Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arizona's Border Battle

I had no intention of blogging 360 tonight, but when more than half of the program focused on Arizona I just had to put my two cents in. If you read here regularly you'll know that I abhor Senate Bill 1070 and am convinced that it will not stand up in court. I was beyond pissed that Arizona's legislature passed it because I knew it would cost the state money we do not have to mount a legal battle to defend the legislation. I still believe all of that but I'm coming to the realization that many of those who voted for the bill and supported the bill knew it probably wouldn't stand up in court BUT they were so fed up with the non action by our Congress that they were willing to take this drastic step to get Washington's, and the nation's, attention. HB1070 has gotten the Dems in Congress off their duffs and they now have a quasi plan. But it is a plan I won't support. I'm siding with Arizona's Congressmen John McCain and John Kyle and their plan for taking back our borders. Their bill calls for completing the border fence and increasing drone surveillance and cameras. They also are calling for 3,000 National Guard members and an additional 3,000 Border Patrol agents to be deployed to the Arizona border.I have never been a huge fan of the border fence until the recent death of Rob Krentz, a Cochise County, AZ cattle rancher. I was very pleased to see Randi Kaye cover the Krentz story on Wednesday's AC360 since this event has really molded the opinions of many in AZ when it comes to what needs to be done. After the death of Rob Krentz last month local media talked with his family and neighbors about what would work to stem the flow of illegals through Southern AZ and what was not working. Almost to a person they all supported the fence and said that where it had been completed crossings were almost nil. Who would know more than the people who own the land and live right on the border? Certainly not the people in Washington, DC.I could have lived without the Shakira interview and the longer I listened the angrier I got. She said that under this law illegals won't be able to use state hospitals, childcare programs and food programs. Am I naive to think that those programs and services are for to benefit of US citizens, not illegals? I don't think I could go to a foreign country and expect to get free health care, childcare and free food if I crossed into their country illegally. And for her to say that our Constitution exists to protect the rights of every human being got me to thinking. Is she right? I always thought it was to protect the rights of US citizens. In my eyes Shakira is doing her cause no favors and she is no spokesperson. And because I feel that I've gypped you a bit by focusing on AZ and not on the rest of the program I've got a clip that is a little gem. AC isn't in it but it's a group of American Morning alum that you'll recognize. Trust me even though Cooper isn't actually in the clip you're going to love it!



That's my abbreviated post for this evening. Wonz will be with you tomorrow night and I hope to see you back here on Monday. Have a good weekend. ~Phebe


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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a quote! :D Nice weekend.

tt said...

I remember that Berdorf Goodman interview! It was an interview years ago with both Anderson and his mom and they were dining in a nice restaurant with the interviewer. Gloria was promoting her new book.

The clips was a great find. Thanks!

ACAnderFan said...

Is it me or does 360 use Randi Kaye way too much? It seems like every time there's a piece on 360 its done by her. I don't even pay attention half the time because I am sick of seeing her.

Sanjay has been doing and excellent job anchoring 360. He should be the permanent fill in. He's energetic and seems very engaged in the program. Its been a real treat having him in the anchor chair. Some of the best 360's I've seen in a while.

Celeste said...

Hello everybody! Hello Phebe!

This week I am not able to watch AC360, but am following the events for ATA. Thank you!

About Dr. Gupta I am suspicion to coment about. I love Dr. Gupta (husband who doesn't listen to me).
Anderson must pay attention .... lol ...

See you...

MichellenLomita said...

I didn't watch Thursday; appears I missed a good controversial 360. I checked Twitter for an interesting topic announcement, but there was none. Sanjay is a fine anchor, but 360 without AC has to be riveting or I don't tune in.

@Phebe I agree that people who have entered the U.S. illegally shouldn't have access to childcare or food programs, but they should receive treatment from the state hospitals. IMO everyone is entitled to certain things, and medical care is one of them. Also food, but only as an emergency handout until they're returned to their country. Perhaps a food bank specifically for this purpose? It will cost taxpayers; but better to feed illegal immigrants who've committed no other crime, and let the violent offenders in our prisons subsist on bread and water.

Doesn't 360 realize that viewers will tire of watching the same two reporters all the time? Randi Kaye and Joe Johns are competent, but CNN has many talented reporters. Fans loved Michael Ware and they let him go. There are complaints about seeing Randi and Joe so often, so they get even more air time. People might turn off an interesting story if they're tired of seeing the reporter. Get a clue, CNN!

aries moon said...

Wow, I remember watching that moment on American Morning and I also had the Bergdorf Goodman interview with AC and his mom back in 2004 when I just started to become interested in him, needless to say, that quote still stands out,thanks for the memories.

360 really does need to cut back on Randi Kaye's reports, it's become pretty tiresome to hear AC announce her name on a story. I don't bother to listen any longer. Drew Griffin is another correspondent that I'd love to see less of on 360.

judy said...

I have a feeling we are going to see a whole lot more of the "good doctor." Never have the ratings been higher for a substitute anchor! And might I add they are well deserved. Sanjay is enthusiastic and a multi-faceted talent as he so proved alongside AC in Haiti.
Sanjay also did an in-depth review of the terrible oil spill in the Gulf. It may well be far worse than Exxon Valdez and that was distressing enough for all the poor wildlife effected. Every time I think of the expression, "Drill Baby Drill," I think of Palin and her stupidity. She should clean up the mess for just advocating it.
As far as the Arizona borders go, I felt exactly the same way you did Phebe, when I saw Shakira, a truly uninformed citizen, speak of the Constitution. Who is SHE AND WHY must we listen to her babble?? Is she well versed in Constitutional Law like the POTUS? The Constitution provides for the rights of citizens! Another idiot celeb, who knows nothing, which brings me to AC's old quote of "how appealing celebrity is." I can't help but wonder if he was truly looking towards HIS future and speaking of HIMSELF.
Sanjay, was respectful, but leary, when interviewing Shakira. It was obvious he does not lean towards "celebrity journalism,"nor did he find it appealing.

Jaanza said...

Aries Moon, I'd love to see that Bergdorf Goodman interview, is there anyway to get it up on ATA? Or is it available on Youtube?

I'm betting tonight's show is going to be 60% about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It's a big story with lots of angles; lots of people are justifiably worried about the Louisiana wetlands, an area that was in fragile condidtion even before the oil spill.

I've got a rude off-topic question: how do you send a Twitter message to someone who's not following you? Has anyone here Twittered Anderson? I just signed up this week, I'm not going to be using it a great deal but I'm following a few people - Anderson, Stephen Colbert - and I'd just like to send a hello. No spam, nothing obsessive. Can anyone help me out with this?

EmmKay said...

I also thought Shakira was a terrible spokesperson. My problem with the new law is NOT how it treats illegal immigrants. It's the potential for racist treatment to our citizens. It's a complicated issue, and CNN should be bringing on people who can better express those complications. Better fencing and patrols sound good. Tougher regulation of businesses hiring illegal immigrants, also good.
But the argument that the bill is scaring illegal immigrants is NOT going to help.

aries moon said...

@Jaanza, I actually had to order a copy of the Bergdorf-Goodman magazine (it was a huge catalog/magazine) with the AC/GVB interview back in 2004--I think that some old AC fansites that are no longer in existence posted it on their sites as well, but I don't know if it can be found online anywhere now.

MichellenLomita said...

@Jaanza You can only send a "Direct Message" to someone who is following you, but you can send a tweet to anyone. Just type @ followed by their user name, then type your message and click Tweet. AC's user name is @andersoncooper. I heard a team of people at CNN read our tweets; also, not sure if this is correct, but they seem to immediately read tweets sent during and right after the show. I think this is the best time that AC might read viewers' tweets. I know Don Lemon reads and responds directly to tweets at showtime and the minutes after. I believe Anderson reads a lot of his email, too. Just piecing together what I've seen on Twitter and what they say on CNN.