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Benghazi Report Released; Coping with a Tragedy

Aired December 20, 2012 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: When people think of movies, they think Hollywood. But more and more of these films are being produced somewhere else, and the reason why is coming up in our penultimate program of 2012.

Starting on the subject of Libya, for months people have been asking questions about an attack on the U.S. Government facility in Libya, how did it happen, could it have been prevented. A review of that attack is offering some answers. On September 11th of this year, the U.S. Consulate building in Benghazi, Libya came under attack. Four Americans were killed including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. This report says part of the blame falls on the U.S. State Department, which is in charge of U.S. Facilities in other countries. The report says, failures at the State Department led to a security plan "that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack. Three State Department officials resigned, they quit after this review came out, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she accepts the recommendations that were made by the board that did this review. Those include strengthening security and improving fire safety precautions in potentially dangerous areas.

From Northern Africa, we are going to head east to South Korea, for a story about that country`s next leader. South Koreans voted in their nation`s presidential election yesterday. The winner won`t officially take office until February. When that happens, it`ll come with a bit of history. This is Park Geun-hye. She is said to be the next South Korean president, she`ll be the first woman ever to hold that title. Officials still have to confirm the election results, but Park was leading with more than 94 percent of the vote counted. The economy was the number one issue in South Korea`s election, just like it was for many American voters, and in other countries that held elections this year. Park described her win as "a victory for people who want to overcome crisis and revive the economy."

Following last week`s tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, a lot of people are talking about the issue of gun control. Yesterday, President Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead a group with representatives from different organizations. Their job is to come up with recommendations to address wide-spread gun violence. The president said he wants those recommendations no later than January. When something like this school shooting happens, it`s natural to have concerns, to have questions. You might have heard of Dr. Drew Pinsky, you`ve seen him on TV. He hosts a show on HLN. He is a medical doctor, and he`s got a lot of experience helping people work through sensitive subjects. We asked Dr. Drew some questions recently about dealing with this kind of tragedy.

DR. DREW PINSKY, HOST HLN`S "DR. DREW ON CALL": Well, listen around this country many young people, particularly of high school age, already were very concerned about random acts of violence. So, their level of anxiety, I`m certain, has been heightened. But in general, this is, of course, normal. People are going to feel anxious, people are going to be looking over their shoulder. Remember, this is a very rare event. It really is - though there can be copycats, it`s not likely to happen again. And the fact, is, you can do something active in your own community. You can form communal efforts, you can gather together and discuss these things. As with everything else, taking action now can make you feel empowered and reduce some of your anxiety.

Feeling safe at school, obviously, talk to your teachers, talk to your administration, to make sure that they have safeguards in place, that everyone agrees is sufficient for realistically people to feel safe, and I`m sure your school has that, but again, I`m going to state something that I said earlier, which is making a community effort, building a community that feels safe to everyone. And if there are outliers, there are people that make you feel uncomfortable, see something, report it. And make sure that everybody carries that same understanding. And what to look out for, if people are talking about violence, or hurting themselves or somebody else or don`t seem properly attuned or connected to reality, or you are just concerned about them, it feels uncomfortable, you see something, you report it, and the entire community agrees they`ll do the same.

Now, if you have a younger sibling who is anxious and worried about something horrible happening, remember depending on the age of the child how they process these things could be very, very different than, say, high school age or junior high school age individuals. So don`t insist that your sibling talk about it the same way or the way you would understand it. The advice to you is the same as I was giving you to help yourself, which is be there, just be present. Help your younger siblings give words to their sorrow, give words to their trauma, but don`t insist that those words necessarily even make sense to you. And your job is not to fix their feelings, but just to be there. Back to you, Carl.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. Taylor`s social studies classes at Red Jacket High School in Shortsville, New York.

Now, where would you find a gaffer, key grip and best boy? Here we go: are they on a rugby team, sailboat, movie set or political campaign? You`ve got three seconds, go!

Key grip, gaffer and best boy are all jobs on a movie set, that`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."


AZUZ: Those sets are all over the country, "Catching Fire," the next "Hunger Games" movie, part of that was filmed right here in Atlanta, Georgia. "X-men First Class," "The Last Song", "Vampire Diaries," "Drop Dead Diva," they are all produced around Georgia. George Howell looks at why some productions are heading away from Hollywood and what that can mean for California and the states where these productions end up.


GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: When it came to the filming of this movie, starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro, producer John Thompson had a choice to make, and Hollywood wasn`t the answer.

JOHN THOMPSON, FILM PRODUCER: We found that Atlanta offered a very deep and experienced crew base, and we had to bring very, very few people to the Atlanta area to build our crew.

HOWELL: Thompson isn`t the first producer to pack up and head east. A recent study shows that Los Angeles County lost more than 16,100 movie- related jobs between 2004 and 2011. Jobs that were lured away by states like Louisiana, New York, North Carolina and Georgia, where filmmakers get big tax breaks. The tax incentive for filming in Georgia can be as much as 30 percent. 40 years later, the state now boasts of generating some $3.1 billion in film related revenues in 2012 alone. A booming industry that attracted studios like EUE/Screen Gems to Atlanta, setting the stage with infrastructure to support even more film production.

(on camera): How big is the stage?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, this stage is stage six, it`s 30,000 square feet, it`s 40 feet tall and no columns, 150 by 200 feet, and that`s the key, it`s the combination of the height and the fact that there is no columns, so you can build entire houses in here. Now think about it: you could build three 10,000 foot houses in here. Just on the floor level.

HOWELL (voice over): As other states benefit from California`s loss, legislators there recently voted to extend tax incentives to filmmakers for two additional years, a move to stop the flight of films elsewhere as industry leaders in L.A. look for solutions. George Howell, CNN, Atlanta.


AZUZ: It is the season of giving, and in that spirit we asked you to send an "I-Reports" telling us how you are giving back. We`ve got some great responses and we are going to share some of them right now.


CARTER WILLIAMS, STUDENT: We are from Mr. Sam`s class in Charlotte, North Carolina.

STEPHANIE VAUGHN, STUDENT: What we are doing to celebrate the season of giving this year ...

WILLIAMS: Is by participating in Operation Christmas Child.

VAUGHN: Operation Christmas Child is an organization where you pack boxes for boys and girls between ages of four and 14, and they are sent out to different countries in the world.

LUKE ALLCOCK, STUDENT: This year for Christmas, I`m actually taking pictures since I am a photographer for a thing called Operation Christmas Child. And basically, I am just going to take pictures of everything that`s going on there, and at the very, very end, they are going to put it all together in a slide show, and they`re going to show it to everyone, so they can see how much of a great time we had.

KRISEN GOUGH, STUDENT: And I help by donating clothing and new toys to an organization called (inaudible), who gives it to people that can`t afford things.

SARAH ELL, STUDENT: This year, I`m getting Christmas list from another family and buying their presents.

BEN LOWE, STUDENT: Every year for Christmas, I stay up a little late on Christmas Eve baking and making brownies and cookies, and then on Christmas morning I go down to the homeless shelter and I give them to the homeless people.

HANNAH SCOTT, STUDENT: I donated money to Africa to help send a doctor, to give Bibles, and to help feed a baby.

KAYLA KESSEL, STUDENT: I am knitting a scarf and I`m donating it to Share the Warmth today.

CEDRIC KOMSA, STUDENT: What I do to give back during the holidays is donate toys to my local homeless shelter in Charlotte.


AZUZ: Excellent work, y`all. We are going to regift that segment, present more of your "I-Reports" tomorrow. For today, though, that`s a wrap. Have a great day.