September 9th, 2010
08:22 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

9:00 am ET - Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf talks to CNN replay - The imam behind plans for an Islamic center near New York’s ground zero talks to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on “Larry King Live”.  Repeats at 11:00 am ET and 1:00 pm ET.

10:30 am ET - Combating Islamophobia briefing - The Council on American-Islamic Relations holds a news conference to announce a major educational initiative in response to a Florida church’s plan to burn Qurans this weekend.

11:00 am ET - Colorado wildfire briefing - Colorado officials brief reporters on efforts to contain a wildfire that has consumed thousands of acres and dozens of structures.

12:45 pm ET - 'Chelsea's Law' signed into law -  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs legislation that increases penalties for certain sex offenses into law.

1:00 pm ET - White House briefing - The White House holds its daily briefing with reporters. Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

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  1. Rizalina Madkin

    I was very disappointed with Soledad O'Briens interview with the Iman. She seemed ill-prepared and asked the same questions over and over again, as if she had her own agenda. She appeared hostile. Larry King would have done a better job. Maybe she should just stick to her specials. Her interviews are hard to watch.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louise Swartz

      I am listening to a repeat of this program on Sunday and absolutely agree with you. She repeated questions over and over as to whether it was a bad idea to build the Muslim center where it was based upon "majority" of public opinion. She certaily seemed to have an agenda. I was very disappointed in her and in CNN.

      September 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Norm Williams

    The one thing Larry King learned decades ago, which Soledad O'Brien may never understand, is that the interview is about the guest... it's not about the interviewer. I would have preferred to have listened to the perspective of Iman Rauf on this vital issue, rather than Soledad's self promoting monologue. What a wasted opportunity to shed some desperately needed light upon a very contentious and confounding subject.

    September 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      I totally agree with your comment. Totally. Soledad O'Brien blew it as an interviewer. She conducted herself very unprofessionally, not up to sitting in that seat at all. She was offensive in her remarks, rude in her interview. The Imam interviewed as a man sincere in his pursuit of peace. She held on tight to her distrust and animosity as if she feared him.

      September 13, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Max

    I finally watched the interview last night, followed by Anderson Cooper 360. I had both Tivo'd. What was CNN thinking by having Soledad O'Brien interview this intelligent man? It was like watching a freshman journalist major trying to reach for a good grade on her class project. She was so conscious of what she was going to say next that she didn't listen respectfully to him. I honestly can't believe they didn't give this interview to one of their seasoned professionals who could have gone head to head in intelligence and engagement. Putting such a critical topic in the hands of O'Brien was a huge mistake that caused viewers like myself to feel uncomfortable watching it because she was so bad, rather than learning more about this sensitive issue. Then, after the interview, when Anderson Cooper asked her a simple question about what she thought of it, she flubbed that up too. It was embarrassing. She can not think or speak on her feet, and I hope, in the future, CNN realizes she is not in the same league as professionals like Fareed Zakaria. What a different, more thoughtful and intelligent interview that would have been! Please, keep her away from the important, live interviews and keep her doing specials where her work can staged and edited before it hits the viewing audience.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |