NBC continued its serious weekending geopolitics series dubbed Hot Spots on the looming controversies that will face the next administration's foreign policy. Richard Engel was in Caracas to cover President Hugo Chavez' plans for Venezuelan alliances with Iran, Cuba and Russia. Chavez expelled the United States Ambassador last week on suspicions of plotting a coup, "offering no proof"…anchor Charles Gibson acknowledged that he was stretching ABC's Person of the Week format by making its Person an inanimate object. Gibson traveled to The Bronx to mark the final baseball weekend at The Yankee Stadium, facing demolition and replacement after 85 years…on CBS' Assignment America, Steve Hartman showed an uncharacteristic lack of loyalty towards a former anchor. He ridiculed reporters for their hurricane antics--"whenever the winds blow hard, the blowhards blow in, bringing us Category Five hyperbole"--with zany clips of wind-tossed weather porn before pointing the finger firmly at the CBS Evening News: "After Dan rather co-anchored with a telephone pole back in 1995 just about every reporter in America started flirting with natural disaster."
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