tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN June 3, 2013 8:00pm-9:01pm PDT
thank you for the work you do every day for your dedication, your leadership and for letting us all get the last laugh with you on the "ridiculist." anderson? >> thank you very much. everybody on the show, thank you very much. to all the viewers, thanks for watching. i appreciate all the nice birthday wishes i've been getting throughout the day. i do feel old, though. i feel old. 46. i don't know. it's getting up there. >> moving up in the world. you know, 46 is, what, the new 36? is that what they're saying? >> that's what people who are 46 say. but i don't think that's really true. >> you're doing fine. you look great. can you put the glasses on just once so our viewers can see you and me together? we'll get, on twitter, a little thing going, whose glasses look better, yours or mine. >> there we go. wolf, thank you so much.
appreciate it. that does it for us. see you again one hour from now, another edition of "360" at >> "outfront next," deadly tornadoes last week killed 18 people. >> at least 18 people killed in that storm in el reno, oklahoma, including three veteran storm >> and did michael douglas kbet throat cancer in the bedroom? good evening, everyone. we begin "outfront" tonight with this guy. >> are you some special forces guy or something? >> no, i'm just a book. >> oh, pi god, i'm going to die. >> no. okay. he's not really a cook.
he's action star stephen seagal beloved by russians and perhaps a kip delow mattic player for the united states there, too. i'm not joking around. here's why. six member congressional delegation just returned from russia and when they were there they met with russian parliament members and this is crucial, security officials in an effort to investigate who knew what when about the boston marathon bombings. so who's responsible for those crucial meetings with russian security? >> the emphasis is great and the emphasis probably did take it and set it. but i was -- i did request that that meeting occur. and i think i have a little something to do with it. >> so do we need celebrities to gain access to foreign officials and incredibly insecure zones? don't tell me you forgot about -- yeah, these two. dennis rodman and kim john un. william keating, massachusetts district includes parts of boston was on that trip with
seagal and joins us now on his first television interview since returning saturday. i know you were there. you had a chance to meet with a lot of people there in russia. i just want to ask you so people can understand how these things come about. it seems so strange right now with dennis rodman's role, stephen seagal's role, the republican from california praised seagal saying went out of his way to set up the meetings with high level officials in russia including the deputy prime minister. was stephen seagal integral in this trip? >> well, things can get hyperbolic quickly. one thing people should understand is these trips don't happen by accident. there's a lot of planning by the state department. there's a great deal of work. by the speaker's office. and there's a lot of work by on some of the trips. in this instance, there was enormous amount of work by the
state department setting this up. in my own committee staff was there prior to this, about two weeks before, helping to set it up and be on the ground. particularly from my home state of massachusetts, surrounding the issue of the tragedy in boston with the marathon bombing. >> and do you feel any frustration, sir? you know, obviously this is an issue of crucial national security for this country. and for you an emotional and personal one as well. that, you know, i know you say things can get hyperbolic. but that it seems that at least now you have literally celebrities who somehow are important in some of the most crucial relationships this country has whether it's stephen seagal or dennis rodman. i mean it seems a little frightening to regular americans that these people seem to be important and if not more important than our government and getting access. >> well, in the perspective of our own country, if you look at our own political campaigns and the involvement of different types of celebrities, it's a way of life now in our country and from my perspective, i was there for not the entire trip. but, you know, there is an
element of help by someone that knew contacts in the country does business there. but that's not to really take the side light from my perspective of what we learned that could be helpful in cooperation between two countries that are both expert on high intelligence issues, buying issues if you will, dealing with terrorist issues and how that can save lives. >> what did you learn? there are so many questions about what the russians really told the united states and security officials here, intelligence officials and whether if the united states, did they give us enough information that had we acted on it we could have prevented what happened in boston or not? >> i say. this i learned a lot of the specifics about march 4th letter that was sent from russia to the cia and the fbi. many that letter they talked about an operation they had where they were trying to work and see who is channeling the country who is going to be involved in terrorist activity
and was a page and a quarter letter. it is one that went on to detail tamerlan tsarnaev and the fact that they detailed his background specifically. they mentioned that they wanted to be aware, if was coming back into russia. he was in russia and the russians didn't even know it. so that was significant piece of information. i know that you can't go back with a crystal ball and say what would happen. i do know this. the director of counter-terrorism probably onest respected people in russia, they said if we have the level of cooperation, we already have since the boston bombing that that may have been averted. >> thank you to congressman keating. appreciate your time. the trial of a man suspected of carrying out the ft. hood massacre is set to begin this week. here is the things that going to shock you. he's been banking hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary
if we can carve out in sterms of anti-terrorist activity, share that information, it will clearly help both countries. it will also help, in europe. one of the things that we learned was tamerlan wanted to get involved in the mideast. wanted to go in palestine and be active there. >> right. >> and the fact that he couldn't master the language inhibited that. the other thing we are aware is trying to get a little more information on is, you know, why he left.
there was unofficial information we had prior to this that they call a supporter. a supporter is someone who brings people in to the terrorist groups. so there was significant activity that occurred had the russians known he was in russia at the time. had that been bridged with communication that could have been important. and i think knowing that, and having that surveillance and sharing it back when -- and if he ever did get back to the u.s. after that -- >> right. >> when he got back, he would have been under a great deal of scrutiny. my vantage point in all of this is one that looks at the terrible loss we had so close to home -- >> yes. >> over 200 people injured, four people have lost their lives. and i know there's a strong sentiment. we want to do everything going forward to try to save other
innocent people from injury and the last of life. >> still to come, the trial of a man's perspective to carrying out the ft. hood massacre. here's the thing that's ing to shock you. he's been banking hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary paid by you, in the meantime. and george zimmerman's team is forced to apologize for something they said about trayvon martin. michael douglas causes a stir for the reason he says he got throat cancer. he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills. ♪ yup. another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve.
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and he'll easily clear the $300,000 mark by the end of august. >> it is a tragic irony. >> this attorney is representing more than 100 victims or family members in a civil lawsuit against hassan and the government. he says because the government classified the attack as workplace violence and not terrorism, no soldiers are eligible for pushl hearts where the benefits that come with combat injuries. >> and you couple that with the fact that this person is drawing his salary while in prison. and you can imagine how the victims feel. it seems that it's just pouring salt on this very open and painful wound. >> but they clearly state no forfeit tour may extend to any pay or allowance before the date on which the sentence is approved. and the defense officials says the military is following its own law. it can't simply stop paying a soldier who is not been convicted. >> chris, i mean, i understand
you are reporting therement they can't do anything about it. but this seems to outrageous. paid for four years. is there anything the army can do to avoid paying him his full salary. >> there is no way for the military to just demote a major back down to captain or lieutenant. ironically, if this was a lesser offense, there are ways in which a commanding officer could say dock half a month's pay for a couple months. but that doesn't apply when you're being court-martialed for premeditated murder. ironically, the banks at least for a while did what the government couldn't. bank of america dropped hassan's account right after the shooting and for months and months after that, nearly a year, he could not find a bank willing to take his army deposits. it took about that long for his lawyer to set up a trust and write checks off that trust before he eventually filed an out of state bank that he was able to set up a new account with. erin? >> chris, all right.
thank you very much. that's pretty incredible. makes us all think twice about what the government should do or could do and the banks could actually get it done. and now to an apology from george zimmerman's defense team. and attorney for the man representing the man accused of shooting the teen, video from the cell phone showed him beating up a homeless man. that video is among evidence that defense attorney mark o'mara's office says they're going to use or are considering using at simmer man's trial. but as it turns out, o'mara says he got it wrong. the footage actually shows two homeless men fighting over a bike. obviously totally different than trayvon martin beating up a
homeless man. that is a pretty significant mistake. o'mara put out a statement saying although it was unintentional it is a concern to us because we are and have been committed to disputing misinformation in every aspect of this case not causing it. david mattingly has been following this case for us. he will all the way until the end. david, how significant is this development, this error? >> any time you ghet close to jury selection which starts next month, you have to be concerned with the credibility of the attorneys as well as the credibility of george zimmerman himself. so when you have the lead defense attorney coming out and saying i made this huge mistake, i'm apologizing for it, you have to wonder how it's going to be affecting potential jurors. also what's significant here, the public has never seen this. and it's possible we may never even see this in a court -- in the courtroom and the jury may not be able to see this at all. so at this moment, what it may say about the credibility of george zimmerman's defense team, that is what's most important as we go forward with jury dlection. >> and what is trayvon martin's family saying about this? i know that they've been fighting back against, you know, recent, you know, other things the defense is saying that have been very pejorative about trayvon martin. >> this has been an on going feud that went up a couple of
notches when the defense team released a lot of material from trayvon martin's cell phone showing unflattering pictures of him, suggesting that possible drug use, a fondness for guns, a fondness for fighting. so this has been going back and forth. and now with this apology that the defense attorney put out, there was an immediate response by the attorney benjamin crump representing trayvon martin's family. they're staying on message. they're saying that this was something that was, has been on going with the defense team, pointing out completely that trayvon martin was an unarmed teenager that night. so, again, staying on message that george zimmerman is the one responsible for this -- for this trial in the first place. >> and we just -- i'm curious, david. there has been this video that they had to apologize about the
homeless man came out. there's also been other revel lag revelations, are we going to keep hearing more dribs and drabs like this and one could be explosive? or do you think we basically know the evidence that they have at this point? >> well, we do have something coming tip end of this week. a hearing to determine whether or not expert testimony will be allowed from the prosecution regarding those 911 calls. what they were able to hear in the background. so that's going to be significant. that's going to be a fairly big fight. if that is allowed in as evidence, then the defense is going to say well we're going to need more time to come up with our own experts and possibly delay the trial some more. every point is going to be contentious. you know that everything is so polarizing about this case. it's going to be argued all the way to the bitter end. >> thank you very much, david mattingly. you're going to be covering that trial for us "outfront." still to come, a 10-year-old girl desperately needs a lung transplant. the government says it cannot
help. does it add up? plus, 18 people who were killed in last week's deadly tornadoes, three celebrated storm chasers are among them. one of their colleagues is going to come "outfront" to talk about what it was like inside the storm and whether these people were courting danger or truly victims. and what's going on behind the counter of your favorite fast food restaurant? we have the story behind what we feel is an extremely disturbing photo. our third story "outfront," a fight to save a young girl's life. big question tonight is whether the government can save it. her family says it can. they say the government can help the 10-year-old get the lung stransen transplant they she's to survive. government officials say, no, it's not that simple. jason carroll is "outfront" with the story. >> i lost two teeth. >> this new video capturing a tender moment with 10-year-old sarah mernahan in her hospital bed. >> let me see. >> sarah has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that attacks the lungs. she needs a transplants and has been waiting 18 months for her lungs to become available from another child. her parents say getting modified lungs from an adult would give her a fighting chance. but federal god lines prevent her from getting priority on the adult donor list. >> this isn't just about sarah. there is about all children. they are not being treated
fairly or equally. it's unjust. it's not within the constitution. my child's civil rights are violated. as all children are. >> they have hired an attorney and today sent a letter to health and human services secretary formerly requesting her to step if and help. this after she eemd the family last friday telling them she did not have the authority to change the guidelines writing, i know that this is not the answer you are hoping to receive. and i can't begin to imagine how difficult this situation is. my prayers are with you. >> we were devastated. now we're left with very few options to save sarah's life. >> he is has asked for a review of transplant policy but a change could take years. sarah's family says action needs to be taken now. as time for sarah is running out and she knows it. >> she followed up and asked us if i go to sleep, will i wake up tomorrow? as a parent, i mean, there's nothing more devastating to have a child look in your eyes and ask that type of question. she's very aware that this is a serious situation. >> despite her situation, sarah says she still has hope. >> did you know that everybody
sent in prayers for you? >> yes. >> what do you think of that? >> thank you for saying prayers. >> and, erin, pennsylvania lawmakers now weighing in on the issue. senator pat toomey from pennsylvania saying today he does believe that secretary sebelius does have the authority to change the guidelines. also senator bob casey from pennsylvania writing a letter to secretary sebelius asking for clarification on the current policy on lung allocation and whether or not it's unfair to children under the age of 12. many in the medical community say the story is another important reminder of how more organ donors are needed, not just for children but for adults as well. erin? >> thanks very much, jason carroll. the human face on something, you may think about and statistics.
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and welcome back. we start the second half of our show with stories where we focus on our reporting from the front lines. i want to begin with the white house which today announced new sanctions on iran's nuclear program. the target is now iran's currency. while this is a bold move by the administration, many say, experts say it's an effort to force calls for more division measures, forcing other countries to stop buying iranian order altogether. the biggest buyers of iranian crude oil continue to purchase it. the international atomic energy agency said today that inspectors have not been allowed in at iran's crucial nuclear site and that even if they were, the agency now says they wouldn't be able to find anything because iran cleaned up the area. >> cnn obtained exclusive
photographs of reeva steencamp, the late girlfriend of oscar pistorius. they show her transformation from a young woman to a professional model. they were taken eight years ago by a friend showing then 21-year-old reeva modelling for the camera. they were taken at the same beach where her parents recently scattered her ashes. here is a mour mature reeva in photos she commissioned for an unidentified special someone. they were taken just months before her death. the trial of pistorius, meanwhile, formally begins tomorrow. >> more and more of you are mac lovers. if you're a mac lover, you probably long touted your gadget as guess what i don't have to worry about viruses and spam. i'm an apple guy. a team of georgia tech searchers say they discovered how to hack into an iphone in less than a minute using a charger.
they were able to inject software into apple devices on the latest separating system and all users they tried this on were affected. they reached out to apple for a response. we haven't heard back yet. the researchers are going to present the findings at a conference later this month. "outfront," we learned that customers of lulu lechl on's loega pants, i never tried those thank goodness. because apparently they were rather here is in the rear. the company said in march they discovered a problem with an unacceptable level of shearness in the pants. i wonder what is an acceptable level of s hechlt aechlt rness. they now fixed the problem and bringing back luan to store shelves. they warned the pants which are 0% of all women's bottoms in the stores, that's a significant pant for them, they said the pants could affect the bottom line by $40 million. it has been 669 days since the u.s. lost the top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? stocks gained steam despite bad economic dat yachlt manufacturing contracted in may at the fastest pace in four years. construction spending dn the rise as much as economists thought. obviously negative news. and now our fourth story "outfront." deadly twisters. tonight authorities are scouring the river banks and piles of debris in oklahoma for six people who remain missing after last week's deadly storm system tore through the midwest of the united states. now the line of storms which spawned a number of tornadoes claimed 18 lives at least including three seasoned storm chasers. we want to emphasize that word seasoned. these are people who spent their careers doing this. scientific and normal way.
scientists who fearlessly pursued the storms to better understand and save lives. >> the ingredients are coming together for a pretty volatile day. >> a chilling prediction by tim samaras on msnbc just hours before he and his team were caught up in the middle of a deadly tornado. >> we're looking for the very special type of storm called a super cell. a super cell is a very violent storm that is capable of large hail and pretty destructive tornadoes. >> that call shortly after 2:00 p.m. central time. it will be four hours later at 6:10 local time when a powerful ef-3 tornado forms just west of oklahoma city.
it packed winds of up to 165 miles an hour. samaras, his 24-year-old son paul and carl young were tracking the tornado when it took a sharp and sudden turn to the north. the three men unable to escape the storm's fury. their mangled car was found in a ditch. other storm chasers on the road were just barely able to outrun the storm. >> get down! duck down! >> this suv owned by the weather channel was picked up and tossed from the road. >> everybody get down. >> a near death experience for mike bettes and his two colleagues. >> i'm getting picked up, you know, tumbling, being airborne. it was violent. it was rough. yeah, truly the scariest moment of my life. >> the family of tim samaras who always knew his job entailed so much risk, they're still stunned that his life could have ended this way.
>> i just could never think it would ever happen to him because of his level of expertise, years of being able -- doing this and safety in all of his training, everything else he's done. >> and "outfront" now is storm chaser dave holder, he was a colleague of tim samaras'. he's on the phone from denver. you spent time chasing storms with tim. what was he like doing his job? >> tim was one of the best in the field by far. he was somebody that everybody i had talked to in the storm chasing business admired and was very, very well respected. just, you know, when you list off a few of the best chasers that we know of, tim samaras is always on the top of the list. >> dave, a lot of people said, look, were these people just -- they have the image of storm chasers as well it's amateur people do it for fun. they court this danger and it's awful these things happen. but why are these people doing
this to begin with. tim was not that kind of person, right? he was out there trying to find a way to predict these things and save lives, right? >> right. the fact that people think of storm chasers as all just adrenaline junkies is definitely a misnomer. tim was one of the people throughout that was trying to collect the scientific data that enables us to really learn more about tornadoes as they're really hard to understand just by perspective. of course he had to get somewhat close to them to get data from them, to get the probes in the path. unfortunately, that, you know, it's just -- it kind of goes along with the whole business
and nature of trying to get data from these incredibly druktive tornadoes. >> and, tim, dave, i know you're a professional as tip was. but i wanted to just show a picture to our viewers to sort of bring home this point i want to make according to radar scope. i want to show you of the dots on the screen, each of these dots to our viewers represents a weather chaser. all right. each of those red dots represents a weather chaser in the area of last week's tornado. there are a lot of dots. weather producers say there could have been three to four more times chasers out there than the red dots show. the screen is littered with them. you know, dave, you know the storms. you don't want to interfere with traffic and you no he what they're doing. are there a lot more people throughout that are adrenaline junkies that don't though what they're doing and putting other people's lives at risk if not they're own by doing this? >> yeah. i think it's definitely something that's going to have to be addressed here in the very near future. obviously, there are storm chasers out there trying to collect data like tim was. you're doing a valuable asset to the community. however, i can tell you that it seems like the number of chasers has gone well up dramatically the past few years.
maybe because of the advent of new technology, like mobile internet and such. we are getting to a point where there are maybe too many chasers on the road. the fact that maybe if you want to go out there and see tornadoes that maybe, you know, you take a course to try to understand these go, to the tower companies, go to something where you're not contributing to the traffic on the road and making yourself, you know, kind of a hazard really. there were a lot of chasers. the other thing that was pretty crazy about that day is the number of local people out. i noticed a lot of people out even with their families. and this is something i've noticed on the rise as well. just people going out and trying to seat tornado. i think what happens is we have all the chasers out and then the addition of all the local people who want to come out and see the tornado, see, you know -- basically get if line with the other people. we just have this massive amount of traffic kind of circling around a tornado and, of course, when you have a tornado that is very violent and shifting
directions and the road network isn't the greatest and then you're going to get into big time trouble. >> yeah. >> so, yes, there are a lot of chasers. i think a lot of -- there are a lot of locals out there who -- this can't continue the way it has been. >> all right. hopefully what you're saying and these tragic deaths are something that will wake people up. families out, there is obviously a horrible thing to contemplate. disney says the theme parks are the happiest places on earth. but that happiness is costing you a lot more money. plus, did michael douglas blame a sex act for his throat cancer? we have the audio. and our outtake for night, china versus the jind panda. tonight's shoutout, gross behavior. we want to show you a photo on facebook.
we'll hold this up for a second. this is a taco bell employee, supposedly, licking taco shells. want to go taco bell anybody? no. taco bell is releasing a statement saying they are investigating the incident. they say it's a prank, at least they think so. and that taco shells were not served to customers. our shoutout goes to the internet for outing the bad behaior possibly found at america's restaurants. every second, somewhere in the world, lightning strikes... but we still play in the rain. poisonous snakes can be found in 49 of the 50 states, but we still go looking for adventure. a car can crash... a house can crumble... but we still drive... and love coming home. because i think deep down we know... all the bad things that can happen in life... they can't stop us from making our lives... good. ♪
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sad news out of the happiest place on earth tonight. i'm sorry to report, prices at disney's parks are going up again, even as the economy still struggles and disney world in florida announced adult admission to the magic kingdom is going to increase by $6 to $95 which is, i just find amazingly high. a single day ticket will go up to $92 from $87. the price changes are going into effect on sunday. and they're going to mean huge jumps for season passes. so basically if you want to visit a princess, you have to spend more like a prince. maybe not exactly like a prince which brings me to tonight's number, $20 million. that is the amount of money a saudi prince reportedly spent at disneyland paris last month. according to the reports, 21-year-old prince fad alsad and 60 of his closest friends, i
always imagine one of those guys, spent three days at the french resort to celebrate his college graduation. $20 million brought his drn brought him exclusive access to certain parts of the park, private show with what is being described as rare disney characters. what do you think, $20 million? disney world? all right. now let's reach to our sources around the world. time for outer circle. we want to go to turkey. this is amazing. this is the only story people there are talking about. the largest anti-government protest in a decade are spreading throughout the country. it localizes getting bigger or bigger. it all began friday with a handful of protesters holding it is ins against the prime minister. i've been watching and in istanbul covering this story. i asked him about the move today. >> erin, you can see the crowd
here is peaceful. it's gathered in the thousands. they've been here since saturday. after 36 hours of clashes with turkish riot police who were attacking any group of more than 50 people here with tear gas and water cannons. i saw an old lady get knocked over in front of the starbucks over here. and that's remarkable considering this is effectively the times square of istanbul, turkey's largest city. the riot police pulled back. the clashes have spread to other cities across this country. the battle of wills between demonstrators who really vented a lot of anger at the excess use of police force is against the turkish prime minister who's been elected to office over the course of the last decade. hasn't really helped matters because he keeps calling these demonstrators extremists and members of marginal groups. >> thanks very much to ivan.
very difficult issue. protest against islamist leader who is very clearly democratic will he elected with a mandate. let's check in with anderson cooper. hi, anderson. >> we're going to hear more from turkey and urgent warnings to night in colorado. the sheriff's office in jefferson county sending out a tweet to residents saying leave now. 100 homes at risk for fires burning there. wildfires in california as well. we'll have more on both of those blazes. also this, 50 days, 11 operations later, erica brannic
>> sure glad you didn't get too specific there, michael. this is a serious issue. is he saying his cancer was caused by hpv? human paploma virus? which can be cone tacted through oral sex. so did douglas do something that's going to change things and help public health? did he cross the line? did he cross the line? does he really know what caused it? "outfront" stephanie miller and reihan salaam. this is definitely a third rail topic but neither douglas nor his spokesperson is an expert. we don't know if anyone can know for certain if this is what caused his cancer. we wanted to talk to a doctor. we talked to an ear, nose and throat specialist in new york. here's what he said. >> well, i can't speak specifically to michael douglas but i can tell you that this is an epidemic and in fact, hpv virus, the same virus that has been responsible for cervical
cancer in women, is the main cause of throat cancer in young men between the ages of 35 and 65. so very well possible that his viral -- his tumor could have been caused by the hpv virus. >> so did he do something good here by talking about that? >> i actually do think he did something good. when you look at the number of hpv related cancers overall, actually, it's about 33% cervical cancer. it's actually over 37% oral cancer, the kind of cancer that michael douglas had. i actually think look at michael douglas' wife, who talked about her bipolar disorder in a very public way. that was another thing folks were very uncomfortable about but that's an area where she really raised awareness about a serious issue that affects a lot of families. i think that in this case as well, he's saying look, a lot of us think of hpv as something for women to worry about and not for men to worry about. that's a serious mistake. >> the only way you can get throat cancer from hpv is through that sexual act? >> look, i mean, there might be some other mechanism, i can't say that i'm really an expert -- >> you're saying it's more prevalent than cervical cancer and obviously, there's now a vaccine for girls to get on that. there's awareness on that side.
>> virtually everyone who is sexually active in this country is engaging in oral intercourse and so that's something people have got to know about. >> stephanie, what do you think? michael douglas, smart or over the line? >> let's just stipulate first of all there is no politically correct way to talk about this. maybe i'm a little cynical because i'm out here in hollywood. my first reaction was is he doing this because he's playing liberace and wants to remind us that he's straight and not having sex with matt damon? was it too much information for his wife, for us? i don't know. i think you bring up the point it's a little medically murky. i don't know. it could have been a cause. smoking and drinking could have been a cause. my first reaction as a woman was wow, thanks a lot, michael. thanks for putting that out there. honestly, when he said the cure, that's a little medically murky, isn't it? >> well, he also didn't say, i mean, obviously on a serious
level, he may not have any idea. i'm sure he has no idea from whom he contracted it. it would probably have been nice for his wife if he clarified. his ex-wife came out today and talked about it and was a little upset. >> yeah, well, one would think. i know some doctors said it could be many, many years ago. you're right, it's a subject area that i think it could be both. i think michael douglas is a great actor. i think this could be educational. but you're right, it's a little sort of oh, is this medically proven or is it one of the things that causes it and so i think -- >> let's be fair to michael douglas here. he was asked a question about whether or not it was smoking or drinking. he said no, actually it was this. he was having a very frank conversation. i don't think he was necessarily thinking this was going to be broadcast all over the world. i think he was trying to get at something that was true and i think the byproduct of it is that a lot of men might be more thoughtful about having safe sex and whether or not they ought to
think about hpv. if that's what happened, that's the outcome of this, it's very good news. good for michael douglas. >> that's true. if it does raise awareness, he will have had a real contribution. all right. thanks very much to both of you. we appreciate it. let us know what you think on this. whether you think it's something that will help save lives or not. still to come, a giant panda war. i want to make things more secure.
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