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>> browser. i saw the photo. i'm tuxedo stan, and i approve this message. >> there you go. next hour of cnn "saturday morning" starts now. >> good morning, everyone. it is 8:00 a.m. on the east coast, 5:00 a.m. out west. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. thanks for starting your day with us, and we begin this hour with new details on that consulate attack in libya. it left four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to america, chris stevens, dead. sources tell us the consulate was doused with diesel fuel killing ambassador stevens, and i.t. specialist sean smith with toxic smoke. learning about how two other men, former navy s.e.a.l.s tyron woods and glen doherty were killed. they were part of security in an
annex when they contributed. fran townsend explains. >> reporter: they get a phone call that their colleagues at the consulate are taking fire and they need help. they leave the security of the annex and run into the direction of the fire fight. they are round up all the staff includes americans, foreign services, and it included regrettably at that time the body of sean smith. can't find the ambassador. they must evacuate and they take all these other people to a much smaller annex and secure them and they figure they are not taking fire there. >> some libyans are denouncing the attack take together streets to express outrage over the killings and to show support for democracy and the united states. hundreds of people stormed the headquarters of the radical islamist group that has been linked to the attack and say
that they and not extremists represent the real sentiments of libyan people. >> now to benghazi, libya, where our senior correspondent has more on those pro-democracy demonstrators. >> reporter: well, randi, this is probably one of the few countries where we are seeing mass demonstrations, not just in support of the united states but more condemning the attack that took place on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. people take together streets yesterday in the thousands, demanding democracy, but more importantly demanding an end to these extremist militias whom people and the government here say were in fact behind the attack that took ambassador stevens' life and the life of three other americans. what happened is that at night on friday hundreds of these pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi, including the
headquarters of the militia known as ansar al sharia, and if you'll remember the libyan government has said it has detained individuals who are part of ansar al sharia, an association with the attack on the u.s. consulate, although they say the group as a whole was not behind that assault. we were with libyans as they went through the compound, the ansar al sharia compound. they were not carrying weapons. they torched a vehicle. they said this is the real libya, a libya that exists without militias, but then things took quite a sinister turn. in the fervor, the euphoria found there, the situation was manipulated and the government says the location that was attacked right afterwards was in fact the headquarters of a battalion that is endorsed by the government. there was a fire fight that broke out there. there was complete and utter chaos, and in total at least 4 people killed, 70 wounded.
the government scrambling to inform and educate the public that some of these locations that they are targeting are in fact of units that have been endorsed by the government and should be wary of those who might be trying to manipulate the situation, like pro-cat if i loyalists and try to create sheer and utter chaos. all of this, randi, goes to the very core of one of the main issues here, the disarmament of these extremist militias and the formation of a true and credible nationalistic army and police force. the government fully aware of the necessity of that, and it says that it is also fully aware of the need to keep going after those who are responsible for the attack against the americans. randi? >> arwa damon, thank you very much. back here at home president obama is expected to address the unrest that has spread to 20 countries throughout the muslim world when he speaks to the u.s. u.n. general assembly on wednesday. officials say he will again decry the anti-islam video that sparked violence linked to the deaths of four u.s. diplomats in
libya. while adding that the u.s. will, quote, bring justice to those who harm americans. the president is also expected to address concerns about iran's nuclear program making clear that the country cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. >> now to mitt romney's taxes. his campaign has released the candidate's 2011 federal return, and here are the numbers. the romneys paid nearly $2 million of around 14 million in earnings. that's a 14.1% tax rate. the campaign also released a letter from their accountants that covered the 20 years from 1990 to 2009, and all it said was that the romneys owed taxes during those years and averaged a 20% tax rate. >> all right. let bring in cnn political editor paul steinhauser now. paul, we have the 2011 return from mitt romney, and the note on the last 20 years. why are we getting this now, and what potentially could this mean for the campaign? >> reporter: yeah. the timing is interesting. it happened on a friday afternoon. victor, you know a friday afternoon or early evening dump
here in washington means you're trying to hide a story, but i think maybe in this case maybe it's just the opposite. listen, we're talking about the tax returns now. we're not talking about mitt romney's tough week and the comments he made on that secret camera video at that fund-raiser. also next week mitt romney is doing more of a startup, going to be on the campaign trail more, and the following week you've got the debates so maybe the timing was fortunate to get it out now before then. the romney campaign says, you know what? that had nothing to do with it. not politics here. the documents were done. that's why we got them out. it was interesting that they released the 20 years, not of tax returns, but a summery. that could be a pushback against senate majority leader harry reid, a democrat, who suggested that he heard from a source that romney didn't pay taxes at all this. seems to be a little bit of pushback there, victor. >> a lot of news on the campaign trail on friday, but medicare was the big issue of the day for the campaigns. who had the best day with it? >> reporter: maybe president obama. listen, both the president and paul ryan, the running mate on the republican side, addressed
the aarp convention in new orleans. the president did it via satellite and defended his health care law saying that this is helping preserve and save medicare. now, paul ryan had the very, very different view on that, and he got a little bit of a rude reception. take a listen. >> the first step to a stronger medicare is to repeal obama care because it represents the worst of both worlds. i had a feeling there would be mixed reactions so let me get into it. >> reporter: yeah. i guess he knew it was coming. seniors vote in big numbers, and, of course, there are a lot of seniors in important battleground states like say florida. victor. >> indeed. paul steinhauser in washington. thank you. we've got much more ahead this hour. >> here's what's coming up. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is cnn "saturday morning." it's the tape that launched a thousand blogs and may have
derailed a campaign. all morning we'll look at mitt romney's comments on the 47% and the anatomy of a leak. his scheduled execution is in 12 days about, but now a condemned murderer says his sexual abuse is reason. and more information on princess doe and who she might be. [music] see life in the best light. transitions® lenses automatically filter just
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the big political news this week has centered around a controversial hidden videotape of mitt romney which raises the question is there an expectation of privacy for public figures like politicians? it is our focus this rning. so let's start with the romney tape and the reaction. here's brian todd. >> reporter: randi, a grandson of former president jimmy carter was instrumental in getting this videotape out of obscurity and into a media frenzy. carter's grandson didn't actually make the videotape. that done four months ago in a moment mitt romney likely wishes he has to have back. it starts with a videotape of mitt romney speaking last may at a fund-raiser attended by wealthy donors inside a private home in florida. he's asked how he's going to convince voters that they need to take care of themselves instead of relying on the government. unguarded, romney tells the group nearly half the electorate will vote for president obama no
matter what. >> 47% with him, who are dependent on government works believe that they are victims works believe the government has a responsibility to pay for them works believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing. >> reporter: video, showing romney seemingly callous and out of touch has blown up after being posted online on monday by "mother jones," a liberal magazine along with an article by reporter david corn. romney quickly called a news conference defending the message saying the election is a choice between big government and personal responsibility. he also said this. >> it's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. i'm speaking off the cuff in response to a question, and i'm sure i could state it more clearly and in a more effective way. >> reporter: but how did a videotape made four months ago become something so potentially damaging to romney's campaign now? parts of the video were posted in dribs and drabs at first, mainly as blurry video and audio files on youtube. in mid-august the "mother jones" reporter david corn was put in
touch with the source, the person who corn says videotaped romney and put it online. he won't reskreveal who the soun is. he authenticated and post it had online. david corn couldn't speak to us on camera pause he's a contributor to another network. the man who got him the source, james carter iv, seen here on facebook with corn. corn says cart her done research for him in the past. on his twitter account carter describes himself as an operation researcher, political junkie, currently looking for work. >> he obviously has his own agenda and trying to damage the romney campaign, and without james carter iv this clearly wouldn't have happened. >> reporter: david corn says the person who videotaped romney told him they weren't affiliated with any campaign, didn't go in with the intent to infiltrate the romney camp. the fund-raiser who hosted the
event has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates from both major candidates. >> he's with private equity, sun capital and manage $8 billion worth of investments, so he comes from the same industry. actually that's how he got into private equity, from meeting mitt romney. >> reporter: we've called and e-mailed mark leader who asked who videotaped romney at his home and who else was there. his representative would only issue us a statement acknowledging he hosted a fund-raiser for a friend in may. we've also tried repeatedly to get the romney campaign to tell us who they think videotaped him that night. we've gotten no response. randi? >> brian, thank you. we've got much more on this topic ahead, like does the romney campaign have to take responsibility for letting a camera in the room in the first place? we'll answer that and find out how the game has changed just since 2008. a lot of teens might be embarrassed if their mom made a surprise appearance on the school bus, but this mom came to confront a bully. she says she wanted to give him
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welcome back. here's some of the stories that really caught our attention this week. >> yes. >> we've been talking about a few of them this morning. we want to show you this one. a mother confronting a 17-year-old student on a school bus the day after a bully had actually picked on her son. this is in flagler county florida. can you see this. quite a scuffle on this bus surveillance video which picked it up. listen to what she said about it. >> words kept going back and forth whatever. he called me at my name and i smooshed him in his face, whatever. that's what they need, a good old-fashioned whooping, and
we're not able to do that because we end up in jail. >> i mean. look, we all want to put an end to bullying. i don't know if smushing the kid's face is the answer. police arrested her, and now faces charges for child abuse and trespassing. >> response on twitter after this story first aired was that there were people who said you should go on to a bus if you stop the kid. >> not the first parent to do it. >> and she probably won't be the last, but should you go on a bus and abuse a kid? essentially that's what that is. the answer to that, of course, is no. this story, one of my favorites. remember the spanish grandmother who decided to go in and touch up that 100-year-old fresco painting of jesus, the one that ended up, yeah, like that. >> that's a touchup. >> it's a completely new painting, not really that good. well, okay. she now wants royalties from the church because initially it was free to see. now because it's gotten this international acclaim or attention. >> yeah. >> they are charging, and they
have made thousands of dollars. she wants some of that money. she says she wants to donate it to charity and her lawyers say she may copyright the images. should she get this in court? reminds us of the new monkey in the congresso, compassionate eyes. that monkey is just saying i feel your pain. >> she worked so hard on that restoration, even if a lot of people weren't name pressed, i guess. the monkey looks pretty good. >> okay. senator marco rubio, stuck on a plane, so why not tweet, right? let's just say he wasn't a very happy passenger. we'll take a look at his tweets and the airline's online response. progressive makes it easy, because we give you choices. you can pick where to get your car fixed, we can cut you a check, or, at our service center, we take care of everything for you. [ relaxing music playing ] [ chuckles ]
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back right afterwards. thanks for your patience, marco. we hope have you a great flight. also added that the flight attendants were top notch on his flight. why was he headed to washington so he could vote on a continuing resolution to fund washington? he made it in time. rubio voted no, but the measure still passed, so now the government will be funded for another six months instead of running out of money at the end of the month. >> this morning we are keeping you information by taking a closer look at some of the issues at the center of the 2012 presidential election. earlier we looked at the candidates' stances on middle east peace. now we're looking at terrorism. our intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly has more on where they stand on terrorism and torture. >> reporter: killing of osama bin laden, undoubtedly the national security highlight of the obama administration. few argue it was a risky move for the president to give the order to invade pakistani airspace and go after the al qaeda leader. as a candidate in 2007 romney
questioned whether it was worth the time and money it would take to hunt bin laden down. later saying, of course, he would have given the same order. don't expect much of a difference between the two candidates on the issue of drones either. the program, started under president bush, hit full speed under obama who relies on the still classified missions to limit the numbers of troops on the ground by launching held fired missiles from the air. >> my most secret duty as president and commander in chief is to keep the american people safe, and what that means is we've brought a whole bunch of tools to bear to go after al qaeda and those who would attack americans. drones are one tool that we use. >> reporter: romney supports the use of drones as well. like his rival, even in the case where a u.s. citizen may be the target. >> and if there's someone that's going to join with a group like al qaeda that declares war on america and we're in a war with that entity, then, of course, anyone who is bearing arms with that entity is fair game for the united states of america.
>> reporter: but there are places where the two candidates differ, maiy over the guantanamo bay detention facility and the use of the interrogation tactic known as waterboarding where a detainee is made to feel like he's drowning. >> first executive order. >> reporter: on the guantanamo question, despite his 2009 promise to return the american people to the, quote, moral high ground, by issuing an executive order to close the facility, it turned out it was easier said than done for the president. romney, on the other hand, wants to keep guantanamo open for business. on the question of torture, you have to know what it is to know where the candidates stand. both have said they are opposed to the use of torture. romney is so far refused to characterize waterboarding as torture. >> i just don't think it's productive for a president of the united states to lay out a list of what is specifically referred to as torture. >> reporter: romney's lack of a specific definition worries security experts like bruce riedel. >> i think that the governor really owes it to the american people explain exactly what he meanby saying he won't allow
torture but he doesn't want to comment on techniques of torture. >> reporter: obama literally banned the practice as one of his first official acts. >> waterboarding is torture. it's contrary to america's traditions. it's contrary to our ideals. that's not who we are. >> reporter: a recent poll suggests that likely voters like obama when it comes to national security issues. when it comes to terrorism specifically, 50% of likely voters polled last month said obama would better handle terrorism. 43% threw their weight behind romney. >> any american president at this time is going to wage a relentless struggle against al qaeda and associated movements because republicans and democrats alike recognize we still have a significant threat coming from al qaeda and its allies. >> reporter: regardless of who occupies the oval office come january the only certainty, say intelligence experts, is that the enemy will still be there,
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labelled with use by dates from may 23rd, 2013 to june 28th, 2013. a truck driver in long island picked up a hitch-hiker and drove him around for four days. that story is odd enough there, but he then found out the man was wanted for murder, theft and forgery. the truck driver even invited the hitch-hiker over for dinner with his family, twice. police discovered he was a murder suspect during a stop at the george washington bridge. the driver obviously was shocked. >> i wasn't really shocked, because like i said, he was a very quiet guy. like my wife saw me, don't pick up any strangers. >> apparently he wasn't shocked. the suspect, 52-year-old charles kelly, was suspected of murdering his roommate in tennessee. in pennsylvania, attorneys are making a last-ditch effort to save a killer's wife, but their time is running out. 46-year-old terry williams is scheduled to be executed on
october 3rd, less than two weeks from now. no one is questioning whether williams beat amos norwood to death with a tire iron in 1948, but attorneys are arguing that this case is more this a robbery homicide. they say norwood had raped and abused their client start when he was just 6 years old, a detail some jurors certainly wish they had known. >> there was no -- no information at all brought out about any sexual abuse, whether he was a child or from the two victims. there was nothing at all brought out about that. >> now that i know about the sexual abuse and all that, it -- that's why i'm doing this video because i feel bad that this person is on death row, and there was evidence or other things that we should have been told about. >> let's bring in cnn legal contributor paul callen. >> good morning. >> how unusual is this case, a convicted killer trying to avoid
the death penalty for killing a man who sexually abused him for years? some would say the victim deserved what he got and terrence williams should not be put to death. >> it's a case a lot of people have rallied around, including the former attorney general of pennsylvania saying that williams has been treated unfairly, that this claim he was sexually abused should have been revealed to the jury, so is it an unusual case? in some respects it is, and, you know, death penalty opponents rally around certain kinds of cases, cases that have a compelling narrative, a compelling story about the person being executed, and certainly this sexual abuse angle that the jury didn't know about makes this a very, very unusual and interesting case. >> so on monday the state failed to reach an agreement for clemency, and on thursday another hearing ended without a resolution so what would be next now? >> well, as it travels through the court procedures a number of things can happen. it can wind up with the pennsylvania governor who, of course, could grant clemency. it could -- although the parole
board has -- has acted against that. there's a court decision involving that. they could go back out into the federal system again, and certainly before the individual ever gets executed with the death penalty the supreme court takes another look at it, so we can expect this would wind up in front of the supreme court again, even briefly. sometimes they just say, all right, we're going to look at it and reject the say, so i think we've got a lot of court and things coming up, and you're not going to see answer accuse in early october probably. >> i want to point out norwood's own widow has asked the execution to be called off. the pleas by her and so many others, 360,000 people have signed the petition, just not being heard. how much time do attorneys have left to do their work and get this done? >> well, they are coming into the home stretch on this, so they have a lot of work to do, and i think they are facing tough arguments. we haven't talked about the other side of the case, and
here's the other side of the case, randi. prosecutors say this is nonsense. he could haverationed this claim in 1984 at his trial. williams testified at his trial. not only did he not say that he was sexually abused by the victim, who by the way was beaten to death with a tire iron in a cemetery, but williams said he wasn't even there at the time of the crime. now, of course, the claim is being made in the only was he there, but he had previously been sexually abused, and, by the way, there's a claim that he stabbed another man to death and the jury heard about that during the sentencing phase of the case. people don't get sentenced to death in cases that aren't very, very serious cases here, so there's another side to this case as well, and a judge has got to look at it and say was the jury acting properly and with enough information in 1984 when all of the evidence in the case presumably that was available at the time was heard. >> i want to ask you about
another case, another bizarre story also having to do with the death penalty from ohio. in this case have you a convicted murder, ronald post, also on death row by the 1980s. his attorneys want his execution delayed because they say he's too obese. they are arguing that lethal injection could be torturous and lingering death for the nearly 500-pound man. have you ever heard of anything like this, paul? >> well, i don't know. this is right up there. yeah. he -- he weighs over 400 pounds. actually when i first looked at the case, i was thinking it was an electric chair case, and he couldn't fit in the chair. believe it or not, there have been cases involved whether you can fit in the electric chair. there has been one other case involving an obese convict who tried to avoid the death penalty by saying that his obesity would render it cruel and unusual punishment. remember, here's the claim. they won't be able to find a vein to injection. okay, this is not an electric chair case, and also it will be hard to figure out how much of
the drugs to give him, and it will be a lingering death. yeah. there have been claims like this. i don't think this one is going to fly. he might have other reasons to have the death penalty set aside, but the fact that he's overweight, i don't think that's going to get too far with the courts. >> yeah. apparently he's tried to lose weight, and now they are saying he shouldn't be put to death because of this. all right. paul, nice to see you. >> thank you. >> always nice to see you, randi. >> enjoy your saturday. a suburban couple charged with unspeakable crimes. it's a bizarre tale that we'll bring to you. capella university understands rough economic times
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home. this 18-year-old is alleging where heas held captive for four years in a blacked-out room. the containment was so thorough that neighbors didn't even know he lived there. investigators arrested his parents, stepfather and mother last week after they found this 18-year-old mitch comber wandering around a downtown los angeles bus station. he was so emaciated, randi, that the security guard who spotted him thought he was a child wandering around who didn't have parents. >> oh, my goodness. how did it happen? pretty hard to tell what was going on inside, sleepy neighborhood. nobody wanted to ask questions. >> the sisters are being investigated, 13 and 11 years old. told investigators they hadn't cbs his brother in two years, 00 been outside for two years. >> put him on a bus with a list of homeless shelters, and what's next for this man, he's 18 years old? >> family has stepped up thankfully to take care of him while this investigation is being completed, and we should also mention that the two sisters are in protective
custody, but there's a long road ahead, a big journey for this 18-year-old. 5'3", 97 pounds. when investigators spotted him, his skin was translucent, no doubt because he was malnourished during this -- this four years >> you mentioned the two sisters. what's their condition? are they healthy? >> don't know. a lot of details are still sketchy. learning more and more information. don't know the aspects of the room what, type of room he was held in. don't really know too much about the parents either. they are scheduled to appear in court in early october. i'm sure more details about this investigation, just a horrible story, guys, just northwest here of atlanta >> unbelievable this could happen. that parents put you on a bus and just send you off. >> yeah. >> nick, thank you. >> thank you. a possible breakthrough in a cold case. for 30 years investigators have wondered about a girl known only aspirinses doe. why do they have new hope now? i'll tell you.
42 minutes past the hour now. it is a murder mystery that has baffled police for three decades. the case of princess doe. in 1982 her body was discovered, beaten beyond recognition in a cemetery in a rural farm tour of playerstown, new jersey. this is a sketch of what investigators believe she may have looked like. police determined she was between the ages of 14 and 18, but that's all they have known, until now. thanks to new breakthroughs in forensic science, they may be closer than ever to actually crack i cracking this case. lieutenant steven spears joins me now and has been trying to identify princess doe since 1999. lieutenant, good morning. when we spoke to you several months ago on this case, had you sent off hair samples from princess doe's body in hopes of
finding out new information about her. were you successful? >> yes, yes. good morning, randi. thank you for having me back. >> good morning. >> we had results back from the isotope testing on the segments of hair. now, although it doesn't give us a precise location of origin, it did tell us some pretty amazing thing. we know from ten months to seven months that she lived in a particular region of the united states which they refer to as region one which covers a good portion of the northeast and some -- some of the midwest, and then approximately seven months to five months what we discovered is she was definitely transient. she went from one particular region of the united states to another which is region two. and for the last five months she was in region two of the united states which puts her in the northeast area. now, we also, and this is something we didn't discuss when i was here before, her tooth, one of her teeth was sent to another lab for isotope testing, and that was able to -- the results of those tests were able
to provide us with some more informative information about her earlier years and that, along with the hair samples we've determined, that there's a potential she could have come from the midwest area meaning quite honestly arizona is what we're focusing our -- what we're doing now. >> it's fascinating when we're talking about a hair sample. how does it work? testing the dna from a hair sample that's actually able to pinpoint where she has been and where she might have been from? >> well, it's not down. a it's elements. oxygen and a few other elements that are in the hair which are in the water and the soil in particular geographical areas of the united states, so basically consuming the water, consuming food from those areas, deposit these elements in her hair. >> same thing for the tooth. >> exactly the same thing with the toothd. >> the good thing about the tooth is younger years, more informative years, more of those elements present, and we were able to say with a reasonable
amount of scientific certainty, this is the area where she grew up, and the we're kind of leaning towards the arizona area. >> one of the big challenges for you when you spoke about this case originally is nobody came forward to say i'm missing my daughter. i'm missing my sister when she first was found. so since putting this new information out there, have you been able to get any new leads, anybody calling in, anything like that? >> yes, thank you. as a result of our first airing on july 13th, with the exclusive on the composite, we've had a number of phone calls and a number of tips and leads. again, going back very quickly. we know for sure she was not foreign-born. definitely born in the united states which is something we were concerned about in the beginning stages, but now we've gotten phone calls from three separate individuals in the long island area. when they saw the pictures of the composite as well as the picture of the clothing, three separate people told us they bought the exact same dress from a dress store in the long island area. and we have been focusing our efforts in the long island area as well.
>> and this happened in new jersey, so that would be not too far away. so you're still pretty hopeful. you think you're getting closer? >> absolutely getting closer. the more we get exposure, again, on this case, the more tips and leads we are getting. we've also got calls in from some other tips where we potentially have an individual who was missing from the connecticut area which is not too far off from the long island area. ju keeps coming in, and every tip we get we keep going forward and trying to follow this as best we can. >> well, i know you've been working at it a long time. wish you luck and keep us posted. stephen spiers, thank you. >> thank you for having me back. >> victor. a secret recording at the center of controversy. a celebrity i'm sure you know caught saying gay men are disgusting and probably have aids. i'll play the tape after this. [ female announcer ] you want family dinner to be special.
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bahama, come on, pretty mama ♪ >> say it isn't so. the beach boys splitting up, sort of. >> mike love, bruce johnson said they are hitting their road their own incarnation of the beach boys. >> kind of a sad day for beach boys. one more chance possibly to catch them all together. september 28th concert in london. >> so we'll see. >> al, bruce and david are out. after 50 years together. >> that's something. >> wow. >> well, we have not heard much from paris hilton or about paris hilton in a while, but she is back and offending a lot of people. listen to this secret recording made of her talking to a friend in the back of a cab in new york. >> gay guys are the [ bleep ] people in the world. they're disgusting. dude. most of them probably have aids. i would be so scared.
>> this is all over the internet and twitter, facebook earlier. i spoke with entertainment correspondent nischelle turner about what backlash hilton is having. >> reporter: happened on september 7th while in new york for fashion week and her rep told us yesterday that even show you heard what she heard, she was trying to express it's dangerous for anyone to have unprotected sex and she is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone's sexual orientation. paris has made a statement to g glaad who was unknowingly recording her conversation. she wanted everyone to go to the glaad website and read the mea culpa. in the apology she says gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people that she knows and also says that hiv/aids is something she takes seriously and she shouldn't have thrown it around in conversation. she also says, victor, that she
wishes, and i'm sure she does, she wishes she could take back every single word that she said. >> absolutely, and i'm sure we'll be hearing more about this. clint eastwood, last time we spoke about clint eastwood it was about the republican national convention and the empty chair moment. had you a chance to sit in a chair across clint eastwood to talk about that and his new movie "trouble with the curve." what's this about? >> no empty chairs in the room. by the way, during our entire conversation. now this movie that he's in, "trouble with the curve," it opens this weekend, so it's going to be actually really interesting to see if clint eastwood's rnc invisible obama chair speech and the subsequent "esquire" magazine article that he did criticizing the president will have any impact on ticket sales. when i sat down with him last week while he was promoting this movie, he told me that he has no regrets about that speech and that he also said when you get
to be his age, you really don't have to worry what people say about you and the choices that you make anymore. now, i'm not sure that the studio likes hearing that because they want good publicity and a lot of buzz for their movie. but, you know, "trouble with the curve" stars amy adams and justin timberlake. and i will say this, victor. i'm no reviewer but in my opinion amy adams was fantastic in this film. really thought she was great. >> we'll accept that. looking at the clip he sent along with the promotional materials. clint eastwood is kicking furniture in that video. i don't know who chose that. i don't know if it's a table or a chair, but he's kicking furniture around. who knew. >> he does do that. he does do that in the movie. >> nischelle turner out in l.a. for us. thanks. >> sure. a group on a safari in africa weren't expected to get this close to a cheetah, and
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wait until you see this. tourists going on a safari wanting to get close enough to wild beasts to take that perfect picture, right, but some tourists in kenya got an image of a cheetah they will never forget. our jeanne moos has that. >> reporter: it was just another safari in kenya when the cheetah that tourists had spotted decided to hitch a ride. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: or at least a seat, and thus began 45 minutes of eye-to-eye contact only a foot or two from a creature one couple dubbed. >> rita, receiptia the cheetah. >> reporter: kate's husband was the one shooting the video. >> how are you feeling? >> oh, my god. my heart's pounding out of my chest. >> reporter: though not known for viciousness they easily kill their prey. >> i'm not sure that i was breathing, and my knees were
buckling. my whole body was shaking. she was stunning! >> reporter: when the cheetah leaped up the safari guide told the tourists exactly what not to do. >> don't move. don't talk, hakuna matata. >> reporter: the expression made famous by "the lion king. is not hakuna matata. means no worries for the rest of your days ♪ >> she wasn't interested in us at all. >> reporter: for her the vehicle was just a perch with a view so she could scan with prey. after 45 minutes edward the guide started the engine. and seconds later rita the cheetah stood up, but soon she presented a new threat. >> don't spray us not. >> reporter: not at all far-fetched. there's a famous animal planet video in which a cheetah answered the call of nature. >> please, no. >> reporter: through the sunroof into the napkin of zoologist
trapped below, but rita behaved. the tourists realized latt later that the license plate on their vehicles began with the letters "k-a-t though spelling cat with a "k" is cheetahing and then finally. >> thank goodness. >> man. i can breathe. >> buh-bye. >> it was elation and relief. >> reporter: they had but one request of their guide. >> edward, if we could get a lion up there next. >> reporter: cheetahs parking themselves on cars and sunroofs is pretty common on youtube. almost as if it's raining cats. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> wow. >> that is beautiful. >> isn't that great? >> she was just posing and laying right there. >> however, i need a guide had
to say more than hakuna matata when a cheetah jumps on the vehicle. >> that was amazing though. >> 45 minutes. >> as calm as could be though. had no interest in them, as they said. love that. >> all right. >> thanks for starting your morning with us. cnn "saturday morning" continues right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. new details this morning in that attack on a consulate in libya. it left four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens dead. sources tell cnn the consulate was doused with diesel fuel killing ambassador stevens and i.t. specialist sean smith with toxic smoke. and now some libyan citizens are protesting the attack while expressing their support for the united states.
hundreds of people stormed the headquarters of a radical islamist group that has been linkedo the attack. they say that they and not the extremists represent the real sentiments of libyan people. >> our senior international correspondent arwa damon is in benghazi, libya, with more on how the pro-democracy demonstrations unfolded. >> reporter: well, randi, this probably is one of the few countries where we are seeing mass demonstrations, not just in support of the united states, but more condemning the attack that took place on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. people take together streets yesterday in the thousands demanding democracy, but more importantly demanding an end to these extremist militias whom people and the government here say were in fact behind that attack that took ambassador stevens' life and the life of three other americans. what happened is that at night on friday hundreds of these pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming
various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi, including the headquarters of the militia known as ansar al sharia. and if you will remember, the libyan government has said that it has detained individuals who are part of ansar al sharia in association with the attack on the u.s. consulate, although they say the group as a whole was not behind that assault. >> arwa damon, thank you. and in pakistan, a violent scene is still unfolding as protesters furious over the inflammatory film that mocks the prophet muhammad have destroyed banks and government offices killing 27 people and injuring more than 100 in the process. reza sayah is in islamabad. >> reporter: several hardline religious groups in pakistan calling for several more demonstrations on saturday, but nobody expects the repeat performance of friday. friday will go down as one. deadliest days of protests in pakistan in years.
among the fatalities, two police officers in karachi, the driver of a news van in peshawar. scores of people were injured in demonstrations across the country, and lots of public and private property damaged, looted, vandalized and set on fire, including several movie theaters and several banks, but it looks like it was the police departments that received the brunt of the damage. scores of police vehicles and small police check posts also torched. the demonstrations started early friday morning. they grew in number and intensity as the day went on, especially around midday when friday prayers was over and a lot of people started coming out into the streets. the overwhelming majority of protesters were men. among them devout muslims who were offended by this anti-islam movie, but you also had a lot of people who were against u.s. foreign policy in the region. they don't like the occupation of afghanistan. they don't like the u.s. drone strikes that have been killing
militants in addition to civilians, and then what you saw were the trouble-makers, the rowdy young teenagers, the young men in their 20s. you didn't get the impression that they were out there because they were offended by an anti-islam movie. you got the impression that they were getting a rush with the face-off against police. reza sayah, cnn, islamabad. >> thanks. and president obama will address the unrest across the muslim world next week at an appearance before the u.n. general assembly on tuesday. to politics now and mitt romney's taxes. his campaign released the romney 2011 federal return late yesterday afternoon, and here are the numbers. romney paid nearly $2 million in taxes off an income of nearly 14 million. that's a 14.1% rate. he paid 13.9% back in 2010. so why the low rate? the majority of romney's income
came from investments. in fact all but about half a million of it. here's what the obama campaign though had to say afterwards. mitt romney took advantage of complex loopholes and tax shelters only available to those at the top. >> president obama is opening up a lead on mitt romney in some key swing states. here's our poll of polls in ohio. a five-point lead for president obama and it's a six-point lead in virginia. so what's mitt romney saying about the polls like these? well, perception also about the campaign is in trouble, what does he have to say about that? >> you are slipping in the polls at this moment. a lot of republicans are concerned about this campaign. you bill yourself as a turnaround artist. how are you going to turn this campaign around? >> well, actually we're tied in the polls, all within the margin of errors. we bounce around week to week, day to day. there's some days we're up, some days we're done. we go forward with my message that this is a time to reinvigorate the american economy, not by expanding
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for me, and when i talk about these people who don't pay taxes, i don't mean senior citizens, all right, and i don't mean members our armed services and i don't mean southern whites, okay? what i mean is, and real quick, no one is recording this, correct? okay. it's very important that no one records this. okay, good, because i'm about to say who these people are, and i would prefer to not have that on tape. sorry, sir, is that a camera on the table pointing right at me? okay, great. all right. now, when i say these people, i mean black people. >> that's "saturday night live" making fun of the secret mitt romney fund-raising tape. we're focusing on that tape this morning not necessarily the content, certainly not exaggerated the way "saturday
night live" just portrayed it, but the act itself. rich galen is a republican strategist. ri, thanks for joining us this morning. does the romney campaign, just start here, does the campaign have to take some of the blame not just for what was said but also for the fact that had got out there in the first place? >> well, i mean, in this day and age, you can -- whether you're kate middleton or mitt romney, you have to assume that there's a camera pointed at you from somewhere all the time, and you just have to be a little more conscious of what you're saying. remember, that tape -- not the "saturday night live," that is contemporaneous, but original tape was from may, so we're still in the primary area, and i don't believe romney had secret service protection yet so people didn't go through magnetometers and whatever. this happens all the time that open mike are deadly. remember when george said -- i think he was still governor bush and dick cheney, george bush
pointed at a "new york times" reporter and called him a major league you know what, and it was on an open mike so these things happen all the time. >> george allen's moment, now running for senate in virginia. >> well, that was from a tracker and trackers are a little bit different. >> that's a good point though, victor. that big-time campaigns, statewide campaigns will employ somebody with a little, used to be flicker cameras, and now you can just do it with your smartphone to follow the opposition camera all the time every day to look for things like that, and so -- so, i mean, the candidates, can do it two ways, rail against it and bristle and say this guy is not going to be there, i won't say anything that i wouldn't want on the front page of the "washington post" down here, so, you know, that's just the way you have to operate. >> now as i remember, and we were bringing up the george allen situation where he used a slur against a specific race, that was at a rally in public. he was in a park. with this event mitt romney -- >> but he was -- he was
aiming -- he was -- he had gotten upset about -- he was talking with about the tracker specifically. >> understood. this event with the romney tape from may was inside a home at a private event. how does a campaign with the cell phones that have cameras and the small cameras and all that can be hidden, how do they control to the best of their ability not getting their recordings out in the first place? do they confiscate cell phones and the cameras at the door. >> i mean, if you want to -- in many cases that's exactly what happened. you're just asked to leave your cell phones, you know, on a table or in -- in one place and some little -- some volunteer will put a tag on it and you get it back, just like you would leave your coat or galoshes if it was raining. yeah. that's one way to do it. an easier way to do it is simply say something you don't want. four years ago the same thing happened to barack obama when he was talking about -- about rural pennsylvanians, you know, relying on their guns and god
when they got mad at somebody. guess, what he won pennsylvania. didn't win the primary but won the general. >> essentially we've been talking about this as if it's something nefarious, a bad thing, but in this era of everyone having a camera and full disclosure in campaigns as we wanted since the beginning of the nation, do we consider this a good thing in any way? i mean, we are hearing what romney says. he hasn't backed away from t.actually doubled down on it. is it good that we actually have this video? >> yeah, sure. i think it's fine for everybody to be able to see these folks. i mean, again, in a causi or actual public setting, any time they are around other people. i don't know we need to have them stalking around in their hotel suites particularly, but, you know, the polling on that 47%, i'm going to get the numbers -- i'm not sure i'll get the numbers right, but the concept is connect, that something on the order of 23% made them feel better about it, like 40% said it didn't matter
one way or another so it's 63% either a push or a positive so the notion of that being the game-changer against romney is simply incorrect. >> do you think we would hear a different response if the numbers had been different after that poll about the 47% comment? >> well, i think if -- if he could do it again he wouldn't have said it at all. that's clear, because the bigger problem, verdictor, as you know, is that it took them out of their game. they were getting -- down to six weeks and a couple of days to go, and every day that the romney campaign is not talking about the uneconomy, unemployment and all the things that they want this campaign to kind of rotate around is a day lost so whether or not that was marginally harmful, marginally helpful, it doesn't make any difference. it took them out of the game, their game plan for another two or three days. that's where the danger is for the romney campaign. >> republican strategist rich galen, thank you. >> you bet. >> an incredible story of redemption. we'll have an update on a young man cleared of rape charges a
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and let's get going. together. an update to a story that we've been following since may. brian banks was released from prison after his rape conviction was thrown out. his accuser lied about the assault. he was only 16 years old when he went to jail and forced to give up his dream of playing professional football. i spoke to banks back in may and has always had a positive out look on his dreams. >> you know, good things come to those who hustle while they wait. praying for this day of freedom and i tell god upon my freedom, if you bless me with the opportunity to play for the nfl, then i'll for sure meet you halfway and i'm ready. >> is there a certain team you want to give a shout-out to? >> for sure. shout-out for the team that feels i deserve the opportunity. let's play some football.
>> he is such an amazing guy, and now banks is living that dream. the 26-year-old will be playing professional football finally. he has just joined the lineup for the las vegas locomotives. his first game is wednesday night, and we will be rooting for you, brian. congratulations. >> certainly. mike rowe, he's had a lot of jobs, salesman, opera singer. ♪ >> he sat down with me to talk about his new job bar hopping around the country to show you how booze built america. >> very kind, thank you.
dirty. in fact, he's worked a lot of jobs in his day. dirty ones, but he's probably not complaining about his asipement this week. he's drinking beer, yes, and a lot of it. mike took a break from hosting his hit tv show and took a seat at the bar to tell me how booze built america. all right. mike rowe. >> i'm him. >> you are. >> we're here at old town bar. >> fine bar. >> wanted to make you feel at home. >> who's got the tab on this, by the way? >> we do. >> i love it here. >> yes. so, you know, when most people think mike rowe they think "dirty jobs." had a lot of really interesting jobs, including with the bso. how did you get into singing? >> i crashed an audition for the baltimore opera. i learned an aria. somehow i got in. >> any chance you'd share something that you remember from your days in singing? >> ultimately it was -- ♪
>> very good. very good. >> very kind, thank you. >> so, after that, you spent some time, i'm sure a lot of people would be surprised to know at qvc. >> my first actual job in television. >> the lamp is a little warm. not unlike lava. >> i wandered out of the opera hall dressed as a viking and walked across mt. royal avenue into mt. royal tavern to order a beer, and watched the ball game. but the football game wasn't on. the bartender, a guy hi known for years was watching a big guy in a shiny suit sell pots and pans and i was like,rick, can we watch the game. he said, no, i'm auditioning for that guy's job to recall. he bets me 100 bucks i can't get a call back if i go to the audition with him so i go to the audition, and i didn't get a callback but i got a job offer on the spot but it wouldn't have happened without a beer, and that's kind of what helped motivate the booze show. >> and the series is three parts
on discovery. how boo "how booze built america." >> welcome back to the american revolution brought to you in part by booze. >> all of these portraits we see in history of the signing of the constitution and, you know, the landing of the may flower. right outside the shot there's like a keg somewhere. >> always. >> a couple of bottles that the painters just did not include. why did we not hear the stories? >> this is the stuff your social studies teacher didn't tell you. i'm sure when it comes to talking about it to school kids, you know, there's a lot of pressure. let's leave that part of the story out. that's a mistake. booze was on the may flower. the may flower wasn't headed to plymouth. it stopped there because it ran out of beer. back then the beer was the only thing you drank. once they got into new england, what became new england, they started building taverns every few miles. there was no facebook.
taverns were the social network. beer was the thing that held everybody together. >> one portion of the first portion that i've watched that i was amazed by was the national anthem and that it's actually based on an english drinking song. >> it was an old poem, been around for years and years and years and the tune was, in fact, a drinking song. francis scott key was a lawyer, and he was hired to defend an american who actually gave british soldiers quarter. he and this guy are on a ship drinking wine anchored outside of ft. mchenry, bombs bursting in air, the whole thing going on when key writes "the star spangled banner," and so, you know, he's drinking wine when he's writing it, and ultimately this is all set to an english drinking song, so, you know, i'm not saying we don't have a national anthem without booze, but we certainly don't have the one that we have without it. >> what is your favorite story about the influence of alcohol and the founding of the country?
>> like, can you look, for instance, at lincoln's assassination. everybody knows the story, right? ford's theater. star saloon, john wilkes booth is in the saloon for a full half hour before he shoots the president. he's sitting there drinking, liquid courage. he finally gets his courage up, and he leaves the room to shoot my favorite president. people know that. what they don't know in the same room is a guy in sort of a pinkerton uniform dressed like a cop. that's john parker. that's lincoln's bodyguard. everybody's drinking, so, you know, when you think about, you know, how did booze take america on a different course? would booth have pulled the trigger had he not had a few in him? would the bodyguard have stopped it had he been at his proper post? helped bring the north and south together faster. it hastened the reconciliation because much of the south was
horrified by what booth did, so it's not about booze being a good or a bad thing, it's about the fact that it's always in the room, always shaping things, whher we like it or not. >> thanks for watching today. i'll see you back here at the top of the hour. >> "your bottom line" starts right after this. haven't been moving much lately. but things are starting to turn around because of business people like you. and regions is here to help. with the experience and service to keep things rolling. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together.
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