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Remembering the Miracle on the Hudson; Haiti in Need; NBC Makes Decision About Late Night

Aired January 15, 2010 - 15:30   ET

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RICK SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hello again, everybody. I'm Rick Sanchez.

During this newscast, there will be a live celebration of life on the Hudson in New York. In fact, it will happen at that very moment that U.S. Airways plane made a water crash landing exactly one year ago today.

And on a day like this, on a week like this, a celebration of life might be important for all of us. We are going to cover it. You will see it here as it happens.

But, first, to the lives lost and those that we are still trying to save in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There are people trapped. There is still not enough food. There is still not enough water, and now the U.S. military, Marines, Naval ships, hospital ships and the Coast Guard are arriving in droves to try and to help.

The story of what is happening in Haiti is best told by watching. And we have been monitoring the feeds. And it seems like at least every hour we get something new that no one has seen before. We have got this video that came in about 45 minutes ago. We have been able to turn it around for you. We going to watch it together.

Let me tell you before we roll this video, you will see many dead bodies. You will see the reality of what is going on right now in Haiti. It is difficult to watch, but it is after all the reality of Haiti.

Rog, let's do it.

If you are wondering what that is, it is a seaside view. And those are bodies that have been taken from the town and placed in that area. There is nothing else that they have been able to do with them up to now. It is tough to watch this video. We were looking at it ourselves just a while ago.

There you see another street with the same scene of the bodies. That was closer to the center of town, all of this coming from the greater area of Port-au-Prince. You see the SOS there? And now you will see some people who are signaling to the helicopter, as if to say, help us, we need help, images we have seen in other disasters. This is a church. You will see the crucifix at the very top of the screen right there, and then we will go tighter and you will see the people who, well, perished who were in that church who died in fact on the spot.

You will see that picture just about now as we go just a little tighter. And you will see the reactions from some of the people who are in that very area as we get these pictures for the very first time to share with you.

Look at that. Look at that. There's more, because what we do is and sometimes the best way of telling these stories is to let the video tell its own story.

One of our best editors, Johnny (ph), has taken the video that has been coming in over the last 24 hours, and he has put it together in sort of a newsreel so to speak that we want to share with you now. We should warn again there are times when you will see certain dramatic moments that are graphic and tough to watch. Here it is.

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ART RASCON, HAITI: Look what they are doing way back. It is tough to see, but underneath this massive structure -- it is at least a four-story building -- has collapsed. There are still people they believe are alive under this structure, and so they continue to dig.

Under this rubble, this five-story building, there are voices. I have been able to talk to them.

Hello. Can you hear me?

You can hear them talk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is terrible here. This is catastrophe here, people dead everywhere. I have lived in the States for 20 years, and I have never seen anything like this. We need help. We need heavy equipment. We need food. We need water. We need bandages. We need all the help we can get.

The government here is not doing anything. The government, themselves, are in trouble, nothing going on right now, no ambulances, no fire trucks, no heavy equipment, nothing going on right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is no help, no hospital, no electricity, nothing, no food, no -- no food, no water, nothing. There's too many people dying.

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is the third floor of a school. It's for small children during the day, continuing education for adults in the late afternoon and evening. Adults were in this classroom when the earthquake happened.

You can see by just looking at the chairs and the handbags and the books, how quickly people had to escape. The people inside this room survived. But the people in the other section of the school, just on this side, many of them did not.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Entrance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The entrance. There were no upper floor here.

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, "ANDERSON COOPER 360": There's little dignity in death in Port-au-Prince these days. Some families are able to afford coffins. And you see plenty of those. But a lot of people are separated from their families. And, so, when they die, their families don't even know they're dead, and no one knows what -- who these bodies are.

So, they're just brought -- they're just brought to the cemetery, literally piled into mounds. There's probably about 20 or so people here, many of them small children. Cemetery workers here are saying they're doing the best they can. They're trying to give dignity to as many people as possible, but they're simply overwhelmed at this point.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All the building, they fell down. And I saw kids dying in front of my eyes. People (INAUDIBLE) People were driving the streets. Building fell around the cars.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If the United Nations can do anything to help the country, come in. That is why we are hoping the United Nations can do something for us.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody have a big, big problem. And it's some -- you need some more help. We need some help. My family, my mom dead. I can do nothing. I want somebody to help me, please. Thanks.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SANCHEZ: Johnny Hudson (ph) is putting those pictures together for us. Sometimes, the best way of telling these stories is to just try and somehow compartmentalize it into themes. And one of the themes that we see evolving today, as you saw in that video we saw at the very beginning, were all those bodies that were assembled, as if placed there next to a seaside village near Port-au-Prince.

Joining us now is CNN's photojournalist Joe Duran, who is able to somehow try and make some sense of it. He is actually in the place where a lot of the bodies have been dumped near Port-au-Prince.

Exactly what is going on there, Joe? What is the plan?

JOE DURAN, CNN PHOTOJOURNALIST: Rick, we are about 10 kilometers outside of the capital. We are in a placed called (INAUDIBLE). And, basically, we followed trucks with bodies out here. They have been making their way to this location all day.

I spoke to the general manager of this trucking company, who normally basically carries dirt. And he tells me they have been taking bodies. There are several location outside of the capital. Here, where I am standing, you have one, two, three, four, five pits, where these trucks are basically coming, backing up, and dumping furniture, clothing, and amongst all of that are bodies that -- and victims of this earthquake.

You cannot see and we cannot really show you what is inside of these pits, but you can see debris behind me, and you can see that there are fresh dirt and pits. And everywhere around this empty land are bodies and furniture.

On our way here, not only did we find these pits, but we found bodies as we were driving here. We jumped into the back of this one truck who had one body wrapped with sheets. And they say they got this body from a hotel. They had been trying to find a place where to put this body for the last two days. Basically, they just drove out here and took the body to one of these pits.

SANCHEZ: Joe...

DURAN: They don't know the identification of this man. All they know from this is that he was there from Canada -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: Hey, Joe, what you are describing to us are essentially mass graves. I can't help but wonder who has authorized these places or who is coordinating the burying of these bodies in these huge pits, as you describe them, or mass graves, if anyone.

DURAN: Well, when I spoke to the manager of this trucking company, he said they are just trying to help out.

They have been contracted by the government, the municipality, if you will. And, basically, they just have to try and recover or pick up bodies and bring them out here. There is no method or no way of identifying these bodies. And, basically, as you see, these pits, these trucks are coming, backing up.

They normally, as I said, carry dirt. They drive up. The back of the truck will pick up, lift up, and dump furniture and bodies into these pits.

SANCHEZ: Wow.

DURAN: There is absolutely no identification, no record, as far as we know -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: So, there is no ceremony. There's no religious ceremony, obviously, for people who are more than 90 percent Catholic. That would normally be required. There is no list. There's no protocol.

As you describe it, it is just guys in dump trucks picking up bodies and taking them there. That is it?

DURAN: Basically, I spoke to some of the people driving these trucks, and they are just going around town. They get a call. They go pick up bodies, put them in the back of the truck.

SANCHEZ: Wow. DURAN: And they -- as I said, 10 kilometers, they drive out here into these pits. And you can probably not make it out, but you see debris. And in that debris are some bodies.

SANCHEZ: Yes.

DURAN: And I have seen -- if you look, and you see that there are bodies strewn among that debris. Some of them are kids. There is women. There's just basically decomposing bodies in there.

SANCHEZ: Wow. We could only imagine.

A thorough report. We thank you, Joe, for bringing that to our attention. I guess it is out of necessity that they are doing what they are doing now. We will continue to ask questions for you and get more reports.

In fact, we are going to have live pictures coming out of Port- au-Prince in some of the refugee camps that are now starting in that area. You can imagine how many people are homeless at this point.

Ivan Watson is going to be joining us from that very spot in just a moment. Those are live pictures you are looking at there from Port- au-Prince.

Also, this: You are looking at pictures, also live, from the Hudson River, where exactly one year ago today a plane packed with people made an emergency landing. Well, guess what? They are going to be there again at the exact moment of impact. And so will CNN's cameras.

And let me show you what is being said on my list today, my Twitter list that I have put together for you. We are going to try and glean as much news as we possibly can from all agencies involved in the rescues and help in Haiti. There is the very last to cross.

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SANCHEZ: Welcome back to world headquarters of CNN in Atlanta. I'm Rick Sanchez.

Most of the video that we have been sharing with you -- and we have been collecting every bit of video that we possibly can, given we have so many photographers now and so many crews down around Port-au- Prince -- but most of it has been coming from Port-au-Prince.

I want to now for the first time take you outside of Port-au- Prince. This is a place, a town called Jacmel. This is just south of Port-au-Prince, and these are the very first pictures coming in from Jacmel right now.

If you were to look at it on a map, it is actually a seaside town as well, but nowhere near Port-au-Prince. It is a good distance below it, south of Port-au-Prince, probably some 25 miles south of Port-au- Prince. And, yet, look at the devastation here as well, which shows just how much damage a 7.0 magnitude earthquake can do. This is right next to the seaside. Those are the people getting away. I haven't seen this video until now. This is brand-new video that is coming in right now.

This is a town, by the way, Jacmel, that retains its rich cultural scene. It's one of the most important cities in Haiti because of its art and its culture. It is old French colonial buildings that have been there for, well, more than a century, and there is what is left of some of them as they try and get some of the people out, again, the very first pictures.

These coming in to us, by the way, not from our crews -- we have to do a thank you here. This is the CIN Haitian, in other words, the Cinema Institute of Haiti. That is the film school that is based right there in Jacmel, and they have been able to go out and take these pictures for us.

Let's take you live now back to Port-au-Prince.

Ivan Watson is standing by to bring us up to date on what is going on there.

Joe Duran just filed a report a little while ago, Ivan, where he basically told us that the bodies are unceremoniously just being picked up off of the streets and taken to pits further away and dropped, without a religious ceremony, without apparently any documentation.

It seems odd to us looking at from here. Can you amplify that story in any way for us?

IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely.

If you looked out -- and Dominic (ph) is going to pan out a little bit here -- to this square where you have had basically homeless people living for the past three days, a lot of the people walking around are wearing makeshift masks over their faces. And the reason is because of the sheer number of dead laying around this city.

And it is -- people are routinely walking past, covering their faces, and just moments ago, a body was extricated from a building a block away from here and carried down the street on a makeshift stretcher by a number of people.

And that is just giving you a sense of what these people are living next to right now, and why perhaps a very crippled central government -- a number of ministry buildings here have been destroyed by the earthquake -- why they might have to resort to such crude tactics.

Now, let me show you some images that we just filmed here about 15 minutes ago. It is a food distribution just by a very -- what appeared to be a small Christian charity group of Haitians called Sove Haiti (ph) -- it means Save Haiti -- and out of a pickup truck distributing food to some of the thousands of people who live here.

And you can just kind of get a sense of how desperate people are or beginning to get for just the basic things, food. And if the situation does not improve, if there is not a more coordinated process under way, you can just imagine how increasingly desperate people, many of whom were living below the poverty line before this catastrophe, how desperate they may become, Rick.

SANCHEZ: One final question before I let you go, Ivan. Are there people still trapped underneath the rubble as far as you know? And is there still an effort to try and save them, and how is that going?

WATSON: Well, based on what we just saw, you had a victim that was just pulled out of the rubble three days later, unfortunately, did not survive. And I think we will be seeing more of that throughout the course of the day today.

The window of life for those who may have survived the initial earthquake and then the subsequent aftershocks, that is diminishing rapidly, but let's hope there are some miracles out there today, some other people that could get pulled out. We did see some yesterday, and it should -- would be wonderful to see more people escape basically buildings that have become death traps -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: Wow. Let's hope. Let's hope.

Thank you so much, Ivan Watson, following that story for us there live there in Port-au-Prince.

Also, this:

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SANCHEZ: We can all say a prayer that that plane does not submerge with people still on board.

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SANCHEZ: I was as shocked as anybody else. This is a year ago. Do you remember where you were at 3:31 Eastern last year? I certainly do, watching this unfold. And all who were there are back in the same place today. These are live pictures you are looking at. We are going to watch this unfold together, because these folks are going there to commemorate the moment that plane went down in the Hudson, and all those lives were spared, really celebrating life.

It will happen live for you. As it happens, we will record it. You will see here it.

Also, if somebody is saying something relevant, I'm going to collect it and share it with you on one of my Twitter lists. That is what we are hearing now. I told you the U.S. military is now making its way in a big way toward Port-au-Prince. That is the latest that we have heard from Mike Mullen himself, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also, I am just now being told by Angie, my E.P., that Sanjay Gupta is going to be joining us when we come back. It will be his first hit. Do we have a shot of him? There's Sanjay.

Sanjay, hold on. We are going to hit a break. We're going to be right back with you. Look forward to it.

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SANCHEZ: Imagine the suffering involved with some of these people in Haiti who have had to have either an arm or a leg or a foot removed, just so they can save them, just so they can extract them from one of these buildings, And, well, essentially save their lives, even if they do have that loss.

Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has watching drama like that unfold. And he is joining us now from one of the places where some of the severely injured have been taken to.

What's the situation there, Sanjay? Get us up to date.

GUPTA: Well, first of all, Rick, exactly what you just described is still happening. People are being rescued from the rubble, and, oftentimes, it does involve actually removing an arm or a leg to get that done.

Some good news here behind me overall, because these are field hospital tents. They have been a long time coming, I can tell you. They are very well equipped to do trauma surgery, sort of this -- the type of operations and medicine that is needed in a situation like this.

Let's go inside, if we can, right here. It is a multinational sort of organization here. These are the Belgians. Rick, I don't know if you can see over here. This little girl has both a broken risk on the left and a broken right leg as well. They are going to try and plaster that and cast that.

They are bringing in patients, Rick, even as I'm talking to you, for example, over here. To what you were saying just a moment ago, Rick, this woman was just brought in underneath a yellow cloth. In fact, she had an amputation of her right leg in order to rescue her.

And just to the right of this woman, she has a broken leg that is being stabilized basically using two wooden planks. This is the type of medicine that is happening here. It may not seem like much, Rick, but it is better, a lot better, exponentially so, compared to what was here even a day ago. And this is, again, going to ramp up over the next several days.

SANCHEZ: I was in Haiti, Sanjay, during the Clinton administration covering one of the ends of the many -- well, of the many fouled-up presidencies of that country. It was just before Raoul Cedras, as I recall.

And the military was in there and they set up field hospitals. And I remembering visiting those and being so impressed that sometimes -- and this is where I am getting to a question -- sometimes, those field hospitals can have almost the very things you find in regular hospitals.

Can these do that, and when will we get to that point, if we are not there yet?

GUPTA: Well, you are not going to find everything you would find in a shining, gleaming hospital that you are probably used to in the United States, Rick.

SANCHEZ: Yes.

GUPTA: But in terms of the types of injuries that they expect here, crush injuries, orthopedic injuries, penetrating injuries as a result of sharp objects moving around very quickly, burns as a result of gas canisters being in these homes and having exploded at the time of the earthquake, causing burns, they can take care of these injuries, these types of injuries, very well.

But they can't do much in the way of neurosurgical procedures. That is my area of expertise. They also can't do much in the way of cardiac operations. So, the more sophisticated operations like that, they're simply not equipped to do. But, again, the vast majority of patients that are being cared for behind me, again, several doctors working on these orthopedic injuries, they can do that. And that is a help.

SANCHEZ: Yes.

Sanjay Gupta, I have seen the work that you have been doing down there. Keep it up, my friend. I hope to see you again here soon. In the meantime, stay safe. Appreciate it, Sanjay Gupta.

We are going to be right back with the live Hudson ceremonial reenactment. You will see the folks there. There they are getting started.

Let's get a quick break in. We will be right back.

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SANCHEZ: All right. Here we go, something we have been looking forward to.

Where were you when this news broke? I was right here on this anchor chair, because it happened on my watch.

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SANCHEZ: Hey, Mark, Mark, I'm going to -- I'm going to just have to interrupt you here for a moment, because wouldn't you know we've got breaking news that's coming in to us right now.

We are now able to report -- and we've been following this for quite awhile -- we wanted to make sure we could confirm it -- that a plane has apparently gone down in the Hudson.

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SANCHEZ: Boy, and it was called the miracle on the Hudson, happening a year ago today.

And I'm going to tell you a little secret. When some of our folks in New York first saw these pictures, they warned us that it may be just a that was being shot. We actually believed, many of our researchers, that it couldn't really be a plane on the Hudson; it was a movie being shot on a 20-degree day on the frigid Hudson River.

Well, let me show you another picture now. These are some of the folks that were on the flight, U.S. Airways 155, including the pilot, Sully, and that's what you have the say. Sully, it was Sully who has become so famous since then. They are out there today on the Hudson again one year later.

I understand that this is a ceremonial moment that they are going to be toasting to it exactly at 3:31. I didn't know if we have a chance to -- how tight we are able to go in there and actually hear it or see it.

Let me stay with the picture, now. Again, this is the "Miracle on the Hudson," exactly one year later to the moment. And as we get the information, I think most of us will recall where they were. It was a flight, U.S. Airways, flight 1549, right. It was an airbus A-20 going from LaGuardia to Charlotte, as I recall, about 155 people on the plane.

And suddenly the plane hits a bird. The plane hits a bird. Nobody knows what is going on, but they are told to brace themselves, because they will have to take the plane down. And that's exactly what he did right after passing the George Washington Bridge, which is about the area where the impact took place.

Is there something? There's the toast.

There you have Captain Sullenberger right there. He just gave the toast with the 155 that -- we presume they're all there, there may be some that are missing, who are with that toast and with that horn celebrating the fact that they were able to survive what could have been a horrible plane crash.

Instead, every single person who was on that plane, who we are assuming may be on this ferryboat right now, was able to live to tell the story of what so many Americans have followed since.

Flight attendants Donna Dent, Marine Welsh, and Sheila Dail are there, as is the co-pilot Jeff Skiles, all of them getting back together one final time on the very moment when that plane went down, celebrating with a toast.

And by the way, you know who else is out there? Someone who has just sent me a tweet to make my list today of stories that we are following for you. This is Janice Krums. Janice, believe it or not, was the first person who sent us a picture, and there it is right there. See it. That was a Twit pic, the very first picture confirming that a plane had gone down in the Hudson.

And now he sends me this tweet so I can share it with you, to Rick Sanchez CNN, "Hey, Rick, I want to congratulate Sully for his incredible feat. It's been an incredible experience to be a part of." There you go. We thank you once again, and we'll be right back.

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ISHA SESAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: When Dr. Carl Hodges looks at the problems of rising sea levels he sees a simple sea line solution.

DR. CARL HODGES, SEAWATER FOUNDATION: We address sea level rise by taking water out of the sea.

SESAY: He is doing just that here in Mexico where a manmade river diverts the sea water to irrigate the coastal desert. While he estimates 50 rivers like this one are needed to stem the threat of rising sea levels over ten years' time, his idea has another briny benefit.

HODGES: With the sea water irrigation, there is no such thing as a drought. You never run out of water.

SESAY: For more than two decades Hodges has been reclaiming abandoned farmland along the Mexican coast. Nearly 100 acres of once arid land is now blooming with seawater torrent plants and crops that he hopes will one day eliminate famine.

HODGES: We can supplement to a large extent the basic food crops of the world using sea water agriculture.

SESAY: At the heart of your agriculture is a plant called Salicornia. Tell us and that.

HODGES: It's an amazing plant. It has about 30 to 40 percent, very high quality vegetable oil. It's like soybean, about 40 percent protein. Now it's the star.

SESAY: A star guiding his vision of a better future.

HODGES: I want my grandkids to come to the places I have touched and say, god, that is beautiful.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isha Sesay, CNN, Mexico.

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SANCHEZ: Of course we are following the very latest with everything Haiti, but we're also following this story in the states that everyone seems to be paying attention to -- Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien squaring off yet again against each other. Folks, this thing is getting nasty. and it doesn't just involve these two. It now involves NBC executives. The latest on late night and it's new drama coming up. Stay with us.

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SANCHEZ: More news to share with you now. I'm Rick Sanchez, welcome back. This is CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

And we have been monitoring video, as I've been telling you, throughout the day, and there's one particular piece of video, in fact two, that stuck with us, and I wanted to share this with you. And so I want you to watch something with me now if you possibly can.

This is a dad, a guy, obviously, people like you and me relate to in this way. He is a man from Massachusetts who sent his daughter with a group of classmates to another country to try and help people there. She was there to feed the poor and to learn about another culture.

You know, this is the kind of kid you would be proud to raise, wouldn't you? I would. Watch as he and his family learned that his daughter, that she has been found alive.

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LEN GENGEL, DAUGHTER MISSING IN HAITI: She's alive! They rescued her. She is alive!

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SANCHEZ: Lots of smiles, but, but, but this story continues.

That was Thursday. Today is Friday, another moment in this man's life. Now, he learns that his joy was for naught. Turns out that even though there were some Lynn University students that were rescued, it was not his daughter. She was not rescued.

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GENGEL: We are praying that our daughter, Britney, be one of the rescued today and be brought home safe and sound, and I am pleading, and I'm pleading to President Obama to please, please send more people to Haiti to rescue.

As a father, President Obama, you must feel our pain and what we are going through. We were told our children were safe and rescued, and now we are told they're not. And we need your help. And we know you can do it. Father to father, I am pleading with you to please, please get help and rescue those folks at Hotel Montana in Haiti.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SANCHEZ: Wow. God bless him.

Britney Gengel is, as of 3:00 eastern time on this day, almost three days after the quake struck, still we have to report that she has not been found. We are obviously following this as we are so many stories out of Port-au-Prince. We will let you know when the Gengels get news about their daughter. We will share it with you.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can move my right hand and my left foot.

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SANCHEZ: Family members risking their lives to help this man as he talks to CNN while trapped underneath a collapsed school. And you saw the rescue here yesterday, more of that conversation that he had from beneath the rubble coming in, in about ten minutes.

And as we go the break, let's pan to Rick's List. We promise that we will check with all officials and relevant information. We leave you with that. I'm coming right back, and Brooke Baldwin will be joining me when I come back.

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SANCHEZ: Wow. Have you been seeing what is going on with the mess with NBC lately, I mean the late night stuff? It has gotten so ugly that now you have NBC, an executive at NBC actually trashing his own host. You also have hosts trashing each other on the air.

The principle players of course are Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. What a story. And before I do anything else, let me introduce you to somebody else -- Brooke Baldwin, who is now going to be a part of our show every day from 3:00 to 5:00.

BROOKE BALDWIN: It's so exciting.

SANCHEZ: And I am honored to say that, because you know how much I admire your work.

BALDWIN: Thank you, Rick Sanchez. I appreciate it. We have a date, five days a week, hopefully.

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SANCHEZ: We're set.

BALDWIN: So we're set. Hopefully Wolf won't take back that hour, right?

Because let's talk about this story. We have seen a lot of serious news during the day, and it's been kind of nice to laugh about what has been going on. It's some serious stuff for both Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno.

But here's the deal. Basically today is the day that NBC is hoping to resolve this whole thing. There are reports that basically Conan could leave NBC by the end of next week. That is when they are hoping to put Jay Leno back in his old spot at 11:35 for "The Tonight Show."

We're also hearing -- keep this in mind -- that Conan still has three years on his contract with NBC.

SANCHEZ: So they would have to pay him?

BALDWIN: Well, we don't know. The threat is that they might keep him off of the air for the duration of his contract, which would obviously be a big problem.

Let's go do the sound. We have Leno and we have Conan trading barbs as they have been all week. Take a look.

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CONAN O'BRIEN, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW": There is a rumor that NBC is so upset with me that they want to keep me off of the air for three years.

(BOOS)

That is what they say. My response to that is if people don't want to see me, just leave me on NBC.

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JAY LENO, HOST, "THE JAY LENO SHOW": There is a lot of controversy going on here at NBC. Actually "The Tonight Show" with Conan O'Brien ratings have gone up. They've gone up, so, you are welcome.

(LAUGHTER)

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BALDWIN: So, yes, it has been kind of fun to watch.

SANCHEZ: Well, what is interesting is I just heard Conan O'Brien essentially trashing his own network, saying if you want bad rating, leave me at NBC.

Today I read that an NBC executive, I think it was Dick Ebersol, he's trashing Conan.

BALDWIN: Dick Ebersol is trashing Conan. Here is the article, if you caught it. It was in "The New York Times" today, and basically Dick Ebersol, the chair of NBC Universal Sports, is saying what this is really all about is an astounding failure by Conan.

SANCHEZ: He called him a colossal failure.

BALDWIN: "Astounding failure," when you look at the numbers. So we have executives jumping into the fracas if you will.

Who's really benefitting from all this? You flip the channel and watch David Letterman. Keep in mind when Johnny Carson stepped down from the late show spot in '92, NBC decided to go with Leno instead of Letterman, so Letterman is having a little fun with this as well. Take a look.

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DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "THE LATE SHOW": Jay is getting a lot of negative publicity, so he has released now a message reminding people of what he, Jay Leno, stands for. We have a copy of it here, and I think that you will find it enlightening. Take a look.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jay Leno is middle America. He represents traditional American values, the things that this country was built on, like killing Indians because you want their land.

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BALDWIN: So, yes, kind of funny.

SANCHEZ: And Jimmy Kimmel, too.

BALDWIN: And Jimmy Kimmel is getting in on this. Jimmy Kimmel was doing sort of via satellite from Hollywood this top ten on ten, Leno's asking top ten questions and he is answering them on the fly. Listen to Jimmy Kimmel.

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JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE": I think the best prank I ever pulled was I told a guy that five years from now, I'm going to give you my show, and then when the five years came, I gave it to him, and then I took it back almost instantly. It was hilarious.

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LENO: Oh, very good friend. Very good.

KIMMEL: Listen, Jay, Conan and I have children, and you have cars. We have lives to lead here. You have $800 million, for god's sakes. Leave our shows alone.

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BALDWIN: Jimmy Kimmel. So we did get this information today, and we were wondering what would be in the 10:00 spot in NBC since the Jay Leno show is going away.

Let's take a look -- NBC last night releasing the list. Here it is. After the Olympics look for heavy doses of "Law and Order," "Dateline NBC" going to two hours on Friday nights. And two new shows, "Parenthood" which is based on that Ron Howard movie, and Jerry Seinfeld on "The Marriage Ref." That will be rounding the weeknights.

SANCHEZ: But the news is, as far as we know right now, Conan is out of here.

BALDWIN: He could be out by the end of next week. There are reports that that will happen, and Leno will be back in that 11:35 spot by the end of next week.

SANCHEZ: Talk about a story that's moved as fast as I've ever seen anything move.

BALDWIN: You got a lot of people watching late night TV.

SANCHEZ: Good stuff.

BALDWIN: Thank you.

SANCHEZ: Thanks, Brooke. Welcome aboard.

BALDWIN: See you Monday.

SANCHEZ: And we'll be coming back with you in just a little bit.

Let me tell you what else we're going to do. It's called "Game Change," a brand-new book causing a big stir and a huge controversy.

Monday, the authors of that book, Mark Halperin and John Heileman, they're going to join me with the inside scoop on this, which includes, by the way, details of the Democratic friends of Hillary Clinton who all but turned on her, going behind her back to support Barack Obama because they couldn't do it publicly. And yes, it would a lot to do with Bill Clinton and his indiscretions from time to time.

We're going to drill down on that and other gems when we kick off our new show called "Rick's List."

In two minutes, "Fotos" examines some of the most moving images of the day that are coming out of there. They come to us from our partners at "Time" magazine. They've shared these pictures with us. I'm going to be able to share them with you.

Also what people are saying and how some are making news saying it on the list that I compose for you every single day. That's what it looks like.

In fact, there's our whole Haiti quake Rick's List that we composed several days ago when we started following this story. There it is. and those are the people who are on it, people we think are making news, including some of our best, like Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. We'll be right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) SANCHEZ: We like that music, and I know you do, too.

But this is the time of the day when I show you those pictures, "Los Fotos," the video moments that strike us as extraordinary or funny or thought-provoking on each given day.

But, of course, there's really no way of trying to feel snarky or cute on a day like this given what's still going on in Haiti. So "Fotos del Dia" today will come to us from our partners.

This is what we're following, Haiti, and these pictures are exclusive to CNN from "Time" magazine. They've not been seen on television until right now. It's the earthquake, the people, the pain, the loss, the dead, the injured, the despair.

And with images from today as horrific as this, who can even think about tomorrow or the weeks or months or the years that lay ahead. Recovery and healing will be slow, it's going to be difficult.

After this terrible, terrible event, this permanent milestone on Haiti's already tragic modern history, we bring you these from our friends at "time" magazine. These are today's "Fotos del Dia."

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm like you, you see.

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SANCHEZ: It's a daring rescue, a man pinned up under a school for two days. He can't get out. It's a car that kept the building from flattening him. Wow. He talks to CNN while he's trapped. And we'll be back in 75 seconds with his story of rescue.

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SANCHEZ: Three straight days, we've seen so much pain and despair in Haiti. It makes the rare bright spot so much brighter. I'm about to show you one of those moments. This is Susan Candiotti reporting. Play it, Rog.

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CANDIOTTI: Beneath an opening of a five-story school, a 21-year- old man is pinned on his side under a slab of cement, alive after 46 hours. Someone passes him our microphone.

CANDIOTTI (on camera): What are you saying to yourself?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Myself? As a Christian, I say Jesus, my life is in your hands.

CANDIOTTI (voice-over): He says he's not in pain, a leg is stuck.

CANDIOTTI (on camera): Can you move at all? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can move my right hand and my left foot.

CANDIOTTI (voice-over): A brave victim and brave rescuers his own family rising their lives to free him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're trying to help me.

CANDIOTTI: Grade-schoolers and teachers were also inside when the building collapsed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Me with a teacher is fine, is fine. And me, I'm -- I'm just like you, you see.

CANDIOTTI: But will his luck hold out? After about an hour and a half, a little more progress was made, these men using chisels and a blowtorch have freed him up just a little bit more. But one of his hands is still caught.

And while all of this is going on, this is a very dangerous situation.

He screams in agony as a blowtorch scorches his skin. Rescuers pass him water by the bucket to cool his burns.

CANDIOTTI (on camera): Please hang on, please hang on.

CANDIOTTI (voice-over): He does. Applause as the young man is pulled from the wreckage, his hand mangled but still there. A glorious moment in a sea of despair.

Among those still suffering, a woman on the other side of the building, a woman in pain. Her 12-year-old son Mark was also in the same school. Could his be one of those voices still crying out? Her only child remains missing.

Susan Candiotti, CNN, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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SANCHEZ: We are doing our best to bring you the pictures that we can find out of Haiti that tell the stories of human drama, the good, the bad, and certainly the deadly and ugly from time to time.

We've been getting a lot of tweets like this one from you. Go to the second one there. It's says, "To CNN, thanks for the great job that you're doing on the coverage of the earthquake in Haiti. I'm doing my best to spread the word."

So are we. We're doing the best that we possibly can.