September 30th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

CNN Wins Two News And Documentary Emmy Awards

35th News and Documentary Emmys

35th Annual News and Documentary Emmys

CNN Worldwide has won two awards at tonight’s 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. CNN’s Emmy Awards include:


Outstanding Video Journalism: News

Mark Phillips, CNN – Reporting from Afghanistan and the Philippines


Mark Phillips' work is testament to his ability to tell a story through his pictures, not just by observing from a distance but by becoming closely involved and bringing his empathy with each subject to the fore.  Philips' work is also defined by a deep respect and admiration for his subjects and their individual stories.  In close partnership with his reporter colleagues, he secures a level of trust that allows each story to evolve organically.


Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish

CNN en Español, Panorama Mundial


Panorama Mundial is a showcase of CNN’s resources in Latin America, bringing the most relevant stories of the region to the audience through the story telling skills of anchor Patricia Janiot.  The news is presented in a variety of formats, including packages from reporters in the field who live the stories themselves; live shots from bureaus to deliver the very latest news; and dynamic segments to illustrate with graphics the events that affect daily life.


In addition to these two News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown won Outstanding Informational Series for the second consecutive year in the 2014 Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards.


Topics: Awards • CNN • CNN Press Releases
September 30th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

AC360 Video: Parents of Morgan Harrington Talk to Anderson Cooper

Dan and Gil Harrington are living a nightmare that few parents can even imagine. Their daughter Morgan was murdered in 2009 after leaving a concert on the campus of the University of Virginia. They just learned there could be a DNA link to Jesse Matthew Jr., the man arrested days ago in connection with the disappearance of UVA sophomore Hannah Graham.

Tonight on AC360, the Harrington's spoke with Anderson Cooper about Matthew's possible involvement in Morgan's death, the Hannah Graham case and they shared memories of their daughter. Morgan's father also delivered a powerful message to suspect Jesse Matthew.

Topics: CNN
September 30th, 2014
02:30 PM ET



CNN’s New Day Has Highest Delivery Ever and Posts First Quarterly Win over Morning Joe; CNN at 9pm Tops The Rachel Maddow Show for the First Time Since 2009 

MSNBC Suffers Double-Digit Losses Almost Every Hour; Maddow Show Registers Lowest Quarter Delivery Ever and Joe is Posting Largest Time Period Losses

CNN Original Series Continue to Post Strong Ratings This Quarter

 For the third quarter 2014:

  • CNN ranked #2 in Total Day among total viewers (449k vs. MSNBC’s 331k) and in demo 25-54 rating (135k vs. MSNBC’s 98k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-Su Primetime among total viewers (562k vs. MSNBC’s 560k) and in the demo 25-54 (189k vs. MSNBC’s 155k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in M-F Primetime in key demo rating (199k vs. MSNBC’s 153k).
  • CNN ranked #2 in Dayside (9a-4p) in both total viewers (525k vs. MSNBC’s 249k) and demo 25-54 rating (127k vs. MSNBC’s 54k).
  • CNN ranked #1 in Weekend Primetime in demo rating (164k vs. MSNBC’s 159k and Fox’s 143k) and #2 among total viewers (503k vs. MSNBC’s 320k).
  • CNN Original Series rank #1 or #2 in cable news in the time period.


Topics: CNN
September 29th, 2014
07:38 PM ET

Rep. Jason Chaffetz to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "I've got deep concerns that the president is not as safe as we want and need him to be."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the news that the White House fence jumper made it inside. A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full program transcript will be posted on

FULL POST Officials: Fence jumper made it into East Room of White House
September 29th, 2014
02:20 PM ET

CNN's Ivan Watson's (@IvanCNN) tweets from Hong Kong protests


"Do you hear the people sing?" The full-throated roar of many, many young people in Hong Kong demanding democracy:

An example of how the pro-democracy sit-in is affecting daily life in Hong Kong:


Topics: CNN • CNN International • Ivan Watson
September 29th, 2014
01:44 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: ISIS fighter tells CNN "Strikes cannot stop us."

In a CNN Exclusive, an ISIS fighter tells Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) that U.S. airstrikes are not effective.

CNN exclusive: ISIS fighter says U.S. airstrikes aren't effective

Topics: Arwa Damon
September 28th, 2014
03:28 PM ET

Rouhani: Iran is "against terrorism"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani regarding the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the P5+1 nuclear negotiations, and the harsh judgment by Islamic authorities in Iran.


Rouhani on Iran’s stance towards terrorism: “Iran, from the very first moment, did not hesitate in fighting against terrorism.  Other countries apparently had their doubts for quite some time.  They were under the impression that, be it as it may, they acted quite late in the game.”


Rouhani on the P5+1 negotiations: “today we have a - we are faced with a very good opportunity vis-a-vis the nuclear talks and negotiations. This good opportunity was created in reality only last year.  In result of the expression of the political will of the majority of the people of Iran and their vast participation in those elections and the mandates received out of those elections. A new atmosphere was created in result of all of that.  We must all make good use of it, our side, as well as 5-Plus-1. Everyone together must make good use of this historic opportunity.”


Rouhani on the persecution of dancers in the “Happy” video: “I, as the president of Iran, have been sworn and put there by the will of the people to protect the constitution. If the constitution is ever violated, it is my legal responsibility to take the appropriate steps and implement appropriate actions. “

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

Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • ISIS
September 28th, 2014
03:24 PM ET

White House Deputy NatSec Advisor on State of the Union

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Tony Blinken, White House Deputy National Security Advisor sits down with Candy Crowley to discuss U.S. security in the face of terrorism. As air strikes increase and a moderate coalition forms, the U.S. ramps up the fight against ISIS.  Crowley gets the White House reaction from Blinken.



Blinken on the moderate opposition in Syria: "They need to be built up so that they can be a counterweight to Assad, and in the near term, they need to be built up so they can work on the ground to help deal with ISIL."


Blinken on U.S. efforts in the Middle East: “What we are doing is empowering local actors with some of the huge assets we can bring to this, like our airpower, intelligence, training and equipping, advising and assisting. And we're not falling into the al Qaeda trap of sending tens of thousands of Americans in, where they get bogged down, tied down, and bled, which is exactly what al Qaeda wants. We're being smart about this. This is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists. And it's also a more effective way.”


Blinken on sending U.S. troops to West Africa for Ebola: “The military can play a unique role in logistics, in organizing everything, in setting up a transit area outside of the immediate area of Ebola in Senegal to move equipment and people in, it's building treatment units, it's setting up an air bridge.”

Full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

September 28th, 2014
03:16 PM ET

Will Syria be "a long-term conflict"?

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, three different perspectives provide a comprehensive look at the U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the search for a military strategy. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, voted against President Obama's plan to arm and train rebels in Syria, fearing another open-ended U.S. involvement in the Muslim world.  Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers and former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns further explain the long and short term consequences of U.S. involvement.



Senator Murphy  "Ultimately, I don’t think we have a partner in the Free Syrian Army who ultimately can win that fight militarily so I worry you get sucked into a long-term conflict”


Senator Murphy on Congressional authorization for military force: “That’s the check of a war without end is a Congress speaking for the American people that can put an end date on an authorization for military force or put a limitation so you can’t use ground troops”


Burns on allied commitment:we're facing a combined threat in Iraq and Syria. We can't protect the Iraqi state and prevent its dismemberment if we're not effective in Syria.  And that's the roll of the dice for President Obama. He's right to strike Syria from the air. Will we be able to train enough Syrian fighters, with help from appropriations from the Congress, to make a difference in combating ISIS in its own backyard, which is Syria? Will we be able to get some of those European allies?”


Meyers on US strategy and exit plan: “when you start putting limitations on your strategy, especially in public, that's beneficial to your adversary.”

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

September 28th, 2014
03:09 PM ET

Shimon Peres on Fareed Zakaria GPS

On CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, Fareed sits down with Shimon Peres who has worked at the highest levels of Israel’s government for decades. Peres discusses the prospects for peace in the Middle East and his future career aspirations.


Peres on Palestinian statehood: “I think they have to give to them the state.  I don't have the slightest doubt about it”

Peres on security in the Middle East: “I don't think there will be more wars.  It's being replaced by terror.  It's a difficult sort of a conflict.  Usually, you have two armies. One won, the other lost.  But now we have hundreds and hundreds of small terrorist groups.  They don't have a policy.  They have more of a protest. They don't have a tomorrow.  They are going back to yesterday.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Israel
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