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for our viewers in the north american newsroom, pamela brown starts right now. hello, i'm pamela brown filling in for brooke baldwin on this friday. and right now, a church in new york city is being flooded with police officers, more than 25,000 cops are expected to show up to honor one of the nypd officers shot to death in his patrol car last weekend. the police officers were killed in cold blood by a man who vowed revenge for the deaths of eric garner and michael brown on his instagram. officer ramos's funeral is tomorrow. today, a moving moment as his casket arrived, a solemn procession flanked by police officers, and here is part of that moment.
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>> the flag that you saw right there draped over the coffin, the green is the official flag of the nypd. the details of liu's service have not been updated yet, but today his wife of just two months attended an emotional
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news conference where they got a donation to pay off their mortgages. >> you and i can go to bed, our children can go to bed, our parents can go to bed safe because this family and the ramos family sacrificed their son, their husband, the breadwinner of the family. so i'm making a contribution specifically in addition to the other contributions of $20,000. >> i'm going to go live now to alexander field, who is standing right outside the church. alexandra, a very somber day there. set the scene for us. >> reporter: pamela, i think you can see just behind me that they have just opened the doors to this church and there's just a very long line of officers who are filing in. they're coming by the dozens and we've been seeing them out here for the last couple of hours lined up by the hundreds waiting
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for this moment, waiting to come inside and pay respects and to pay a final tribute. we do know that rafael ramos's family is inside the church. we didn't see them come through the front doors, but they were brought in and they are receiving so many people now. just mourners in this community and fellow comrades in the nypd and from different police departments across the country. the image, seeing all of these officers here to pay tribute. many of their heads lowered. many of them reflecting on just what a somber moment this is. it's truly a powerful moment. you rarely see something like this. you hope not to see this kind of thing happen. but this is a moment where so many officers are coming together to pay respects to one of their own. this is happening at officer ramos's home church. this is a church that he belonged to for the past 14 years. we're told that he was deeply involved in the work of this church and in this community. a man of tremendous faith. inside right now, his wife and his two young sons grieving their loss. >> amazing to see just the crowd there behind you.
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it really is a brotherhood. we know about 25,000 cops are expected to attend ramos's funeral tomorrow. can you tell us what we can expect at that? >> reporter: 25,000 officers. we're told to expect some 30,000 people altogether will be out here in these streets tomorrow morning for this final sendoff for officer ramos. we know among them, there will certainly be a number of dignitaries. we know that mayor bill de blasio is coming. we also know that the new york city police commissioner will be here as well. so you will see a lot of faces, you'll recognize a lot of people who want to stand here in solidarity despite the tension that we have seen unfold in the past week between the mayor and the police union. the mayor has made it very clear that he'll be here to support the family. he has spent a great deal of time with them in the last week, meeting with them, lending their support. we also know that jetblue airlines has made an offer to bring in a number of officers around the country and we're told that some 670 officers who live in cities along their route will be flown in so they can stand here tomorrow, so that
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they can be a part of this final farewell for officer rafael ramos. >> as you say, in a showing of solidarity. alexandra field, thank you very much. the city of new york still mourning the loss of these two officer, murdered by a lone gunman nearly a week ago. new york's police department keeping the peace while also keeping a watchful eye. wary of the potential for more acts of violence. this as investigators look into online threats against police. cnn's miguel marquez is in new york with more. >> reporter: this neighborhood in queens is already being blanketed in blue. nypd preparing for 25,000 police officers to show up to this funeral. this as nypd is on alert for more threats. nypd in mourning, and on heightened alert. >> any statement suggesting violence towards the police need to be reported to the police so we can stop future tragedies. >> reporter: seven people arrested in connection with making threats against nypd. three arrested for posting
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threats on social media. two for making false 911 calls. two others arrested. one for making threats against 104th precinct in queens. the other against the 84th precinct in brooklyn, where the two assassinated officers worked. officer rafael ramos's family came to the 84th predict wednesday. his eldest son justin calling his father a hero, said "i'm going to miss his loving presence and i can't begin to fathom what life is going to be like without him." the memorial to the two officers growing in proportion to the sorrow felt citywide. police have come, sometimes alone, others in groups. all in a show of respect. their grief unmistakable. and jetblue airlines saying that they are going to bring 600 police officers from different departments around the country to this area. businesses across the city also stepping up, raising tens of thousands of dollars for both
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families. the next few days will be very emotional, not only for nypd, but for the city. pamela? >> miguel marquez, thank you very much for that. let's talk about these threats with tom fuentes, a cnn law enforcement analyst and former assistant director of the fbi. and john matthews, former dallas police officer and author of "mass shootings: six steps of survival." i want to start with you here, john. you say you've seen a surge of threats against police officer. in your view, when did the rise start and why? what's behind this? >> not only have we seen a surge in threats against officers, we've seen a surge in ambush attacks against officers. for the last four or five years, those numbers have been increasing at a disturbing rate. this year alone, through the first three quarters of 2014, the ambush death of police officers in the line of duty was the leading cause of firearms related death. that's very, very disturbing. we're losing officers, officers being attacked and murdered
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eating lunch, sitting in their squad car and responding to calls for service, and unfortunately, it looks like the fourth quarter of 2014, ambush attacks are going to be the leading cause of firearms related deaths. that's very disturbing to us in law enforcement. >> and tom, i know before you were with the fbi, you were a street cop. you worked the streets. so you have a lot of experience in that field. have you ever seen an anti-police sentiment as strong as this in your experience? >> no, pamela. when i was an officer in the '70s, there was a great deal of anti-police, anti-military sentiment in the u.s. it was the height of the vietnam war protests, and we were called pigs, so there was a lot of that. but i think that the ambush and targeting of police officers, as mentioned, is at an all-time high and we didn't have that before. >> and we know what the two officers, two nypd officers that were killed, they were just sitting in their car. so with these type of attacks on the rise, john, what can cops do to protect themselves?
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>> well, we've got to stay more vigilant. we have to know that it's not just responding to calls for service anymore. usually when you get a call from that police dispatcher, it kind of ups your adrenaline level. you're on high alert, and you're paying attention to everything. but now any time you don that uniform, you put that badge on your chest, you go out there to serve the public, you've got to know that you could be a potential target. so like i said, whether you're eating in a restaurant, just having lunch or sitting with your partner in the squad car, you've got to constantly be aware of your surroundings, work with your partners to watch the people around you, and we've got to stay vigilant to keep alive, to serve the public. >> and in some ways, what happened with these nypd officers is a bit of a wake-up call, it seems, because tom, there are projected to be 30,000 cops at the funerals of these two officers this weekend. the sad reality, tom, is that cops are killed every year. in fact, one was just killed recently in florida. so why do you think this in particular has struck such a
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chord with these officers? >> i think this one in particular, because lately, we've had such a high level of anti-police. i mean, the protests themselves all over the country are basically critical of law enforcement actions and the decisions that police officers make every day. and in this case, you have an individual who says, "i'm going to put wings on pigs." i'm going to go kill police officers. so this is not an encounter with a person that's under the influence of alcohol or drugs or mentally unstable. this is an individual who absolutely said, i'm going to go kill police officers, and did it. and you're right in mentioning a story, on average, more than one officer per week in this country is killed in the line of duty. the officer killed in tarpin springs, florida, charles conduct, was killed 12 hours after officers ramos and lui were killed in new york city. and ironically, he's a former nypd officer for five years who then became a police officer in florida. so these police killings will go
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on and on and on, they have, and they're going to continue in the future. and the police just generally feel like, look, we've been telling you what we're doing is dangerous and difficult. and it's bad enough we have isis that wants to come attack us with hatchets on the street corner, or like they've done in other countries. to have regular people, regular americans do it, just raises it to a new level. >> and john, i want to go to you now, because you see all of these cops lining up to go into the wake of rafael ramos. and you wonder, what goes through their minds when something like this happened, what happened to these two nypd officers. are they thinking that could be me? >> i think you always think that. you go on the street, and you think that could be me. you think about your family, your wife, your children. you think about serving the public out there. i think what the officers are thinking about in this service, number one is honoring the memory of these two fallen
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officers. they want to show their loyalty and their support for the ultimate sacrifice that these officers made. and i think they want to assist the families in any way possible, providing any type of a emotional support for these families. it's terrible during the holiday season to lose a family member, to lose an officer and to have him killed in the line of duty. these officers are really taking this seriously, and pamela, we've lost 124 officers so far this year. >> wow. that puts it into perspective. thank you so much, tom fuentes and john matthews. we appreciate it. >> thank you. and coming up right here in "newsroom," as we round out 2014, we're taking a look at some of the political highlights and low points president obama faced, and we're going to look at what's to come. also ahead, "the interview" is out and the reviews are pouring in. for the most part, not so good. we're turning a critical eye to the stoner comedy up next.
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but first -- a special look at president obama's special initiative that examines the human brain. >> president obama announced the brain initiative in 2013. it's an effort to show how the britney's neurocircuits work together in realtime. >> it won't be easy, but think about what we could do once we do crack this code. >> is it more difficult to map the brain than it was to map the human genome, which took about initially ten or 15 years? >> it will take a lot of time. realize that the human genome project only talked about maybe 20,000 genes or so that governed the human body. neurons. each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons. that's as many stars as there are in the milky way galaxy. so it will take time.
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it's a movie that's gotten more publicity than most oscar winners. i'm talking about "the interview." according to the piracy blog, it's been illegally downloaded more than 750,000 times. so, what are people seeing? it's not all laughs. here's a quick taste of "the interview." take a look. >> when you think of all that your country has been through, the wars, the floods, do you think that your people should be rewarded for their resilience and strength? >> of course, dave. >> then why don't you feed them? >> many movie goers say atte attending a screening was a way of fulfilling their constitutional duty. it might be the theater owners who are really the patriotic heavyweights. in a cnn op-ed, the presidential historian writes, when history looks back on the whole sony versus north korea tempest of
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recent weeks, the true heroes will be america's independent cinema owners. douglas brinkley is here to talk about "the interview" and the op-ed he wrote. thanks for being here with us. i did read your op-ed. i found it very interesting, especially the fact that you're normally on the show talking about your role as a presidential historian. but i'm curious to know about "the interview", why that stirred you enough to write that op-ed today. >> well, i was actually on with cnn with wolf blitzer when president obama had his last press conference. and it was dominated by the president criticizing sony. at that moment, it became part of the annals of american h history in a very real, tangible way. how everybody's shucking responsibility and ducking and shuffling things around, that these independent cinema companies of america, mom and pop operations stood up and said, we'll run it. and it became in many ways a
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freedom of expression issue in "the interview," which is a slapstick comedy, kind of a b-grade film. but now it's beginning to be remembered forever as a moment of who stood tall against censorship. >> in your op-ed, you have a very vivid description, not only of your experience going to the theater, watching the movie, but also of the theater owner. tell us about that. tell us about that experience. >> well, austin, texas, is becoming a film hub. we had great directors that live here. the alamo really draws the community together. i went to the alamo draft house downtown, and there was just a crowd of people coming in, and everybody was in a i love america mode. the owner handed out little mini american flags to everybody. lee greenwood, a video of him singing at a baseball game on fox sports was beamed in, and karaoke style patriotic was in the mix as free beers were being
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handed out. and you realize that in america, particularly in a weird city that still has that austin weird thing, that this became a cause celebre on christmas day. >> that's nwhat do you think of these people that say it's their p patriotic duty? >> it reminds me of how desperate americans are to feel like they meter, that they can make a difference. in this case, some people feel, how dare a dictator, or dictatorship like north korea try to tell america what our pop culture standards should be. so i'm proud of people that not just went to the movie, that are downloading it, that are standing by sony for allowing the release right now. i think we get into a very slippery terrain if we start allowing a country like north korea or anybody telling us what we can and can't watch. in my mind, it's a triumph for
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the art houses in america that aren't the big multiplex cinemas, but people that show indie films all the time and take risk by bringing and exposing americans to different kinds of cinema from around the world. >> yeah, we spoke to an independent theater owner yesterday and he was very excited and said the little guys won this time. douglas brinkley, thank you very much. we appreciate it. coming up right here in "newsroom," 2014 was a year of big wins and losses for president obama. ron brownstein joins me next to break it down for us. later, we'll take a look at some of the hits and misses in the entertainment world. there were a lot of those. stay with us. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] approaching medicare eligibility?
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and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle slammed his move to reestablish diplomatic relations with cuba. still, obama ends the year with his highest approval rating in 20 months. and the most recent cnn orc poll, 48% of those surveyed approved of a job that he's doing. so let's talk about this. cnn senior political analyst ron brownsteen joins me now from washington. always fun to go back and look at the president's year and see the wins and the losses. can't wait to hear your perspective on this, ron. so let's talk about president obama's best moment of 2014. what do you think it was? >> i think the best moments of 2014 really came after the lowest moments. i mean, really, all the best moments were after the 2014 election, which was the culmination of a lot of bad things that happened through the first 11 months of the year. i think the best moments were both the unilateral action on immigration and the decision to reestablish normalized relations with cuba, body of which embodied his determination to press executive power to its
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limits to make an impact in his final two years. and they came contemporaneously with his other best moment, the november jobs report, with over 300,000 jobs created. six times more jobs created in the obama presidency as during the entire two terms of george w. bush. that shows you the opportunity that a rising economy makes. and that's a critical variable for democrats. >> the obvious next question, what do you think the weakest moment of the year was for the president? >> there are a lot of competitors for that weakest moment of the year, but they all really revolve around the same theme, the sense that events were spinning out of control through much of 2014, whether it was the initial reaction to the ebola virus in the u.s., the v.a. scandal, the unaccompanied minors, the invasion of ukraine. but i think on that list, the low point was the upsurge of isis in iraq and syria. both the fall of mosul and the beheading of three americans. i think that was i think the lowest point for the president.
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the deepest sense that he was not in control of events and not reacting strongly enough. to some extent, they can point to a more positive story that was reflected in the approval rating that you cited in that december poll. >> right. i was beginning to ask you about what you thought was behind that. and you could actually -- in the president's press conference, the end of the year press conference, you could sense that he was more up beat. so let's talk about the fact that we have -- president obama will be a lame duck president. we're probably going to see gridlock in congress. i think that's safe to say. what do you think he's going to be able to accomplish next year? >> i think the cuba and the immigration decisions really are the marker of where this is going. that the president has very minimal expectations of what he can get done with congress. maybe something on trade. maybe something on tax reform. by and large, he's going to try to make his mark through i think unilateral executive action wherever he can. we also have the climate regulations, which are historic. dealing with carbon emissions from existing power plants that are moving forward.
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i think on guantanamo, on criminal justice, there are a number of other areas where i think he is going to try to push the envelope and essentially dare republicans in congress to try to stop him. ultimately, the courts may be a bigger threat, but one important thing about all of that, that is not only shaping his legacy, it is in a very concrete way shaping the 2015 battlefield, because when you look through the big unilateral steps that he has been taking, hillary clinton has quickly endorsed all of them. the leading republicans are opposing them. he is setting in many ways the issue agenda for 2016 even today. >> i can't let you go before i ask you what you think the best, the worst moments were inside of the beltway this past year. >> well, i think the best moment, the bar has really been lowered. the best moment was the fact that they were able to agree on a funding of the federal government for everything except the department of homeland security through next september, so we don't have to worry about a government shutdown in the near term. i think the worst moment inside the beltway was some of the rhetoric that surrounded that
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very difficult issue of this surge of unaccompanied minors across the texas border in the summer. whatever else was going on, these were children that were coming to the u.s., and i thought some of the rhetoric around that got i think out of proportion and really out of control. >> what a year it has been. ron brownsteen, thank you very much for summing it all up for us. we appreciate it. coming up, a coalition pilot captured by the terror group isis after his plane went down over syria. his family now pleading for his release. that's next. but there are no branches? 24/7 it's just i'm a little reluctant to try new things. what's wrong with trying new things? feel that in your muscles? yeah... i do... try a new way to bank, where no branches equals great rates. hey guys...guys! pillsbury cinnamon rolls, with cinnabon cinnamon, are an irresistable sunday morning idea. nothing calls them to the table faster.
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it is now day three. a coalition pilot from jordan is still in the hands of isis militants. he was captured wednesday when his plane went down during a mission over the self-proclaimed isis capital of raqqah in syria. his father is pleading with them to show mercy on his son and release him. >> translator: he is now in the hands of iz slamic state fighte. i call him a guest. he is a guest among brothers of ours in syria's islamic state. i asked them in the name of god
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and i ask for the dignity of the prophet muhammad, peace be upon him, to receive him as a guest and treat him well. >> and now jordanian government officials have warned of dire consequences to the militants if they harm the captured pilot. let's bring in cnn pentagon correspondent barbara star, who has been following this story for us. first off, what's the latest from the u.s. military? >> well, still, what we are waiting for is for someone to publicly say why the plane went down. the pilot had to eject. so clearly, something catastrophic happened. the u.s. military and the jordanians saying it was not shot down, but something caused the pilot to eject. it had mechanical trouble? was there some sort of onboard trouble? we don't know. that's what we're waiting to hear. it's going to be critical to find out what happened to this f-16, because so many countries around the world fly them, and they are flown in combat. pam? >> it was interesting. we spoke earlier, barbara, you said that the u.s. military -- they were unusually adamant that
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this plane was not brought down with isis. how are they so sure? >> well, we don't know the answer, but there's some logical things we can think of. you know, did the pilot perhaps make a may day call? and if he did, and we don't know, did he say that he was having some sort of mechanical trouble? and that he was going to have to bail out? the command centers that monitor all these combat missions, they get all the radar information back. they see the full picture. did they see something that tells them what happened to the plane? and since we don't know, there may be very good intelligence reasons, we don't know why the coalition isn't saying yet. maybe they figure the less information isis has at this point, the better. >> yeah. no matter what brought the plane down, the reality is that right now, this fighter is in the hands of isis. let's talk about that. what are the chances that jordan will negotiate directly with isis? what might isis want out of this? money? a prisoner swap? what are you hearing? >> i think all of those things
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could theoretically be on the table. monitoring middle east press reports, we see a lot of press reports talking about some potential exchange, some swap that the jordanians might have people in their detention that isis wants back. but we really don't know. you know, isis has asked -- has talked ransom in the past. it's one of the ways they raise money. but what jordan would plan i think very much remains very close holed, and the jordan ya s -- jordanians are saying dire consequences if the pilot is harmed and the u.s. is saying it would support any efforts to recover the pilot. so perhaps also looking at whether there's some way they can go in there and get him out. but the reality is we don't know yet what options are really being looked at. >> do we have any sense when they say dire consequences of what those may be?
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>> i think it's everything we were just talking about. wherever there's a hostage situation for the u.s. military, for military forces around the world, it's pretty standard operating procedure. you start with looking at every option. every option that you can to get them back. but if you want to go in and get this pilot, you're going to have to have some extraordinary intelligence about exactly where isis is holding him, and what their security arrangements are around him, with no u.s. or coalition boots on the ground, that's going to be very tough to come by, pam. >> absolutely. barbara starr, thank you very much. we appreciate it. and up next, we're taking a look at the top moments in entertainment for the year, from the passing of some on screen legends, to celebrity scandals. we're wrapping up the best and the worst of 2014. that's next. stay with us. but aleve can last 12 hours. and aleve is proven to work better on pain than tylenol arthritis. so why am i still thinking about this? how are ya? good. aleve. proven better on pain.
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in doubt about it, 2014 will surely be remembered for a year full of wild and crazy stories that came out of hollywood, from celebrity weddings to red carpet scandals, the list of entertainment hits and misses just kept growing. so let's talk about this. joining me now to relive some of those moments, janell riley, and hollywood reporter senior film writer tatiana segal. thank you for being here with us. lots of hits and definitely a few misses along the way for some. so, tatiana, i'm going to start with you because you gave us your list of the top three
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entertainment hits. those include three movies. you loved "boyhood," "guardians of the galaxy," and "fault in our stars." and you have taylor swift's rising star and the box office wins for actress angelina jolie. so let's go to these movies. i have to admit, i have not seen any of those. so fill us in. why do you think those are hits? >> well, i think that you might not be in the demographic for "guardians of the galaxy," but it was a huge triumph because it was a movie that was best described as quirky and it made nearly 800 million dollars at the box office worldwide. it was a big gamble and it did extremely well. and then you have "fault in our stars" which is a movie that cost $12 million to make which is nothing by hollywood standards and it went on to make more than 300 million dolla$300. this is a movie almost entirely driven by teenage girls, and
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they really showed their strength at the box office. and then "boyhood" is a movie that -- you know, it took 12 years to make this movie. the director, he shot it over a 12-year period with the same cast. and it's sort of quietly becoming i think the frontrunner for the academy award for best picture. >> yeah, there's been so much buzz about that. and other movies. it's always fun to see the underdog come out on top. someone else who's come out on top, taylor swift. so you mentioned her in your list. how do you think she can top herself now? she's done so much already. >> you know, i think she -- like, if there was any doubt who is the biggest movie star in the world, she left nothing to be debated anymore. her album "1989" sold 1.3 million copies in its first week, which was the biggest single week number in more than 12 years. this is a time when album sales
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are in complete decline. so that was huge. she also made the bold decision not to allow the album to be streamed on spotify, which was very interesting because spotify is the fastest growing streaming service, but people have been very critical of how royalties are awarded. so she made that bold stance. the only reason i would give her any minuses for this year is for the movie "the giver." she had a small role in that and no one saw it. so her acting wasn't something that put her in the spotlight this year. >> right. but the singing certainly did. janell, we have not forgotten about you. i want to talk about your winning hits that you mentioned to us. first off, i think everyone at home probably heard of this. the als ice bucket challenge that stormed social media. and then, of course, the history-making moments at the oscars. and the creation of new media platforms like netflix. so let's talk about the ice bucket challenge. i did the ice bucket challenge. i know a lot of people did.
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it's amazing how much it caught on. at first, i had someone send it to me, i didn't know what they were talking about. then i looked it up, not only was it very popular, but it raised a lot of money. >> it raised a lot of money. i believe it was less than $3 million last year, and this year it raised something like $98 million. i know there are a lot of people that complained about the oversaturation of the als ice bucket challenge, but you cannot deny the impact that it had on raising awareness and the money it raised, and especially getting people like -- if you can win the als ice bucket challenge, i think benedict cumberbatch probably won by getting doused six times. patrick stewart had a wonderful video. everyone from tom hanks to stephen hawking himself. even my mother's heard of it. >> right. and that tells you something. if our parents have heard of it, i know my parents have, that tells you something there. let's talk about the oscars. there were memorable moments
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there, especially that infamous oscar selfie. think we can expect another social media surprise at the oscars next year? >> it's going to be hard to top that. i mean, a history-making year in several ways. you have the first best picture winner directed by a black man. tough first latino best director. only the second latino ever nominated for best director goes on to win for "gravity." and then, of course, the most retweeted photo of all time beating president obama's photo with, you know, all of hollywood's a-list celebrities in one photo. and liza minnelli peeking out from the top, poor thing. but, i retweeted it. i don't think i know anyone who didn't. it was a great moment. >> it really was. okay, let's talk about the misses. i want to go, tatiana, to you. to talk about the sony hacking, which i've been covering for several weeks now. the untimely deaths of robin williams and joan rivers. and bill cosby's sex assault
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scandal. the sony hacking scandal, tell us why that's on your list. >> i think it's got to be the biggest story of the year. >> sorry. >> that's okay. >> tatiana? >> yeah, i would say it is nothing short of insane. this is a story that's had more twists and intrigue than a telenovella. it is the subplots that have emerged. racially insensitive e-mails that were leaked. you know, 47,000 people's personal information was disseminated on the internet. that's horrible. and then you have the movie itself "the interview." it's been an absolute nightmare for sony. and something that is -- you know, the case is not closed. they said -- the fbi said it was north korea, but there's definitely a lot of skepticism about that at this point, and as we know, nothing happened yesterday when the movie
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screened, so, you know, not sure that this was the omovie that caused this hack. >> janell, you thought i was reading your list because you had some of the same misses on your list. also including the passing of several hollywood titans. of course, robin williams and others that have passed away this year. so talk to us about that. >> you lose legends every year, but, i mean, lauren bacall, mike nichols, james rivejoan rivers, garner. some were so unexpected and shocking. philip seymour hoffman and robin williams really seemed to come out of nowhere and caught a lot of people off guard. and still resonate. i was talking to someone last night who can't believe that robin williams is gone. all these months later, it's the cover of "people" magazine. we're still really struggling to accept it, i think. >> i think so many people were shocked about that, robin williams and others. thank you so much for coming on, we preernt it.
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-- appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thanks for having me. coming up right here on "newsroom," hackers targeted sony over "the interview," exposing embarrassing insider e-mails, and now gamers are dealing with a hack of their owow own. what the group taking credit is hoping to accomplish. we're going to tell you that after this break. for the volkswagen sign-then-drive event. for practically just your signature, you could drive home for the holidays in a german-engineered volkswagen. like the sporty, advanced new jetta... and the 2015 motor trend car of the year all-new golf. if you're wishing for a new volkswagen this season... just about all you need is a finely tuned... pen. hurry in to the sign then drive event and get a five-hundred dollar new year's bonus on select new volkswagen models. offer ends january 2nd.
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grinches that stole christmas gaming. lizard squad say they were responsible for a cyber attack that knocked both networks offline and prevented gamers from connecting with each other. sony said problems began christmas eve and neither network is fully back online. although the attack does appear to be over. dan simon has been covering this story. what is the latest and why do the hackers do this? what were they hoping to accomplish here? >> hi, pamela. they were saying they wanted to show the security holes in both microsoft and sony, and to that, we say mission accomplished. we can tell you it's obviously very frustrating when you get that brand-new president, that console, you hook it up on the tv and you find that it's not working properly. multiply that by millions of people and you have a lot of unhappy customers. we should point out that this was not a traditional hack in the sense that they didn't go
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into the servers and infiltrate them. this is what is called a ddos attack, a distribution denial of service attack. now, what is that? if you use the freeway analogy, somebody does something wrong and causes a backup on a freeway, a lot of congestion. apply that to online and that's what you have. they were essentially jamming the networks and forgetting people from using the internet smoothly. so that's what lizard squad did here apparently. at this point, we can tell you that microsoft seems to be up and running again. when you look at some of their twitter users, there seem to be fewer complaints coming from them. people try to use their new sony play stations, having a lot of trouble at this hour. >> so we're talking about sony's movie "the interview." there were a lot of people that downloaded it illegally. also, the obvious question, whether it's believed this hack on xbox and play station had anything to do with the movie.
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>> yeah, obviously a lot of speculation about that. we can tell you that there apparently is no connection whatsoever between what's going on with sony and the xbox, the play station, and the xbox, and the film "the interview." two entirely separate matters. but what we can tell you is after sony put that movie online, and you had people obviously pay for it with real money. you also had a lot of people download it illegally, and the latest numbers that we have, 750,000 people around the world downloading that movie from pirating sites. i think the question, though, that we also want to know is how many people actually paid the $6 rental fee or bought it for $15. and what those numbers show us, perhaps that may have hollywood rethink its distribution strategy. i know a lot of people would love to see movies come out online the same time as theaters. obviously you had extraordinary circumstances that allowed that to happen in this case.
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but a lot of people would pay good money to see that happen. you wonder whether that may happen in the future. >> a lot of people are wondering is this the wave of the future, to be able to watch online at the same time as the theater. dan simon, thank you very much. we appreciate it. up next, right here in "newsroom," the top ten trending moments of 2014. find out what topped the list up next. ♪
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it might seem like "the interview" was the only thing trending on twitter lately, but this year, perhaps more than any other year, has been defined by its hash tags on twitter, from bring back our girls, to yes all women. our brooke baldwin takes a look at the year in hash tags. >> social media's role in breaking news is undeniable, but sometimes it's the hash tags themselves that start a movement, whether serious or hilarious, so here are our top ten trending hash tags for the year 2014. >> alex from target.
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>> #alexfromtarget. >> alex from target. it was trending for days. no one could figure out why, including alex. >> my manager came up to me, and she showed me the actual picture. >> there was a text start-up firm that tried to claim responsible for how this picture went viral. no word yet as to whether or not this firm deserves the credit. number nine, remember the news conference where president obama was serious and talking about russia and isis, but really all anyone on twitter could talk about was his tan suit. number eight. do you remember back in may, 22-year-old elliot roger went on this killing spree near the university of santa barbara, california, blaming the cruelty of women. women responded on twitter, saying not all men turn romantic rejection into murder. women, yes all women, experience discrimination and harassment. number seven, pro-democracy protesters occupied hong kong's
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financial district for nearly two and a half months. their hopes, being able to freely choose their leader in 2017. the cause, known as the umbrella revolution, because all these demonstrators used umbrellas to try to protect themselves from the tear gas and pepper spray from police. number six, video of nfl star ray rice knocking his then fiancee unconscious in the elevator, which prompted the #whyistayed. >> it really showed not only that there are complex reasons why people stay, but that there are people out there who have lived this. >> number five, the 2014 world cup generated some massive 3 billion facebook interactions, and during that final match between germany and argentina, audiences tweeted more than 618,000 times per minute. number four. when boko haram militants kidnapped more than 200 teenage girls from that nigerian boarding school, many blamed the
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government for not doing enough to find them. their cries spread all over social media with t the #bringbackourgirls. who would have guessed dumping buckets of ice water on people's heads would have raised more than $100 million over the summer for als research? number two, a white cop shooting and killing an unarmed black teen was a local story in ferguson, missouri, until social media elevated it to a national stage. hash tags like #iammikebrown. and #iftheygunmedown trended, sparking nationwide protest after no charges were filed. and number one. after that ferguson decision, another grand jury decided not to indict nypd officer in the wake of eric garner's death. brown and garner's deaths inspired the #blacklivesmatter. a recent incident pushed the
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forward matter even more, after two police officers were assassinated by a gunman in new york city. people took to social media with the #alllivesmatter. you can catch the top ten of 2014 special with brooke baldwin on cnn, that's sunday evening at 6:30 eastern time. top of the hour now on this friday. i'm pamela brown. right now, as we speak, a wake is under way for new york police officer rafael ramos. the 40-year-old father of two was gunned down in his patrol car along with wenjian liu. a solemn procession flanked by nypd officers.


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