Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Wolfman Returns to 360

Wolf Blitzer was in for Anderson Cooper on Thursday's AC360. I'm still taking a mini blogging vacation so we'll just hit the high points and then move on to today's selection from the ATA Archives.



• Who dealt the race card first and was it justified?
Strategy Session was with Roland Martin, Tara Wall and David Gergen. Did anyone catch Roland anchoring Campbell's hour? He did a wonderful job. The more I watch Roland the more I appreciate him.

• The problem Obama still has with voters who believe that he is a Muslim. (Gary Tuchman reporting)

• Exxon Mobile's obscene profits

• The Florida Congressman who lives in Maryland, not Florida. (John Zarrella reporting)

• The Rockefeller abduction of his 7 year old daughter. (Erica Hill reporting...yea EH is in the house!)

•The Shot is all about Wolf. (thanks to Sapphire for clipping)

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I did a fast read through of the Live Blog, from Thursday night, and found a comment posted by David Gergen very interesting. This is a smart man and I just wish someone in the Obama camp would take note. Here is the second paragraph of his entry, which is the one that caught my eye.
The only thing I would like to re-emphasize is this: if I were advising Obama, I would argue strenuously that he has to think seriously again about Hillary Clinton on the ticket. If she truly adds 6-8 points to his total — as one recent poll shows — that could make a crucial difference in a close election. It’s an old rule in politics that before you can become a statesman, you first have to win the election. So, I would say that whatever his personal preferences, he should take a hard, hard look (It is worth remembering that JFK had no love for LBJ — and Bobby really disliked him — but putting LBJ on the ticket was the key to victory.)



Tune into AC360 on Friday night for Anderson's special entitled Extreme Challenges: The Next Four Years. It airs at 10 PM (E). AC will be discussing, with David Gergen and Fareed Zakaria, what the next four years mean in terms of the war in Iraq and many other issues.


And here is our ATA Archive clip for today. It is another Segment 7 from Newsnight on July 28, 2002. Anderson was subbing for Aaron Brown on this night.

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That's it for me this week. I assume since AC is guest hosting on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' on Tuesday that he'll be back in his anchor chair on Monday. Now that is something to look forward to. Have a great weekend everyone! ~Phebe


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Frankenfish

The lovely Campbell Brown was again subbing for Anderson Cooper on Wednesday's AC360. I admit I didn't watch the entire program, but what I did see made no mention of AC or when he would return.



On July 26th, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, the annual National Association of Black Journlists awards were presented. The awards honor exemplary coverage of the African and African-American experience by the nation’s print and electronic media.
Anderson won an award for his CBS 60 Minutes piece“Stop Snitchin”. Soledad O'Brien also won an award for her CNN piece “Special InvestigationsUnit: MLK Words That Changed a Nation”. Congratulations to both!


With all the talk of sharks and fishing this week I dug through the ATA archives to find something appropriate to share with everyone. No, it's not David Mattingly getting smacked by the Asian carp...it's much better than that. Seriously this is going to make up for the entire Anderabsence, I promise! This is a clip from Aaron Brown's Newsnight, Segment 7. The entire segment is so silly that poor Aaron couldn't even get through the intro without a major case of the giggles! Have I said lately how much I miss Aaron Brown? Enjoy!

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That's it for me on this Wednesday evening. Have a great Thursday and fingers crossed that we get Anderson back tonight. ~Phebe




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Going to the Dogs


I've been a bit under the weather this week, fighting a stubborn sore throat, so forgive me if I took the night off from AC360. Actually, unless Mr. Cooper returns in the next few nights, I'll probably take the rest of the week off.

But that doesn't mean we don't have a lot to talk about. First Ms. Sapphire clipped Anderson's PIP2 segment from Tuesday's program.


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Next up do you remember a few weeks ago when Anderson mentioned his dog, while talking with Erica. We have no idea if AC still has Molly or not, but I thought you might enjoy seeing this clip from the night Molly was a guest on AC360.


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For all of you who are suffering the Anderblues our friend ACAnderfan has made a new video and posted it at YouTube. Enjoy!

And last, but not least, another very creative friend made this 'she who must not be named' shout out for Mr. Anderson Cooper. I'm sure he would be horrified if it was real!
Have a great hump day and I hope to have another goodie from the ATA archives for you on Wednesday night. ~Phebe


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Go for it, people...

Blog Alert: Anderson Cooper is scheduled to co-host "Live with Regis and Kelly"
on Tuesday August 5. Guests include Luke Wilson and Blake Lively.



I'm not sure there's even a point in recapping the show tonight... the wetsuit video is now online.

And if you can't see it on their site for some reason, here's a smaller version:

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(But I may be back after the show...!)

Okay, in the 360 spirit of giving the audience what they want, just a bullet-point re-cap tonight:
  • Widening the Gap -- Obama/McCain talking points. Sanjay talks about McCain's latest skin biopsy, Dana Bash discusses how the announcement was mishandled. David Gergen, Dee Dee Myers, and Ed Rollins discuss. Raise your hand if you were surprised that we never did get back to the point Gergen was trying to make.
  • Candy Crowley talked about Obama's economic "forum" today.
  • Same panel discussed McCain's attacks on Obama. Who is running the McCain "straight talk" anyway? Well, maybe he'll listen to Ben Stein and hire Karl Rove. Some people would rather shred a Constitution than lose an election.
  • Joe Johns talked about lobbyists and the reality of their need in DC.
  • Peter Bergen talked about the new trend of female suicide bombers in Iraq. (I'll include the clip of our favorite professor on ATC Saturday.)
  • Drew Griffin updated the TSA watchlist story. Remember that shredded Constitution I mentioned earlier. Mm-hmm. Guilty until proven innocent...
The Shot was Anderson's Excellent Shark Adventure, but only a bit of it. Still... I know you want framegrabs, right? Click for full-size...



(Gotta say, Neil Hallsworth looks a bit less impressed by it all than Anderson!)

Finally, courtesy of Ms. BookAsylum...




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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ups & Downs

Note for all the Aaron Brown fans out there: Aaron Brown will be a guest today at 5 PM(E)on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com. To log in and talk to Aaron just follow the link.

There’s good news & bad news this week regarding 360 in :60. The bad news… due to technical glitches beyond my control, there are only four days worth of 360 in :60. The good news? All four days were done by Anderson Cooper.

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The puzzle this week is looking up… or at least Anderson is. Enjoy!



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Looking for Loot


I read a headline earlier this week talking about drug and alien smugglers trying to use Hurricane Dolly for cover. Of course the authorities thought of that too and caught some of them red-handed. Back in 2004 while Bush and Kerry were campaigning in Davenport, Iowa a crook took advantage of the distraction to rob a few banks in town. Anderson did an Nth Degree on the subject. Here is Taking Willy Sutton to the Nth Degree.







Finally tonight, taking Willy Sutton to "The Nth Degree."

Much has been made of the fact that three banks were robbed in Davenport, Iowa yesterday, while President Bush and John Kerry were in town campaigning.

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SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Ladies and gentlemen, all I can say is President Bush and I have airtight alibis.

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COOPER: But that was for yesterday. What about today? Today, two more banks were robbed in Davenport. Willie Sutton was an infamous bank robber who when asked why he robbed

banks, said, "because that's where the money is."

We don't believe Sutton ever robbed a bank in Iowa. He was an East Coast kind of guy. And we're pretty sure he isn't behind the current rash in Davenport, since he died in 1980.

But his rationale still applies. In Davenport, banks are where the money is. Or should I say, was.




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Friday, July 25, 2008

It's Been Awhile

Hello everyone. Feels like forever since I have blogged and who do I get as a sub for an AWOL (and possibly scuba diving - yes I am putting you right in the naughty chair first thing this weekend) Anderson, none other the “Mr. Chairman of the Board” John King who too has not been on 360 in what feels like ages. Tonight’s post is going to be quick but if I missed anything I am sure someone will bring it up in comments.



Friday in the political world John McCain was in Denver Colorado and Barack Obama was in France. Dana Bash covers the McCain campaigns vs. the Obama campaign. I would bet that the only person more excited other then the Obama girls that Obama will be home tomorrow is John McCain himself. Although today brought a sliver of hope to the McCain campaign. Obama did not visit troops at an army hospital. Different stories are circulating as to what happened in regards to going to the army hospital.


Obama sat with Candy Crowley for a one on one to discuss his global trip. Questions ranged from Iraq to visiting a mosque. Candy joined JK to discuss Iraq, Berlin and the balancing act Obama had to walk during this trip.


Obama met Nicolas Sarkosy and John McCain met the Dalai Lama on Friday. John McCain had a one on one with Wolf Blitzer during the Situation Room. I keep hearing the “surge has succeeded." I would agree but my problem with the whole issue is the end game keeps changing. What really defines “success” in Iraq?


JK was joined by Hilary Rosen and Kevin Madden to talk about Obama overseas and McCain at home.


JK spoke with Khalid Carter about the Black in America piece that air over the last two evenings.


Always cute banter between JK and Erica. I clipped tonight's Beat 360....Joey won his second time this week and his 102 time or something crazy like that LOL.


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Tonight I end with some birthday wishes. A Happy Birthday to Kim H. who is celebrating on July 26th and belated birthday wishes to Junie C. who celebrated on July 12 but I was on holidays so I could not pass the information on. To both we wish you all the best and a slice of Andercake on us! ~ Sapphire

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