People are talking

February 28, 2011 1:46:25 PM PST
Three strange men all talking, separately, on the same day.

View it as a stroke of good fortune, or view it as the line you read before you say, "Oh for the love of Zeus, can't they just go away?"

We begin with Muammar Gadhafi, whom the United States now officially believes should step down as the head of Libya. Gadhafi today gave his first on-camera interview with ABC News' Christiane Amanpour.

Gadhafi, straining credibility, offers several interesting nuggets.

"I'm surprised that we have an alliance with the West to fight al Qaeda and now that we are fighting terrorists they have abandoned us," he said, referring to his earlier assertion that the protests in Libya were sparked by terrorists bent on disrupting Libya.

He told Amanpour that his people love him and would die for him.

He also said that "Obama is a good man (but) I have to believe he has been given misinformation. The statements I have heard from him must have come from someone else."

Meanwhile, Libya this afternoon has fired its rogue ambassador to Washington, Ali Aujali. He broke ranks with Gadhafi, calling on him to resign.

We'll have the latest on the interview and from the region, tonight at 11.

As for Christiane, this is the second big exclusive interview she's snagged this month; the first was with former Egypt President Hosni Mubarak.

Next up in the opening his mouth ring is Bernie Madoff, who, for the second time this month, is talking. He's been quiet as a church mouse for the past two years, now he's yapping.

What's he got to lose? He's already serving a 150-year sentence. In a taped interview with New York Magazine, the biggest stock swindler in U.S. history wonders about whether he's a psychopath (his therapist assures him he's not ? whew!), and calls his victims "greedy." He also describes as "a joke" the regulatory reforms put in place by the feds after the financial meltdown in 2008. Talk about chutzpah Madoff has how much credibility in this regard?

And finally, the story that just keeps going. Unfortunately. Charlie Sheen in another raised finger to CBS giving interviews to ABC and NBC. What a monumental career death, in just a few days. CBS and Warner Bros. have cancelled Sheen's huge hit show for the rest of the season, but it's hard to imagine "Two and a Half Men" ever coming back, at least with Sheen at the helm.

Not only is his $1.2 million-per-episode salary gone and no one is going to mourn for him for that but scores of people who depended on the success of the show are now also out of jobs. That's the saddest part.

Also at 11, our investigative reporter Sarah Wallace goes behind the scenes with the Bronx "warrant squad" an elite team of parole officers whose job is to track down fugitive felons. There is drama and danger, as you'll see in Sarah's special report.

We'll also have a mention of Dr. Richard Daines the former New York State Commissioner of Health who, at just 60, died of an apparent heart attack on his family's farm in Dutchess County. Daines was an ardent supporter of healthy living an advocate against obesity, against smoking and drinking sugary sodas.

Health also the topic tonight of our Consumer Reports special tonight. We're looking at two new surveys of doctors and patients so that we can optimize the care we get from our primary care doctor.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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