CNN has taken a lot of drubbing lately, but the environmental disaster in the gulf is just the kind of national emergency where the network has defined itself in its 30-plus years. It reminds you why their middle of the road strategy makes sense, even if their competitors are thriving by investing in partisanship. See here.
To that end, Larry King, rumored to be on his way to retirement, nevertheless is jumping into the public service aspect of the spill and has rounded up a cast of celebrities to raise money for spill clean up. Titled “Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help,” the two hour special will be shown from 8 to 10 pm ET on Monday and will feature Justin Bieber, Ted Danson, Cameron Diaz, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Ian Somerhalder, Sting, Melania and Ivanka Trump and Pete Wentz. Ryan Seacrest will host an online Social Suite, and updates will come from Cooper, Soledad O’Brien, Kyra Phillips and Rob Marciano.
The event will raise money for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, which have been helping in the recovery efforts.