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MSNBC commentator Bob Franken spent 20 years at CNN

MSNBC commentator Bob Franken spent 20 years at CNN

What becomes a veteran newsman?  Emmy Award-winning veteran reporter and newspaper columnist Bob Franken joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for a look at his storied career and a conversation about the state of the news business, politics, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Election 2016.

Emmy® Award-winning reporter Robert E. “Bob” Franken has seen it all. In a career spanning 30 years plus, he’s been right there covering unfolding dramas, reporting on national political campaigns, international conflicts and major natural disasters. He has covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the President George W. Bush administration, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court and Congress, and he forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with extensive on-location reporting. An MSNBC commentator, during a 20-plus-year career at CNN, Franken served as the network’s Capitol Hill correspondent and as a Supreme Court and White House reporter. He covered breaking news, including the 9/11 attacks and countless presidential and congressional campaigns. Franken was recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame.

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Franken’s most memorable story? Well, we’ll have to ask him about that. And about that piquant wit of his that shows up in his syndicated column, Franken Sense. And maybe even about his cousin, Minnesota Senator Al Franken.

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What becomes a veteran newsman? A conversation with distinguished, legendary correspondent and columnist Bob Franken on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 15, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

a. scott bergPolitics was the subject of this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is also the Chair of the DNC visited the show along with authors of the political book of the season, “Double Down: Game Change 2012, ”Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and Pulitzer Prize winning biographer A. Scott Berg to talk about his new book: “Wilson.”

Up first was Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Lining up the interview was no small feat. As it happened, it began a half-hour late. Do listen in to hear why. I had to laugh. I was put on hold for a very good reason, and one I never thought in a million years I’d hear. Wasserman Schultz is a very busy woman, a subject which we talk about. She is the mother of three, a wife, a daughter, she heads the DNC, besides her congressional duties. We also talked about The Affordable Care Act, the Middle East, specifically President Obama’s commitment to Israel to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear state. Wasserman Schultz candidly discussed her battle with breast cancer and so much more. Have a listen. My take: There is no doubt that Rep. Wasserman Schultz’ heart is in the right place. I, for one, always view what party activists have to say with a grain of salt. By the way, the Congresswoman’s new book, “For the Next Generation” is a handbook of her ideology as well as a commitment to leave our nation’s children a more peaceful and accommodating world. “Debbie” is a tough cookie, to be sure, but one with a heart of gold.

Next up: The dynamic duo who made themselves famous with their runaway hit book on Election 2008: “Game Change,” the book turned into the film of the same name. They are out with their background investigation into Election 2012: “Double Down: Game Change 2012.”  Trust me, it doesn’t disappoint, and neither did they as guests on my show. Both Halperin and Heilemann were smart, informative, amusing, and played well with each other and well with me in the sandbox that is The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

As you all know, I’m a history buff, and so I couldn’t wait to talk with Pulitzer Prize winning biographer A. Scott Berg about his latest bio, this one of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. Scott didn’t disappoint. He is a wonderful conversationalist and not at all dry as one might think a man who writes about history is. In fact, he is a delicious writer, as well as wonderful historian, and that combination is evident in our interview. Woodrow Wilson is one of our forgotten presidents, and yet, the Democratic Party’s agenda as we know it today was essentially formulated by Wilson. Unfortunately, Woodrow Wilson was a son of the South, born just before the Civil War. What he learned in his early childhood affected his point of view on race relations as an adult. But if you forgive him his trespasses, Woodrow Wilson’s heart for the common man was unparalleled in his time, and his influence on FDR cannot be forgotten. Have a listen, and as you do imagine this: Warner Bros has acquired A. Scott Berg’s “Wilson” as a Leonardo DiCaprio Vehicle.Miami Book Fair


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