August 30th, 2013
09:18 AM ET

Soledad O'Brien previews Black in America special on "New Day:" VIDEO

Soledad O’Brien appears on “New Day” to discuss her latest Black in America special, Great Expectations, which takes a look at the vast achievement gap in the education system between white and black children. O’Brien follows a seven-year-old child for a year at the Mastery School, a collaboration between the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education (MPS) and local charter school CEO, Eric Mahmoud. O’Brien explores both sides of the issue, including the debate over funding charter schools like this one. O’Brien’s special debuts Friday, August 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

“The building’s on fire. Clearly. It’s not just Minneapolis, it’s across the country," O'Brien said. "You have this massive achievement gap in a population that’s only growing. Black and brown students are the fastest growing demographic.”

Great Expectations: A Black in America Special press release:

Topics: Chris Cuomo • Kate Bolduan • Michaela Pereira • New Day
August 30th, 2013
08:54 AM ET

Rep. Engel on unilateral action in Syria, British parliament's vote against intervention; says Assad "was directly involved"

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke to “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan about U.S. intelligence regarding last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and the British parliament’s decision to not take military action. Although he prefers an international coalition, Rep. Engel believes the U.S. should intervene whether or not any other country joins, but thinks countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey will be on board. Later in the interview, he states that President Bashar al-Assad was involved in the attack.

On Britain voting against military action in Syria, Rep. Engel said, “… What any other country does in their parliament is what they do, but it doesn’t mean that they have veto power over what we do. I think that we are that leaders of the free world and we stand for something and we ought to show that this is not something that we can let stand.”

“Well, I think if we have to, then I think we will,” Rep. Engel said on taking unilateral action. “I would much prefer, obviously, if there was an international coalition. And there will be other countries that will support us.”

“Well, there’s no doubt that Bashar al-Assad was directly involved, that he knew what happened,” Rep. Engel stated. “Nothing happens in Syria without his involvement. It’s not where some underling can make a decision and do it. He has to approve this. And he is aligning himself with a terrorist group, Hezbollah. He’s become Iran’s proxy in Syria.”

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.

Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
August 29th, 2013
02:02 PM ET

‘GREAT EXPECTATIONS’ Pursues Solutions for Meeting the Achievement Gap in Education

New Special Debuts Friday, August 30 at 10:00pm ET&PT

Journalist and Producer, Soledad O’Brien, reports from the front lines of the education achievement gap in the latest edition of the award winning franchise, “Black in America.”  The documentary explores why so many black children are failing in reading and math at dramatic levels, compared to their white counterparts.

In Great Expectations: A Black in America Special, O’Brien follows at risk students for a year along with their parents, and educators.  The documentary explores the best ways to educate children of color who are living in poverty.  The new, one-hour documentary will debut Friday, August 30, at 10:00pm and 1:00am.  All times Eastern. FULL POST

Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 38 & 39
Phillipe Cousteau, host of ‘Expedition: Sumatra’, feeds a baby elephant at a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sumatra
August 29th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 38 & 39

Leading Women

Charity chairwomen Melinda Gates (left) and Helene Gayle (right)

Charity chairwomen Melinda Gates (left) and Helene Gayle (right)


Wednesday 25 September at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 28 September at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET
Sunday 29 September at 1330 BST / 1430 CET
Duration: 15 minutes

This month ‘Leading Women’ focuses on the chairwomen of two world-leading charitable organisations, whose humanitarian work has helped to improve lives of people around the world. FULL POST

August 29th, 2013
09:31 AM ET

Syria's Info. Minister tells CNN America is making a big mistake

In a sit-down interview in Damascus, Syrian Information Minister Omran al Zoubi tells CNN's Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgenCNN) that he wants the U.S. to present proof that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military.

"If the United States administration has proof that we used chemical weapons, then they should present this proof to the rest of the world," al Zoubi says. "If they don't have this proof or evidence, then how are they going to stand up to American public opinion and to world public opinion and explain why they are attacking Syria?"

Al Zoubi adds the sentiment on the streets in Syria is that America is "making a big mistake."

Topics: Frederik Pleitgen • Syria
Tennis sensation Victoria Duval: "We've experienced a lot;" dream is "to win all four grand slams"
August 29th, 2013
09:08 AM ET

Tennis sensation Victoria Duval: "We've experienced a lot;" dream is "to win all four grand slams"

After pulling a major upset in her first-round match against 2011 champion Samantha Stosur at the US Open, 17-year-old tennis player Victoria Duval spoke to “New Day” News Anchor Michaela Pereira about her journey, victory and aspirations.

When Pereira asked her if she remembers hearing her family cheering for her in the stands when she won, Duval replied, “No, because the whole crowd was going nuts. The crowd just blurred them out.”

As a child, she told Pereira that she “wanted to be a ballerina,” but she picked up her first racket at the age of seven. And now, presently ranked at 296th in the world, her dream is “to win all four grand slams and be an accomplished tennis player.”

In 2010, when the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, her father Jean-Maurice was badly injured in Port-au-Prince. Speaking on challenges her family endured, including robbers holding her at gunpoint, she said, “We’ve experienced quite a lot. Just having the hard work pay off on such a big stage. I was just glad that God gave me that opportunity.”

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.



Topics: Michaela Pereira • New Day
August 29th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Sen. Kaine on if intervention in Syria benefits al Qaeda: Must be prudent, stop chemical weapons by all

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) appeared on “New Day” to discuss the next steps for the United States regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria in wake of a chemical weapons attack. He told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that it is important to act to stop the use of chemical weapons by any party, acknowledging that al Qaeda members are fighting with some of the opposition. Kaine made it clear that getting congressional approval on military intervention is “constitutionally required,” but legislative members shouldn’t return early from summer recess because there are still U.N. inspectors on the ground and the President should have more dialogue in the meantime.

Cuomo asked the Senator if by punishing the regime for using chemical weapons, would the United States be helping members of al Qaeda. FULL POST

Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
August 27th, 2013
03:56 PM ET

CNN Has Ratings Gains in August while FXNC and MSNBC Shed Viewers Throughout All Dayparts

CNN Continues To Post Most Growth In Cable News

New Day” is Up +36% in Total Viewers and +18% in 25-54 Ratings vs. CNN Programming a Year Ago;

AC 360 Ranks Second On Cable News at 8pm

MSNBC’s Flagship Program “The Rachel Maddow Show” Loses 47% of its Audience; FXNC Has Lowest Ratings in a Decade

CNN continued to post the most growth in cable news this month – increasing its audience in all key dayparts - while FXNC and MSNBC had major ratings declines throughout all of its dayparts during the month of August compared to a year ago:


CNN – up +13% in demo 25-54 rating (108k vs. 96k) / up +7% in total viewers (347k vs. 325k)

MSNBC – down -32% in demo rating (120k vs. 176k) / down -28% total viewers (349k vs. 487k)

FXNC – down -24% in demo rating (193k vs. 254k) / down -10% in total viewers (968k vs. 1.079m)


CNN – up +7% in demo 25-54 rating (133k vs. 124k) / up +10% in total viewers (468k vs. 426k)

MSNBC – down -44% in demo rating (155k vs. 278k) / down -43% in total viewers (554k vs. 978k)

FXNC – down -24% in demo rating (305k vs. 402k) / down -16% in total viewers (1.796m vs. 2.127m)


CNN – up +9% in demo 25-54 rating (135k vs. 124k) / up +6% in total viewers (454k vs. 427k)

MSNBC – down -32% in demo rating (178k vs. 262k) / down -36% in total viewers (528k vs. 819k)

FXNC – down -24% in demo rating (255k vs. 337k) / down -15% in total viewers (1.552m vs. 1.828m)


CNN – up +12% in demo 25-54 rating (110k vs. 98k) / up +2% in total viewers (397k vs. 389k)

MSNBC – down -42% in demo rating (87k vs. 150k) / down -32% in total viewers (312k vs. 461k)

FXNC – down -25% in demo rating (185k vs. 246k) / down -12% in total viewers (1.006m vs. 1.149m)

CNN’s newest program “New Day” saw substantial ratings gains compared to CNN programming a year ago and is the only morning cable news program to increase its audience growing +18% in the key demo rating (97k vs. 82k) and +36% in total viewers (277k vs. 204k).  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was down -17% among 25-54 (125k vs. 150k) and decreased -9% in total viewers.  FXNC’s “Fox and Friends” also lost viewers this August, decreasing -23% in the key demo rating and was down -3% in total viewers.

MSNBC experienced major ratings declines in August losing almost one half of its M-F primetime audience, while registering its lowest total viewer delivery since December 2007, and its lowest among P25-54 since August 2006.  MSNBC, fueled this month by the strong performance of the network’s doc series “MSNBC Investigates” (Lock Up) and “MSNBC Specials” (Caught on Camera) also posted its lowest M-Su prime delivery among total viewers since December 2007.

This month, FXNC has posted some of its lowest ratings in over a decade, registering its lowest delivery in total day and M-F/M-Su primetime since August 2001 in the key demo 25-54 rating.  FXNC also saw its lowest primetime delivery since July 2008 in total viewers.

Other CNN August highlights include:

“Erin Burnett Outfront” at 7pm posted double-digit growth this month increasing +14% from a year ago in the key demo (124k vs. 109k). EBO also ranked second this month, tying with “Hardball with Chris Matthews” in the key demo 25-54 rating.  Matthews lost a substantial number of viewers vs. a year ago, dropping -42% among 25-54 (124k vs. 214k) and was down -45% in total viewers (480k vs. 867k), posting its lowest total viewer delivery since December 2007.  “The Fox Report” at 7pm also saw audience declines, losing -34% in the demo 25-54 rating and decreasing -15% in total viewers, posting its lowest total viewers delivery since July 2008.

“AC 360” at 8pm was the #2 show on cable news topping MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” in both total viewers (515k vs. 483k) and the key demo rating (140k vs. 132k), and was the #1 show on CNN primetime in both P2+ and P25-54. “AC 360” was also the only show at 8pm to grow vs. year-ago, increasing +15% in the demo rating (140k vs. 122k) and +16% in total viewers (515k vs. 445k); while FXNC and MSNBC lost a notable amount of viewership during the time period. Hayes was down -43% in the demo (132k vs. 233k) and lost almost half of its total viewers (483k vs. 924k) compared to a year ago. MSNBC posted its lowest 8pm delivery since September 2006 in total viewers and since August 2005 in the key demo rating.   “O’Reilly” lost one quarter (-25%) of its audience in the demo and was down -10% in total viewers.  August represents “O’Reilly’s” lowest delivery since July 2008 in total viewers and lowest since May 2006 among 25-54 demo rating.

“Piers Morgan Live” saw a slight increase in total viewers (465k vs. 460k) vs. a year ago.  “The Rachel Maddow Show” shed a substantial number of total viewers – dropping -43% (634k vs. 1.109m) and registering its lowest 9pm performance since August 2008 in total viewers and lowest since December 2007 in the key demo 25-54.  “Hannity” was also down this month, losing -21% of its total viewer audience (1.611m vs. 2.040m), resulting in the program’s lowest delivery since December 2007 and lowest demo delivery since August 2001.

Anderson Cooper at 10 pm was up +10% in the demo rating (145k vs. 132k) and +12% in total viewers (423k vs. 379k) compared to a year ago. FXNC and MSNBC also shed viewers during this time period, with “The Last Word” down -44% in P25-54 rating (160k vs. 288k) and down -41% in total viewers (603k vs. 1.018m). “On the Record” was down -15% among demo 25-54 and down -18% among total viewers.


Topics: Ratings
CNN iReport’s “Everyday Racism” project shows complexities of racism today
August 26th, 2013
12:05 PM ET

CNN iReport’s “Everyday Racism” project shows complexities of racism today

To mark the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, CNN iReport invited readers to share their personal experiences of "Everyday Racism," the ways prejudice still creeps into American life. The interactive, which launched today, features five powerful vignettes about encountering racism.

The vignettes cover a range of perspectives, among them the societal reactions towards interracial couples, encountering racism at a young age, and embracing one’s identity by getting in touch with a long-lost heritage. Each story is accompanied by an illustration from Seb Jarnot and the interactive also includes a collection of quotes from other readers’ experiences with racial injustice.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • Digital • iReport • Social Media
August 26th, 2013
09:36 AM ET

New York AG and Donald Trump on "New Day:" VIDEO

In a CNN live television exclusive, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shot down “wild accusations” by Donald Trump in an interview with Anchor Chris Cuomo on “New Day.” Schneiderman denied he spoke to President Obama on Thursday about the lawsuit or Donald Trump and believes this case is “pretty straightforward.”

Later in the show, Donald Trump responded to the allegations saying that the charges are a publicity stunt and Schneiderman is “angry” that he didn’t get campaign contributions that he requested from Trump during the investigation. Schneiderman refuted this claim on “New Day.”

“We’ve been looking into for profit schools. We just had a $10 million settlement with another one a week or so ago. And we started looking at Trump University and discovered that it was a classic bait-and-switch scheme,” Schneiderman said. “It was a scam starting with the fact that it was not a university. They never registered.... Part of the charges are they lied to the State Department of Education repeatedly. They never got their teachers certified as required by New York law. They promised they were going to teach people with hand-picked experts by Donald Trump. The teachers were neither hand-picked nor experts. Some of them had actually just come out of bankruptcy from their real estate ventures.”

He added, “We’ve had the sworn testimony of the former president of Trump University….. Mr. Trump claims he wrote the curriculum and was very involved. So, he said it himself. But the president said that [Trump] insisted in seeing all the promotional materials. And [Trump] was the pitch man. He was in all of the videos. People came to the seminars thinking they were going to meet him. In fact, all they got was a chance to stand next to a life-sized poster of Mr. Trump to make it appear as though they had met him. He clearly was involved.”

Trump told Cuomo, “We have and had a great school. The school did a terrific job. 98% approval…. We sort of gave a report card on ourselves to every student who took the course…. People loved the school.” Trump confirmed that he would not take a settlement and will have students testify.

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.

Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
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