February 8th, 2016
03:37 PM ET

#FZGPS - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on “carpet bombing…that’s genocide”

On Sunday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, humanitarian, 6-time NBA MVP, and New York Times bestselling-author of Mycroft Holmes (2015) appeared on CNN's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.  Abdul-Jabbar and Fareed Zakaria spoke about Islam and Islamophobia in America and the 2016 election.  The full transcript of the interview may be found after the jump.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Trump’s comments regarding Muslims: “I thought that what he had to say was outrageous. It certainly contradicts our Constitution, something that the President of the United States is obliged to uphold and defend, and religious discrimination is not part of what America is supposed to be about. And here he is saying that it's OK to discriminate and have Muslims on watch lists, and we're going to shut down some masjids, and a lot of things that are illegal and immoral. And, you know, I had to say something.” FULL POST


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February 7th, 2016
02:03 PM ET

Larry Sabato on CNN's Reliable Sources: “There's no question about it. This isn't a close call"

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Chris Moody, Senior Digital Correspondent for CNN Politics, Dylan Byers, CNN Senior Reporter for Media and Politics, Doug Heye, former RNC Communications Director and Larry Sabato, Director at the Center for Politics, University of Virginia joined host Brian Stelter to discuss Ted Cruz’s falsifications about CNN’s reporting.

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Contact: Emily Kuhn, Emily.Kuhn@turner.com

 

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Chris Moody, Senior Digital Correspondent for CNN Politics on his scoop from Monday night that reported Ben Carson was not traveling straight to New Hampshire following the end of the Iowa Caucuses: “The reporting stands on its own.  I don't have to necessarily comment or extrapolate on it…….Let me give you a tick-tock about what happened that night.  I was assigned to cover Carson's victory party in West Des Moines, in Iowa.  His campaign, two sources told me on the record told me that instead of going straight to New Hampshire or straight to South Carolina as most candidates do, he’s going to take just a short, brief rest.  They described it as a deep breath, by going home to Florida, get his affairs in order, and head to Washington, D.C., for the National Prayer Breakfast.  Then, after that, head to New Hampshire for the debate. And so, I reported all of those things in order.  He's going to Florida.  He's - then I said, he's not dropping out.  Ted Cruz's campaign cherry-picked part of that information, and not only sent messages to precinct captain on e-mail but also called and said he's suspending campaigning - which is something I or no one else at CNN ever said.  We also had a story on CNNPolitics.com that had all of that information. So, either Ted Cruz's campaign just stopped reading, or - as others have said, it was something that was misleading intentionally.

Larry Sabato, Director, UVA Center for Politics on the controversy surrounding the Cruz campaign’s actions during the Iowa Caucuses and his assertions about CNN: “Oh, there's no question about it.  This isn't a close call.  Cruz is to blame - Cruz and his staff.

Sabato on the spread of falsifications in the 2016 campaign:  “Brian, I think one of the most disturbing things about a very disturbing election cycle, for me, has been the growth of this idea that somehow we're in a post-factual era.  Well, God help us if we're in a post-factual era."

Moody on Cruz’s false assertions about CNN’s reporting: “But again, it was never reported on CNN television, digital, or social media that Ben Carson was dropping out.  In fact, almost in the same breath, it was reported that he was staying in the race, the exact opposite."

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February 7th, 2016
01:07 PM ET

Governor Christie “I think the whole race changed last night"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Republican presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the GOP debate, New Hampshire primary and more.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666;

Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Christie on his performance in the GOP debate: “I hope that what I showed people last night is that I'm the person who's best prepared to beat Hillary Clinton. If Republicans want someone who can get on that stage and hold Hillary Clinton to task for the things that she's done and the things she's proposing, and they - and they're trying to choose between me and Marco Rubio, I think last night showed what they should do.  You need someone with experience, someone tested and ready. Let's remember this, Jake, this is not about me.  It's about the American people.  They want an effective

 

Christie on Rubio:  “I think the whole race changed last night, because you know, there was a march amongst some in the chattering class to anoint Senator Rubio.  I think after last night, that's over. And so I think there could be four or five tickets now out of New Hampshire, because the race is so unsettled now.  You can't trust Senator Rubio to be the nominee of this party.  And that's what I was saying last night. We need someone who's been tested and ready to go against Hillary Clinton.  You just had her own.  She is a skilled debater.  She's an experienced Washington insider.  And you'd better have somebody on there who can take her on. Senator Rubio proved last night he can't do that.  So now let's get to the next phase.  And I'm ready to go….. there's been a march for Senator Rubio.  Mr. Trump has been where he's been in New Hampshire and been fairly steady there.  The fact is that Senator Rubio is unprepared to be president of the United States. Now, there could be a time where I go after Mr. Trump as well.  But, you know, those are decisions for me to make. As I said to - to someone recently, I said, you know, I engage at a time of my choosing.  And that when I did it.  And I chose last night to engage with Senator Rubio, because the stakes are so high here in New Hampshire. We cannot nominate what the Democrats did eight years ago, a first term senator unprepared for the world, unprepared for the race….. All New Hampshire voters who are out there this morning, you watched last night. Do you think this is a Marco Rubio coronation? Do you think this is what should happen? Or do you need someone who's been tested, tested by Hurricane Sandy, tested by a Democratic legislature, tested by a hostile media in New York City? I've been tested in a way that Senator Rubio never has been.”

 

Christie on final days leading up to the New Hampshire primary: “…I'm going to close the deal with the voters in New Hampshire in the last three days.  And - and what they should know is when you vote for who you believe is the best person to be president, you're never wasting your vote.”

 

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February 7th, 2016
01:01 PM ET

Kasich: "so many Democrats walk up to me and say, hey, we like you, we hope you're going to be the Republican."

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor John Kasich (R-OH), Republican presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the New Hampshire primary and the 2016 presidential election.

 


For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666;

Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Kasich on being an establishment candidate:  “Jake, I am not in any establishment lane.  I have never been the establishment.  I'm not anti-establishment.  But look, I make the establishment very nervous.  I've always....Because I'm a change agent.” 

 

Kasich on relationship with democrats: “TAPPER:Why do you think so many conservatives look at you as not one of them] KASICH: I don't know.  It's a mystery to me.  When you've balanced as many budgets as I have, cut as much taxes, been for as much school choice, reformed welfare, end the entitlement, go through all of this, grow government at a very small amount.  I - I don't understand it, other than maybe sometimes I say we need to work together with the Democrats because I believe that everybody ought to have an opportunity to rise.  You know, the mentally ill, the drug-addicted.  I don't know, maybe that - they don't like that tone. But the only reason I said what I said is I have had so many Democrats walk up to me and say, hey, we like you, we hope you're going to be the Republican.  We're not going to vote for you in the fall, but, you know, we - we think you - you make a lot of sense.You know, look, I'm in a Republican primary, but if any - whoever is going to like me, I consider that to be a good thing.  But it shows my ability, perhaps, to reassemble that old Reagan coalition, those blue collar Democrats.  That's what my father was. So I think I might send a signal out that it's safe if you're a Democrat and you're a conservative to look at a Republican.”

 

Kasich on the New Hampshire primary:“We'll know on the 10th.  Look, we're going to do very well, Jake, because I mean you should see the army of volunteers we have.  It's just unbelievable….. I think they think that they're part of something that's different, that's bigger than themselves.  I've always had campaigns like this.  Somehow, people get revved up and they see it as something more than a campaign.  Maybe it's the positive campaign.  Maybe it's the way that I'm able to talk about economic growth and helping people. I don't know.  I - I heard, after the debate, that they took a poll and, you know, like I'd risen really dramatically among millennials, which is really cool.  I always get along with - with young people….”

 

 

Kasich on a potential Bloomberg candidacy:  “TAPPER:  You spoke highly of Mike Bloomberg this week, saying that he might be the kind of person you would like to turn around the IRS if you become president.

KASICH:  Well, I was mentioning people.  I said who could be the IRS? Somebody in the crowd squid - because my town halls are so much fun.  You know, Bloomberg.  Somebody said Mitt Romney… Bloomberg wouldn't do that…. Well, I - here's what I know.  I knew that he loves to play golf and so do I.  And if I praise him, he may take me to some of his very fancy golf courses…. I don't think he's talking about it…. think he's having fun…. I've talked to his aides.”

 

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February 7th, 2016
11:15 AM ET

Clinton on sexism in American politics: "we are still living with a double standard and I know it. Every woman I know knows it."

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the upcoming CNN Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan, her Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders, and the role of sexism in American politics.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Clinton responds to the Flint water crisis: “Well, Jake, congratulations on doing the debate in Flint. It's really important we keep the spotlight on this problem… There is no - there is no acceptable level of lead for kids… Well, I think it has to be absolutely investigated to figure out what happened.  Why wasn't this sounding alarms everywhere?... I know there will be a lot of people focusing on what happened and that's really important, because we do have to, you know, open this inquiry more broadly.  You know, I’ve said that we've got places in our country where we have asthma rates at 500 times higher, killing, you know, young children of color than anybody else because of where they live and what they're exposed to.”

 

Clinton on the Sanders campaign’s attacks against her: “Well. that's their - that’s their typical, you know, artistic smear.  You know, the campaign sends out something, gets people riled up, and then they say oh no, we're running a positive campaign.  Enough. OK, I’m glad you raised this, because I really do want to get this record straight once and for all.  I worked with Senator Warren with whom I have the highest regard, in 2000 to stop a very bad bankruptcy bill…You can look at what I said in 2001.  You can look at what I said in 2005.  And so I’m glad to set this record straight. You know, but this kind of attack by innuendo, insinuation is really getting old.  You know, hey can't point to anything.  They are grabbing at straws to make this case.”

 

Clinton on the role of sexism in American politics: “Look, we are still living with a double standard and I know it.  Every woman I know knows it.  Whether you're in the media as a woman, or you're in the professions or business or politics.  And I don't know anything other to do than to just keep forging through it and just taking the slings and arrows that come with being a woman in the arena. You know, sometimes I talk soft.  Sometimes I get passionate and I get a little bit excited.  I don't know any man who doesn't do the same thing.  And I find it sort of interesting that all of a sudden this is a big discussion about me, once again.”

 

Clinton on her strategy moving forward: “People deserve to be upset.  But what I'm saying - and maybe it's not the most popular theme these days.  You know, get angry, vent, but then realize anger is not a plan and venting is not a strategy, and we have work to do.  And I'm confident we can do that work.”


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February 7th, 2016
11:13 AM ET

Trump "I want to win New Hampshire, but I don't think I have to win it"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Donald Trump, GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the Iowa Caucuses, the New Hampshire Primary, and advanced interrogation techniques.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Trump on how he needs to perform in the New Hampshire Primary: “I think I'm going to do very well.  I have a great relationship between the vets and all of the people of New Hampshire.  They just seem to be very positive for me.  They have known me for a long time.  And they're great people.  I think I'm going to do very well in New Hampshire. But, no, I don't - I don't think - I want to win New Hampshire, but I don't think I have to win it, no.”

 

Trump on his performance in the Iowa Caucuses: “There wasn't a loss.  I came in second.  And I only came in second because of the fact that Cruz took a lot of votes away from Carson that should not have been taken away.  I mean, he's apologized, but I don't know what comes of that.  Let's see what happens. But that was the only reason I came in second.  So, I came in second out of the original 17 candidates.  I don't consider that a loss, Jake, and I probably came in first in actuality… And my second-place finish, which, again, I say was first-place - but my second-place finish had more votes than anybody in the history of that whole thing - history.  That includes everybody, other than Cruz.”

 

Trump explains his view on enhanced interrogation techniques: [TAPPER]: “How would you bring it back, if it is currently a war crime under U.S. law?”

[TRUMP]: “Well, I would go through a process and get it declassified, frankly. And I would - certainly water-boarding at a minimum.  They're chopping off heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East.  They're chopping heads off.  They laugh at us when they hear that we're not going to approve water-boarding, and then they will have a James Foley and others where they cut off their heads… when they're chopping off the heads of people, and innocent people in most cases, beyond water-boarding is fine with me.”

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February 7th, 2016
09:30 AM ET

Sanders discussing the New Hampshire primary: "We think it's gonna be a close election"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Democratic presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the New Hampshire Primary, SNL, and much more.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Sander’s on Clinton’s speech transcripts: [TAPPER]: “Hillary Clinton, so far, has been asked by journalists to release transcripts from speeches, especially those to Goldman Sachs and others. Do you think she should and what do you think would be revealed in those transcripts?”

[SANDERS]: “No idea. I have no idea what she said and I think the decision as to whether or not to release it is her decision.”

[TAPPER]: “You don't have a positon on it at all?”

[SANDERS]: “No.”

 

Sanders responds to “Bernie Bros”: “I have heard about it. It's disgusting. Look we don't want that crap. We can't you know, and we will do everything we can and I think we have tried. Look, you know that-that anybody who is supporting me that is doing the sexist things is-we don't want them. I don't want that. That is not what this campaign is about.”

 

Sanders responds to Larry David’s SNL impression of him: [TAPPER]: “Before this election season ever began did you ever look at Larry David and think "That guy could play me someday?”

[SANDERS]: “No, I admired him, I loved his television show, but no. I did not make the connection between Larry David and myself… Well he plays me a little bit better than I play me.”

 

Sanders on big money influence over lawmakers: “It ain't nuanced! Big money controls what goes on in Washington. Every American understands that. You have to be very naïve not to believe that the wealthiest and most powerful institutions in this country are contributing huge amounts of money- for what reason? For the heck of it? They just want to have fun and contribute that money? Of course they expect something. But that is different than saying, oh this candidate took that amount of money and voted that way. That is not what I'm saying. What I am saying is you have a corrupt campaign finance system. I will do everything I can to overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, and in fact, I believe we should have public funding of elections.”

 

 

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February 4th, 2016
01:58 PM ET

CNN’S TOWN HALL RANKS #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT

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Dem Town Hall is Top-Rated in both Total Viewers and Demos

According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s New Hampshire Democratic Town Hall (9-11p) ranked #1 in cable news last night, topping Fox News and MSNBC in total viewers, adults 25-54, and adults 18-34.  Moderated by Anderson Cooper, the Town Hall averaged 2.717 million total viewers.  Fox News followed with 2.331 million and MSNBC trailed with 984k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN (871k) outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (486k) and MSNBC (243k).  Among adults 18-34, CNN (391k) also outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (104k) and MSNBC (41k).

The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-1a) also ranked #1 in the demo last night, averaging 364k, Fox News had 327k and MSNBC lagged with 141k.  CNN won overall primetime (8-11pm) with 694k, +34% more than Fox News’ 519k and a +215% lead over MSNBC’s 220k.

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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CNN International Commercial expands offering to broadcast and digital publishers
Kostas Oikonomou and Hristo Guertchev
February 4th, 2016
11:19 AM ET

CNN International Commercial expands offering to broadcast and digital publishers

New appointments to focus on content sales around US elections, digital products and branded channel launches

CNN has appointed a new Commercial Director, EMEA, and Head of Product for its Content Sales, Partnerships and Out of Home business as it increases its content and services offering for international affiliates and partners.

Kostas Oikonomou joins CNN International as Commercial Director, Content Sales and Partnerships, EMEA, to work with existing and new TV and digital publishers across the region to license CNN’s award-winning content, utilise CNN reporting, consultancy and training, and launch CNN-branded linear and digital channels.  Oikonomou has a long track-record of editorial, commercial and consultancy roles at Discovery Communications, Al-Jazeera English, Associated Press and NBC News.

Hristo Guertchev is appointed as CNN International’s Head of Product for Content Sales and Out of Home. Guertchev will work closely with CNN editorial, technology and commercial teams to define, develop and deliver products and services for CNN’s international TV and digital affiliate publishers and out of home partners such as hotels and airlines. Guertchev joins CNN International Commercial from Reuters, where he spent six years in a range of commercial and product roles, most recently as Senior Product Manager, Video. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
February 4th, 2016
12:59 AM ET

RUSH TRANSCRIPT: Hillary Clinton //CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall

CNN NHDP Democratic Presidential Town Hall

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RUSH TRANSCRIPT:

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER:  And welcome back to the CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall at the Derry Opera House in New Hampshire.

Thanks very much for being with us.

You heard from Senator Bernie Sanders.

Please welcome the former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

(APPLAUSE)

COOPER:  Please.

CLINTON:  Hello.

Please welcome former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  

(APPLAUSE) 

COOPER:  Have a seat.  

HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  Hello.  

COOPER:  Welcome.  

CLINTON:  Thank you very much.  

COOPER:  So you've obviously had a pretty incredible several past couple of days.  Congratulations on winning in Iowa.  New Hampshire has always been good to the Clintons.  How does it feel out there?  

CLINTON:  It feels great.  I've had just an amazing time.  We landed in the middle of the night from Iowa still pretty pumped up about winning there, and then got to work the next day.

And I'm seeing a lot of old friends, meeting a lot of new people.  I have an uphill climb and I'm going to climb as high and hard as I can because I want to make my case for the people of New Hampshire.  

As you said, they're people that I feel very close to.  They've been good to my husband, to me, my family.  

But what's most important is the first in the nation primary.  It truly is a great opportunity to get out there, explain what you want to do as president, present your ideas, and get vetted by the people of New Hampshire.  

COOPER:  Bernie Sanders, just a short time ago, said he is the underdog here.  Your campaign has said, you know, he comes from neighboring Vermont, you guys are down in the polls.  

Do you feel you do better when you're fighting from behind?  

CLINTON:  You know, I don't know.  I…

COOPER:  Does it bring out something in you?   FULL POST


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