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contest, but not so large that anyone's ride will be their last. i'm richelle carey thank you for watching. have a wonderful weekend. john siegenthaler is back with more of today's news. john. >> thank you richelle. a temporary cessation of hostilities. urgent delivery of humanitarian aid but there are questions about this deal. jamie mcintire reports from the pentagon. >> john. if you cut through the diplo-speak, it comes down to how the russians define a single word: terrorist. russians continue to pound areas of syria just moments
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after the ceasefire was announced. russia continues to provide air cover for forces loyal to syrian president bashar al-assad. under the agreement hashed out between russian foreign minister sergey lavrov, and secretary of state john kerry, the air strikes will continue but certain groups will no longer be targeted. >> to that end we have also established a task force under the auspic awmps of auspices of. >> reporter: boat sides have agreed that i.s.i.l. and the el nusra front are legitimate targets, having been designated as terrorist groups by the u.n. so any eventually ceasefire will
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have no effect on the air war. >> there is no fire for us to assess. we've had occasionally strikes on el nusra, those will continue because they are not party to the ceasefire. >> instead has been primary focused on rebel groups opposed tod assad regime. russia insists it's battling terrorists. so a lot rides on who is labeled a terrorist. >> translator: well, if liberation of the city that has been taken by legal armed groups can be qualified as congregation well then, yeah, probably. >> reporter: russia says it welcomes military cooperation of the united states while the pentagon continues to accuse russia of bombing
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indiscriminately and lying about it. the temporary cessation of hostilities agreement, provides for the immediate flow of humanitarian aid to besieged syrian cities and it could also lead to a more permanent ceasefire in the future. but moscow sees this as a big win. it gives it another week to solidify battlefield gains, puts moscow in the flow of humanitarian aid and leaves bashar al-assad even more firmly in power. john. >> jamie, thank you. in a rare interview conducted before yesterday's agreement, assad vowed to regain control of all of syria. the fight against terrorism will go on. >> translator: we fully believe in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis. however if we negotiate, it does mean that we stop fighting
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terrorism. the two tracks are inevitable in syria. first through negotiations and second through fighting terrorism and the two tracks are separate from each other. >> the plan to bring so-called cessation of hostilities is being met with skepticism in syria. zeina khodr has more. >> reporter: rebels understand the need to hold ground on this line. if they are defeated, the government will be one step closer to the city where tens of thousands live. the opposition is trying to prevent its stronghold inside syria's second largest city from being besieged. >> they are killing us but we will remain steadfast. we are still on the front lines. we will liberate every inch of territory they captured. we will not surrender. we are here. >> reporter: within a week the
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bombardment is supposed to stop. but the agreement is being received with skepticism on the ground. >> translator: i don't think the international community represented by the u.s. and russia is serious about a ceasefire for now. they are postponing the peace talks to give the regime more time to take more ground. it means the rebels will not be able to regain this territory after a ceasefire is in place. >> reporter: the government is the aerial bombardment is only intensifying and the casualties are rising. the rebels there no longer control supply lines into their strongholds and the u.n. is warning that the 120,000 people inside risk hunger and disease. members of the opposition inside and outside syria have told us they have little faith in the syrian government and its backer russia. the munich meeting will only
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give them more time and force the armed groups to surrender. >> aid to hundreds of thousands trapped in besieged areas, cannot come soon enough. the battle for aleppo has according to the united nations, added 120,000 homeless. >> they are not sparing anyone, not the women not the children not the elderly. it's been five years, and we continue to suffer, this is enough. >> the government and its allies are confident they are close to a victory but in this deeply divided on country, acclimationf vicity are hollow. zeina khodr, al jazeera, southern turkey. >> republicans are now concentrating on tomorrow night's debate in greenville. some of the candidates attended
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a forum at bob jones university. randall pinkston is in greenville tonight. randall. >> reporter: hi john. the republicans who are conservative christians make up two-thirds of the republican vote here in south carolina. so it was very important for all of the candidates who hoped to get that vote be here. the voters had a chance to compare the candidates but the front runner donald trump sent a stand-in. >> i know i'm not donald trump. [ laughter ] >> is he most definitely still working on that time machine to make sure he could be in two places at the same time. >> that was a local pastor who was standing in for trump. indeed all but two of the remaining candidates did put in an appearance here including ben carson who went from first in the polls to last in the most recent polls. the moderators asked all the candidates the same series of questions about fate and what
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they would do if they were elected instead of the current occupant of the white house. >> let's start with this, what is the country founded on? your rights don't come from government, leaders, constitution, your rights come from god. >> the persecution of religious liberty ends today. and one of the consequences we all understand that barack obama has abused his power in many, many ways and his favorite way of doing it is abusing executive authority and executive power. that's why i pledged on the very first day in office to rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional action taken by barack obama. >> but democrats were not the only target for the candidates. republicans and this all-important first in the south primary are targeting each other. and one name that kept coming up in the bull's eye was donald trump. >> is anybody here worried about the front-running candidate
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shouting out obscenities in front of children? [cheering and applause] >> this is like, what is going on? it's just -- you know i guess i've had a little front row seat you know watching history unfold just given the uniqueness of my family. i can't imagine my dad, it just -- it -- it's just like not going to do it. >> because millions of americans rose up. we defeated the rubio schumer amnesty plan in the u.s. congress. >> that of course was senator ted cruz pairing one of his opponents marco rubio with democrat chuck schumer in new york with trying to come up with an amnesty plan for illegal immigrants. ohio governor john kasich wasn't here but he announced, kasich
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had a surprising second place. in new hampshire and hoping for another miracle in south carolina. john. >> randall, thank you very much. bill snyder is in culver city, california tonight. bill, i wanted to start with an exchange between hillary clinton and bernie sanders last night. listen. >> i can get the money i need by taxing the wealthy, closing loopholes, things we are way overdue to doing. once i'm in the white house, we'll have enough political capital to do that. >> secretary clinton, you're not in the white house yet. >> bill account is the pressure on given the primaries coming up, on the bernie sanders campaign and what sort of chances does he have? >> well he may be running into a fire wall. the clinton campaign expects they will be getting high support from black democrats,
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latino democrats, they seem very strong for her but sanders having won this big victory in new hampshire intends to be very competitive with those minority voters. >> we have heard olot about endorsements but how important are endorsements to african american voters? >> they may be important to older voters who lived through civil rights era but i wouldn't be surprised if bernie sanders didn't make inroads among younger african american voters. who may be attracted by senator sanders style and his position he. >> earlier in his campaign, i remember we saw black lives matter protestors, interview bernie sanders speeches. they were angry about the fact that they felt bernie sanders hadn't treated african americans with respect and brought up their issues. now what's changed since then? >> well, obviously they are both
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making the play for african american vote. african american voters don't dislike sanders. they really don't know sanders. they know the clintons, bill clinton delivered for them and they like hillary clinton. even though they voted for obama over clinton in 2008. he's making a last minute effort to introduce himself to the african american vote. which is the base of the clinton campaign. >> would you reintroduce me to math, where they stand now and how they're going to arrive at these delegate numbers? >> she has the lead in delegates now. the vast majority of superdelegates not because they were elected by the voters but because they are party officials or public office holders. she has the lead there. many of them have pledged themselves to hillary clinton. but let me tell you something: if the primary voters end up
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voting for bernie sanders and he has more elected delegates than hillary clinton, there will be hell to pay if the superdelegates try to rescind that situation. it is undemocratic and they will be outraged and there will be real trouble in the party if superdelegates change their vote. they can always do so. >> guch ijuch jeb bush will campaigguch willgeorge w.bs brother. >> probably they weren't enthusiasts for the war in iraq, they remember the financial crisis and most of all, george
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w. bush supported immigration reform. that phrase is a phrase of cursing among republicans in south carolina. i'm not sure george w. bush is going to be treated as a hero by south carolina republicans. >> we will watch. bill snyder thank you so much. sure. >> money and the 2016 campaign, some candidates call for campaign finance reform but is it really possible to take big money out of this process? that's tomorrow night at 8:00 eastern time. coming out of this broadcast, the pope's visit to mexico. and the porter ranch gas leak is capped for now. we'll take a look at how big a problem gas leak is inflation wide.
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>> an historic first today in havana. pope francis met with patriarch karil. the first time the heads of the roman catholic and russian orthodox church have met. natasha guinane has more. >> in a joint declaration issue after the almost three hour meeting here at the international airports in havana, the two leaders focused on the despair in the world, the need to have a common goal and work towards a solution that would combat what they called the extermination of christians in the middle east and north
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africa. they cited iraq and syria spix anspecifically and said they needed to bring an end to the terrorism. the international community needed to give wide scale humanitarian aid to refugees. both leaders mentioned they had sympathy for other individuals who had been impacted by the region and they promoted the ideal of interfaith dialogue. to unify both sides. critics said what this really was a shrewd geopolitical move on the part of russia. slowsly aligned with vladimir putin, and likely, putin signed off on this meeting. russia is isolated from the west due to the actions in ukraine and syria. this is an attempt by russia critics say to raise russia's
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profile in the west. >> the next stop for pope francis, mexico city. in fact he is scheduled to arrive in just a few minutes pip you say, the celebration is already under way. the pope is expected to raise some sensitive issues, in which the government would like to avoid. adam rainey is in mexico city for more. >> the faithful pray for salvation, not just the spiritual kind but one more tangible, to see mexico saved from the violence consumed by so much of the country. pope francis wants to help them achieve that. >> translator: i exhort you to fight every day against corruption, trafficking, war, division, organized crime, against human smuggling. >> reporter: mexico's home to the second largest group of roman catholics in the world. for political leaders there's
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discomfort as pope francis is expected to point out some of their failings. one official was asked if the government was afraid of what the pope might say. >> translator: the term fear doesn't exist for government. there's a great expectation that the pontiff's words will have an effect on mexican society in all three levels of government. >> reporter: the pope comes to a mexico which in some parts is in crisis. the case of the 43 students missing now felt to be dead, the plight to mexicans who simply disappear. killings are on the rise again, in a drug war that's drationd on for dragged onfor a decade. the pope will travel to chiapas, travel to the u.s. border to show the plight of mexican migrants. >> translator: the pope picked
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these places where the level of conflict shows the shortcomings of mexican society and the debt mexican politicians owe its people. >> father alejandro is thought to be too controversial to neatt the pope. >> even if the pope makes mexico's leaders uncomfortable it is unlikely his visit will prompt rapid change. however, it may provide some solace for those whose faith has been so severely tested. adam rainey, al jazeera, mexico city. >> in washington today the house overwhelmingly passed a bill for tougher sanctions on north korea. senate passed a bill earlier this week, now it heads to president obama who is expected to sign it. north korea launched a rocket carried into space on saturday and carried its 4th
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nuclear test last month. the south has shut down an industrial park jointly run by the koreas. now, the north is firing back. harry fawcett has more. >> reporter: well as of midnight overnight local time, south korea cut off the electricity supply to the qason industrial complex. north korea says it's turning that industrial complex that very important joint venture between north and south korea into a military zone, cutting off the military and civilian hot lines. saying it is possible that north korea might wish to turn the zone into a full fledged military base. that is something that they are watching out for. they have so far observed no unnormal abnormal military movements within the qasong area. there is also some evidence of the economic developments in
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south korea at least. the business owners of the 124 south korean businesses that operated within the complex they say that the entire responsibility of the economic fallout of this lies with the south korean government. the government has talked about assisting with insurance payments, assisting with delaying loan repayments and making other representations to banks and other people that the companies may owe money to. the companies say that what they want is full government financial assistance, they say that a special law may well need to be enacted to make sure that athis happens. >> that's harry fawcett reporting. violent clashes today in greece where hundreds are farmers have been protesting against the government's pension reform plans. the protesters used tractors to get around roadblocks and tried to occupy the agricultural ministry in central athens. police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.
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greece was forced to take a third bailout last year and enact new austerity measures. in egypt hundreds of doctors protested, following accusations police officers had beaten two doctors. omped free services at public hospital he and strike if the officers are not held accountable. coming up next on this broadcast: president assad vows to take back all of syria but is it realistic? plus, how can canada help more syrian refugees get a fresh start?
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>> wruns again live pictures from mexico city, a celebration has gun. the pope is on a five day visit to mexico and he plans to celebrate mass at the basilica of guadalupe sat night. he will -- saturday night. he will then move on to -- it is his fourth visit to latin american companies. now to saudi arabia. its foreign minister says the countries can look forward to a future without bashar al-assad in it. dominic cain has been monitoring the activities in munich.
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>> dominant theme at the munich security conference at the first day of its operation. integral to finding a solution in yrt syria, and islamic statef iraq and the levant. the saudi foreign minister also spoke about why it was fundamental to combat daesh, i.s.i.l, but had a pointed message for the syrian president, bashar al-assad. >> in syria we are working to bring about change political change if possible, to what is happening in syria, in order to remove a man who is responsible for the murder of 300,000 people. the displacement of 12 million. and the destruction of a nation. the man who is the single most effective magnet for extremist and terrorists in the region.
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>> mr. assad's main regional backer iran has been steadfast in their support for him since the arab spring began. mr. zarif, the iranian foreign minister did say it was possible that iran could find some sort of arrangement with the descrain government but a new paradigm needed to be found in order for that to happen. >> we should facilitate the people of syria deciding about their own future rather than setting the parameters on what they need to do. we should also agree that iran and saudi arabia cannot seclude each other from the region. iran and saudi arabia can accommodate each other in the region if they each define their specific interest in all these places. but that specific interest in order to be accommodated should not be the exclusion of the other party. >> the mood music coming from munich this week has suggested that everybody wants a binding
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solution to the syria crisis. but the question remains, what's been discussed and agreed here will translate to ready on the ground. >> doug olivant is the former director for iraq at the national security council and al jazeera national security contractocontributor. in washington. do we know if this is sustainable? >> we don't know if it's going to be implemented yet let alone sustainable. this is coming together in a week, we're not to that point. to your question this is a very, very shaky deal. on the other hand, it is a deal that i don't think any outside observer really thought we were going to get. so just the fact that there is this deal is exceeding most observers' wildest expectations. that said, there are many devils in the details still to be
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worked out. >> let's look forward. if this deal begins, what if the seafs is broken? ceasefire is broken? >> if the ceasefire is broken then the deal is off. there would be five or six different ways at least that we can think about how this ceasefire could be broken. notably only the outside powers have agreed to this. the syrian rebels on the ground have nod agreed t not agreed to. the shia militias has not agreed to this. hezbollah has not agreed to this. there are all kinds of substate actors inside syria who are not a party to these talks any one of whom could compromise it. >> i'm not sure the president of syria is all for this as well. he said in a rare interview that he intends to retake whole country from rebel forces. he also said negotiations did not mean we stop fighting
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terrorism. so what does that mean for this deal? >> well, i think we're seeing all kinds of posturing now. we saw president bashar al-assad saying he's going to retake all of syria. we saw the saudis coming out and saying that he absolutely must go. perversely, i think this may be a sign that this deal is real, that everyone is now -- feels it necessary to make some kind of rhetorical statement about the deal and what it means. >> the expectations, i mean, are the expectations too great that this is the answer? >> i think the expectations are pretty low. again, none of us really thought we were going to get here and we're all excited. at the same time, i don't think anyone is betting the farm on this really working and really coming about. that said, this seems to be only game in town, the only alternative that let syria fight
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it out, bleed, everything we don't want. we are very vested in what is a very long shot. >> they often say about war that there's only a solution when both sides or all sides have had enough, enough death, enough destruction. are we to that point yet? >> we may be. but it's just too early to tell. certainly, the rebels have had a bad couple weeks. on the opposite side, though, the russians may well be running out of money for this operation. the iranians have taken a lot of casualties. it may be that we're at a point where everyone is a little bit tired. >> doug olivant. good to see you, thank you. >> pleasure john. >> canada says it's on track to welcome some 25,000 syrian refugees by march. so far the country says its expedited program to process refugees has let in half that
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amount. daniel lak reports. >> anna has been treating newly arrived migrants from syria two years now. but her patient load is overwhelmingly syrian. >> translator: we've had a great welcome from the canadian government and the red cross has helped us so much. the organization is helping us with the kids allowances and paperwork and we can look for a house and settle in. >> reporter: getting them vaccinated is crucial for starting english classes in the city's schools. so is making sure everyone has the right clothing for winter. these clothes, boots and even toys were donated, after facebook,. >> my husband is a good reason why we got involved, he's
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syrian, from dmams damascus, het his uncle and 15-year-old cousin in a car bomb. >> canadian prime minister justin trudeau was there to welcome arrivals. it is difficult for some to find permanent accommodation. in toronto hundreds wait resettlement in hotels best described as modest. it's been a long journey from displacement in and around syria to this suburban hotel. but for hundreds of refugee families this represents a new start, whatever the difficulties finding them a permanent place to live. here too the public is stepping up. canada allows private sponsorship of refugees, community groups raising money to help families. this family is looking for volunteers, and there is plenty of interest to do more. going directly to syrian families stuck in hotels,
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offering to set them up with accommodation, the path to new life. >> we have to raise the money to sponsor a family for a year. well, we're all set to do that. we've all been approved by the sponsorship grate that we're working with, we're all set to go, let's go. >> young syria refugees fitting right in sliding down a snowy hill in a video that went viral earlier this month. so far this country and its newcomers seem to be adjusting to each other rather well. daniel lak, al jazeera, toronto. >> we want to go back to mexico city at the airport there where pope francis has just arrived. he is right there with the president of mexico, president pena and the first lady. let's listen in a bit.♪ ♪ ♪ bit.♪
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>> some powerful images from mexico city. the airport where pope francis has just arrived is being entertained by a group right on the tarmac at the airport there. and the crowd expressing their best wishes to the pope. who is about to embark on a six-day visit to mexico where east going to visit five different cities in mexico including mexico city and celebrate mass there. we'll continue to follow the pope's visit to mexico throughout the weekend and next week. now, to california.
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after 16 weeks of trying, a california utility was finally able to temporarily stop the flow of a methane gas leak in porter ranch, california. jake ward explains what was done to stop the leak and why we can see more of it in the years to come. >> just a temporary solution the company says, it will be a little while longer until they have a permanent solution something like plugging the well with concrete. in the meantime, this town remains like a ghost town. we've seen no evidence of residents here. these images captured by an infrared camera show the toxic plume of methane gas that began leaking in the porter ranch area of los angeles. here is the problem with the methane. you can't see or smell the
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stuff. it takes special equipment to detect it. although methane breaks down relatively quickly, about 20 years after it gets in the air, it absorbs 80 times more sun than carbon dioxide does. over 96,000 tons of methane has escaped. more than burning 900 million gallons of gasoline. southern california oil and gas which owns the leaking gas well says the fix involves dwil drilg the second well with the first, sealing the whole thing with cement. as of now the company says it has temporarily plugged the well. sees a common thread in porter
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ranch. >> the whole issue is being more proactive versus less proactive. being reactive is dead. you can't be reactive in this day and age. >> but this isn't just a lays problem. methane elaboratiomethane leaksh anywhere it is processed. nationwide methane emissions because it is pretty much leaking everywhere is pretty much 50% higher than federal projections. in boston, researchers found a leak every mile they drove. in areas of chicago, a leak every three miles. in three areas of los angeles, rate was one leak every four to five miles. critics say all of this is as a result of age infrastructure. 40% of the gas pipes in los angeles are more than 50 years
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old. until new rules under consideration go into effect, the epa's new rules will also only apply to new oil and gas facilities. meaning the thousands of miles of pipe that already carry natural gas in every state of the nation will continue to leak. jacob ward, al jazeera, los angeles. >> coming up next, john hocke hockeenberry. and the pope rierves a rierves e mexico city airport.
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>> john hockenberry is the host of national public radio's the take away. nbc news correspondent, abc news and npr. i talked about his program on public radio. >> public radio has become a little bit self-satisfied in its success and its association with its audience and i think there's a sense of conformity the way people sound, and i defy that. i don't sound like the other public radio hosts. i'm recognizable as a public radio host but i'm not as measured and, you know, people
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see that there's somebody there. it's not like there's somebody behind the curtain. curtain's off. i am the guy behind the curtain. that's something that the public radio audience is specifically hungry for and we are getting a benefit for it. >> there's plenty of criticism of public radio. as you know. >> yeah. >> that it's too liberal. what do you say about that? >> well, i disclose my political orientation, you know, i mean i'm basically a democrat, you'll aol i'm you 92 ialthough i'm mos camp although i can be in the rand paul libertarian camp as well and i have a strain of snowden's insurgency and we need to be questioning the institutions around us but i also -- >> is that whole business of objectivity gone? the journalists are objective, but they don't express their
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opinions? >> i think it's absurd. you want to be engaged. you want to listen to somebody who's engaged in politics. i remember brian williams used to say he didn't vote and that made him credible and more objective. it made him absurd as far as i was concerned. why do i listen to someone who says they don't vote? it's absurd. claiming they're objective. i'm very interested in what republicans are doing and i'm very curious what's going on with republicans. i might not necessarily vote for them but it doesn't mean i'm unobjective the way i observe politics or report politics. >> talk about how social media works? >> this is a mechanism of the audience asserting itself. we design a show that we wanted the audience to be a character. we don't want the audience to be a character like on talk radio
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where they call up and give their opinions where you have joe from attendan staten islandd from nebraska. today we were talking about shortages of drugs and how doctors don't have any guidance how they ration drugs in cases of pediatric oncology where one kid has to get a certain drug but there's not enough, and they have to decide between two kids. doctors say there's no rules, we're doing this on the fly and we said to our audience tell us the situation where a shortage of a medication has had an impact on your life. we got tons of stories. we got hundreds of stories. >> let me switch gears for a bit. you oar groundbreaking journalist, a groun pioneer in y ways. there weren't a lot of people who looked like you on television when you got into television.
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and the added bonus that you were terrific at it. but tweer 25t we're the 25th any of the ada, the americans with disabilities act. how far has this country come? >> in terms of the media, not very far. i'm still the only person you see in a wheelchair regularly on the air. jim micleshevsky is a disabled individual, very successful as a television reporter, you don't know it, you don't visually identify it that way. you know i think there have been a lot of changes. i think america has changed in terms of its attorney tolerancel kinds of people who are different, other, immigrants or people with disabilities. i think america is coming to a realization that it can't program and design to a normal average, and be successful that way. and if you aren't willing to
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expect that the person that's going to be the next person that comes in through the door is different, in ways that you southbound curious about, you're going to be secluding huge numbers of people. >> so the act didn't make that much difference? >> the act made a certain amount of difference but the act underscored the way in america we deal with these things is legalistically, we don't do cultural changes very well. we do legal issues very well. for instance we are still struggling with race because the civil rights act was only a legal change in our racial problems in the united states. the cultural act, the cultural change of bringing the races together has yet to happen. >> but you can put the lifts in and you can put the ramps in but you have to change the mindset. >> the story i always tell is you know, you could be outside a lovely restaurant in manhattan and there's steps there and there's people walking by and you say, you know, can you help
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me get into the restaurant here? and they'll say to you isn't there some sort of law that's supposed to allow you to get in there? and well yeah, but it's just steps. could you please just help me? but i can be in jordan or i can be in a place like kenya, and if there's steps into the restaurant, and i'm standing outside of it, people will like, a crowd will form to help me into the restaurant. there is a sense of cultural, we will help each other, in a lot of places that the united states doesn't have. and i think sometimes that is a cultural tool that makes for a greater inclusion that sometimes, you know, we should do well to emulate. >> john it's great to see you. thank you very much. >> great to see you john. >> coming up next on broadcast, wrongly accused of the boston marathon bombing, a new documentary on a family's social media campaign to find the
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missing young man.
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>> in april 2013 the nation was gripped by the search for the suspects in the boston marathon bombing. the internet picked up the case and the suspects were misidentified several times. one victim of the hunt was a missing brown university student named sunil trepathy.
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a new al jazeera america documentary tells the story. >> the associated press showed up, a couple of other international media types showed up. i can't remember what the sign said but it was like war is not the answer. it's over the door of the house. you're thinking maybe this guy is the boston bomber but you don't know. knocked a couple of times, no answer. looking at twitter and looking at facebook and they're trying to figure out is it him, does it look like him, do we think it's him, where's the family, where are they? >> it was dark, it was just the war is not answer sign on the front door, and a line of tv trucks. >> based on redtit on twitter on facebook. >> that the fbi gave us a little
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later, his name is sunil trepathy. his family trying to get information about where he is. >> the train kept barreling down the tracks. >> i had over 58 missed calls and voice mails between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. >> i'm sorry to bother you at this time unless i thought it was urgent. but i was hoping to talk to somebody from the trepathy family. >> it was literally network after network after network. >> neil brothman is director, help us find sunil trepaty. sunil disappeared before the bombing is that correct? >> that's correct, sunil was a junior at brown university, march 2013 he went missing from his apartment in providence.
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and his family went to providence to search for him. they were very organized about it. they had established a pretty good footprint in the northeast, when the bombing happened, people were trying to crowd source the information and when the fbi released the photographs of the two unidentified suspects only known as suspect 1 and suspect 2 three days after the bombing it didn't take very long at all before the digital footprint that the family had left looking for sunil intersected with this search. >> seems to me that social media, journalists took this information and ran with it before checking it out. but it seems that whether or not traditional journalists just that sort of false rumor like information, that social media goes around them anywhere and reaches now millions of people. it seems to me if a train going
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down the track, you can't stop. >> i can't stop it. i can stop my behavior. i can decide whether or not to retweet or to definitive credence to something that i read. i think it really comes down to the individual. you know, when we're sitting six feet, you know, six inches away from our computer screens and we're reading something, is it real, does it -- does it seem real? is there -- does it pass this test? and that's something that we as individuals have to make and as a society we have to decide, how do we want to communicate with each other. >> do you think the people on social media feel that same accountability that we've talked about? >> i can't clearly speak for everybody. i'll give you one brief example. one of the people who was tweeting very actively the night of the misidentification, we reached out to him to talk to him. and we wanted to find out what some of his motivations were.
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and we reached him through an e-mail and he sent a note back. he was tweeting some really hatefuhateful vile things okay? he sent a note back saying i don't want to speak to you, i don't want to participate in your film. but i hope everything turned out okay for the kid. clearly it's here and when it's happening, i'll move away from this and go on to the next one. as far as accountability goes, i don't necessarily believe that there's an understanding by many of the people who are participating in this that there's actually a need for accountability. >> it's an important story and i think it goes to the heart of the way news is gathered, the way news is distributed, and the future of journalism and social media. it's good to see you neil, congratulations. >> thank you very much john, i appreciate it. >> you can watch the full documentary help us find sunil
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