Dear Anonymous 11:10AM,
Let me first comment on your last paragraph, concerning Kiran Chetry. When she first came to CNN I asked readers to give her some time. I didn’t take a stand until she had time to acclimate to her new network and her new anchor position. Believe me the last thing I like doing is to criticize a woman in network news. They are few and far between and deserve our support when possible. But I’ve really come to the conclusion that a pretty face is not enough to warrant an anchor slot. My blog post was clearly labeled as my opinion, and I’m entitled to that. If you want to air your opinion why not start your own blog? Maybe you’ll enjoy devoting hours and hours of unpaid time to it, only to be told your wrong by someone who doesn’t even sign their name.
Now onto your criticism of comments that we post, and that you construe as negative. Many of said comments are from regular commenters, who we know to be true devoted fans that are simply disappointed that the show isn’t what they want or expect. Simply because you don’t agree with a comment, that doesn’t make it negative. Since you are not in my shoes, and privy to the comments I reject, you have no idea what a truly negative comment is. Trust me, you would not believe what some people have to say and try to get posted.
You say “I still don't see any of us going to the places and reporting the great stories that they have.”
Maybe that’s because it’s not our job. Mr. Cooper is a grown man, making millions of dollars a year doing something he loves. It doesn’t get much better than that. Along with his high profile job comes public scrutiny, including some criticism from his most loyal fans. He’s a big boy, he can take it.
As to readers complaints that you deem negative, concerning the reruns. Our complaints have nothing to do with Anderson and everything to do with CNN. Don’t repackage worn and tired repeats and call it a new special. When CNN cut AC360 back to 1 hour why didn’t they tell us what they were doing? Why did it take 2 readers in JAPAN to get to the bottom of it? Why? Because CNN doesn’t respect regular viewers enough to be honest. It is said that we are the exception, that most AC360 viewers flip back and forth during the program and don’t watch the entire 2 hours. I believe this to be true. But a press release announcing a change in programming, for the summer or longer, doesn’t seem too much to ask. Those channel flippers will still wander back and forth and the regulars wouldn’t have gotten so angry. I’d much rather see AC360 stay one hour with no repeats than go back to the way it was this Spring. And if you see that as negative then I’d suggest you move on, ATA is not for you.