November 16th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Behind the scenes in Vegas

Ever wonder what it's like to be a part of the Best Political Team on TV?

(CNN) - In this episode of CNN's All Access go behind the scenes at CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. 

Get a glimpse of how CNN's Political Unit puts together a large production and hear from Wolf Blitzer, John Roberts, Campbell Brown, and the Political Unit's Director Sam Feist.

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  1. Mark Billingsley, Sacramento , Calif.

    Yes I do wonder what it's like to work for the best political team on TV, as do Wolf Blizter and the rest of the Clinton News Network debate coverage team. Come on, out of thousands of possible pundits to have as your post-debate team yo u pick two dudes with direct ties to the Clinton administration and an irrelevant Republican? That's the best you can do? And which poll did you use to determine that you guys are the best? A Vinod Gupta poll? Figures...what a joke.

    November 16, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Joe Minneapolis, MN

    I thought we were going to get a tour of Fox News when I read best political team.

    November 16, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Ben

    CNN should have stayed behind the scenes because what was in front of the scenes was ridiculous.

    November 16, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    I doubt they'll show Blitzer schmoozing it up with the Clinton campaign, or how Blitzer and CNN decided that their "post-debate analysis" would be by three people with strong ties to Hillary Clinton, and a random former Republican. How about a CNN Political Ticker article about how so many people think this debate was a bull concoction by the Clintons and CNN to artificially reset Clinton's past two weeks of floundering. What inspired Blitzer to call out Obama on "waffling" (when his answer was quite clear, at the state level, he supported it, but does not think it would be a good Presidential initiative), but not call out Clinton for straight out flip-flopping on driver's licenses? She refused to take a stand for two weeks, and Blitzer lets her get away with just saying "no"? Come on!

    I don't think any of that is in the video? I may have just missed it...

    November 16, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. B Wicks, Buckley, WA

    You called this Clinton Love Fest a debate!!! If you can't have at least a little objectivity, don't attempt another. Ridiculous. Let Lou Dobbs do it = he'd not be a patsy.

    November 16, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |

    Well, it's apparent that CNN doesn't have the guts to publish views not supporting it's own deceptive practices!

    November 16, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. J, Omaha NE

    Why would I want to??? There were many many tech errors in the debate enough for what I thought would be news. Wolf was going to commercial too early, later afterward that poor reporter, tried, nothing and nothing and then the other again! Terrible! Then it continued to Andersen, terrible coverage!

    November 16, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Maria, Houston

    Wolf Blitzer was only interested in creating controversy to provoke disagreements and ridicule or reprimand candidates. He was disruptive and a poor listener. He allowed the audience to boo and hackle candidates at will. Blitzer was unprofessional and the entire team only showed that they cannot be trusted with an important task that requires journalistic integrity. You seem to think that American people are stupid.

    November 16, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Tired of Corruption LV

    Is CNN going to show behind the scenes when they loaded the audience with rude people to heckle candidates when they pointed out Clintons many sides to one issue or her vague non-answers.

    November 16, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. Tim Harding, Vestal, NY

    " Ever wonder what it's like to be a part of the Best Political Team on TV?" So does the team at CNN!

    November 16, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Mathew Hill Billings, Montana

    how much was the audience paid and did CNN pay for it or Hillary's Campaign. Truly pathetic that CNN has such a low opinion of the American People! you must think that we are true morons!

    November 17, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  12. Paul Thomas San Fransico, California

    I did see the behind the scenes I saw the "debate". The funny thing is I thought that it might be a rehersal, I can't imagine that soft ball questions and a question for the President of the United States to be about Diamonds and Pearls. ridiculous.

    November 17, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  13. John Davidson, San Diego, California

    I personally will never watch the Situation Room and in my opinion Wolf you lost all credibility for yourself and CNN at that debate.

    Down to the planted question about jewelry (see the Huffington Post article about the young lady who said she was forced to ask it) to your complete disrespect of all the candidates but Hillary, it was the biggest sham in history!

    During the last time I will ever listen to you on T.V., you did not even acknowledge the thousands upon thousands who expressed disgust at your moderating skills. It was an easy yes or no type thing Wolf, "acknowledge and apologize"!!!! Shame on you and CNN!

    November 17, 2007 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  14. Brandon Wackowski, Chicago, Illinois

    The Las Vegas debate team was a joke. Between Wolf Blitzers obvious agenda, John Roberts long winded questions and Campbell Browns irrelevance, I spent more time considering how these people actually have jobs in political news reporting, rather than the candidates positions and distinctions. I think we know who CNN is waiting to back in '08.

    November 17, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Frank Johns Alabama

    how did they get the Hollywood writers to cross the picket line and write the "debate"? I still can't believe that CNN calls itself a news orginization. They must be as fuzzy on definintions as the Clintons

    November 17, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    CNN – Why aren't you running a story on YOUR OWN scandal: CNN pressured the UNLV college student NOT to ask a question about Yucca Mountain Nuclear Facility and instead convinced her to ask Hillary about Diamonds and Pearls.


    November 17, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |