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CNN Anchor Admits Leaving Scene Of Accident (Oops!); Jack Cafferty Pleads Guilty
WNBC-TV New York ^ | 8.5.03

Posted on 08/05/2003 12:50:31 PM PDT by mhking

NEW YORK -- CNN anchor Jack Cafferty will pay a $250 fine and perform 70 hours of community service after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Cafferty had been charged with the traffic infraction, along with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, assault and harassment, after police said he knocked a man off a bike with his Cadillac on May 14.

A traffic officer and about five pedestrians ran after Cafferty's car to stop him after the accident, but Cafferty drove through at least two red lights and around other vehicles without stopping, according to a police complaint.

Cafferty was dragging the man's bike underneath his car, police said.

Cafferty later told police that he had seen a man on a bike who may have been a messenger weaving in and out of traffic as Cafferty drove south along Ninth Avenue around 10:25 a.m. When Cafferty looked in his mirror, he saw the man getting up off the ground but was unaware he had hit the bicyclist, the anchor told police.

The bicyclist, Billy Maldonado, told police he was slightly injured.

"This was never anything more than a traffic incident. It was resolved as a traffic infraction. Jack acted responsibly in this, as he always has," said Cafferty's attorney, Seth Rosenberg.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; cnn; hitandrun; jackcafferty; liveatfive; schadenfreude; suesimmonsismad

1 posted on 08/05/2003 12:50:32 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

2 posted on 08/05/2003 12:50:51 PM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
"Honey, what's that grinding sound coming from under the car?"

Gone with the Schwinn!
3 posted on 08/05/2003 12:52:55 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: mhking
A traffic officer and about five pedestrians ran after Cafferty's car to stop him after the accident, but Cafferty drove through at least two red lights and around other vehicles without stopping, according to a police complaint.

Jack acted responsibly in this, as he always has," said Cafferty's attorney, Seth Rosenberg.

Acting responsibly...lawyer style!

4 posted on 08/05/2003 12:56:14 PM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: mhking
Tell CNN your opinion

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/
5 posted on 08/05/2003 12:56:21 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: mhking
Who does he think he is? Ted Kennedy?
6 posted on 08/05/2003 12:56:49 PM PDT by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: mhking
This is off the subject, but the mention of CNN made me think of it.

I was calling Comcast to drop the premium movie channels from our subscription and the salesperson was trying to discourage my decision by mentioning that they now carry BBC News on Comcast digital cable. I told her that I thought that BBC was an a leftist, anti-American propaganda machine and that I was offended to have come into my home. I would like to encourage anyone else who has Comcast digital cable to call and complain about them carrying BBC. Maybe we can have it blocked.
7 posted on 08/05/2003 12:57:24 PM PDT by Eva
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To: mhking
Ted Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene, the minimum sentence of 20 days in jail was illegally suspended.

My Summer Vacation- The visit to Dike Bridge on Chappiquiddick Island, the crime scene.

8 posted on 08/05/2003 1:00:17 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Eva
Comcast is carrying BBC America on it's digital tier; it's being distributed to cable and satellite providers by Discovery.

The bulk of BBC America's programming is in the entertainment realm. They simulcast BBC News with BBC World (which isn't presently available in the US) in the early morning and at 6P ET.

BBC is currently trying to get BBC World in the US; that particular channel is currently available across most of the rest of the planet.

I'm no major fan of BBC's reporting style, but I'd certainly have them on my satellite system (gotta see what the "bad guys" are saying about us on an ongoing basis).

9 posted on 08/05/2003 1:03:18 PM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
$250 fine and perform 70 hours of community service

When you think about it, it pays to "run" instead of being popped for drunk driving. Someone should look at making the penalty higher for this.

10 posted on 08/05/2003 1:06:12 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: mhking
I find their attacks on Tony Blair to be both deceitful and offensive. It is nothing but a leftist propaganda machine.
11 posted on 08/05/2003 1:08:17 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva
I have comcast too and usually watch the BBC every night. I don't want it blocked. They can be very anti-American and when I get really offended, I do turn it off. But I want to see how the rest of the world views us. Plus, they report on areas of the world that I cannot get on any other channel. Many times, though, I find them even-handed, since this is for an American audience. IF Michel Husain is anchoring. She likes to rile her guests. So if they're lefties, as many of them are, she often takes the US side. I like that. When Katty Kay is on, that doesn't happen so much. But now, I'm seeing K. Kay when I turn on Brit Hume in the evening sometimes.
12 posted on 08/05/2003 1:09:45 PM PDT by twigs
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To: mhking
There went the last reason I watched CNN. Good going, Cafferty. Since you're not getting any jail time, and you should have, consider yourself lucky and get some help. You need it.
13 posted on 08/05/2003 1:10:24 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Timesink; Liz; Grampa Dave

Cry Havoc! and let slip the Pings of Schadenfreude!

14 posted on 08/05/2003 1:11:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: twigs
How can you believe anything that the station puts out? It's worse than CNN for fabricating news.
15 posted on 08/05/2003 1:12:24 PM PDT by Eva
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To: tsmith130
Way too funny. This is how CNNMSNBCABCCBS and Clintonx2 feel your pain. They even drag the remains of your bike away.

Way too good for the common folk. Efum. I don't watch CNN anyway.
16 posted on 08/05/2003 1:12:35 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: mhking
Gee, WNBC seems to be conveniently forgetting a bit of its own history here...


17 posted on 08/05/2003 1:13:28 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: mhking
Is his excuse that at least he didn't drive home with the biker in his windshield, therefore, he's not guilty?
18 posted on 08/05/2003 1:13:51 PM PDT by OldFriend ((Dems inhabit a parallel universe))
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To: mhking
Actually, BBC America's nuked even the 6pm airing. They only air it for a half hour at 6 am, 7 am and 8 am.

BBC America is easily the worst-programmed channel in the entire country. I don't give a damn how good "Changing Rooms" is, you can't run it SEVENTEEN TIMES IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD.

19 posted on 08/05/2003 1:15:28 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: mhking
When Cafferty looked in his mirror, he saw the man getting up off the ground but was unaware he had hit the bicyclist, the anchor told police.

Then this would be his normal driving behavior:

...Cafferty drove through at least two red lights and around other vehicles without stopping, according to a police complaint.

What does it take to have someone's license revoked?

20 posted on 08/05/2003 1:15:47 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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Schadenfreude

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21 posted on 08/05/2003 1:18:09 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Eva
It can be bad at times, but I like the format and I really like Michal Husain. She's a provocative anchor in a way most American ones aren't. I'm a pretty discerning listener, and I don't automatically believe their version. But I do like the world news. As much as I like Brit Hume, my all-time favorite news profesional, I don't get the all-world perspective on his evening show, which is not set up for that.
22 posted on 08/05/2003 1:19:36 PM PDT by twigs
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To: martin_fierro
The really sad thing is that Cafferty's one of the single best anchors NYC ever had. CNN, in its infinite "wisdom," took several years to figure out what to do with him after hiring him on.
23 posted on 08/05/2003 1:22:28 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: TontoKowalski
What does it take to have someone's license revoked?

A regular Joe. The protected liberal elite don't have to live by the same rules as us.

24 posted on 08/05/2003 1:24:41 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: mhking
CNN Anchor Admits Leaving Scene Of Accident

First thought upon reading this...

Big deal...he admits leaving work at CNN.

25 posted on 08/05/2003 1:27:51 PM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: mhking
Stupid white man.

I also like it how the CNN spokesperson says Cafferty acted responsibly. Uh, let's see: he mowed down a biker, and fled the scene. CNN can't shoot straight if they tried.
26 posted on 08/05/2003 2:33:51 PM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: mhking
I like BBC America. And I'm slowly getting addicted to The Office.
27 posted on 08/05/2003 2:53:54 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: mhking; Timesink
A traffic officer and about five pedestrians ran after Cafferty's car to stop him after the accident, but Cafferty drove through at least two red lights and around other vehicles without stopping

Not to jump to ANY conclusions, mind you, but doesn't this behavior essentially prove he knew he hit someone?

28 posted on 08/05/2003 3:00:56 PM PDT by Tamzee (I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight...... Rita Rudner)
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To: mhking
If Cafferty wanted to get away with it, he should have taken the Halle Berry approach -- say that he woke up in his own bed with a bruise on his head, and had no idea how it happened.

I will never be able to prove it, but I believe that Berry's ability to pull that story off inspired her to greater acting on the screen, resulting in her Oscar -- and that nauseating, self-congratulatory speech.

29 posted on 08/05/2003 3:13:41 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: martin_fierro
Cafferty had to be blotto. How can you not see a guy on a bike? He then dragged the bike under his car, wove in and out of traffic, tearing through red lights. He was clearly trying to escape the cops...... and his responsibility.
30 posted on 08/05/2003 3:33:08 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
You're absolutely right, Liz.

How could he NOT know he was dragging something metalic under his car? This is outrageous!
31 posted on 08/05/2003 4:12:03 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: kitkat
Like they say.....it's not what you know, it's who you know. Cafferty obviously pulled strings.
32 posted on 08/05/2003 4:31:16 PM PDT by Liz
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To: mhking
One set of laws for the elite
another for the sheep
33 posted on 08/06/2003 6:28:18 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: mhking
Orwell's Warning The BBC is blind to its own biases.
34 posted on 08/06/2003 9:10:15 AM PDT by Eva
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To: mhking

I think he also had a cocaine problem in the 80's. He always looked high and had a nasal-y sound to his voice. Once, Liz Smith used her spot on WNBC to "send a message to a well-known NYC anchorman to get help for your drug problem". I just knew she was addressing Cafferty.


35 posted on 02/27/2006 9:53:49 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: mhking

Cafferty is a despicable liberal lush.


36 posted on 02/27/2006 9:55:51 AM PST by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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