The big news of the night was Anderson Cooper's announcement that he's heading back to Afghanistan to report from the front lines. He will be accompanied by Michael Ware, Peter Bergen and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. This special programing is scheduled to begin on September 7th, which is Labor Day here in the States, and run through the week.AC360 opened with news of election day in Afghanistan. Ivan Watson was on the ground reporting on the violence and the war. Michael Ware joined Anderson Cooper in the NYC studio with Peter Bergen joining in the conversation from Washington, DC. Bergen said that if voter turnout is 50 to 60% that would show the Afghans were not intimidated by the Taliban's tactics.
Ware said it doesn't matter to the US or the Afghan people who gets elected. The war lords will still be the ultimate leaders and corruption will still reign. Health care reform was next on the schedule and Barney Frank is again my hero. His response to the HCR hater was 'On what planet do you spend most of your time? Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with the dining room table....I have no interest in doing it.' Please Dems take a page from Congressmen Frank's book and quit trying to reason with those that are trying to cause chaos in your Town Halls.
David Gergen, Paul Begala (♥) and the lovely Amy Holmes (great to have her back on 360) did the follow up discussion. Paul was a very happy man when critiquing the Barney Frank clip, Gergen said he was surprised at how the Administration has bungled this roll out and Amy followed party lines saying lots of people are concerned about the negative aspects of HCR.
• Michael Jackson news was next. Yep, he's still dead.
'Digger Deeper' was a one-on-one interview with Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgroves made news recently when he said he would not hire smokers and would rather not hire obese people. Of course he is prohibited to discriminate in this manner so he is taking another approach and strongly encouraging healthy habits of his employees.Tonight's installment of junk science was with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He visited a Georgia crime lab to illustrate methods employed and what they can and can't prove. DNA was also explained and how conclusive it can be. Erica Hill brought us the story of the missing D-list reality star, Ryan Jenkins, and his murdered ex-wife. The victim was a swim suit model and was found stuffed in a suitcase that had been placed in a trash dumpster.
I didn't clip 'The Shot' for you tonight but I did clip Jon Stewart's take on CNN's ratings dilemma.Most of you have probably seen this by now, since AC fans seem to be Jon Stewart fans too. The clip doesn't mention Anderson or AC360 but it does poke a little fun at CNN's ratings and their love of catch phrases. They missed a few....Keeping Them Honest, Digging Deeper and the infamous Best Political Team on Television. Enjoy!
That's it for me this week. I finished painting the living room last weekend and now I'm going to tackle the foyer, coat closet and front hall. Anyone want to volunteer to help? I didn't think so. Until next time. ~Phebe
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