Fareed Zakaria hosts State of Hate: The Explosion of White Supremacy

CNN’s host of Fareed Zakaria GPS is hosting a CNN Special report Sunday night, STATE OF HATE: The Explosion of White Supremacy. It will air at 8pm Eastern on CNN/US and CNN International.

Zakaria feels it’s time Americans understand the modern explosion in white supremacy, why the ideology is growing in the U.S. and abroad, who the leaders are, and what they want, per a CNN press release.

He speaks with intellectuals Randall Kennedy, Eric Foner, Jared Taylor, Anne Applebaum, and Heidi Beirich about racism and white supremacy.


CNN Host Fareed Zakaria’s wife files for divorce

CNN host Fareed Zakaria’s wife of 21 years, Paula Throckmorton Zakaria, is filing for divorce, citing an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.

They briefly separated in 2011. At the time, the Fareed Zakaria GPS host said in a statement, “It’s true that we’re having troubles and I have taken a small apartment a few blocks away, but I still live at our house most days of the week. We’re trying to work things out. Divorce is not on the horizon.”

The couple owns substantial property, including a $3.4 million West 102nd Street townhouse and a $2.1 million country estate in Rhinebeck, NY. However, the Post reports they’re not expected to fight over assets, as she filed an agreement with the divorce case.


Fareed Zakaria has a newsletter — but who’s writing it?

CNN has lots of newsletters circling about: Brian Stelter’s media newsletter, CNN Politics has a few, Richard Quest pens an international business one, and now, foreign affairs anchor Fareed Zakaria has his own newsletter circling about, called Fareed’s Global Briefing.

The only question is…

Who’s writing it?

Fareed? Or is he going to plagiarize again?

Cheap shot, I know…


CNN affiliate rebrands itself as CNN News 18

CNN-IBN, which is CNN’s affiliate in India, has rebranded itself as CNN News 18. Earlier, CNN had previously announced that it was discontinuing its relationship with the channel, but in December 2015, changed its mind and renewed their agreement.

Speaking about the rebranding and revamped content, Avinash Kaul, CEO, IBN News Network, said, “The refreshed identity of CNN-News18 aims to bring the value of immersive journalism to its viewers. Inspired by our new tagline – ‘On Your Side’, CNN News18 will strive to make news more objective keeping the viewers at the centre of its content strategy. We will significantly ramp-up our digital presence to ensure that viewers are seamlessly able to interact and engage with our content.”

According to FirstPost, CNN News 18 will air programs from CNN International, such as Amanpour. and Fareed Zakaria GPS.

In addition, News 18 viewers will get a daily dose of political satire from Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijaykar. Their popular show The Week That Wasn’t will now air daily at 21:45.

Kaul added, “CNN News18 will not just offer the latest national news, but also an Indian perspective to international developments. Our partnership with CNN will enable us to bring to you the best of CNN reporters, anchors and their best known shows. It will allow us to align our editorial strengths and upgrade workflows through exchange of best practices, technology and training to offer our viewers the best experience of news consumption in India.”


Fareed Zakaria hosts, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq

On Monday, October 26, CNN will air host Fareed Zakaria’s hour-long primetime special on America in Iraq, airing at 9pm on CNN and CNN International; the special, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq, will re-air at midnight ET.

Via the press release…

President George W. Bush had a dream that Iraq would become a beacon of hope in the Middle East. Now, with the region wracked by chaos, civil war, and violence, some U.S. presidential candidates are pledging to order American “boots on the ground” again in Iraq – this time to fight ISIS. The crucial question is: do we understand the Iraq we would be going back to? CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will take a timely look at the reality of what is left of Iraq in Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq.

Zakaria asks tough questions of many of the key architects of America’s military intervention in Iraq over the last dozen years: Who is responsible for the unraveling of Iraq? Do those who want to send American troops to Iraq again understand the mistakes of the past? And, is Iraq even a country anymore?

Zakaria was himself an early supporter of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq. Explaining how his views evolved over time, Zakaria points out the consequences of the major strategic choices. He argues there were too few troops sent to maintain post-war order once the American-led coalition had conquered Saddam’s army. And, greater inclusion of the sectarian groups in Iraq could have meant more regional support for the nation-building efforts that followed the collapse of the Baathist regime.

In Long Road to Hell, Zakaria examines these vital pivot points and mistakes – some previously unknown until now.


Erin Burnett to return to work soon, to interview Bill Clinton

Erin Burnett is evidently going to be returning from her maternity leave pretty soon. As reported this evening by the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, CNN anchor Burnett will interview former President Bill Clinton and lead a panel discussion.

As noted on the Clinton Global Initiative website:

In 2005, President Bill Clinton’s goal was simple: convene the global community to move beyond just talking about the world’s most complex challenges to taking action. As CGI celebrates its 10th anniversary, the world looks very different today than it did a decade ago—while significant progress has been achieved, numerous challenges remain. Globally, 2015 marks a pivotal year to drive forward further advancements with the launch of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women.

President Clinton will be joined by a panel of celebrities, business and government leaders, and philanthropists to discuss the remaining global challenges and the promising solutions that aim to achieve shared prosperity and opportunity over the next decade. The panel discussion and interview with President Clinton will be moderated by CNN anchor Erin Burnett and is scheduled for broadcast on CNN.

A similar arrangement occurred earlier this summer when CNN correspondent/anchor Poppy Harlow led a panel discussion in exchange for a Jake Tapper interview.

Fellow CNN host Fareed Zakaria will also moderate a separate panel, notes Wemple, on the Greek crisis, that will include Clinton and will also be aired on CNN.


Fareed Zakaria leads CNN primetime

On Monday night, Fareed Zakaria’s Blindsided ISIS special led CNN primetime, in both the key demo and total viewers, despite being preempted twice before it finally got to air.

Zakaria’s special had 176,000 demo viewers and 520,000 total viewers.

AC360 and CNN Tonight weren’t too far behind; both shows had 171,000 demo viewers.


Zakaria’s ISIS special moved again

If you’re Fareed Zakaria, and you spent your time piecing together a special on ISIS (entitled Blindsided: How ISIS Shook The World), you would probably want it to air when it was promoted to air, both in promos and through the press release.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened.

It was first supposed to air Monday, April 23, but it was later preempted for continued Baltimore coverage; it was then moved to May 4 (tonight), but it has been replaced by Anderson Cooper’s town hall about police.

A new (tentative?) date has been announced: next Monday, May 11.