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by Little Ayun
September 12, 2007
From journal Looking for the Cool in Atlanta
January 5, 2007
From journal Heart of the Peachtree State
September 19, 2006
From journal A Weekend in Hotlanta
Bayside, New York
February 25, 2005
Make no mistake, though; I have been rather angry with CNN lately and have gotten my dope from BBC, MSNBC World News, TV5, and anything else international I can get my hands on through cable TV. So, that said, I met Chuck in between business meetings at the World Congress Center, as the CNN Center is virtually across the street.
The building is extraordinary on the inside, and the security is set to match. Especially on the tour. Tickets cost $10/pp, which I found to be a good value. You will be searched; though we both had cameras, we were told quite resolutely that no photos were allowed. While we waited for the tour to start, we sat in the enormous dining area/atrium populated with shops and eateries. In center stage were polished, square wood tables bearing the logos of various CNN channels. Flags representing CNN presence in various countries hang from the ceiling.
Our tour guide was a young man who tried to look authoritative, but he was too funny. The group of about 10 people was flanked at the tail end by two security guards, as if we were going to steal classified materials. The first stop is a stand-up kind of theater where the guide will explain the tricks of the trade, such as the reason weathermen look so hapless in front of a weather map (the area behind them is green (or blue), and the map you are seeing on your screen is directly on the sides of him/her). So, as they circle their arms or point to the wrong state, you can now easily understand why. Were they to dress in green, like their backdrop, they would disappear! I wonder if they could try that with Bill O’Reilly over at Fox...
Subsequent to this lesson were the several studios from which various broadcasts emanate: the main US channel that morning had anchors Daryn Kagan and her new male sidekick. I found out that when they are busy at their PCs, it has nothing to do with news: they could be emailing a friend or chatting! The newscasters are supported by a huge team of writers and one emperor, who gets to decide what news gets delivered and when. And then there are the teleprompters. Another interesting tidbit is that the cameras are unmanned. We filed behind our guide to learn about CNN Headline News, CNN en español, CNN International, and so on. The latter has a main office in Hong Kong, as well as in Atlanta.
For a more candid report on this, go to my blog, where I mince no words.
From journal Home of the Braves
February 2, 2003
From journal Gone with the Wind - Atlanta
New York, New York
June 27, 2000
From journal Atlanta - small city/southern charm