March 5, 2010
Posted: 1738 GMT

Hello everyone,

First of all, I'm wondering if I should be worried that I reacted with slight panic at the realization my desktop television wasn't working this morning.

My TV is my lifeline to broadcast news all over the world. It's the first thing I switch on when I come in every day.

Of course I immediately called "maintenance" or "facilities" – I'm not exactly sure what they're called at the CNN Center. I was told there was a "TV person" who deals only in television issues. After calling for help, I should have been reassured. Still, I kept staring longingly at a flat screen with the words "NO SIGNAL" blinking at me defiantly.

Meantime, I peeked at Executive Producer Ryan Cooper's screen here and there to get a sense of what was on our air.

I suppose if anyone should be addicted to TV, it's a television news anchor. Still, I'm not sure it's the healthiest of dependencies.

Anyway, back to the show. We have a packed rundown, as usual. We'll kick things off in Chile where our Sara Sidner will bring us the latest on the desperation of residents of several coastal cities in the earthquake zone.

We are also live in Iraq, for more on the last day of campaigning ahead of Sunday's crucial parliamentary vote.

We will take you live to Rome for what could be an explosive sex scandal at the very heart of the Vatican. There are allegations that Vatican insiders have been involved in a gay prostitution ring. Italian newspapers published transcripts of alleged phone conversations detailing sex for hire requests.

Plus, we are live in Istanbul for the latest on the Turkey-US diplomat row after the American Congress recommended passing a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was an act of genocide. The U.S. needs Turkey in the region for many of its military operations. Will the White House try to patch things up with Ankara? Ivan Watson will bring us the newest developments.

We will also go over the Oscar nominees ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards in Hollywood. One of the top contenders – "The Hurt Locker" – was directed by a woman, Katheryn Bigelow. As much as we like to say we've made huge strides in terms of gender equality in Western countries, it hasn't applied to Hollywood: only four women directors have ever been nominated for an Oscar. No woman has ever been awarded the best director Academy award.

Oh, by the way, my TV magically started working again. On its own. Maybe it was testing my commitment. Either way, I think I'll just read a book this week-end.

See you at the IDesk!


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nimitz benedicto   March 5th, 2010 6:09 pm ET

Iraq elections are really crucial. but the question is, whoever wins, what can they do to unite all for the common good?

The roman catholic priests/bishops/etc were always controversial from way way back. Hypocrites? Real events expose them for what they are.

What does the US congress gain from declaring genocide?

Well, anyway time to rest, refresh this weekend.

Have a nice weekend. watching the Oscars.

Ella   March 5th, 2010 7:48 pm ET


Belive me, I undrestand totaly your reaction when you realise that your TV wasn´t working. I would react at the same way but the difference is , you get panic because its an instrument that you work with an it´s a part of your job. But I get panic because I am a News addict!
But TV /News addiction is certainely not funniest and healthiest as sex addiction when I compares my addiction to someone like Tiger Woods!

Thot   March 5th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

I wonder if Iraqi People have a positive vision for their future? I don’t see it for this generation, and I wouldn’t blame them if they don’t see it either. Its difficult, with all that has been happening in Iraq, to see a thin light on end of the tunnel called peace.

"The Hurt Locker" was the only Oscar nominated film I was able to watch till now, and I thought it was a great film. Even if Avatar is a great film, there are lots of techs things involved, that makes me somehow skeptical about it. I admire techs but I'm more overwhelmed by a great script, a finer or original story telling (that means a great direction), beautiful cinematography and unique performances.

And speaking of “The Hurt Locker”, I'm curious how CNN correspondents, that know the Iraq conflict “with their hands” think of it?
You didn't mention actors but I do. 😉 Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep would be great winners. Besides I love Meryl winning speeches.
Meryl should change her name for Meryl Again. (a weak joke, I know). She must be in World Guinness of Records by now.
But she is a fabulous actress and delightful woman. No one makes stars like that anymore.

Muthyavan.   March 6th, 2010 11:43 am ET

Addictions related to work along with a crowded work schedule a person undergo changes the way you live when you reaches retirement age from active work. It happens usually to every body as it had happen to me ten years ago after working for forty years as a family bread winner. By that time I had two of my kids graduated in computer Engineering and working in the computer industry. My learning addictions at that time attracted me towards computer addiction and Internet browsing for many hours daily. Now I am addicted to living in an Internet addicted world.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 10th, 2010 9:43 am ET

It looks like the clear WINNER in the Iraqi Election is IRAN.

After removing the greatest enemy that Iran ever had, Saddam Hussein, it appears that America has handed Iraq to Iran on a silver platter. Recently several Big Oil corporations signed agreements and paid for major leases on numerous huge untapped oil fields in Iraq which appears to be the original reason why America attacked Iraq in the first place. Now that those Big Oil contracts are signed, its time for America to pull its troops out of Iraq.

Ironically, the original reason why the CIA overthrew the Democratically elected president of Iran in the early 1950's was because the Iranian parliament wanted to renegotiate its percentage on the Oil removed from its oil fields. At that time they were only receiving a mere 15%!!! Instead of negotiating a fair return, the CIA destroyed their entire Democratically elected government and installed the vicious dictatorship of Shah of Iran.

RAJIV(pintoo)   March 13th, 2010 8:12 pm ET

Halla,Hi Cricket season/ fastival here in India IPL series.Very enjoyable,managed professionaly & above all very funny like ha ha ha! You must watch few matches.Lot of material for a media person. Bye.

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