—both registered Florida voters and the national audience.

CNN Politics is providing robust coverage of the debates online with a live social stream at CNN.com/Debate and on social media. Engage with CNN Politics on CNNgo @CNNPoliticsFacebook, VineInstagram and Tumblr or by using #FLDebate.

There will be no media or public access to the Jacksonville studio for the debate.

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Topics: CNN Politics
October 19th, 2014
01:39 PM ET

Cruz, a flight ban is a “basic, common-sense step"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responds to President Obama’s appointment of veteran Washington operative Ron Klain and demands the President lead the country by banning flights and securing the border. Senator Cruz asserts that supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga is essential to defeating ISIS and expresses his confidence in Republicans achieving a majority in both chambers of Congress.

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Cruz on the Obama Administration’s response to Ebola: "The biggest mistake that continues to be made is now, more than two weeks into this we continue to allow open commercial air flights from countries that have been stricken by Ebola. That doesn't make any sense, we have upwards of 150 people a day coming from countries with live, active Ebola outbreaks."

Cruz on the appointment of Ron Klain: “we should be less concerned about giving the public the feeling that the government is on top of this and more concerned about the government actually being on top of it. And this is a manifestation. We don't need another White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been.”

Cruz on his support of the Kurdish Peshmerga: “the Obama administration keeps focusing on Syrian rebels, many of whom have far too close ties to radical Islamic terrorists for it to make any sense for us to be supporting them. The Kurds are allies and they are boots on the ground. And when we work with them in concert, they're ready to fight on the front line, along with serious airpower.”

Cruz on Republican success in the 2014 midterm elections: “I think it is far more likely than not that we will retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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October 19th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

NIH Director "No further cases" of Ebola in US

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the fight against Ebola in the US.

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Fauci on a travel ban: “It would be very, very difficult if you lost control of easily tracking people.  You have got to look at the numbers to look about how many people are really trying to get into the country. We have 36,000 people in two months went to airports to get out of those three countries; 77 were blocked because of a health issue. When they investigated them, none of them had Ebola. A lot of them had malaria.  So, there's not a lot of people trying to get into the country.”

Fauci on known Ebola cases in the US: “No further cases. Just the two infections. So, we have two infections that have occurred here in the United States.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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October 19th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Ebola "was an avoidable catastrophe"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola, about why this outbreak is so serious and how the world should respond.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Piot on the severity of the threat:  ”This is the first Ebola epidemic where entire nations are involved, where big cities are affected. And I continue to be worried that the response to the epidemic is really running behind the virus. The virus is still running much faster.”

Piot on containing Ebola:  The good news is that both Nigeria and Senegal have been able to contain a number important cases. In Senegal, there was not even any secondary case. In Nigeria, there were a number of people who were infected and died, but it has not given rise to an outbreak in Lagos, after all, a city of more than 20 million people, or in Port Harcourt. So that's a - that shows that if you act decisively and early enough, that this is, you know, it can be controlled. This was an avoidable catastrophe.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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Topics: CNN • Ebola • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS
October 18th, 2014
08:48 AM ET

CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST AWARDS 2014                          

JOSEPH MATHENGE NAMED CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST 2014

Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Awards Ceremony.

Mathenge was awarded the overall ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for his work ‘Images of Terror’, which appeared in Kenyan daily print newspaper The Standard and was chosen from entries spanning 38 nations across the African continent.

The work documents the moments of terror experienced by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by unidentified gunmen in September 2013.

Mathenge said: “It’s a great honor, and I’m humbled to receive this award. All finalists who are here deserve this award. I hope it will motivate men, women and children of good will all over the world to fight terrorism. Memories fade with time, but pictures don’t. We felt it necessary to capture each and every moment so that generations to come may see the horror.”
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