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Flight 370 Satellite Data to Be Released; Iranians Arrest for "Happy" Web Video

Aired May 21, 2014 - 06:30   ET


JOE CARTER, "BLEACHER REPORT": Now, to get the Super Bowl, they beat out Indianapolis and New Orleans for the right to host the most watched event on television.

Now, coming into this, guys, New Orleans was 10 for 10 on Super Bowl bids, but obviously, they had trouble with the lights last time so maybe that had something to do with it. Indianapolis, they did score the highest overall Super Bowl experience rating ever, but of course they just hosted a super bowl a couple years ago. So, Minnesota build that $1 billion beautiful looks like an ice arena, ice stadium, will get the Super Bowl in 2018, guys.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Indoor stadium, right?

CARTER: Yes. You do not have to worry. As a matter of fact, it has the largest windows in the world. When it's nice outside, they will be able to open it up. The ceiling is glass so the sun will shine in. Beautiful, beautiful stadium.

BOLDUAN: Very cool.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Joe Carter there, turning architect on us.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Joe, thanks.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, after weeks of waiting, families are about to see the raw satellite data that has been so central to the search for Flight 370. Will there be any bombshells when it's finally made public and what will be made public? We're going to dig deeper with Richard Quest.

Happiness under assault in Iran. These dancers were arrested for this video. You will never believe why. You will probably believe it, but it's sad.


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Thirty-five minutes past the hour.

Here's a look at your headlines. The Tea Party comes up empty in primaries around the country. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led the Republican charge, easily beating his primary challenger. He now gears up for a tough fight this fall to keep his seat. More conservative Republicans also lost Senate primary in Oregon. A House primary in Idaho and were shot out of a runoff for a Georgia Senate seat. And support from the Clintons could not help Marjorie Margolies claim her House seat. The Democrat and Clinton in-law fell short in her Pennsylvania primary.

The scandal at Veterans Affairs is widening. President Obama will meet later this morning with V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki, 26 V.A. facilities investigated for covering up potentially deadly wait times for patients. The White House is also sending top aide Rob Nabors to Phoenix tonight. CNN reported dozens of veterans at the V.A. hospital there may have died while waiting months to be seen by a doctor.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has granted a stay of execution for a Missouri inmate. Attorneys for Russell Bucklew argued that a rare birth defect would have made his lethal injection excruciating. He was scheduled to die at midnight in what would have been the first execution since Oklahoma's botched procedure last month. The stay remains in place spending an appeals court hearing.

That's a look at your headlines. Kate, I'll send it over to you.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Michaela.

New developments in the search for Flight 370. Malaysian officials and the satellite company Inmarsat are finally plan to release the raw satellite data to the public. This is the data that has been so central in determining the possible flight path and current search area for the plane. Family members of the missing passengers have really been demanding this information since the beginning to allow for independent analysis, in their mind. But when will the data be leased and what will it show to the untrained eye?

Let's discuss with our own Richard Quest. Richard is joining us from London this morning.

So, Richard, this has been discussed for a very long time, has been pushed for. Inmarsat has said they essentially have 14 data points, which is relatively little, that they were able to get, and they will all be releasing it.

What is it going to look like? Is the public going to be able to read into it?

RICHARD QUEST, CNN AVIATION CORRESPONDENT: Well, the data points are 14 lines in hundreds of lines of communications between the plane and the satellite. What Inmarsat is doing and what the Malaysians are doing, they've extracted the crucial parts of the data, those that show what the plane was doing and why and where.

And then they are going to put it into a package that will explain the various, if you like, theories, the sort of assumptions is perhaps the best word, the scientific and physical assumptions that they used to then work out the route of the plane.

For those who actually want to know the nuts and bolts of the numbers, that will be included. So, if you want to know the frequency, if you want to know the offset, if you want to know the actual time, the burst, that will be there. But if you want some explanation as well about how and why and the methods by which Inmarsat came to the data, they will also include that.

BOLDUAN: And, Richard, you know, the point of all of this, the point that the families have been making and outside experts have been making, is the hope or the possibility that by having more eyes on the data they could point out, they could discover errors or point out additional clues that may have not been pinpointed through the original analysis.

Do you think that is a possibility once this is released to the public?

QUEST: Oh, well, is it a possibility? Absolutely. You know, if you put something like this out into the world, you end up with hundreds of thousands, thousands of people all having ago at it.

The other side of that coin, of course, Kate, is that every lunatic and every crazy that wants to have ago, anybody who thinks that they want to be amateur sleuth, any amateur physicist anywhere in the world also gets involved. And the danger then is you create false hope, you create false information, you start to give the families the wrong idea.

You need to remember, this isn't one man's calculations on the back of an envelope that was done on a lazy Tuesday afternoon. This is being done many times over many people through different institutions and has been peer-reviewed by satellite companies and academics.

So, putting it together, is there the possibility that somebody finds something new? Yes. Is it likely? I suspect not.

BOLDUAN: All right. Richard Quest, we are waiting for that release. You are standing by for much need analysis when that happens.

Richard, great to see you. Thank you so much.


CUOMO: All right. Let's take a break here on NEW DAY.

I ask you, do you see anything vulgar taking place in this video? Iranian police do. They arrested the people in it. We're going to tell you what is being done to get them out.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back.

New line to this song, might be come along if you feel that happiness is obscene, because the Iranians have been arrested to this tribute to Pharrell Williams' "Happy". They're even made to confess on video.

Shocking arrest leading to the latest example of #diplomacyinthearabworld, #freehappyIranians is now trending. Now, even Pharrell Williams himself is weighing in.

Let's bring in Reza Sayah. He's live in Cairo.

What is the take on why this is happening?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, at this point, the Tehran police chief has come out and said this was vulgar behavior and this group didn't have a permit to shoot a music video. Technically, in Iran, if you want to shoot a music video, shoot a film or even a television report, you need to have a permit. Apparently they didn't.

But the big issue here is the singing and dancing. And when it comes to singing and dancing in Iran the laws are harsh but they're also vague and sometimes not written.

But generally speaking, men and women cannot sing and dance among one another. There are some instances where men can dance with one another within their communities and women sing to other women, but not among the sexes and that seems to be the issue here.

Pharrell himself chiming in on the case, writing on his Facebook page that it's beyond sad that these Iranians have been detained for doing a "Happy" video.

CUOMO: So, it's about Pharrell's song but it's really not about how he's going to respond. It's going to be about how people in Iran respond and how the government reacts to that reaction.

What is the word in terms of what this social reaction is to this arrest?

SAYAH: Well, if you look at social media, there is wide spread outrage from within Iran and there's certainly international outrage and pressure. But it's not clear how that international pressure and this reaction is going to impact this case. You can easily argue that it's going to hurt their case because Iranian authorities, the last thing they want to be viewed as is giving in to Western and international pressure and what they deem as un-Islamic values.

At the same time, the Iranian leadership is on a PR campaign, a good will campaign, that make these important nuclear talks. They don't want bad PR and this certainly looks like bad PR. Seemingly they would want to get rid of it but it's not clear where this is going to go.

CUOMO: It's also fighting. I would be interested to know if this was a little bit of the right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing with these arrests. Here's why, Reza -- President Rouhani has had tweets attributed to him that he thinks free expression is a good thing, it should be explored, that the Internet should be explored.

And then this happens, it seems to contradict him. He can't like that.

SAYAH: Chris, this really drives home the conflict that's taking place in Iran between moderates and the hard liners. Indeed, Hassan Rouhani, the president, has come out and seemingly pressed for most -- more social freedoms, the easing of restrictions, the morality police that was roaming the streets is no longer in Iran. He's pushing for more internet access.

However, you still have the hard liners in Iran who deem all this activity as an invitation to what they see as un-Islamic and immoral behavior.

CUOMO: But I'll tell you -- this is a challenge for a president who says he wants to make change, it may not seem that big a moment politically but perhaps it is. It's got international attention and it's the first reel example where Rouhani will be put to the test about what he is going to make a priority, the past or the future.

Reza, thank you so much. Let us know the word from the ground as it develops.

Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, a massive recall ground beef that could soon turn nationwide. Some of the contaminated meat may have made it into stores. What you need to know to protect yourself and, of course, your families. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be here to discuss, ahead.


PEREIRA: Welcome back.

New concerns this morning about potentially tainted meat, 1.8 million pounds of ground beef were recalled this week. Now, investigator stays meat were sent to distribution centers nationwide. It could very well be on store shelves right now. The beef is being recalled over fears it may contain deadly E. coli bacteria. So far, 11 people have been sickened in four states.

We want to bring in our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who is at the CNN Center with more.

Good morning, Dr. Gupta.


PEREIRA: Let's talk about this expanded recall. That's going to raise flags. What does it mean?

GUPTA: Well, what's interesting here is that it's a lot of beef, first of all. As you point out, 1.8 million pounds of ground beef. It's still 11 people sickened in four states. None of that has changed.

It's more the scope of this investigation has changed. They're saying look, we know the four states -- obviously, the people got the beef there. But it looks like it's been distributed more widely. And typically, you know, you think about places like distributing to restaurants only because it's fresh ground beef for restaurants. These investigators are also concerned it may have gone to other places as well, as you point out, possibly getting into retail stores.

So, that's got the real concern, I think, for everybody raised.

PEREIRA: So, then, I can't imagine this. Ground beef, it's something that so many of us use all the time. Not just restaurants, if you're ordering at a restaurant. But also grocery stores, convenience stores, people will have to look in their fridges.

GUPTA: They should look in their fridges. And any time a recall like this happens, it is a message obviously to retailers but also to the consumer. I think we had that specific lot number that we're talking about here. Again, it's a big distribution center. So, this would go all over the potential country. Everyone should look.

That's what you are looking for. If you have that product, if you have ground beef look. The concern again is not that you for sure are going to have E. coli in that beef but there could be some.

PEREIRA: OK. So, let's talk about this E. coli infection threat, how serious this is, and what are you going to experience? Be gentle.

GUPTA: I know. There's all sorts of different -- we talk about these food outbreaks from time to time, certainly. They're important to talk about.

With E. coli, I think in particular, there's a lot of variations that are not going to be harmful to the body. This particular strain can be and it can take a very small amount. I think that's what's important about E. coli, 100 or fewer cells of E. coli can get somebody sick.

And this is a pathogen that replicates every 15 to 20 minutes. So, imagine over a few days, you could get into the billions of cells and that could get a lot of people sick. That's the real concern.

Oftentimes, you have a lot of things we don't like to talk about on morning television in terms of symptoms, but with this particular strain, it could also have an impact on kidneys and can sometimes lead to death.

PEREIRA: You will know if you've got it. Children and older people more of a concern here?

GUPTA: More susceptible just because their immune systems are not as robust, harder to fight it off.

PEREIRA: Right. OK. So, we're heading into Memorial Fay weekend. Guilty, I love me a medium rare burger on the grill. I'm going to have to cook that bad boy until it's through all of the way, aren't I?


GUPTA: Right. I mean, the basics do apply here. You know, it's interesting because a lot of people sort of eyeball when they're grilling beef on the grill, they sort of look at it to get an idea or feel with a spatula.

You should use a cooking thermometer. I feel almost silly saying that but it's an easy thing to do. Just use it.

We've got numbers to pop up here in terms of what you're looking for specifically. It takes just a couple seconds. Just get that temperature and I think it's going to keep a lot of people safe.

PEREIRA: It's good reference point to have handy in the kitchen, or you know, the barbecue. As you say, it may seem silly. What's more silly, right, if you can prevent getting sick or just popping a meat thermometer into your food.

GUPTA: That's right. And you know what, I have that on my grill now. It has those temperatures. So, I always get a chance to look at them and we have a thermometer there.

Just make it easy for yourself. You save yourself a lot of grief down the road.

PEREIRA: Was that an invitation for Memorial Day cookout at your house?

GUPTA: You're always welcome. Yes.

PEREIRA: Thank you very much.

GUPTA: Come see my little scale for yourself, Michaela.

PEREIRA: I'll take a picture of it. Thank you. Great advice for us heading into Memorial Day weekend. Thanks so much, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, as well.


GUPTA: You got it.

CUOMO: Surprised Sanjay can't just look at a piece of meat and tell the temperature, given his obvious superpowers.

All right. So, here are the big stories to watch as you start your NEW DAY. The GOP establishment wins big. The Tea Party took a beating and we're going to show you how and why.

The V.A. scandal widening. The president is making a move but too little too late?

And it's one of the most famous openings in rock but was "Stairway to Heaven" a rip-off? We're going to talk to a lawyer who says yes.


SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MINORITY LEADER: I never let up, ever. ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES (D-KY), SENATE NOMINEE: We will win in November. UNDENTIFIED MALE: We are going to roll on through from now until election day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Under the microscope now, why there were waiting lists at some V.A. hospitals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They've been cheating and gaming us for years.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She goes, we have a primary for him. I said, really, you're a little too late. He's dead already.

ADAM SILVER, NBA COMMISSIONER: Mr. Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers. I prefer he sell it.


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome to NEW DAY. It is Wednesday, May 21st. Now, 7:00 in the East.

The Republican establishment strikes back putting the Tea Party in its place in several big primary races. Voters went to the polls in six states. Not a single one saw the more conservative candidate come out on top.

Let's have a look at them, starting in the most important one arguably, Kentucky. Why? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is there and he's going to be able to defend his seat in November after easily topping businessman Matt Bevin. Now, McConnell gears up for a fight with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Take a listen.


MCCONNELL: My opponent is in this race because Barack Obama and Harry Reid want her to be in this race. A vote for my opponent is a vote for Obamacare and a president who sold it to us on a mountain of lies.


CUOMO: The senator's attack line obvious there.

And CNN projects he will get to use it because Grimes should win the Democratic primary. She's already going after McConnell's record. Listen to her side.


GRIMES: Together, we will take this fight to Mitch McConnell and hold him accountable for his 30 years of failed leadership.


BOLDUAN: Meantime, Georgia's Republican Senate primary is headed for a runoff. CNN projects businessman David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston, they're going to square off in that runoff leaving more right wing candidates behind. The winner will face Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn. CNN projects her winning -- projects she has won the Democratic primary there.

CUOMO: (INAUDIBLE) in popularity here. You have Nunn also in Georgia, State Senator Jason Carter will challenge Nathan Deal in the fall. He is, of course, part of the Jimmy Carter lineage there. Remains to be seen if that will help or hurt him being the grandson of the former president. He's going to join us later in the hour.

BOLDUAN: More conservative Republicans also falling in Oregon, where CNN projects neurosurgeon Monica Wehby winning the GOP Senate primary, despite new allegations that she has a history of harassing her ex- husband. Wehby is looking to unseat Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley. It's one of several Democratic seats that Republicans are focused on as they try to shift the balance of power in the senate.

CUOMO: Another one of those seats is in Arkansas, where incumbent Mark Pryor will defend his seat against Congressman Tom Cotton. Now, both ran unopposed in their primaries.

BOLDUAN: And in Pennsylvania, Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law, lost her house primary to state legislature Brandon Boyle, despite major backing from the Clintons.

CUOMO: All right. Let's get back to the big race of the night though. That was in Kentucky. Mitch McConnell easily defeating his Tea Party opponent. So, will he do the same with a formidable Democratic challenger in November?

Let's get to chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash in Louisville with more. I qualified my formidable a little bit there because this is a big jump for the secretary of state. She would be the first female senator. That's something. But McConnell is no joke and he seems to have a very definite argument to make about her that should be especially popularity in his state.