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titekaka are almost as magical as uranus. anderson cooper could never have gotten through those words. that is what i call payback on the reblitz-ulist. that does it for this edition of "360." thanks for watching.payback. that does it for this edition of "360." early start begins right now. bracing for the worst. embassies close overseas amid protest in the muslim world. >> the president is ahead in three key states. >> counting down. take a look. oop, we don't have a live look. the new iphone goes on sale in a few hours. such anticipation. >> very exciting, people standing outside in the dark for no reason. >> no, for very good reason. >> depending on how you look at
it. >> good morning to you. welcome to "early start" i'm zoraida sambolin. >> people are bracing for protests over a french cartoon that offends the profit muham d muhammad. several embassies are closed. demonstrations intensified from iran to afghanistan to pakistan. in that country, the u.s. is starting to air an ad denouncing the controversial film "innocence of muslims." good morning. >> reporter: good morning, john. we expected to see protests in pakistan today. we didn't expect to see them this early. it's what happened. they started early, violence in the northwest city. protesters mostly teenagers setting afire two cinemas. hospital officials telling us at least two dozen people injured in the fatality.
the driver of a news van shot to death. that's the violence we have seen already. there could be more to come. in pakistan, deepening concern for an explosive day of protests. for the second friday in a row, hard line religious groups called for anti-western demonstrations on a day of love for islam's profit muhammad. small groups of protesters hit toll booths, looted stores and clashed with police in several cities. friday's demonstrations come a day after hundreds of protesters, many young men in their teens and 20s tried to storm the diplomatic enclave. they storm embassies. in pakistan, 100 school children led on an anti-american
demonstrations. they chanted slogans against the west. the demonstrations have been small but growing in number and intensity. washington taking extra steps to ease the rising anger. on friday morning -- cell phone service in parts of pakistan was cut off. an apparent effort to hamper the rallies on pakistan's radio and television airways in ads paid for by washington feature president barack obama and secretary of state, hillary clinton, calling for calm. >> since our founder, the united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to degenerate the religious beliefs of others. >> the united states government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. we absolutely reject its content
and message. america's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. >> reporter: elsewhere in iran, a cleric upped the bounty of the killing of the author of a book that sparked global protest after the late leader called it islam. >> yes, it's a stupid film. the correct response is to say it's a stupid film on youtube and get on with your life. to take it and deliberately use it to inflame your troops is a political act. it's not about religion. >> reporter: when asked why the pakistani government called for a national holiday today, many ways inviting protesters on the street, they told cnn they had to address public sentiment.
i think it's already a decision that's been criticized by many. >> thank you. the state department fending off accusations this morning that it failed to secure the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the u.s. ambassador to the u.s. and three other americans were killed last week. senior state department officials telling cnn there were a lot of concerns about a rise in islamic extremism in benghazi. a recommendation to close it never got passed up the chain of command. the obama administration saying the act was an act of terrorism. secretary of state, hillary clinton, assigning a panel to investigate how it happened. >> there are obviously very real challenges in these new democracies, these fragile societies. as i said last week, the vast majority of the people in these
countries did not throw off the tyranny of a dictator to trade it for the tyranny of a mob. >> sources told cnn ambassador stevens mentioned being on a hit list weeks before he died. secretary clinton doesn't believe there's a basis for the reports. president obama sent in 30,000 additional troops to neutralize a taliban resurgent. the last of the troops have now shipped out. 68,000 u.s. personnel are still stationed. election day less than 11 weeks away. president obama is pulling ahead of mitt romney in wisconsin, paul ryan's home state. the latest poll has the president five points ahead of likely voters, 50% to 45%. the same story in colorado. the president 50% to 45%.
his lead in iowa is more impressive here. voters favoring the president by eight points, 50% to 42%. president obama fielding tough questions about immigration reform when he took part in a live online form yesterday. one of the hosts insisted he acknowledge he failed to keep a promise to push reforms through in his first term. >> my biggest failure so far, we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done. we are going continue the work on that. but, it's not for lack of trying or desire. i'm confident we are going to accomplish that. >> the president says he takes full responsibility for the slow pace of immigration reform saying he's been sidetracked by the economy during his first term in office. how did it go for the two ands? in the next half hour, we'll
talk to a woman who was there for it. republican publicist. >> ann romney has something to say about her husband's critics, that's stop it. anyone who has a problem with her husband should get in the ring because, quote, it's hard. several high profile conservatives blasted romney after his 47% comments about the president's supporters. she is insisting he didn't say what he meant. >> he's talking about what we are facing in america right now. we are facing really difficult situations and if we don't take corrective measures soon, more and more people will become dependent on government. that is not what he wants. >> he tries not to let the criticism of her husband sink in and hopes americans realize how lucky they are to have someone
with her husband's qualifications and experience to run the country. the movie theater massacre in colorado, james holmes lost the shaggy orange dyed hair. at the hearing, prosecutors abandoned their efforted to obtain a notebook he sent to a university psychologist before the shooting. the final mission nearly complete. the space shuttle "endeavour" over tucson, arizona yesterday. today the shuttle flies from edwards air force base in california to los angeles before landing in l.a.x. it will do a flyover of downtown l.a. and hollywood. that will be fun. >> how will the weather be for that. good morning. >> good morning to you guys. the first and last time ever to
fly over the south land. here is the trip in los angeles, in california, hot, warm, dry. no problems weather wise to get out and look. 8:15 it will leave edwards air force base. in the 60s, no chance of rain. by 9:30, getting to sacramento then winding up in los angeles around 11:30 and landing in l.a.x. around 12:30. it's going to leave 8:15, fly over palmdale, the golden gate bridge, the discovery center, the aquarium and berkeley, then over the southland and land in l.a.x. the weather is warm. the cooldown coming to the upper midwest. by sunday, it makes its way to
the midwest including baltimore and washington. >> thank you very much. >> it is 10 minutes after the hour. while you were sleeping, these people, say what you want about them. they were waiting up all night outdoors. it's still dark. people were lining the street. why are they there? the iphone 5 goes on sale later this morning. it's a good reason to sleep on the street, apparently. we'll have more on this, coming up. ♪ well, he's not very handso ♪ to look at [ sighs ] ♪ oh, he's shaggy ♪ and he eats like a hog [ male announcer ] the volkswagen jetta. available with advanced keyless technology. control everything from your pocket, purse, or wherever. that's the power of german engineering. ♪ that dirty, old egg-suckin' dog ♪ if i grow this out a little bit,
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welcome back to "early start." 14 minutes after the hour. >> i was just talking to christine on the side. i'm zoraida sambolin. thanks for being with us. the iphone 5 hits stores today and people are already lining up. >> it goes on sale at 8:00 a.m. on the east coast. people are lining up for it. we have all the details and how much it costs. >> it's got a cult following.
i will be honest. i one time stayed up all night for billy joel tickets. >> we were having that discussion. what would you wait in line for? >> billy joel. >> thousands of people waiting in line for the latest iconic iphone 5. i want to show you tokyo. in the rain, people waiting. there it is. look at sydney, australia. one guy waited for 70 hours. look at london. huge lines of people every time somebody walks in, the whole crowd goes crazy. around the world, folks are waiting in line for this iconic iphone. it goes on sale here in the u.s. at 8:00 this morning east coast time. of course we are going to have people there to watch it as well. it's going to be two-thirds of the revenue of apple will be from the iphone. they make a lot of money from the iphone. i can show you what the pieces
look like. together, it's $220 to make an iphone. they are going to make maybe 400 bucks on every one they sell. this is a cash machine. the touch screen display, that's 44 bucks, the memory 20 bucks. the processor $27.50. $8 to assemble. all together, $207. they will sell thousands every second. each one they sell adds to the bottom line. this is why it's the most valuable company in the world. >> 100% mark up? >> the wireless carrier subsidizes the cost. you are going to buy it for 199 bucks. then the wireless carrier is going to subsidize some of it. u have to buy the plan from
the carrier. >> all the money comes in. >> so interesting. >> thank you, christine. >> i will wait. sorry, i'm so boring. i'm so generation x. it is 16 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date. deadly violence in pakistan this morning. protesters setting fire. two dozen injuries and one death have been reported. the protests reflect the continuing anger over "innocence of muslim's" and a cartoon depiction of the profit muhammad. breakaway amish federal hate crimes. forcing the cutting of mens beard and women's hair. police in houston, texas showed off the spoils of a purse snatching ring. look at this. the organized crime ring
victimized nearly 200 people in texas, thousands nationwide. police displayed cash and other licenses for acting on a tip. >> i saw social security cards. scary. baseball playoffs t. cincinnati reds clinched a playoff spot. they did it while manager dusty baker remained in the hospital after being diagnosed with an irreally lar heart beat. for the first time since 1933, fdrs first year in office, the washington nationals clinching a spot in the playoffs with a win over the dodgers. 1933, before you were born. >> yes. way, way, way, way before. hollywood rolls out the rest carpet sunday for the emmy awards. "madmen" is trying for an award but could face the toughest yet from "homeland."
"modern family" is the front-runner. it's ann and mitt romney's favorite show. jimmy kimmel will host it for the very first time. that should be interesting. it is 5:18 in the morning. time for early reads. the news that is making headlines. we want to get this update from the patriot news. automatic shutdown of a power planlt. it poses no danger to the public. it's got to be scary. people living near the sight say they heard a loud noise thursday afternoon caused by the sudden release of steam when a pump failed after 2:00. tests show there's no detectable level of radiation in the area. this is the second automatic shutdown of the plant in the month. he might have been all american and nfl draft pick by now. instead, brian banks is starting
over after his rape conviction was overturned. a stand-up high school football player in california who got looks from ucla and other programs. he was falsely accused of rape at the age of 16. he spent five years in prison, five years on probation before he was exonerated in may when his accuser admitted she made it up in a taped conversation. banks signed with a football league with an announcement that is expected today. >> he lost ten years of his life. a lot of people in the football community were pulling for him to get a second chance. >> it's 20 minutes after the hour. head to our blog, cnn.com/earlystart. talk of something huge overseas that is affecting your money. christine, minding your business is coming up next. [ male announcer ] did you know, all those screens are sucking moisture
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program that will help them begin buying unlimited purchases of madrid's bonds. spains economy is very big. that's why u.s. futures are up. there's hope this is going to be a problem that's going to be solved. i want to talk about a problem in this country with our young people. new census data showing how difficult the economy has been for young people and their earnings. this is interesting to me. the average earnings for young, college grads is falling and still falling. it's fallen 15% since the year 2000. it's starting earnings there. what concerns me about the census data is in personal finance, the most important thing is where you get your start and build on that start. if you misstep, if you don't get that first raise, if you don't get that first placement it could mean the difference of a
half million to a million dollars. so important. yesterday, though, here is a bright piece of news in this. deepak chopra was here and talking about the uncertainty of the economy, he said it fosters creativity. there's something about these people that they have less but we'll see if they can do more with it. >> 26 minutes after the hour. former president, bill clinton, talking to cnn and weighing in on mitt romney's 47%. >> i think it's overstated. >> you can bet he has much more to say. you'll hear some of it, coming up. lories, right? no way, right? lady, i just drive the truck. right, there's no way right, right? have a nice day. [ male announcer ] 80 delicious calories. fiber one. to meet the needs of my growing business. but how am i going to fund it?
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friday fury. new anti-american protests raging right now in the muslim world. coming clean, president obama talking about what he calls the biggest failure of his time in the white house. final frontier, the date is set for the first private cargo mission to the space station. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. 30 minutes past the hour. glad to have you with us. president obama took his turn at the meet the candidates forum at the university of miami. he took his strongest jab at mitt romney's infamous 47% remarks. >> when you express an attitude that half the country thinks they are victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot. >> president obama was pressed on a range of other topics,
mainly the lack of actn on immigration reform. joining me now is cnn contribut contributor. thank you for being here this morning, we appreciate it. i know you attended both. how was the room compared -- if you compare the two days. >> there was a dramatic difference in the room, zoraida. for the romney event, there was a very enthusiastic partisan crowd. it was filled to the hilt. i would tell you governor romney got a lot of help from that crowd. they broke into romney chants, they applauded and hissed and booed when they didn't like the questions. they gave him a lot of energy and support. yesterday's crowd for president obama's event was quiet, solemn, respective. completely different than i saw the day before. it turned it into a very sober,
very come ber, almost at points, conversation and dialogue. he was grilled very hard. >> they were hand picked crowds? >> my understanding is both campaigns were given a few hundred tickets and filled the room as they wanted and there were students there. the moderators announced there were republican students given tickets for the gov romney event and democratic students were given tickets for the president obama event. the campaigns were treated equal. >> definitely. let's talk about what happened. the host pressed obama on immigration. it led to this moment then we'll talk about it. >> my biggest failure is we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done. we are going to continue the work on that. but, it's not for lack of trying
or desire. i'm confident we are going to accomplish that. >> so, what do you think of that answer? it got applause, which i found interesting. >> the reason it got applause, zoraida, was because of a few words that got cut off before that. it was where he said to jorge, well, jorge, as you kept reminding me all day, my biggest failure is not having a chief immigration reform. i tell you, i raised an eyebrow when i heard that. part of me liked the fact he was acknowledging that failure. i do see it as a failure and broken promise. i think his acknowledgement of it is a good thing. i would not be surprised if i see that clip in an ad against obama in the hispanic community. then, it was followed up by mario, who i think will be on later on cnn, saying to
president obama, well, sir, if you are admitting it's your biggest failure, you are admitting you broke your promise. it was a chilling moment in the room. >> it may have been a broken promise and he may have acknowledged it. we were talking yesterday about the issue of immigration and romney said he would not deport 12 million. he had no concrete plan, either. how do you weigh that? one president obama, who has a concrete plan. maybe he wasn't able to pass it. when romney is pushes, he doesn't have a concrete plan. >> zoraida, i'll be truthful with you, when it comes to immigration, latinos are in a tough spot. romney has not committed to specifics or proposed a plan. for president obama, if reelected, he's going to have an extremely hard time getting anything done because he haven't presented a plan in four years and second of all, he's in all
likelihood going to be dealing with a republican house. he has not been very good at cultivating congressional allies on either side of the aisle. it requires a lot of political capital and congress to get something this controversial done. what i would say to my latino friends, focus on the bigger package. in all likelihood, immigration may not get done. >> i don't want to let you go before this, obama commented on his most important lesson. listen to that, then weigh in. >> i have learned some lessons over the last four years. the most important lesson i have learned is that you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. that's how i got elected. that's how the big accomplishments like health care got done because we mobilized the american people to speak out. >> the romney campaign is jumping on this as a statement of personal failure and said the
power of citizen engagement. what is your take on that? >> i think what he was trying to do was make a very direct appeal to latino voters to turn out and vote. president obama enjoys a wide lead right now, you know, with the latino voters. his big problem is turnout. can he get the same turnout he did four years ago? repeatedly throughout the hour, he made this appeal, it's up to you. it's you the voters who can make the change and affect the results. i need your vote. i need you to get out an vote. he was having a very comfortable conversation, a familiar conversation. these two moderators he knows well. i think he had his guard down and maybe did not say things the way he would have said it had he been in different circumstances. >> all right. cnn contributor, we appreciate your time this morning. thank you. >> thank you. at 8:00 eastern, we'll talk
about the latino vote and how the president faired this week when soledad o'brien is joined by maria elena salinas. sitting down with former president bill clinton to talk about the campaign. the impact of mitt romney's 47% comment going forward. >> do you think this is a game changer for romney? >> well, i think it puts a heavier burden on him in the debates to talk about what he meant. i do think a lot of the tea party people believe that, it's government versus the private sector. the problem with our pair dime, as i said many times, if you look at every successful economy, measure it by per capita income, declining and equality, increasing social mobility, getting a pay raise
year in and year out, doing better than your parents, there's no evidence that anywhere it's going on, and it is going on, that they have a weak government and lower taxes than we do. >> you can see the entire interview sunday at 10:00 a.m. eastern and again at 1:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. 37 minutes past the hour. with just over six weeks to go before election day, barack obama has a lot more money to spend than romney. the gop challenger is burning through cash fast. obama raised $84.8 million in donations. romney team rates $84 million. that doesn't take a loan into account. as of august 31, the president had $88 million and romney just over $50 million but $15 million of debt. anger over an anti-muslim film sparking new violence in
pakistan overnight. protesters torched two movie theaters. people were injured and one died. embassies have been closed due to rising anger. the trailer for the anti-islam film, "innocence of muslim" can remain on youtube. an actress received death threats for being in the film. the film triggered violent anti-american protests throughout the world. the privately owned space company space x will launch the first official resupply next month. it will bring 1,000 pounds of supplies beginning october 7 and return with 1200 pounds. following the successful demonstration, it will have 12 missions to the space station. both men want to be your president but they have different ideas when it comes to
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welcome back, everyone. all this week, cnn is taking you in-depth, digging down on the issues shaping the presidential race. our focus this morning is terrorism. here is susan kelly. >> reporter: the killing of osama bin laden undoubtedly the national security highlight of the obama administration. few argue it was a risky move to invade pakistani ai space and go after the al qaeda leader. romney questioned whether it was worth the time and money it would take to hunt bin laden down. 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. he relies on the missions by launching missiles in the air. >> my duty is to keep the american people safe. what that means is we brought a bunch of tools 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 a case where a u.s. citizen may be the target. >> if there's someone that is going to join with a group like al qaeda and we are in a war with that entity, anyone who is bearing arms with that entity is fair game. >> reporter: there are places where they differ. mainly over the guantanamo bay and water boarding where a detainee is made to feel like they are drowning.
despite the 2009 promise to return the american people to the moral high ground by issuing an order to close the facility. it was easier said than done. romney wants to keep guantanamo open. both are opposed to the use of torture, romney refused to characterize water boarding as torture. >> i don't think it's productive for the president of the united states to have a list of what is specifically referred to as torture. >> reporter: his lack of a specific definition worries people like bruce riedel. >> explain what he means that he won't allow torture, but doesn't want to comment on techniques of torture. >> reporter: obama banned the practice as one of his first official acts. >> water boarding is torture. it's contrary to american
traditions and our ideals. it's not who we are. >> reporter: likely voters like obama when it comes to national security issues. when it comes to terrorism, 50% of likely voters polled last month said obama would better handle terrorism. 43% 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 ovl office, the only certainty is that the enemy will still be there, still plotting to do americans harm. susan kelly, cnn, washington. it is 46 minutes past the hour. catch of a lifetime. take a look. >> oh, my goodness. >> oh, boy. how an arkansas sportsman got
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just about 50 minutes after the hour now. we want to get you updated on the headlines. christine romans is here. two movie theaters were set on fire in protest against an anti-islam film. more than two dozen people injured. u.s. embassies in several countries have been closed because of new fear of violence. gop leaders in the house say they will wait until after the november elections to vote on a farm bill. some republicans say the measure does not include enough reform for farmers and ranchers. several republicans in tight political races afraid they
could feel the frustration at the poles. >> mike caught an alligator in arkansas that measures 13 feet. it beats the old unofficial state record by one inch. he caught the monster with a beaver snare tied to a pole. he'll have a stuffed. >> a lot of friends. that thing is big. >> it is big. it is really big. >> i know it's dead, but still, when they hold on to the mouth, it's scary. >> later, gator. >> you wrestled an alligator once upon on time, right? >> i have been near one. >> a live alligator with your hand in its mouth. a packed hour still ahead on early start. a u.s. government takes heat for security around the scene of the attack in benghazi.
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welcome back. 55 minutes after the hour. i'm john berman along with zoraida sambolin. we have a look at what is trending on the internet. this morning, we have the tale of the tape. >> new york city police releasing the surveillance video of the lindsay lohan hit and run incident. i appears to support a chef's claim he was a victim. he xanlg rated the injuries. it shows lilo's porsche going into the entrance ramp clipping jose rodriguez and scattering others. rodriguez claimed he was tossed to the side and in a lot of pain. police do not think lindsay was under the influence at the time. >> you always have to be careful when driving near a hot spot. >> really? >> call us the tmz block. the next story is about paris
hilton. doing major damage control after she was caught on tape calling gay people disgusting. according to radar online, they recorded her having an conversation with a cell phone app gay men use to get hook ups. this is part of the conversation. >> gay guys are the [ bleep ] people in the world. they are disgusting. dude, most of them probably have aids. i would be so scared if i was a gay guy. >> wow. now paris' people are saying she's a huge supporter of the gay community and the former sex tape star herself was only expressing the dangers of unprotected sex. the iphone 5 is out today. people have been downloading the new software. there's a blog dedicated to the new maps. apple ditched google maps and replaced it with their own 3-d maps with turn-by-turn
directions. there are threads with complaints. lots of issues. warped roads, buildings with only two dimensions and cities in the wrong spots with the wrong names and a health care clinic labeled a pet shop. >> people are still going to buy it. you knew it was coming, live from new york, it is thursday night. the first of "saturday night live's" prime time special debuted with their take on mitt romney's 47% solution. >> so, you have this 47% that don't pay taxes and these people are never going to vote for me. 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 of our armed services and i don't mean southern whites. okay? what i mean is, and real quick, no one is recording this,
correct? no? okay. it's very important no one records this. okay, good. i'm about to say who these people are and i would prefer to not have it on tape. sorry, sir, is that a camera on the table pointing at me? okay, great. >> in case you missed it, it is funny. early start continues right now. riot act, two movie theaters torched as anger over a movie and cartoon rages again in the muslim world. pulling ahead, the president is ahead in three key swing states. counting down. take a look. live pictures here in new york city. why? the iphone 5 goes on sale in a couple hours. mobs there. it's just 6:00. good morning.
welcome to "early start." >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 6:00 a.m. here. we have violent protest in pakistan and countries around the world are bracing for a new display of anger over a french cartoon. u.s. several countries are closed as a precaution, including the one in jakarta, indonesia. demonstrators have intensified in recent days from iran to afghanistan to pakistan, where at least one person is dead this morning, as well. in that country, the u.s. starting to air an ad denouncing the controversial film. cnn from islamabad, pakistan. >> reporter: in pakistan, deepening concern for an explosive day of protests. for the second friday in a row, hard-line religious groups have called for anti-western demonstrations. on a day declared by islamabad as a national day of love, for islam's prophet muhammad. by 9:00 a.m. local time, small
groups of protesters had already torched toll booths, looted stores, and clashed with police in several cities. friday's demonstrations come a day after hundreds of protesters, many young men in their teens and 20s, tried to storm the capital's diplomatic enclave. a secured compound that houses foreign embassies. in karachi, pakistan, several teachers led roughly 100 elementary schoolchildren on an anti-american demonstration. the teachers chanted slogans against the west. the students chanted back. the demonstrations have been small, but growing in number and intensity. both islamabad and washington taking extra steps to ease the rising anger. on friday morning, cell phone service in parts of pakistan was cut off. an effort to hamper the rallies. on pakistan's radio and television airwaves in ads paid
for by washington, featured president barack obama and secretary of state hillary clinton calling for calm. >> since our founding the united states has been a nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. >> the united states government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. we absolutely reject its content and message. america's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. >> elsewhere, in iran, a senior cleric reportedly upped the bounty for the killing of author salman rushdie, whose book "the satanic verses" sparked global protests more than two decades ago, after the late imam khomeini declared it an insult to islam.
>> yes, it's a stupid film, you know. and the correct response to a stupid film on youtube is to say it's a stupid film on youtube and you get on with the rest of your life. so to take that, and to deliberately use it to inflame your -- your troops, you know, is a political act. it's not about religion. it's about power. >> when asked why the pakistani government called for a national holiday on friday, many ways inviting protesters out on the street, the foreign minister told cnn the government had to address public sentiment. what's remarkable is last week when the first protest erupted in egypt, in libya, very few people in pakistan even knew about the anti-islam movie. now, pakistan bracing itself for what could be some of the largest demonstrations in the region. cnn, islam ba. >> our thanks. next hour in starting point, soledad talks to jamie rubin about the rising anger in the
muslim world. the state department is on the defensive facing accusations it failed to properly protect the u.s. consulate in benghazi despite a host of security warnings. the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens and three other americans were killed in an attack on the consulate last week. senior state department officials telling cnn there were a lot of concerns about a rise in islamic extremism in benghazi and that a recommendation to close the mission never got passed up the chain of command. meantime the obama administration finally conceding the attack was an act of terrorism. secretary of state hillary clinton announcing the formation of a panel to investigate it. >> there are obviously very real challenges in these new democracies, these fragile societies. but as i said last week, the vast majority of the people in these countries did not throw off the tyranny of a dictator to trade it for the tyranny of a mob. >> sources have told cnn ambassador stevens mentioned
being on an al qaeda hit list in the weeks before he died. but secretary of state clinton says she doesn't believe there's any basis for those reports. the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan is ofcially over this morning. it began three years ago when president obama sent in 30,000 additional soldiers to neutralize a taliban resurgence. the last several hundred of those surge troops have now shipped out. so that leaves about 68,000 u.s. soldiers still stationed in afghanistan. election day less than seven weeks away now, and it looks like president obama is pulling ahead in some polls against mitt romney in some critical swing states. in wisconsin, which is paul ryan's home state. the latest nbc/"wall street journal"/marist poll has the president five points ahead. same story in colorado, the president outpolling his gop rival 50% to 45%. the lead is even bigger in iowa, likely voters in the hawkeye state favoring the president by eight points, 50% to 42%.
i think that's the most surprising number we saw in these polls last night. president obama facing tough questions about immigration reform where he took part in a live online forum hosted by univision yesterday. one of the hosts even insisted he acknowledge that he's failed to keep a campaign promise to push reforms through in his first term. >> my biggest failure so far is we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done. so we're going to be continuing to work on that. but it's not for lack of trying or desire. and i'm confident we're going to accomplish that. >> the president said he takes full responsibility for the slow pace of immigration reform admitting he's been side tracked by the economy during his first term in office. ann romney has two words for her husband's conservative critics, stop it. the wife telling a radio interview that anyone who has a problem with her husband should, quote, get in the ring, becausist hard. several high profile conservatives blasted romney this week after his 47% comments about the president's
supporters. the would-be first lady insisting her husband didn't say what he meant. >> if you really do listen to everything that he does say, he's talking about where we're -- what we're facing in america right now. that we're facing some really difficult situations, and if we don't take corrective measures soon, that more and more people will become dependent on government and that is not what he wants. >> so ann romney went on to say that she tries not to let the criticism of her husband sink in and she hopes americans realize how lucky they are to have someone with her husband's qualifications and experience getting an opportunity to run the country. a new look for the suspects in the movie theater massacre in colorado, still chilling. james holmes has lost the orange, shagdy, dyed hair he wore the night of his arrest outside the showing of "the dark knight rises" in aurora, the day in which 12 people died there. he's accused of killing them. at the hearing prosecutors abandoned their effort to obtain
a notebook sent to a university psychiatrist before the shooting. >> still disturbing to look at that image. right? strapped to the back of a 747. the space shuttle "endeavour" is nearing the end of its final flight. it arrived yesterday at andrews air force base in california. today the shuttle flies from edwards to los angeles before touching down at l.a.x. this afternoon, it will do a flyover of downtown l.a. and hollywood. look up. "endeavour" is retiring to a california science museum. how often do you get to see that piggyback ride? >> it's amazing. >> very, very cool. meteorologist alexandra steele is keeping tabs on the forecast for the final trip. >> hot and dry in california. so no chance for rain. so about 8:15 this morning shuttle will leave edwards air force base. about an hour after it was originally scheduled. if you're out there watching, 67. to sacramento, cruise the capital. it will fly about 1500 feet so pretty low and certainly clear. to san francisco, around 10:15, temperatures there in the 50s.
maybe san francisco, the aquarium, the discovery museum, and then to los angeles, maybe city hall, the getty, not saying exactly where it will fly over but kind of the most iconic of landmarks. 77. and about 12:30 will arrive at l.a.x. in terms of the forecast, the wet is dry -- the west. certainly the biggest story, the coolest air of the season coming down behind this cold front. so we're going to see some rain showers and thunder. then behind it some pretty chilly temperatures. in the 40s in marquette, duluth, as well, minneapolis at 5 on saturday. and then that cold air moves south and east and moves into the mid-atlantic sunday a cool day. baltimore, washington, virginia, temperatures only around upper 50s and 60s. back to you. >> all right. thanks so much. so while you were sleeping, these people were waiting all night outdoors. we have a live picture. this is in new york city. the iphone 5 goes on sale later this morning. are you waiting with bated breath? we're going to take you there
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have more fiber than other leading brands. they're the better way to enjoy your fiber. welcome back to "early start" i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. glad to have you with us this morning. it is here. the wait is over for millions of apple addicts. as the company's newest version of the popular iphone goes on sale this morning. there are long lines outside stores all over the world. from rainy tokyo, rainy tokyo, to sydney, and london. cnn's maggie lake is live in another line outside apple's
flagship store on fifth avenue in new york city. how long has everybody been waiting there, maggie? >> some of them for days, zoraida. it is unbelievable. on the fifth version of this tech gadget, that we still get this sort of event feel. but this has become the apple ritual. i'm going to step out of the way. you can see these are the diehards we're with here. we already know this phone is a humongous success. 2 million sold in the first 24 hours. you can order this online which makes us ask every time, why do you people come out and do this? some of them have been online for eight days. some of them just coming earlier this morning. queueing up to get in. we spoke to a couple of them about why it's so important to be here physically. here's what they had to say. >> i came with a friend of mine, he's number two. so that helped, kind of the buddy system to cover for each other when one of us wanted to shower or change. we have battery packs that power our ipads and so on so those
need to be taken and charged once a day or every two days. so it wasn't like constantly in the chair for the whole time. the last few -- three days were more pretty much sleeping here almost around the clock. it was one night when there was torrential rain. that was kind of a problem. >> i'm probably a seven. yeah. yeah. i don't have to have everything right away. but i ultimately end up buying everything. >> there you go. one of the interesting things, usually it's just the diehard fans. this time there are actually people who wanted to buy it online but it sold out so fast they actually had to come here in person. the new phone is going to be lighter, the screen is going to be bigger and most importantly, it runs on the faster 4g network. the first iphone to do that. mostly glowing reviews. a couple of problems. people don't like the map app. so if you use this as your gps you might want to think twice. and some people are a little bit concerned about the connector. there's a new connector for the first time. so all those gadgets you have
that work with your iphone you're going to have to buy an additional adaptor or new product. a couple of kinks. but most of the people here can't wait to get their hands on it. >> one last question for you. it's still really dark. about how many people do you think are really out there? >> you know, there's probably a few hundred zoraida. there was a time when this wrapped around the block. but because you can preorder them and they come today you've seen that ebb a little bit. this will be a steady flow throughout the day. the people here say it's not about the numbers, it's about the feeling. apple certainly making an event of it. we'll talk a little more about that in the later hours. >> maggie lake, thank you very much. >> i've covered a bunch of these releases. when i covered iphone 3 there were people who had i seen waiting in line for the first iphone. the same people coming out twice in a row. crazy. we want to get you updated on the headlines. christine romans is here. deadly violence in pakistan this morning. protesters setting fire to two movie theaters in the city of peshawar. two dozen injuries and one death have been reported. the protests reflect this continuing anger over the
anti-islam film and a cartoon depiction of the prophet muhammad. tests show no radiation near the three mile island nuclear power plant following an automatic shutdown. people living near the site of the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident say they heard a loud noise thursday afternoon, was apparently caused by the sudden release of steam when a coolant pump failed. paul it the greater gator. mike cunningham caught an alligator in arkansas that measured 13 feet 3 inches. right, right, a whopping 1,380 pounds. it beats the old unofficial state record by an inch. mike caught the monster with a beaver snare tied to a 12 foot long pole. he's going to have it stuffed after making alligator boots for his wife, himself, all of the friends who helped him haul it in. mike cunningham is one very brave man. >> no justification, nothing that would make me want to do that? >> really? >> because look what we dug up. >> we have a little surprise.
>> nothing would make you want to do that? that is a live alligator. john berman is sitting on. >> it was being restrained at the time. and i was being forced to do it for telision. >> and john was scared to death. >> yes! >> good gracious. >> thanks for sharing that with us. >> thank you. >> now you know what happens when you share. >> all right. 18 minutes past the hour. tax shelters overseas. coming up, congress singles out companies that take advantage of loop holes and save billions.
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we are minding your business this morning. a new senate report goes after u.s. companies keeping money overseas, taking advantage of tax loopholes. >> christine's been looking at that report. the thing is, this is all legal, right? >> oh, yeah, it's all legal. the senate panel was very careful to point that out. that you have all these loopholes and gimmicks within the tax code, a tax code written by congress, by the way, that allows companies to pay less than the 35% advertised tax rate. and the same rate we're talking about how many individual american households are not paying taxes at all, this senate panel is looking at companies that are doing their best to pay as little tax as they can, and to actually avoid paying taxes that they though. this senate panel reports that microsoft, for example, saves $7 billion in taxes from shifting profits outside the u.s. and also hewlett-packard also singled out leaving a lot of money in foreign cash, not
bringing back, using extravagant loan strategies to keep their money overseas, instead of bringing it back here so they'd have to pay the american tax on it. i want you to listen to what the michigan democrat who runs this panel had to say. >> the bottom line of our investigation is that some multinationals use our current tax system to engage in gimmicks to avoid paying the taxes that they owe. >> gimmicks. but that are legal. the republicans on the panel were quick to point out this is all legal, and that's why we need tax reform. why we need to lower that tax rate from 35%. they want something that's called a territorial tax system. and a lot of critics would like to just change the american tax code overall. but the companies say what they're doing is looked at by auditors, it's signed off by auditors, that it's all fair and legal, and congress, well -- legal. well, congress writes these rules.
we have 16 volumes of complicated tax code with loopholes for everyone. companies have a fid ishry responsibility to save as much money for shareholders. >> that's what makes people so mad. >> it makes people very mad. interesting that it comes on the same week we're talking about 46% of americans have no federal income tax as well. we have a tax code that is very complicated and picks winners and losers and it really is a case of tax reform. >> i think on univision president obama did point that out. that on both ends you've got this issue. >> if you're lucky enough to have the money what's the one thing you need to know about it? >> new record low mortgage rates. again, 30-year fixed rate. look at this number. 3.49%. the 15-year fix is 2.77%. >> wow. >> you thought you might have missed your chance. mortgage rates are still falling. and another report, said that people's credit scores are getting better. many of you are telling me i
can't, i got hit, my credit score isn't good enough. fewer people are underwater and credit scores are improving. i'm hoping that means more people can take advantage. >> because that's really, that's the problem that you may want to do it but you can't because they're so strict. >> all right. hopeful. 24 minutes after the hour right now. former president bill clinton talked with cnn in weighing in on mitt romney's 47% comments. >> i think that's overstated. >> you can bet he had much, much more to say about that. you will hear some of it coming up. re. (push button tone) this is stacy from springfield. oh whoa. hello? yes. i didn't realize i'd be talking to an actual person. you don't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt whenever you call chase sapphire.
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friday fury. new anti-american protests raging right now in the muslim world. republicans jumping on change. president obama saying you can't change washington from the inside. occupy unmasked. we're talking to one of the producers of a brand-new movie about that movement. welcome back to "early start," glad you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. about 29 minutes after the hour. president obama says his biggest failure so far has been his inability to push through immigration reform during his first term in office. and he took full responsibility for that failure at a univision forum yesterday, telling latino voters he got sidetracked by the economy. but, it's this comment the president made that has the opposition pouncing.
>> i've learned some lessons over the last four years and the most important lesson i've learned is that you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. that's how i got elected. and that's how the big accomplishments like health care got done. was because we mobilized the american people to speak out. >> now, i know what he's trying to say there, joined by cnn political director mark preston live from washington. mark, i think we know what the president was trying to say there. but when we heard it, you can't change washington from the inside, only the outside, to me it felt like a hanging curve ball over the plate. >> it was, john. you're absolutely right. what president obama said was correct. the only way that you can change washington is to try to elect people to come to washington to make that change. we saw that with the tea party. but politically, not a very smart thing to do, especially as we head into the home stretch. john, and mitt romney's campaign is really trying to run with it. in fact, the governor when he heard this yesterday, jumped right on it. let's hear what he had to say.
>> the president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. he said he can't change washington from the inside. he can only change it from outside. well we're going to give him that chance in november. he's going outside! >> you know, john, this is all about words and phrases. especially as we head into election day. but you've got to be careful if you're going to be critical. because you might have said something like that in the past. in fact, let's take a look at this quote that mitt romney said back in 2007 when he was running for the republican presidential nomination. he's speaking about john mccain right here. let me quickly read it. so he certainly has political skill, but i believe that at this time, to change washington, it would be helpful to have somebody who comes with more private sector skill, experience from outside washington. i don't think you can change washington from the inside. i think you change it from the outside, john. so you've got to be very careful if you're going to be critical. but of course the campaign, both of them, will try to seize on every opportunity they can. >> no question about that. but as you said, mitt romney has said the same things himself in the context of it, not so bad
for the president. however, sometimes the context of this is you're running for president, be careful what you say. meanwhile, mitt romney has also been taking quite a beating to conservatives all week for thing he's said. peggy noonan writing again in "the wall street journal." she says the romney campaign has to be turned around. this week i called it incompetent but only because i was being polite. i really meant rolling calamity. now, mark, i think these from analysts are one thing but what has the romney campaign really nervous is the other candidates running right now. >> and that is certainly most troubling and we saw that yesterday, john. tommy thompson who is running for senate up in wisconsin, he had a lead over his democratic opponent in august, that lead has now evaporated. in fact timmy baldwin is leading in that senate race. tommy thompson had some blame to put on that. let's listen to what he said yesterday. >> the presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election. you know, whether you're a
democrat or republican. if you're sndard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the ballot. >> there you have tommy thompson, of course, noting the fact that the presidential race will have a great impact on what happens in the senate races, in these house races across the country. but john, you know this has been a very, very long campaign. people are exhausted, and ann romney yesterday seemed to hit her -- her points being very frustrated by all this criticism. she gave this interview yesterday in iowa. this is what she said about the conservative critics. >> what do you say to your fellow republicans who are -- >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it? get in the ring. this is hard, and you know, it's -- it's an important thing that we're doing right now. and it's an important election. and it is time for all americans to realize how significant this election is. >> i got to tell you what, john, whether it's ann romney, peggy
noonan, tommy thompson, mitt romney, barack obama, mish gal obama, the whole gang, they are all very exhausted. i think you're going to see more criticism come up on both sides, democrats and republicans, and you're going to hear frustration like ann romney more and more. what she had to say as we head into election day. >> the tone of that comment, you really did sense the extreme frustration. all right, mark preston joining us live from washington this morning. thanks very much. on "starting point" we're going to talk about the latino vote and how the president and his republican rival fared this week when soledad talks to the moderator of the univision form up, maria elena salinas. >> cnn's far he'd zack area sitting down with bill clinton to talk politics and campaign strategy. fareed asked the president about the impact of mitt romney's 47% comments going forward. >> do you think this is a game changer for romney? >> well i think it puts a heavier burden on him in the debates to talk about what he
meant. i do think a lot of the tea party people believe that. they think it's government versus the private sector. the problem with their paradigm, as i've said many times, if you look at every successful economy, measure by per capita income, declining inequality, increasing social mobility, your chance of getting a pay raise, doing better than your parents, there is no evidence that anywhere that's going on, and it is going on, that they have a weak government, and even lower taxes than we do. >> and you can see the entire interview with bill clinton on fareed zakaria gps on sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern and 1:00 p.m. eastern. anger over anti-muslim film and a french cartoon rndering of the prophet muhammad sparking new violence in peshawar, pakistan. two dozen people were injured and one person died. u.s. diplomatic posts in several countries have been closed due
to rioting and to anti-western anger. a california judge rules the trailer for the anti-islam film "innocence of muslims" can remain on youtube. the judge tossed out a civil suit filed by an actress who says she's received death threats for appearing in the controversial film that amongs the prophet muhammad. the film has triggered those anti-violent american protests throughout the muslim world. and next we are talking about another film called "occupy unmasked" one of the producers hopes it has an impact on the 2012 election. we'll talk to him coming up. [ mrs. hutchison ] friday night has always been all fun and games here at the hutchison household. but one dark stormy evening... she needed a good meal and a good family. so we gave her purina cat chow complete. it's the best because it has something for all of our cats!
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and on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the occupy wall street movement, protest movement, a new movie being released "occupy unmasked." it was the last project of andrew breitbart, the conservative commentator and publisher who died earlier this year. here's a taste of the film for you. >> i kind of like it that they're sort of militantly vague at this point. >> we are finally telling you the true story of the radicals behind the occupy movement. >> david bossy was the producer on the film. he's also the president of citizens united. of course their movie about hillary clinton is what touched off the supreme court case that bears their name. and david, we really appreciate you being here this morning. >> thank you. >> i want to jump right in, because we see the radicals in the trailer. so i want to talk about that. the website for occupy unmasked describes the occupy wall street movement as such.
while the liberal establishment and mainstream media portray the occupy wall street movement as organic and nonviolent, occupy unmasked reveals the sinister, organized, and highly orchestrated nature of its leaders, and their number one goal, not just to change government, but to destroy it. do you really believe people who started this movement want to destroy government? >> well, certainly. they -- look, they say it themselves. you go into the camps and they talk about anarchy, they talk about destroying our capitalist system of free market. they want to overturn our democracy. but that's not our thing, that's their own -- those are their own words. >> but that's not how the movement started, right? >> no. >> it really was just a call to action. we know the movement began by ad busters. an anti-consumer movement. last july they said on september 17th we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy wall street for a few months. it's time for democracy, not
corporate okay rassy, we're doomed without it. there was no call to anarchy. no call to violence. >> sure. and that's when people take over an operation like th. that's what you've really seen is the sinister underside of this organization, of the occupy movement, is truly run by anarchists. they really want to take on -- you look at this film producer we have, you'd think it was a third world country. you wouldn't think it's downtown oakland or portland or denver, colorado. this is happening in yo cities. and that's what they're doing. they're coming in and they're destroying, they're confronting, and they want confrontation with the police. it's not that they're using it, it's not that it's a last resort. it's not the police are doing anything wrong. these people are taking the fight to the police. and that's the shocking part. >> but it really was the last resort, wasn't it? it started out as a peaceful movement and it didn't really turn into what we're looking at here until well into the movement. maybe by just a select few. >> well, no -- >> not the masses. >> you look at what they're doing and you're right. what they do is they use some of these well-meaning people as
a -- as a disguise, if you will, because if you can bring -- >> wait i just want to establish, just well-meaning people are the ones who started the movement. >> well, i don't know if those -- the ad busters guys are not gog to say well meaning. i'm going to say your average person who came to hat call to action are well-meaning. the understanding that they might be unemployed or put upon. they feel that their american dream is in jeopardy. i get that. there's a place in america for a center left populist movement, which is what they were trying to make the answer to the tea party movement and it's clearly not. >> let's look at the time line. because i really want to hone in on this. i want to really establish who started this. july 13 adbusters magazine calls for the september 17th peaceful protest. on september 9th, we are the 99% tumbler. september 17th the protests begin in zuccotti park. october 1th, protesters arrested. on october 5th, 39 organizations including labor unions join occupy wall street. 25,000 people march and there are mass arrests.
so the time line really starts rather peacefully. >> it does. i don't say that it doesn't. what i'm saying is, that the -- that the insidious nature of this, and really, you know, within our film, we have undercover cameras inside of our film, that show these people are organized by the unions and they're paid by the unions to attend these rallies, too. it's a little bit disingenuous for everybody to think that they're just peaceful demonstrators who show up for no reason. >> the movie trailer compares tea party coverage with that of the occupy movement. the tea party has been accused of racism, inciting violence. take a look at some of the signs from the tea party rallies as well here. do you think that it's really fair to judge a group based on its worst members? >> first of all, comparing the tea party to the occupy wall street movement is just not sensible. there's no comparison. when the tea party movement has a single person who shows up with some crazy t-shirt or a button on, they self-police themselves or kick them out. or the media picks on them and
make them the face of the organization. that's ridiculous. the occupy movement, there's nowhere in the tea party movement are they destroying american cities, running rampage over the police department and confronting the police. it's not even close. >> unfortunately we've run out of time. i could talk to you for hours. david bossie, president of citizens united producer of "occupy unmasked." 45 minutes after the hour right now. want to get you up to speed on all the top stories. anti-western anger flaring again in pakistan, two movie theaters in peshawar were set on fire in protest against an anti-islam film and a french cartoon depiction of the prophet muhammad. one person died and more than two dozen people were injured. the fear of new violence has caused several u.s. embassies to close. president obama pulling ahead of mitt romney in three critical swing states. in wisconsin, of course, paul ryan's home state the latest nbc/"wall street journal"/marist poll has the president five points ahead among likely voters, 50-4r5%.
the same story in colorado where the president outpolling 50% to 45% and the lead in iowa even bigger, likely voters in the hawkeye state favoring the president by eight points, 50% to 42%. >> and john you know the wait is over for millions of fans of apple's latest version of the wildly popular iphone that hits store shelves today. look at the crowd. customers waited outside apple stores in all kinds of weather with some of them camping out for days. the company says it took in 2 million orders online for the latest version of the smartphone that's been bought by more than 244 million people since 2007. >> i feel so inadequate all of a sudden. >> i've got a blackberry. >> talk about inadequate. >> you don't have an iphone? >> i have one. it's hard to type on. it's hard to type. >> so what's going on on "starting point"? >> lots to tell you about this morning. we're going to cover these protests that are happening and growing in the mideast against the anti-islam film and the publication of those cartoons
mocking the prophet muhammad. everybody is very much on high alert this morning. buildings have been set on fire, at least one person has been killed. we're going to bring you a live report from islamabad and pakistan. also from the fast track to the mommy track, a former deutsche banc vice president says the company stalled her career because she became a mom. we'll tell you how she claimed the bank is discriminating against her, fired her. she's got a lawsuit. one an academy award when he won a ugandan dictator. but forest whitaker is all about peace. we'll talk about his new movie called "the butler" and how today he's making a big announcement about world peace. that and much more in about 13 minutes. >> sounds very, very cool. you have a movie star and i've got one, too. rocky likes sports tribe. there is a brand-new movie about what happens when one's dreams don't exactly pan out the way you think they're going to. sarah megan thomas here to talk about back wards. a great movie coming up. with the fidelity stock screener,
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the whole country watched as america won the most medals at the olympics in london but for every athlete who gets a moment on the biggest stage, there are hundreds who come up just short. and this is the subject of a new movie out today called "backwards" about a woman who is forced to really let go of her olympic dream and get a second start on life. >> i just started morning practices. >> you heard correctly. >> do they think that's necessary? >> excuse me? >> i mean you're only in high school, abby. you remember what that's like. >> uh-huh. >> so ease up on them. >> i was under the impression you wanted them to win. >> i do.
but they're not used to the kind of training you are. >> they're training. >> i know that. >> they're great. >> it's not the olympics. >> the guy is james van der beek. you'll recognize him from "dawson's creek." the actress sarah megan thomas. she was the star, the writer, producer. i think you also did the catering. she joins me here now. this is a different kind of sports movie. and i love sports movies. but this one is as much about failure as success. >> yeah, absolutely. i wanted to tell a different sports more very where you don't make it. you often see people in sports films win that big race and this is a story about someone who is a number one alternate so ultimately she sits on the side lines. >> you did row crew in high school and college. >> yes. >> this more about someone not you. >> not not all. i wanted to make a mainstream story about what happens when your big dreams don't work out, whether it's rowing or basketball or acting. i think it's a story line people can relate to. >> you were, as we said, the writer, the star, the producer,
the everything on this. >> yeah. >> you've been working on this almost exclusively for years. >> yeah, two years. >> now that it's out what do you do? >> sleep! yeah, you know, now we're promoting it, come out today, all the information is at backwards movie dotcom. and then i'll be working on my next scripts. >> the title "backwards" is so cool. >> thank you. >> because when people row, what direction do they go? >> backwards. and they win backwards. >> in life this character in the film also seemingly went. >> yeah, yeah. it's really about a woman who, when she takes a coaching job, to her, that's like degrading, because she's an olympic level athlete. so she thinks she's moving backwards but ultimately she rediscovers her life and is really moving forwards in a positive manner. >> is that an important lesson you think? >> i think so. it's really hard to find that balance. she makes a big choice at the end of this film and some people will agree with it and some people won't. but the point is balancing life with sports. >> you were a big high school star, big college athlete, and
the big anniversary of title ix this year. we don't see a lot of women's sports movies. >> no. and that's really one of the reasons i made it. there are so many women athletes out there. it is an underserved demographic. women athletes are wonderful. >> you had some olympians at the movie. >> yes! they brought their medals. they are so tall. i mean i'm in heels, i'm six feet tall with heels and they towered in flats and they really loved the movie and said how genuine it was to their experiences. and to me that meant the world. >> can i ask you to give me one moment of honesty. i have a lot of friends in row crew. there's nothing fun about it, is there? >> no. yeah, no, there is, that one moment when you're moving to the all as one there's a good one-second of fun. >> i think you're lying. but the movie is fantastic. >> thank you so much. >> sarah megan thomas. the film is "backwards." it's really worth seeing. thanks so much >> thank you. >> today, best advice coming up from rapper t.i. you'll want to see this. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight.
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