Anyhoo, let's talk about Anderson Cooper, shall we? No, he wasn't invited to the Mini-Me Royce graduation party but if he wants to attend, he's more than welcome. That is, only if he promises to brush his teeth first! LOL! I'm sorry, I had to do that! I'll be good now!
The New Hampshire Debate Coverage
Everyone has been asking if Anderson will be covering the debates on Sunday and Tuesday. That information was hard gather but I finally uncovered the schedule today. And here's the kicker, after I finally found a morsel of detail on some random New Hampshire blog, CNN issued a press release this morning. I'll just give you the Ander-related details here and you can click on the link for additional information.
CNN’s wall-to-wall Raw Politics coverage surrounding the debates kicks off on Sunday, June 3, at 7 a.m. (ET) and features CNN’s political team anchors including Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Lou Dobbs, Larry King, Soledad O’Brien and John Roberts. Programming highlights include:
Sunday, June 3
9 p.m.-11 p.m. Raw Politics, post-debate program anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Larry King and John Roberts live on location in New Hampshire
Monday 4 June
No special coverage involving Anderson Cooper
Tuesday 5 June
9 p.m.-11 p.m. Raw Politics,a post-debate program anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Larry King and John Roberts live on location in NH
AC360: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Hysterical
Let me first say that I liked a lot of the show last night. The story about Phylicia Moore, the high school student from Teaneck, NJ, was unbelieveable. I don't think I've seen Anderson Cooper that disturbed about a story in a long time. And as Phebe mentioned, Anderson's interview with Julia Reed was awesome. I love when she said, "Well, I ain't so worried about how good the French Quarter smells. It's not supposed to smell good. It doesn't need to smell like a can of Pledge. I would rather like start to talking about, you know, what we can really do to fight crime around here." I love a girl who speaks her mind!
Although to be perfectly honest, something is bugging me about the priority given to some stories as opposed to others. I know that there are a bunch of meetings throughout the day to discuss the stories that will be covered that night. I'm sure that it isn't easy to decide what stories make the cut and if they do, where they'll be placed in that 2 hour time period.
That said, I just cannot phatom why AC360 chose not only to lead with the TB story, they spent a huge chunk of the first hour on Drew Griffin's KTH story as well as repeated Gary Tuchman's Killer Priest segment from the night before. Why does this bother me so much? Well, there were 5 US and 2 British soldiers killed in a Chanook helicopter crash in Afghanistan yesterday. And if you didn't read about this elsewhere, you might have missed the VERY brief coverage it received from AC360.
Not only did the downed helicopter story get a two second mention in a 360 Bulletin but we never saw the Planet In Peril coverage from Greenland either. Normally I wouldn't squawk about the PIP stuff but Anderson did mention the coverage in his post yesterday.
Okay, I'll stop my gentle complaining. I'd much rather talk about how funny last night's technical difficulties were. And after they finally got Erica's tape to work, did you notice how fast he had to talk so he didn't run long? I remember when I was a newbie in this fandom. It would hurt my head how fast he could talk. (And you should hear how fast I talk!)
Well, I'm going to turn off my computer now because there is a big thunderstorm rolling thru. Have a wonderful night tonight. Can't wait to see Anderson's 360 special from Chicago. He blogged again, btw. Although, this one is more conservative. Dang...