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October 5th, 2012
09:55 PM ET

Ali Velshi to Jack Welch: 'to say...this is like Trump saying that Pres Obama is not an American citizen'

Tonight on AC360, things got a bit heated when CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi joined the conversation betwen jack Welch and Amderson Cooper saying that Welch is “ the best CEO is America” but went on to say that “ to say something like this is like Donald Trump saying that president Obama is not an American citizen without any proof. You are Jack Welch, jack, you gotta take this opportunity while everybody is listening to you to actually say: yes, Anderson I’m taking that tweet back. I’m gonna send a new tweet to say I was exaggerating. There are problems BLS maybe should look into it but to actually throw out an accusation that’s like asking the government how often do you beat your wife”

Video link below to the interview below. Please credit al usage to Anderson Cooper 360°

Jack Welch interview – pt. II 


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
October 5th, 2012
09:50 PM ET

Jack Welch defends his tweet, says he should have added a question mark

After his controversial tweet questioning the drop in unemployment numbers, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, told Anderson Cooper that the numbers presented today are “implausible” and that while he is not backing away from his tweet, he wishes he “ added a question mark” to his tweet.

Things got a bit heated when CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi joined the conversation and said that Welch is “ the best CEO is America” but went on to say that “ to say something like this is like Donald Trump saying that president Obama is not an American citizen without any proof. You are Jack Welch, jack, you gotta take this opportunity while everybody is listening to you to actually say: yes, Anderson I’m taking that tweet back. I’m gonna send a new tweet to say I was exaggerating. There are problems BLS maybe should look into it but to actually throw out an accusation that’s like asking the government how often do you beat your wife”

Video links below to the interview below. Please credit all usage to Anderson Cooper 360°

Jack Welch interview part 1  


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
October 5th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

PMT: Granholm vs. Gingrich on Jobs... and Big Bird

On last night's 'Piers Morgan Tonight', Piers Morgan welcomed Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, along with former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, to debate Wednesday's first presidential debate.

As we awaited Friday's job report, Morgan asked Granholm and Gingrich to take an honest look at the unemployment numbers under Barack Obama. "This is the lowest male participation in the workforce since they began keeping records," the former speaker of the house said. "People have been dropping out."

"It's the policies of the Republicans that are completely trickle down, hands off, laissez-faire, which means that you don't do anything to try to get manufacturing jobs in this country," she explained. "You want to know why there's lower male participation in the workforce? It's because we've lost so many manufacturing jobs."

A more pressing matter to the host of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' was the still trending topic on Twitter:  Big Bird.

Morgan asked each should Big Bird live or die?

"I would save Big Bird by liberating Big Bird from the bureaucracy," Gingrich said, to which Granholm replied, "Big Bird lives!"


Topics: CNN • CNN Debate • CNN Politics • Piers Morgan
October 5th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Encore presentation of Nic Robertson's 'Secrets of the Belfast Project' – Saturday, Oct. 06

In December 1972, in the midst of deadly sectarian fighting in Northern Ireland, the widow Jean McConville, mother to 10 children, was taken from her home in West Belfast.  CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson investigates the ongoing battle between families, politicians, and academia over the tapes that may reveal the real truth about Jean McConville’s fate.  In the four decades since, her daughter Helen has been on a quest for answers about who kidnapped and killed her mother.  Now, she believes tapes held thousands of miles away may hold clues to the real truth about her mother’s fate.

Locked inside a library at Boston College are the Belfast Project archives, containing audio recorded interviews with former paramilitary fighters from both sides of thirty years of violence and mayhem in Northern Ireland.  It is an oral history of atrocities and insights with interviews so explosive that they were supposed to be kept secret until a participant dies or waives confidentiality.  But, depending upon what a U.S. court decides the contents may not stay secret much longer.  Their release to Northern Ireland law enforcement authorities could help solve an old murder mystery, but also could damage the fragile peace there and endanger the lives of those who participated in the interviews for the archives.

The encore of CNN Presents: Secrets of the Belfast Project airs Saturday, Oct. 06 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S..

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October 5th, 2012
09:05 AM ET

Romney back tracks on 47% comment; O'Brien calls it his Etch a Sketch moment

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) if America saw a different Mitt Romney at the debate, he says that campaign tactics allow for the conservative candidate to lean right in the primary and come back to center for the general election. O’Brien says voters may feel like this is lying.

Rep. Gingrey says, “I’ve been watching and involved in presidential politics since 1960 when I first voted, and the Republican, the conservative candidate in the primary is always going to lean right and come back to the center for the general, the opposite for the Democrat. That’s all you’re seeing here. It’s very typical. We strong conservatives understand that. There are a lot of undecideds in this country, that are hopefully right of center, not left of center. But, we want those votes, too. So, this is campaign strategy. This is nothing new under the sun. And President Obama understands that, for sure.”

O’Brien recalls Eric Fehrnstrom’s previous comment on Starting Point on March 21st that the race is a like an Etch A Sketch, where you hit a re-set button when the general election comes around, and asks if this is Romney’s Etch A Sketch moment.

Gingrey responds, “Some could refer to that as campaign tactics. Good campaign tactics without violating one’s principle. I – nobody is more conservative in the Congress and the House than Phil Gingrey. I’m in the top seven, tied for first…. I am very comfortable with [Romney’s] position and I have no doubt that he will govern to the right of center and that’s where the American people are."

O’Brien counters, “For me, regular voter, I hear that and I think this is kind of what is wrong with politics. You just described – we take one tactic and then you are going to completely change your position when talking to another audience. But, you feel comfortable with that change because you feel that you know that he is going to govern to the right of center even though there are some changes that sound more left – more centrist in Wednesday’s night debate....  I think for a lot of voters it just feels like, so basically campaigning can be lying.”

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


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