CNN’s Bill Weir is looking back at Hurricane Ian after it tore through the southeast last week. Weir tells Deadline he went to bed Tuesday night not prepared for the intensity of the storm the next day.
“The new term of the day is “rapid intensification.” I went to bed on Tuesday night and I think it was just about a Category 2 [storm] at that point. … I got a phone call at 5 in the morning [on Wednesday] saying “It’s now a Category 4. This thing has caught everybody off guard. Get ready.” And we saw the same thing a week prior on the other side of the world, in the South China Sea, Typhoon Noru went from a Category 1 to a 5 in less than 12 hours. It blew the minds of everyone. Veteran meteorologists at CNN had never seen anything like that before. And again, when it comes to hurricanes, the more time you have to evacuate, more time you have to brace, the more lives will be saved.
ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee recalled how Ian’s path differed from previous powerful storms.
“Unlike Hurricane Laura or Ida in the last few years where the forecast was within a few miles of the actual track for a week in advance [from the National Hurricane Center], Ian’s track varied greatly because both long-term computer models that we rely on were incredibly divergent. My producer and I as of the Saturday before felt confident in making a flight to Fort Myers, as the European model was stubborn, six days in advance, that a major hurricane would hit Fort Myers that Wednesday. As Monday, our travel day, approached, we saw the NHC being influenced by the American model which was much further north. We felt it prudent to start in Tampa and drive south if the track did what we thought… it did and thankfully our management is incredibly nimble and helped us execute this move, which proved to put us in exactly the right place ahead of the storm. We were in the eye wall of Ian for six hours.”
At least 100 people were killed and more than 40,000 people were left temporarily displaced following Ian’s rampage in Florida and South Carolina.
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NewsNation Announces Special Programming Before Latest Republican Debate
NewsNation will host the fourth Republican presidential primary debate on December 6.
NewsNation announced on Tuesday that it will have special programming surrounding the fourth Republican presidential primary debate ahead of its inaugural presidential primary debate next month.
Before the debate, NewsNation plans to broadcast programs from the debate location. These programs will include the political panel program The Hill, which NewsNation’s chief Washington correspondent, Blake Burman, will moderate.
Broadcasting from the front of the Frank Moody Music Building, The Hill, will start on Monday, December 6. Meanwhile, on December 5, Connell McShane’s NewsNation Now (weekdays from 3 to 5 PM ET) and Leland Vittert’s On Balance (weeknights at 7 PM ET) will broadcast live from The Quad, which is the center of the University of Alabama campus.
Leland Vittert, NewsNation’s chief Washington anchor, will also broadcast live from the exact location. On the day of the debate, the entire NewsNation lineup will be live from Alabama, including Connell McShane’s NewsNation Now, The Hill, and more.
Chris Cuomo will host Countdown to the Republican Primary Debate, a two-hour news special that NewsNation will air before the debate. Vittert will report live from inside the debate hall.
On December 6 at 8 p.m. ET, the University of Alabama’s Frank Moody Music Building in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will host a debate. NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas will co-moderate the event alongside Megyn Kelly, a current SiriusXM Radio personality, and Eliana Johnson, the EIC of The Washington Free Beacon.
The network will air a special post-debate show immediately after the event. Cuomo and Vittert will host the show, and political editor Chris Stirewalt and various NewsNation reporters and contributors will provide additional analysis and commentary.
Finally, the University of Alabama will continue to host the live broadcast of NewsNation Now with Connell McShane, The Hill, and Elizabeth Vargas Reports on Thursday, December 7, the day following the GOP debate.
CNN Adds Barak Ravid as Political and Foreign Policy Analyst
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region
CNN has announced the addition of Barak Ravid as a political and foreign policy analyst.
Currently, Ravid serves as a politics reporter and Middle East expert for Axios. He also writes for Walla News in Israel.
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region. He worked in Tel-Aviv before shifting to being basked in Washington, D.C.
In 2021, Ravid released his first book, “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East”. The book — which was written in Hebrew — details the historic peace deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
A former Israeli soldier, Ravid will continue to be based in Washington, D.C. in his new role with CNN.
Jake Tapper: ‘My Faith Only Guides My Journalism’
“I know what it’s like to be a religious minority so I apply that across the board.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper is one of the country’s most high-profile Jewish anchors and recently spoke with colleague Oliver Darcy for a lengthy interview.
Among the topics was the rise of antisemitism across the globe, and Darcy asked whether Tapper has seen a spike in bigoted attacks toward him. The CNN host notes what it’s like to be a religious minority and applies it to the way he covers the news.
“My faith only guides my journalism in the sense that I know what it’s like to be a religious minority so I apply that across the board to Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, and to everyone else,” Tapper told Darcy. “I don’t assume that because someone is of one particular faith that they have certain views.
“That’s about it. I see the war as a journalist and as a human. I want the human suffering to end now. And I would prefer a world where all peoples can live with democracy and self-determination.
“This is a time where antisemitism is without a doubt on the rise and I’ve certainly seen an uptick online, but ugly words are just that: words. It’s nothing compared to what the people in Israel and Gaza and the West Bank are currently going through.”
Jake Tapper was recently in the news regarding his Jewish faith after radio host Mark Levin called media figures like Wolf Blitzer, Tapper, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell “self-hating Jews”. In response, both CNN and the White House condemned the comments from Levin.