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blitzer. >> kathy griffin with the rather alarming plans for what sounds like a festive new year's eve apart from everyone except anderson cooper. and anderson "ac360" starts with trepidation now. thank you, piers. we start tonight with keeping them honest. we have thousands of names of people we do not know, and one we do. they are the thousands of syrians who have stood up for the regime that have arrested and tortured many of them and the regime that has tortured children and terrorized survives and lying to the world about it all. the fallen man's name we know is basal al aseed, and he hassed a a second job bearing witness with a camcorder in the hand and documenting the demonstrations and the deaths. he was 24 years old when he died and shot apparently by a sniper.
as it was so many times the cameras were taping at the time-death, and his own death at this time. we will not show that he had no blood or fight for life. this is how people die. [ gun fire ] >> if you have not been for war and know that death is for movies, you think that death is more dramatic than it is. in syria people die everyday shot in their homes, shot on th street, and killed in detention. people die and the world does not stop. some may mourn, but the world keeps spinning. he died as he lived with the camera in his hand, and like so many of his other videos, this, too, was posted on youtube. that is him in the body bag, and the family and the friends mourning him.
in a country where the truth is as ugly as these pictures and silence is enforced under penalty of death. the only answer dangerous as it can obviously be is showing the pictures and breaking the silence and trying to tell the truth. he lived and died trying to do that. he was murdered in a city that the assad regime prolsed to pull the troops out, but instead has put snipers on the rooftops and kept the tanks in the streets. this is how it looked today as seen by one of his fellow journalists and posted on youtube. [ gunshots and yelling ] >> opposition members say at least 35 people lost their lives today in demonstrations across syria. the rallies are being called a crawl to freedom square because of all the sniper fire. this is what happened to protesters in a town farther to the east. [ gunfire ]
this is all taking place with 75 arab league observers on the ground. sometimes as it did today, shooting breaks out moments after they leave. [ gunfire ] >> sometimes the shooting takes place right in front of the observers. one of them, by the way, has come to focus on the protest. he is the former head of sudan's military service and is accused of atrocities back home. the observers you will recall were sent in to monitor promises by the assad regime to pull forces out of populated areas, release political prisoners. instead as we all saw the delegation arrived and the military stepped up its assault on places and now opposition
members tell "the new york times" that the regime has started dressing troops as policemen to give the appearance of keeping its word while continuing to target ordinary syrians for extraordinary brutality. this is new video of security forces roughing up a woman in the down of dara, syria taking a page from egypt where even women are targeted. children are targeted as well. we've known that, we've seen that for months, taken an tortured. that's how this all started in dara ten months ago. people from all walks of life can be rounded up for any reason at any moment and simply made to vanish. whether it is the trunk of the car or the back of the van, it does not matter to the regime, they do it and lie about it. but thanks to the people like the late bazil al saeed, their lives don't always go unanswered. the videos come with the disclaimer we can't independently verify the stories because the regime won't let us in for ourselves. that said we obtained exclusive video from a foreign journalist who managed to sneak in and spent days there. for his protection, we're
keeping his identity a secret. what he's capturing is how brutality actually works day to day as the regime tries to make life impossible in homes right down to getting a carton of cigarettes or a loaf of bread. >> i am almost like a sports challenge to get the cigarette bags out from the sniper range. they have been happy when they could and they started to throw it from one car to the other and they started to throw the bread because they were not able to cross, so everything they needed on the other side, they throw it over the streets. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: we need to cross the street to buy bread and other food but the snipers have surrounded this area. it's a huge danger. >> that's a portion. yesterday he looked at the armed resistance, including defectors from the army. >> they smuggle fighters in and out of the neighborhood they control, evading government checkpoints.
at night they search everyone entering and leaving the area to stop government death squads, from getting in. >> translator: the street you see over there is controlled by the shabia. they are known to kidnap our women and children. we try to prevent this. when strangers come here, we stop and search them. >> the people of this part of homs are not afraid to take to the streets. there are rogue you -- there are regular nighttime rallies, but after months of casualties, they have long lost their faith in nonviolent protests. many believe that real change in syria will only come from the barrel of a gun. >> the battle for the future of homs remains overwhelmingly one-sided. as you'll see in this latest report treatment for the wounded often comes down to two choices, none or slim.
>> amid the destruction in this neighborhoods, there is a little medical care for the victims of snipers or indiscriminate shelling. people who could be saved with the right treatment are dying of their injuries. this is a makeshift hospital in a secret location. when i arrived, the doctor, who did not want to be recognized, was treating two casualties. >> translator: we can only treat the wounded in our homes and we can only do basic first aid here. the government hospitals are infiltrated by militias who would harm the patients. >> while this is fairly well stocked the setup is rudimentary. no x-ray machine, no life support machines. and the blood banks, it's in the refrigerator next to the groceries. >> primitive conditions. the wounded are either unable because of snipers or terrified of going to city hospitals which are en filtrated by members of the secret police. this goes against every principle of medicine, but it's
not doctors who are in charge. the dictator whose medically trained hands are strangling cities like homs. i spoke with an opposition member who's there. despite the violence, many, many people still came out in syria today. why are people so determined to have their voices heard today? >> well, we don't have other choice. we have already passed the unreturn point. we gave a lot of blood. and we can't -- our brothers and friends who were killed from the beginning of the revolution. >> at this point do you feel that there is no going back? >> we don't have other choice. the first phase of the revolution we were able to accept a kind of settlement with this regime. with real reforms.
but by continuing killing people, innocent civilians, women, killing kids and the brutal torturing of the activists, so the regime -- we have to continue, we sacrificed a lot. we are not sure that all of us will feel freedom, but we are sure that our kids have the right to live in a free country. >> do you have any confidence in these arab league monitors? >> well, we don't have other choice. we can't -- we can't be so optimistic. we can't expect that much from them because we know that by the end, the arab league cannot impose anything on the ground, and to allow international media to enter the syrian territory. but nothing, nothing has
happened. why cnn is not now inside syria. we want cnn to come and enter homs city to see the catastrophe here. >> and i hope you know we want to be there too. as you know the syrian regime continues to refuse to allow us to be there. what do you want the world to know right now? >> i want the world to know that we are just innocent people fighting for their basic human rights. we want freedom and we want peace for us and for all the people around us. we want to live in dignity. now we don't have food, electricity is cut off from most of our areas. we just want the ability to take our wounded civilians to the hospitals.
we can't take them to the public hospitals because security forces are there. they kidnap them and torture them. >> abo, fares, you are taking a great risk in talking to us, and thank you very much. we will continue to talk with you in the days ahead. as i mentioned, he would like nothing more than a chance to see what's happening in syria. sadly, our repeated requests have been denied. joining us a senior fellow at stanford university's hoover institution. we've seen some of the biggest turnout today of protests. obviously it's friday, a day of prayer where people traditionally gather and protest afterward. what does it say that -- i mean are they trying to make the most of the fact that this delegation is on the ground and get their voices heard? >> just as i said, for the syrian people there is really no return. they have broken with the past and i think the interview tells it for what it is. look at it this way, anderson. his father was hafas. there is a dine dynastic
ambition there. there's a tyranny that's 40 years old and the people have broken with it but tragically they can't yet overthrow it. here you have 250,000 people turn out in the city, 70,000 people turn out on the outskirts of the town of duma. they don't have much faith in the monitors but are still giving it a try. >> in terms of what -- there was a report that the u.s. is at least starting to look at options for dealing with the syrian opposition. what are the options out there? it doesn't seem like there's any good options. >> i don't think there are any good options and i think the syrian people know this. again, the syrian people keep thinking of libya. just as the libyan people were rescued, they hope they too may be rescued but the geography is different, the issues are different and the resources of the tyranny of this regime are much, much better.
but still, we can't accept the spectacle, the slaughter. there are things that can be done. the french are talking about humanitarian corridors, supplying the cities and giving them a lifeline, if you will. there's a possibility of setting up maybe even a no-fly zone. the no-fly zone would make a tremendous amount of difference. it would encourage army defections and tell the detech fo -- defectors they are not alone. we may begin to think about recognizing the syrian national council. >> there's also, obviously, given what people are now seeing in egypt of all the troubles going on in egypt, the rise of the muslim brotherhood and other groups, there's a lot of skepticism about what lies ahead for syria even if the regime is overthrown. >> absolutely, because in fact bashar has succeeded in doing one thing. he has made the argument, either this tyranny or possibly -- what he ends up saying is the
opposition to this is all muslim brotherhood. but the opposition is much wider than that. but there is this argument out there that it's either the dictatorship or the deluge after assad. and it is the argument that has to be defeated, it's the argument that has to be challenged. there is something we have to admit. there are -- the minorities in syria are still on the side of this regime. the christians are on the side of this regime. the community is on the side of this regime. so you're right the prospects for deliverance for the syrian people from the outside don't look good. >> and it's not like libya. i mean because with all the countries that surround this country, if there is a civil war, there's all these outside countries and groups which would be more than happy to spend money and arms to support their proxy groups inside syria. >> absolutely.
in fact if you take a look at the geography, we did it yesterday, it's a tinderbox. and as one gulf diplomat said to me, he said, listen, you can't even throw a firecracker into that tinderbox. look at the geography of syria. i think these things work to the advantage of the regime. >> to you see it then just devolving into civil war? >> well, i don't know what we name it. sometimes the famous question of shakespeare, what's in a name. there is already a civil war in syria. there is a fight between the regime and the people. there is also -- we can't really dodge this. there is the sectarian fault line between a principally sunni opposition and a minority regime. and i think for the syrian people we can say one thing here as americans, there is no taste in this country, there is no ground swell for intervention in syria. president obama, the biggest applause line he's going to get in charlotte, north carolina, when he's renominated, is that he ended the iraq war. he is not going to go into
another campaign, so in fact when you look at the libyans, it was a solar lunar eclipse. they were lucky. sarkozy worked for them and they were delivered. >> thanks for being on. let us know what you think. we're on facebook, google plus. add to us the circles and follow us on twitter. i've been tweeting already tonight. up next, why newt gingrich got misty-eyed on the campaign trail today. and we have new numbers on polling from iowa. we'll talk to people on the ground there and our political panel with the caucuses just days away. later, a case of the -- well, we'll preview tomorrow night's show in times square, ringing in the new year with kathy griffin. kathy will be here. how worried should i be for tomorrow night? >> you should be very worried.
in "raw politics" just four days from now until the iowa caucuses. mitt romney and ron paul are basically tied for the lead according to a new poll which echos what our poll showed two days ago. romney and paul are just two points apart at 21 and 23%. rick santorum third at 15%. rick perry is fourth at 14%.
newt gingrich now at 13. michele bachmann at 6. former house speaker gingrich kind of teared up at a campaign event today, not over his poll numbers, as he was talking about his mom who died of bipolar disorder and depression. she died in 2003. here's what he said. >> and my whole emphasis on brain science comes in directly from dealing -- see how -- from dealing with the real problems of real people in my family. so it's not a theory, it's in fact my mother. >> newt gingrich today. when asked yesterday if he would stay in the race if he finished fourth on tuesday, he said he would. let's bring in our political panel. chief political correspondent candy crowley, and hillary rosen and sherry jacobus. candy, you were on the ground. were you surprised to see newt gingrich getting emotional like
that? >> i think reporters were. but we do tend to see this sort of thing. it's a combination, it's holiday season, a tough campaign and really long hours. they tend to get tired. i don't know if you remember when hillary clinton sort of had to take a beat when she started to choke up in new hampshire. it's just been tough. we have seen newt gingrich's fortunes rise. now they're falling. lots of long hours. and he's talking about his deceased mother to a roomful of moms. and it was just -- you know, it all sort of came into that perfect storm where you see a candidate kind of show that human moment. >> sherri, you spent time with newt gingrich over the years. were you surprised to see this? >> yes, i was. you don't see newt gingrich showing that kind of emotion very often. he can be very fiery and passionate and sometimes you'll see a flash of anger and he can be very jovial as well. but this was a very personal moment. while, yes, he is tired and they're at that point in the campaign, i think that's important about this is that he wasn't tearing up because he's
losing or thinks he's losing, which was the case with hillary. this had to do with his family, something everybody can empathize with and it was a genuine moment. even the most cynical among us can read this than anything other than genuine. this wasn't an 11th hour hat trick or anything like that. and it was good to see this in him even if he's a little embarrassed by it. >> hillary, those new nbc maris numbers out today are very similar to our poll earlier this week. it looks like a battle for first, another battle for third place. both of those are basically neck-in-neck. were you surprised that ron paul was leaving this weekend and going back to texas? >> well, i think that ron paul probably has had the longest stay in iowa with the most organized ground operation and almost never left since 2008. he's got his diehards and whether they show or not is probably not going to matter much whether he's there or not. but also, i think you have to
take those polls and almost take ron paul out of it and say, wow, there really is a race for maybe it's first, maybe it's second, maybe it's third. who are going to be the candidates who are still standing after iowa. >> why do you say take ron paul out of it? >> because i just don't think that outside of iowa he's really a serious candidate anywhere else in the country. nationally his poll numbers are way below that number. you know, 2, 3, 4% he maxes out at. iowa he does well because he's got such an organization there. but his views are so far out of even the republican mainstream that i just don't think he's serious. so you look at people like rick perry, newt gingrich and rick santorum, that's really the battle here. we know mitt romney is going to be in this for the next several states. we think -- i personally think he's going all the way, but who are going to be the people who challenge romney for this nomination after iowa. that's what everyone is really paying attention to.
>> sherri, do you discount ron paul in that way too? >> yeah. actually hillary took the words right out of my mouth. i would have to take him out of the mix. you have to look at it this way aside from the one person from bachmann's campaign who went to ron paul, you don't see the voters or the supporters from candidates as a second choice with ron paul and you don't see ron paul's supporters with a second choice and literally anybody else in the caucus or the primary and they have a second choice, so he is an appendage that the party doesn't know what to do with. i would be surprised if newt gingrich didn't have a bit of a surge over the weekend. i think there's a good chance that he can move ahead of perry. again, you would have the romney, santorum, gingrich as our three and i think those could be our top three heading out of iowa. >> candy, i think a gingrich spokesman the other day said that they'd be fine with a fifth place showing in iowa, that they're really looking more to south carolina and florida. is that true do you think? i think someone -- >> i think that would be fine. i don't think they'd really be fine with it but what are you going to do?
he's running about fourth or fifth now. you know, it's not that you can't carry on if you want to, the problem is that donors look and now donors want to sign up with a winner. they don't want to just fuel a campaign that's going know where -- nowhere, so iowa begins to dry up money for people. newt gingrich had a great three or four weeks, but if he can't show, you know, some power here, that money is going to dry up. sure, you can fly yourself somewhere but i think he would tell you right now that part of the reason he fell so quickly within a three-week span, 19 points, is that others had the money to put ads up against him. so it's very difficult to run, even if you say i'm going to go on and be happy with a fourth or a fifth. i don't think they will be. >> hillary, about half the ads were against gingrich in this past month. he's clearly been targeted by a lot of the other candidates. what about romney, he didn't enter into iowa in huge numbers
with staff the way he could have earlier, but he always had a ground force there, didn't he? >> well, you know, from the democratic perspective, you look at romney's campaign, it's the best organized, it's the best managed. they have the ability and the strategy to move resources in and out of different states. they move the candidate around much better and more efficiently than other campaigns have. so he's clearly in this for the long haul. you know, i think we're likely to see a santorum surge here. but this is consistently in this republican primary since last summer been about who is going to be the alternative for mitt romney. the republicans are still not satisfied with mitt romney as their nominee, and so you still see these other candidates getting a look-see, a kick the tires moment constantly. i think we'll see that for the next couple of primaries. >> hillary, is there a candidate you think will do better than polls suggest in iowa? >> my instinct that rick
santorum will do better, that the evangelicals will fall away from bachmann and rick perry and line up behind rick santorum in the second or third balloting there. >> we've got to lee it there. hillary, cheri, candy, thank you so much. a christmas day house fire that left a woman's three kids and both parents dead. firefighters shaken by the scope of the loss. tonight recordings from the firefighters' radio transmissions as they tried to save the family. also preparations under way for the big new year's eve celebration at times square. heavy security, police officers on horses, bomb-sniffing dogs. still nothing that can protect me from kathy griffin. i'll be co-hosting with her. we did a little interview right before air time tonight and we'll play that in a few moments. here's a quick look at some of what kathy and i talked about. >> if you were stuck on a desert island choosing between nancy grace or jane velez-mitchell, who would you pick? >> wow. much more energy than i used to,
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all right. checking into some of the other stories we are following tonight. susan hendricks here with a 360 bulletin. >> newly released dramatic radio transmissions from the stamford, connecticut, fire department paint a heart-breaking picture of that fire that killed three little girls, ages 10 and 7-year-old twins and their grandparents on christmas day. the firefighters struggled to reach the family inside that house, but had to back away because of the intense flames and heat. take a listen to this. >> we've got victims trapped on the second floor. we're going to rescue mode with the ladder. >> we've got a report from one of the victims, they are right above that window. >> heavy fire right above your head. back out, back out. >> all units on the interior, all units on the interior, back out. back out. >> you can hear the panic and how hard they tried to reach that family. they did not. two doctors are in jail and face murder charges accused of performing abortions on late-term viable fetuses.
police say they found several fetuses in a freezer at the maryland clinic where the doctors work and sent them to a medical examiner's office. in north carolina we're also following this. a turkey farm owned by butterball is under investigation for alleged animal abuse. the animal rights organization called mercy for animals infiltrated the farm and released this video, seemingly showing employees kicking and throwing turkeys. giant pandas are mostly vegetarians, but video from a nature reserve in china caught a wild panda on tape maybe eating meat. some reports say the panda is eating a dead antelope. others say it is a wildebeest. what is for sure is the snack is not bamboo, which according to experts which make up 99% of the panda diet. the secret is out, they may eat meat. >> what if they're secretly eating meat without us knowing about it. it's a big secret among the pandas. >> eating hamburger. time for tonight's shot. this video is just incredible
with gorillas in the mist basically. this was shot by a wildlife photography near a national park in southwest uganda. the mountain gorillas have been socialized so they're used to humans just as they are in rwanda and parts of the congo, and they don't normally do this, but take a look. >> no way, john. no way. he's preening me. he's preening me. >> that's basically -- the big gorilla to the right is a silverback which is head of the pack and the fact that all these gorillas were setting so close. at one point the gorilla kisses this guy or pecks him on the cheek. it's unbelievable. i have done in rwanda and in the congo about ten times over the year, but it is an extraordinary experience. >> didn't you have a similar experience?
>> yes, we did. there's video of it actually a little bit. >> you have a gorilla behind you. >> i can feel the gorilla behind me. any advice? >> just ignore her. >> ignore the gorilla? >> just ignore her. >> this is a gorilla named berry. she's three and a half. she was rescued from poachers about a year ago. they stole her from her family and hoped to sell her on the black market. she's now smelling my armpit. >> i also saw in rowanda. we doing a piece for "60 minutes" that they charge, but they don't. >> i love that you said any advice? oh, just ignore her. >> but it's the most amazing animal experience you can have. susan, thanks very much. coming up, once again getting ready to brave the cold in times square and take the heat from kathy griffin. we'll talk to kathy next. also our top ten ridiculist countdown. the number one ridiculist of the year, we'll show it to you tonight.
preparations are under way here in new york city for tomorrow night's big party in times square. it is getting ready to happen. they drop the waterford crystal ball, the confetti, and for the fifth time i'm getting ready to host it can kathy griffin. it is a prospect that fills me with kind of excitement, and also a dread. it is a potent combination, really. just a little while ago, kathy was here. i talked about the tv magic we're going to make tomorrow night and whether she's going to get me fired. take a look. okay. >> what do you have, andy? >> we've been doing this for five years. >> we're a drinking game. >> what do you mean? >> my tweeters say every time i call you andy, they drink. >> this is how they first started. >> people apparently enjoy
drinking on new year's. >> so i've heard. you're not a drinker. you don't drink at all. >> no, i don't want to loosen up and i don't think you want me to either, any more. >> yes. i don't want you any looser than you already are. >> yeah. by the way, i was looking at your blackberry. do you want to tell your viewers that you have old lady giant font? you and my 91-year-old mother have the same size font. >> my eyes have completely gone. it is really sad. >> what is -- >> i know. it is not really old lady font. >> it was like flash cards for a first grader. >> i do keep it from time to time thinking why don't they make these screens bigger. >> these kids today with their tiny print. the world's ending. >> i am constantly -- i have notes from producers and stuff for research -- >> too tiny. >> it's tiny. >> of course it is, baby. you need big, giant letters for your pretty eyes. now, do you want to tell the world about our dinner last night? are you willing to admit it or not? >> yeah, sure. yes. we had dinner. we had a new year's eve hosts dinner with ryan seacrest. >> mr. cypher.
>> why do you think ryan seacrest is the devil? >> i know he is the devil. >> it was ryan seacrest, carson daly, you and i. >> carson daly has been trying to kill me and ruin you. >> he's always nice to me. >> of course he's nice. that is how the devil is. of course he is going to be nice. did i overhear this correctly, that ryan seacrest said he is a member of al qaeda? >> no, he did not. >> are you sure? >> he did not say that. >> i thought he did. >> why would you sit next to him at dinner and go to this dinner if you feel -- >> not like you blabbing to anybody that will say hi. sorry. also we went to a fancy restaurant. i won't say the name. but i showed up in a beautiful gucci dress. >> yes. >> and also worn by -- >> madonna. >> thank you. you showed up in a -- >> t-shirt, a white t-shirt. >> you looked like a hobo. do people still say hobo? or is that a politically incorrect term? >> no, you are okay. >> you should have had like an old coonhound and a stick with a bandanna. seacrest had a suit on.
>> i wear the same thing, which is jeans and a t-shirt, a white t-shirt. >> let me tell you something. ryan seacrest takes a shower in that suit. he is ready to work at all times. he's watching you. >> i could have gone live. i was ready to go live. >> really? >> yeah. >> by the way, you do know that ryan seacrest rehearses for new year's? today he was tweeting about how he rehearses. >> i was surprised to hear that, because clearly we do not rehearse. >> no. >> yeah. >> because we do not have to. we have a gift. >> how worried should i be for tomorrow night. >> you should be very worried. >> for those of you who have not been watching and yes, i'm addressing the public. >> are you addressing the world? >> yes, i am. i'm addressing the world. if you have not watched previously -- >> did you say if you have not? >> yeah. >> what happened to if you haven't. why don't you talk like the people sometimes. >> if you have not. if you haven't. >> is that what you taught you at choate? >> i'm talking to the people. if you haven't watched, i would understand why but i would suggest giving it a try.
every year kathy sort of ups the ante and does things which in any other organization might get her fired. but somehow we don't have a collective memory -- >> just because i'm on the set, there are people that when i walked into the cnn building went how did you get back in? so we're not trying to hide that. >> i think we're all a little amazed. we were all surprised. >> i know, it's a showbiz shocker, as a.j. hammer would say. if i could do the show tomorrow night with a.j. hammer, i'd be so excited, i couldn't stand it. what is paul doing? >> i don't know. would you like him to call in? >> yes. >> you watch a lot of cnn and hln. >> i truly watch your show every night and i never miss jane velez-mitchell's going deep with the story. if nancy grace can't cover it, i will. i love jvm and nancy grace. she kind of talks like a morning dj but has a lot to say and she's filled with outrage. she's often outraged about the miscarriages of justice. love it. as amazed to hold on, hold on,
i'll unleash the lawyers. >> have you met nancy grace. >> i finally met nancy grace in person, which was extremely exciting for her -- for me. >> because you do a whole thing on nancy grace in your last routine that i saw. >> yes. and also if i can address my camera. >> please. >> anderson and i will be recreating nancy grace's infamously nip slip. tomorrow night, so anderson will be showing -- and i will be showing one full breast because it is nature and it is beautiful, and that is our little hook, so don't tell, you know, the competition. are you having one of your fits. >> i'm starting to cough, yes. you're making me cough. >> you can't just call in sick. if you think you're laying the groundwork for i'm not feeling well today. >> there's no way that they would allow you to do it solo. >> you stuttered. >> i have a stutter. >> but it's when you get nervous. >> no. it's -- i think -- i tend to think -- >> it's charming. >> as i put it on today -- >> does he just come to your house and dump off boxes of
clothes? >> no, i go and buy the clothes. >> okay. i've seen on cnn those like jury professionals, you know. you looked down when you said you were lying, when you said the word "buy." that means you have not purchased clothes in like since you were 6 months old. >> i buy -- >> you just did it again. no. designers line up outside your house saying please wear my clothes. >> in news you're not allowed to do that. >> you looked down and said news. you know you're not doing news. >> i'm looking right at you the i'm looking right at you. >> this is for the daytime show, right? >> no, the evening show. >> why? it's exciting entertainment. one thing is i want people to tweet a name for us. >> just for the record, i buy all my own clothes because you eefr -- you're not allowed to receive gifts as a reporter. >> boy, keeping him honest. i love this part. this is the part where you try to look smart. i -- can you actually show me
your degree because i feel like it's a lot of this and not so much this so if you have a copy -- >> i think they missed you on the camera. >> it's a lot of this and not so much this. are you going to be giving the blue steel tomorrow night? when in doubt, just pose. who's doing your hair and makeup? >> oh, look, my phone is ringing. >> is a big giant tweet with big letters? >> if you were stuck on a desert island choosing between nancy grace and jane velez-mitchell, who would you pick. >> wow. easy sophie's choice. i mean, honestly, that is more difficult than sophie's choice. i would probably -- it is tough, but i would pick nancy, because i could spend the rest of my life saying, good night, i love jvm, don't get me wrong. if you had to choice between -- who's the dude with the wacky eyebrows that comes on? fuwad? when are you going to trim his eyebrows, seriously? >> come on, he's a very smart, a great speaker. i like hearing his opinion on things.
i like hearing his changes going on in arab world. >> but what if you did one of those dr. phil makeover shows with some of your political pundits. >> who else do you want a makeover on? >> i want david gergen to get a more youthful look. james carvel maybe a nice toupee. and maybe one like that republican strategist frank lutz. like the -- >> that's another network. >> oh, i'm sorry, no other network exists. >> i'm just pointing that out. >> so you actually think you can call in sick to your own show. >> i don't know if i can make it. >> okay. i will call poppy harlow in two seconds. where i go, poppy follows. >> i knew you were going to pull poppy harlow out of the hat. >> tomorrow night, i'm looking forward to it. >> yes, the whole gang will be there. >> thanks, kathy. >> can't wait. >> be sure to join us tomorrow night, ring in 2012 with the one and only kathy griffin live from times square. the party starts at 11:00 eastern right here on cnn.
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six fires were started after the fire spread in the home where jim morrison once lived. and here is how a rocky year for the stocks shook out. the nasdaq is down 1.8%, and the s&p 500 fell less than a point from last year's close, the smallest annual change in history, bi today verizon said it is getting the way. rid of the controversial $2 fee it announced just yesterday. irate customers ventinged their outrage on line and it seemed to have worked. the fee would have applied to a one-time bill payment using debit or credit cards online or by phone. i will tease this as i did back in august.
tonight is the night of the last installment of the countdown of the top ten ridiculists of the year based on your votes. it's a story that, well, it trickled into our consciousness back in august amid the sweltering summer heat. there emerged a cool little airplane, gerard depardieu and his urgent need to pee.
appropriately it's number one on the list tonight. take a look. >> time now for the ridiculist. tonight we're adding gerard depardieu. noted french actor, academy award nominee, public urinator. last night on a flight from paris to dublin he apparently peed on the floor, and apparently the plane was on the tarmac and the flight attendant told him that he'd have to wait for the bathroom until takeoff. so he created his own little jet stream or as the french would say, weewee. when i first heard the story i thought there was no way it was real. but they confirmed it. they vaguely tweeted about it. as you may have seen on the news, we are busy mopping the floor of one of our planes this morning. we'd also like to remind all passengers that our planes are fully equipped with toilet facilities. hmm, cityjet. i would have guessed he flies incontinental. anyway. while the airline was putting the p back in pr, some of the passengers started spilling
their versions of the incident to the press. can you blame them? they saw an actual thespian, actually thes peeing. [ laughter ] oh, it is full of puns. this probably won't come as a shock, but several passengers say that he was visibly drunk. but i think that there's another explanation, because you see as a celebrity he is not accustomed to being told he can't do things when he wants to do when he wants to do them. he's probably used to being pampered. i'd go as far to say as he depends on it. we'll put a graphic in case you didn't get the reference. depends on it. but it's kind of sad, this guy has been in hundreds of mmovies. will he be remembered for cyrano de bergerac? "green card"? nope. this incident is likely to go down as his number one role. although there is a bright side. stop laughing, it's distracting. now that we know he doesn't have
any stage fright when it comes to public urination, maybe he can get together with his fellow cast matts from a show and have a pissing contest, kind of a p-off, because the movie was a piov. so after gerard took his solo flight to urination, the plane had to go back to the gate and some unlucky crew had to deal with the tinkle. they had to thank their lucky stars it wasn't depard two. that made be giggle every time i read it. he hasn't commented on this incident. [ laughter ] depart two. i know you got it. but -- all right. sorry. [ laughter ] all right.
[ laughing ] sorry, this has actually never happened to me. i always see this kind of thing on youtube and you don't actually think it will happen to you. all right. sorry. he hasn't commented on the incident, but if i know the european celebrity's spin machine, and i think i do, there will probably be some excuse like he was doing research for a movie role. as we speak i bet somewhere in paris i bet a screen writer is furiously typing out a period piece about the drunk ventures of a drunk 2-year-old. he will say he was not drunk, but he discretely tried to pee in a water. but in any case, gerard, chin up. this was in all the papers but it's nothing but yellow journalism, so just go with the flow on the ridiculist.