After 8 weeks Anderson Cooper was back in his New York City studio anchoring Tuesday's edition of AC360. He opened the program with "Tonight stunning news from the Gulf. The Coast Guard saying it can't find much more oil to collect. With hundreds of boats in the water yesterday they said they only recovered 1 barrel's worth of oil. One barrel! So where is the oil? Are the dispersants and Mother Nature breaking it up faster than anyone thought?"
The program opened with a prerecorded segment at the magic wall aimed at keeping BP honest by outlining their mistakes and their dishonestly in dealing with the Gulf disaster.
SEARCHING FOR THE OIL, Unclear how much remains in the Gulf: Discussion with Ed Overton (Professor LSU) and Craig Taffaro, Jr. (Pres. St. Bernard's Parish)
CRITICS: BP GAMING THE SYSTEM, Arctic Ocean drilling controversy: Drew Griffin reporting
REP.RANGEL: LET'S MAKE A DEAL, Fighting ethics charges: Brianna Keilar reporting
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Tom Foreman
BATTLE OVER IMMIGRATION REFORM: What led to Ariz. law set to take effect Thurs.: Report by Tom Foreman
BORDER FENCE FACT, $2.5 billion barrier between the U.S. and Mexico: Report by Gary Tuchman
WARREN JEFFS CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED, Utah Supreme Court orders new trail: Discussion with Jeff Toobin, Carolyn Jessop and Jon Krakauer
A few weeks ago we posted the speech that AC gave at the LA Press Club event when he received his award. The audio was terrible, as many of you pointed out. Finally we've come across a much better copy.
I’m sure the old phrase 'God's in his heaven, all's right with the world' is a stretch when associated with AC being back in the NYC studio, but it does convey how right tonight’s AC360 felt to me. I’ve spent eight long weeks (actually 7 + 1 vacation week) watching Cooper stand in a park in NOLA talking with Billy Nungesser, James Carville, et all and kvetching at BP. I loved the Gulf disaster coverage at first but as the weeks wore on it became obvious that it was time for 360 to head home. The variety of news in Tuesday's program proved that point. The report by Gary Tuchman from the border, the discussion of the Utah Supreme Court decision (hell yes it was politically motivated) the return of Beat 360 and The Shot (remember to check out ATA on Sunday night for the Shot(s) of the week) and yes, even the low rise jeans standing at the magic wall all combined into one of the best 360’s of the year. So welcome home AC, all’s right with the world. ~Phebe