Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'
January 4th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'

Last night the Iowa caucuses kicked off the first contest of the 2012 election season. In the end, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beat late front-runner Rick Santorum by just eight votes in a contest that carried into the early hours of the morning. And while it was an intense night of election coverage, CNN’s all-star political team was still able to have a little fun while delivering the results.

CNN political team's all-nighter – As the results of the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses continued to trickle in well past midnight, sleep deprivation began to take its toll on the CNN political team. The all-night caucus coverage carried on though, overcoming technology issues and heckling contributors.

Exclusive news from Edith and Carolyn – With results still missing from one Iowa precinct two women called into CNN and stole the show by breaking the final results that would determine the winner of the Iowa caucuses. As the final votes came down to the wire, Iowa GOP officials Edith Pfeffer and Carolyn Tallett set the record straight and delivered the missing results from Clinton County, Iowa.

CNN After Dark: CNN's newest show? – As the post-election coverage continued into early morning hours, sometime around 3:30 a.m. ET, it began to evolve into an entirely new CNN show. Unofficially dubbed “CNN After Dark,” the show became a hit online, resulting in a #CNNAfterDark hashtag and even an unofficial twitter account: @CNNAfterDark.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    CNN After Dark;

    The time of night when all the filthy mouthed trolls come out on these blogs.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |

    lol i was up all night watch this it was funny

    January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anon Reader

    This has to be one of the of the most pathetic excuse for a presidential race our country has seen... but hey, I'm so glad the CNN cast is having fun! Wouldn't want to cramp their style with some actually hard hitting, critical journalism.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. A. Martin

      Do you realize how HARD it is to keep serious about this batch of candidates??

      Save the critcal review and journalistic integrity for the 'real' news. LOL

      January 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sorrum

      Ah man, give them a break!

      They were at it all night doing a great job and finally kinda lost it . It was all in good fun 🙂

      January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zephyr99

    Here's a newsflash for you. IMHO, Anderson Cooper's act is getting very tired.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You're tired of TV meat smokers?

      January 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Flick Board

    I stayed for the whole show. Fantastic. They were all getting punchy after 1am. Wolf kept his composure. Anderson was having fun making jabs and calling it CNN After Dark. Erin was trying to work the new flick board and tried to move a pie chart to the right with a flick. She got it on the third try. There were too many people there and the table with James Carville was getting rowdy and should have left. But i am glad I stayed when Wolf talked to the Iowa women to get the real count. It was priceless. Nicely done.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JoeSchmo2000

    This is great. If they keep it light-hearted and still informative, it could become a real break-out political commentary show, and having it on late/early in the morning you can do/say some stuff you can't normally do. I think it would be a good move by CNN. Humor and politics go hand and hand, especially with this republican race. It's just too much of a train wreck not to have fun with it.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Koobie

    While the call with the two ladies was great, CNN's biggest rival was already reporting there was an issue with a precinct in Clinton County and that it would swing votes in Romney's favor by 18 (which is exactly what happened). I'm not down with that station by any means, but trying to take credit for breaking the news about those 18 votes is inappropriate.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. zephyr99

    @Flick Board They're all 1 percenters. CNN is not exactly a hardship post.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flick Board

      Yes, but arent even the 1 percenters allowed to have fun also with almost meaningless election results?

      January 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe t

    A soldier with the twin towers tattoo on his neck gets cut off because he speaks out on the "war(s)".

    Oh dinosaur media...welcome to your end.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jumanji

    Anderson and the gang would get more ratings if they appeared off the cuff funny and witty. That's what the mainstream media needs, more relaxed hosts. For CNN After Dark, you need some smooth jazz music for the intro. Oooh, yea, baby.
    Anderson, keep the tight black t-shirt in handy.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken from FL

    So now the news is the news?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob

    Could those two Iowa dingbats have been any dumber? It was like having the Edith Bunker twins on the phone. They could barely add.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ted Halm

    Can't we get these chuckleheads off the air and reduce the size of my cable bill?? That's a lot of money to burn for this unprofessional display. One anchor and and commentator or 2 will do fine please.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    @ Rob
    You said it.
    Pathetic to see the kind of leadership we now produce. And yes it is us who vote them in.
    McCain endorses Romney , how's that for a laugh.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gary

    This is about the level of reporting Iowa diserves. This caucus could not be less important. Being first does not imply being right. Couple 100k white farmers are not going to determine the nominee. We have counties with larger populations than that entire state. I swear they cover this crap to sell commercials. Iowa is not news. It is infotainment.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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