April 30th, 2015
06:12 PM ET

O'Malley: "This is one of our darkest days"

Part two of Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

April 30th, 2015
05:24 PM ET

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reacts to citizens' critisism

Part one of Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

April 30th, 2015
03:36 PM ET

Sen. Sanders declares presidential candidacy

Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses his campaign launch, policy differences with Hillary Clinton, and Baltimore riots with Wolf Blitzer.


Topics: Wolf • Wolf Blitzer
CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios Pick Up 'THE GNOMIST' at Tribeca Film Festival
April 28th, 2015
01:23 PM ET

CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios Pick Up 'THE GNOMIST' at Tribeca Film Festival

Director/Producer Sharon Liese’s Film to Stream Across CNN Digital Platforms During Fall Short Film Series

Fresh from its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, award-winning filmmaker Sharon Liese’s short film, THE GNOMIST, produced by Herizon Productions and Cynthia Wade, has been acquired by CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios, it was announced today.

“It is a huge honor to have my work selected by such a distinguished network,” says Liese. “I am thrilled that THE GNOMIST and its message will have this expansive reach.”

“We are delighted to be able to bring Sharon’s beautifully-crafted, novel true story to a wide audience via CNN’s robust digital platforms. On the heels of the success of our first series of digital shorts, we are extremely pleased that THE GNOMIST will become part of our fall series of extraordinary short-form films for CNN,” said Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development for CNN Worldwide.

THE GNOMIST is the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy dwellings in a suburban Kansas forest and the psychic healing power of the magical experience shared by three former strangers.

“THE GNOMIST is an incredible story, beautifully told. It’s the perfect addition to CNN Digital’s continued push into long-form narrative storytelling,” said Chris Berend, vice president of video content development for CNN/U.S.

The acquisition of THE GNOMIST was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, vice president of business affairs, and Sexton, on behalf of CNN. THE GNOMIST will premiere internationally at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto (April 29) and continue to screen at other U.S. film festivals this spring. For more information on screenings, please visit www.thegnomistfilm.com. The film is expected to premiere on CNN’s digital platforms sometime in the fall.

Additional films for the fall series will include short films from Andrew Jenks (MTV’s World of Jenks) and Roger Ross Williams (GOD LOVES UGANDA).

CNN’s inaugural series of short films launched in March and includes the films UBAH!, about the uncommon life of Somalian supermodel and philanthropist Ubah Hassan, directed by Joe Berlinger; RAISING RYLAND, a journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six-year-old boy, directed by Sarah Feeley; and THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, about a small, talented group of Milwaukee teens who hacked into dozens of prominent computer systems – including the Los Alamos National Laboratory – during the early days of the Internet, directed by Michael T. Vollmann. All three of these exceptional short films are now available via www.CNN.com/shortfilms.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, svp of talent and content development, Vinnie Malhotra, svp of development and acquisitions, and Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, oversee the strategy for CNN Films. For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms, www.CNN.com/shortfilms, and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

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CNN Ranks #2 in Cable News in April; #1 on Weekends
April 28th, 2015
12:51 PM ET

CNN Ranks #2 in Cable News in April; #1 on Weekends

Tops MSNBC at 7p, 8p, 9p and 10p Hours in Demo for 9th Consecutive Month

New Day Tops Morning Joe for 10th Consecutive Month 

CNN Original Series Momentum Continues

CNN ranked #2 in cable news in April, easily topping MSNBC in Total Day among both total viewers and adults 25-54, and M-Su and M-F primetime in the demo 25-54.  The network has now beaten MSNBC for 10 straight months in Total Day among both total viewers and the demo, and in M-Su/M-F prime (demo), which is the longest streak across these dayparts and demos in over seven years (since February 2008).  CNN also topped MSNBC across the M-F 7p, 8p, 9p and 10p hours in the demo 25-54 for the 9th consecutive month.  This month, CNN dayside (9a-4p) grew vs. a year ago – increasing +3% in the demo, while MSNBC lost -39% of its daytime audience. The network’s D.C.-based and Sunday morning programming all ranked #2 in April; while CNN ranked #1 in both weekend Total Day and weekend Prime among the demo 25-54.  CNN Original Series continued its ratings momentum this month. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
CNNMoney Presents: Revenge Porn – The Cyberwar Against Women
April 27th, 2015
09:16 AM ET

CNNMoney Presents: Revenge Porn – The Cyberwar Against Women

In a five-part digital series, CNNMoney's Tech Reporter Laurie Segall uncovers a disturbing internet trend: the rise of revenge porn.

Revenge Porn is non-consensual pornography: everything from photos hacked from an unknowing victim's computer, to an intimate video taken by a couple and then made public after the breakup. The private material is uploaded onto the dark web, bartered or traded for Bitcoin, and then sometimes used to blackmail victims for more explicit photos. Even more disturbing: the law, and technology itself, are way behind the curve. Once the photos are posted, it's nearly impossible to stop their spread.

Segall's in-depth study includes interviews with a victim who had to copyright her own body to get images taken down, a crusading mother who's become the 'Erin Brockovitch' of revenge porn, and a hacker who explains why he ruined so many women's lives.

Explore the full series at CNNMoney.com/RevengePorn


Topics: CNN Digital • CNNMoney
April 26th, 2015
02:06 PM ET

Dan Rather: "very hard to see how NBC brings [Brian Williams] back"

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, former CBS evening news anchor Dan Rather and veteran journalist Jeff Greenfield spoke to Brian Stelter about the ongoing Brian Williams investigation and his future as an NBC anchor.


HIGHLIGHTS:

Rather on Brian Williams’ future at NBC:Brian has real friends or what he thought at least were real friends in the absolute upper reaches of the corporation.  That stands him in good stead. When I said his chances now are slim to none, and slim may have left town, if slim is still in town, it will be because he has these friends in the very top of the corporation.  They would like to keep him.  I think they want to keep him.  It's in the end, can they figure out a way to do it and move on from it?”

Rather on Brian Williams’ experience off the air: “He's been going through a version of Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell - extremely painful, extremely hurtful for him and his family. I understand, by the way, Brian, the sort of soap opera aspects of this that makes the story is so attractive and it is a big media story.  But in the great scheme of things, how big is it?  With the networks generally are losing power with the audience and, therefore, the power of any individual anchor has been reduced in the whole new digital world of "BuzzFeed" and "Vice".  Just how important really is this in the overall and for that matter to journalism as a whole?  Fair questions.”
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April 26th, 2015
01:18 PM ET

Is Gov. John Kasich running for president?


CNN’s State of the Union features Gloria Borger’s exclusive interview with governor John Kasich (R-OH) about the upcoming 2016 election and U.S. policy issues.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On running for president: “I don't know yet.  I mean I've taken another big step, for me, which is to create a political organization to begin to accumulate more resources so I can travel more robustly and - and begin to think about infrastructure. And then once that's done, if I should be successful in raising sort of that seed money then I think the next step is to see if people like what I have to say.  And then I think it's going to be to, you know, find out, around the country, whether I can raise enough money to compete, at least in the early states.”

On whether Hillary Clinton can win Ohio in 2016:  “I mean of course she could win.  I think anybody there on - on those lists are capable.  It's just a matter of how they project themselves. But she'll be a very formidable candidate.  I mean she's having a lot of problems now, going to have to answer a lot of questions. But anybody that underestimates Hillary Clinton, I think, makes a mistake.  You know, they underestimated her husband.”

On the U.S. drone program: “ I don't believe the drone program ought to be run out of the CIA.  The CIA is an intelligence gathering operation.  The operation, the drone program, should be operated exclusively out of the Pentagon. You know, the air force has the capability of doing extensive targeting.  You don't have those capabilities in the CIA.”
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April 26th, 2015
01:16 PM ET

McCain: U.S-Iran alliance an “illusion”


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, John McCain (R-AZ) joined Jim Acosta for an exclusive interview to discuss the U.S. drone policy, Iran-U.S. negotiations, and 2016 elections.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On the U.S. drone program: “ And there is kind of an internal struggle going on within the administration and within the Congress as to which - whether it should be an armed services operation, this whole issue of drone strikes, or should it be done by the CIA? Obviously, as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, I have some bias, but it seems to me that as much as we could give responsibility and authority over to the Department of Defense, because that's really not the job of the intelligence agency.  But back to your question, I think then that raises the debate. Do we need to continue drone strikes? And if so, how? Obviously, better intelligence. But we are now facing a new form of warfare, these nonstate terrorists organizations that are spread all over hell's half-acre. And, really, the only way you can get at them that we know of now that is viable is through the drone operations.  They have taken out leadership. And we can argue - in fact, I would argue strenuously we - there are places where we could have done a lot more, but this is sort of an aspect of the frozen conflict, where we are not going to send boots on the ground to go get those people, and that is certainly understandable. “

On the U.S.-Iran alliance: “ I think diplomacy should be given a chance. And what I was saying is - was - they are the facts. The facts are that the ayatollah depicts the state of negotiations as far as inspections are concerned, as far as lifting of sanctions are concerned and other aspects of this deal that are diametrically opposed to what John Kerry and the State Department is telling us. I mean, that's just a fundamental fact. I think George Shultz and Henry Kissinger were correct in the op- ed they had in "The Wall Street Journal," where they said these negotiations begin in order to rid of Iran of ever having a nuclear capability to delaying Iran from having another nuclear - a nuclear ability. And I can assure you, Jim, that if this deal goes through the way it appears it is, you will see a nuclear-armed Middle East. And that's incredible dangerous.”

On running as Lindsey Graham’s vice president: I don't think Lindsey would be - he is really a smart guy. So, I don't think he would ever consider such a thing.”
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Topics: Iraq • ISIS • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
April 26th, 2015
01:13 PM ET

John Legend: "we get treated worse by the criminal justice system"


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, John Legend, musician and co-founder of Free America campaign, joined Jim Acosta to discuss police brutality in the criminal justice system, political activism, and his career in the entertainment industry.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On police brutality in the U.S.: “Well, I think for too long, the criminal justice system, implemented by the police, but not solely run by the police, has treated black people as though our lives are not as valuable, as though we are enemies in our communities rather than community members.  And we need our police to look at us as community members that they care about and want to keep safe and healthy and treat us with the same fairness that they would treat any other person. And far too often, that hasn't been the case.  And that's why you see so many people walking around with the signs that "Black Lives Matter." And the reason we have to be specific and say "Black Lives Matter" is because so many forces in American life are telling us that our lives don't matter, that our lives are expendable, that when we are killed when we're unarmed that we can't get justice for that - for that. When we are the perpetrators of crime, even though it's the same crime as someone else, we get longer sentences or we get treated worse by the criminal justice system.”

 

On the significance of criminal justice reform to him: “Well, it's personal for me because I've had family members that have gotten caught up in the system.  I've had family friends that I grew up with that have been caught up in the system.  People that grew up in my same neighborhood.  I could have been one of them. And so I do take this personally. But I've seen it destroy way too many families.  I've seen it destroy way too many communities.  And as I go to - through our schools and through our communities and see the results of these - this situation, where you see so many kids growing up without a father, for instance, so many kids that have some kind of parent in prison or under probation or parole, can't get a job, can't vote for various reasons, you just have to think that there is a better way to do this than what we're doing right now.”

 

On rating President Obama’s leadership:     

“LEGEND:  I think there's been a lot of successes.  I think health care reform is one that I'm particularly proud of.  I think the fact that no...
ACOSTA:  You worked hard to get him elected.
LEGEND:  Yes, absolutely.  Health care being affordable and accessible to so many more Americans now is going to go down in history, I think, as a huge accomplishment.  I think the stimulus package, I thought it could have been a little bit bigger.

But I think what it did accomplish was bringing the unemployment rate down to where it is now.  And making...

ACOSTA:  What if he doesn't get a handle on this policing issue?

LEGEND:  I think there is more to do and - and I - I'm going to push the president to get more involved in criminal justice reform. “

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