August 23rd, 2012
11:29 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Keeps DNC Chairwoman Honest

Tonight on AC360°, Anderson spoke with DNC Chairwoman and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz about various Romney platforms including his stance on abortion. Anderson specifically asked about a fundraising email where the DNC quoted only a part of a report from the Los Angeles Times in order to suggest that Romney "directed" the writing of the platform.

Anderson pushed Wasserman Schultz for accuracy and to clarify that the Romney campaign didn’t design or direct the abortion platform – the platform came from the party.

View the heated interview about the misleading email

August 23rd, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Jerry Springer: "This election is between Barack Obama and Paul Ryan...Romney is almost irrelevant to it"

On Wednesday night, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited television personality Jerry Springer to share his unique perspective, and candid insight, in a live, face to face interview.

Well-known as the host of his long-running tabloid talk show, Springer is also a former mayor of Cincinnati, OH, and is well-versed on the political landscape:

Roughly two weeks since Romney selected Wisconsin's Paul Ryan as his running mate, Springer suspects the Republican vice presidential candidate may play a critical role in dictating the result come November:

"This election is between Barack Obama and Paul Ryan. Romney is almost irrelevant to it," says the 68-year-old "The Jerry Springer Show" host. "Paul Ryan is the budget that this congress has passed. What I say to people is look: 'God forbid Romney is elected. If Romney is elected with this Congress, which has already passed the "Ryan Budget," there is no president for the next four years to veto anything this right wing congress does.'"

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
CNN and Facebook "I'm Voting" app now available
Check out the "I'm Voting" app at
August 23rd, 2012
11:39 AM ET

CNN and Facebook "I'm Voting" app now available

CNN and Facebook have launched the “I’m Voting” app, which allows users to make a commitment to vote and to choose the issues and candidates that matter most to them.

Here are some highlights on the app: (for more detailed info, you can check out Facebook’s post)

  • social - it allows users to share their stance on certain issues with their friends on Facebook.
  • interactive - it lets people see which of their Facebook friends have supported which candidate or issue.
  • mobile - is available on mobile as well as on desktop web.

CNN will use the app to ask Facebook users what they think about the 2012 Election and then, cover their responses on

The app is available in English and Spanish.

CNN Announces Morgan Spurlock as Second, Original, Non-Fiction Series to Air on Weekends
August 23rd, 2012
10:18 AM ET

CNN Announces Morgan Spurlock as Second, Original, Non-Fiction Series to Air on Weekends

"Inside Man” Premieres April 2013 as Companion to Anthony Bourdain Weekend Program

Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, marks his return to TV as host and producer of the new CNN original series, Inside Man, it was announced today by Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide executive vice president and managing editor.

Produced by Warrior Poets, Spurlock’s New York-based production company with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick, Inside Man debuts on CNN in April 2013 and will air weekends alongside CNN’s new series hosted by renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain.

Each week Spurlock will provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.

“Morgan Spurlock’s name has become synonymous with creative and thought-provoking documentary story-telling,” said Whitaker. “Like Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN series, Inside Man will carry the distinctive stamp of its host while taking viewers on colorful and informative journeys into fascinating corners of American society.”

An acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Spurlock came to international prominence in 2004 with his Oscar® nominated film Super Size Me. He made his first foray into television as executive producer of the FX series 30 Days (2005-2008). Most recently, he has served as executive producer of the documentary series A Day in the Life on Hulu and the Yahoo spinoff of the feature-length documentary Mansome, as well as director of the films, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Mansome, and The Dotted Line for ESPN.

“We have wanted to make a smart, challenging and entertaining network show for the past few years and we couldn’t have found a better partner to accomplish that with than CNN,” Spurlock said. “I am energized by this opportunity and am thrilled to be bringing this show to the network.”

Warrior Poets, the New York based production company founded in 2004 by Morgan Spurlock, has produced multiple award winning films and television programs. Films include The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Freakonomics, Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope, and Mansome. Television projects include the award winning FX series 30 Days; ESPN’s The Dotted Line; the Emmy and Writer’s Guild nominated Fox TV special The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3D on Ice!; Hulu’s A Day in the Life; Failure Club and Mansome on Yahoo!; and Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia for Sky Atlantic HD.

CNN’s newly-created Talent and Development department is overseen by Whitaker. Amy Entelis is the executive in charge of recruiting and developing talent, developing new programming and overseeing acquisitions strategy for CNN, HLN and other CNN platforms. Vinnie Malhotra oversees program development and acquisitions with external production companies for CNN and HLN. Since its inception in January 2012, the department has announced the additions of world-renowned chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain as host of a weekend program on CNN beginning in 2013, veteran news correspondent John Berman as co-anchor of Early Start, and respected journalist Victor Blackwell. Inside Man is the second non-fiction, original series to be developed by CNN.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively-syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television digital media.


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Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases
CNN & TIME Launch "Convention Floor Pass" App for the 2012 Political Conventions
August 23rd, 2012
08:57 AM ET

CNN & TIME Launch "Convention Floor Pass" App for the 2012 Political Conventions

Time Warner Inc. today announced the launch of the CNN-TIME Convention Floor Pass app, the ultimate mobile tool for the 2012 political conventions. The app will feature 24/7 breaking news updates and alerts, daily analysis and commentary, exclusive early access to CNN-TIME polls, photos and video from CNN and TIME journalists on the ground at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. CNN-TIME Convention Floor Pass will be a must download for convention attendees in Charlotte and Tampa and will provide non-attendees a virtual ticket to the convention hall floors.


August 23rd, 2012
08:20 AM ET

O'Brien to RNC rep.: Platform on abortion is specific and different than Romney's stance

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer joins Starting Point to discuss the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on the convention and the party’s platform on abortion. CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien points out that the party's abortion platform is more specific than he’s making it out to be, having no specific language around exceptions, which Mitt Romney supports.

Spicer says, “The Republican party, as I said, is a pro life party. Our platform is just a simple set of principles…. There is no additional language. So to talk about exemptions or whatever is just not found in the platform. We also have a principle that says we are for a balanced budget amendment. We don’t get into details about whether we support cuts here or there….”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point