CNN announced this afternoon that it will be re-airing portions of its Broken Government series, this Friday at 2am ET…
CNN will air its successful series Broken Government, two Lou Dobbs’ specials and the CNN documentary “Immigrant Nation” back-to-back on Friday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (ET). Through five one-hour documentaries within the Broken Government series, CNN’s political team examined all the three branches of government and the challenges facing the two major political parties on the cusp of the pivotal midterm elections. Additionally, Dobbs explored the risks of electronic voting in a one-hour special report with correspondent Kitty Pilgrim and hosted a town hall meeting on the complex challenges of immigration for the United States.
The marathon is part of the network’s comprehensive “America Votes 2006” coverage and will include:
“Democracy at Risk: E-Voting’s Threat” at 7 p.m. Anchor Lou Dobbs and correspondent Kitty Pilgrim examine whether every vote will count in the mid-term elections. From voter fraud and voter ID legislation to systematic problems with electronic voting machines, the hour details how many Americans are not convinced their votes get counted.
“The Do Nothing Congress” at 8 p.m. CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry, a 10-year veteran reporter of Capitol Hill, portrays the paralysis brought on by partisanship, scandal and obsession over raising money for elections. This is a jarring insider’s look at Capitol Hill.
“Two Left Feet” at 9 p.m. Senior political correspondent Candy Crowley examines why Democratic candidates seem to have such a hard time getting elected. She explores the reasons why Democrats are perceived by many voters as out-of-touch “wimps” incapable of keeping America secure, and why they’re so often out-maneuvered by Republican opponents.
“Where the Right Went Wrong” at 10 p.m. CNN senior political analyst Jeff Greenfield looks at the GOP dilemma. With Republicans firmly in power, many of those most deeply committed to the conservative cause are enraged over out-of-control government spending, political pork, nation-building and the president’s more lenient approach to immigration.
“Power Play” at 11 p.m. Chief national correspondent John King reports on the Bush administration’s controversial efforts to wrest back executive authority stripped away by Congress in the years following Vietnam and Watergate.
“Judges on Trial” at 12 a.m. Following recent court battles over Terri Schiavo, gay marriage, abortion and voting rights, “activist judges” has become a hot political catch phrase. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explores whether the American judicial branch is really renegade and unaccountable or actually under the thumb of politicians and special interests. This special features rare exclusive interviews with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Stephen Breyer inside the Supreme Court.
“Broken Borders” on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1 a.m. A re-airing of the Dobb’s Oct. 25 town hall in San Antonio which examined illegal immigration from all angles and including voices from all sides. The special examines border security, the impact of illegal immigration on health care and public services and the action of employers who exploit illegal immigrants as a cheap source of labor.
“CNN Presents: Immigrant Nation” on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m. This documentary reveals the lives of four families on the frontlines of the growing debate over illegal immigration.
Each special in the Broken Government series features interviews with observers and power brokers inside and outside the Beltway, including members of Congress, grassroots activists, military personnel, religious leaders and political operatives. Terry Irving is the series’ supervising producer, and Sam Feist is the executive producer.
For the first airing of CNN’s Broken Government series and Lou Dobbs Tonight town halls, the specials posted ratings gains, on average, of 31 percent in total viewers and 51 percent in P25-54 compared to year-to-date averages in their time slots.