Anderson Cooper opened tonight’s AC360 with, “We are live in Louisiana. Tonight, only on 360: Jimmy Buffett. He sings of sunny paradise and Gulf Coast living, but now Margaritaville is under attack. Tonight, Jimmy Buffett speaking out about oil, the Gulf and BP. My exclusive conversation with Jimmy Buffett tonight. Find out who he calls liars. Also, disturbing reports of those FEMA trailers full of formaldehyde from Katrina once again being used here by cleanup crews. And the latest on the Al Gore investigation. But we begin, as we do every night, "Keeping Them Honest."
THE SPILL AND TRANSPARENCY
VIDEO: Anderson’s Opening Commentary
MEDIA COVERAGE RESTRICTED, Coast Guard keeps reporters away for ‘safety’: Discussion with Billy Nungesser and Craig Tafarro Jr.
THEY’RE BAAAAAACK!, Toxic FEMA trailers for oil cleanup workers: Interview with Rep. Ed Markey (D) MA
STORM COMPOUNDS SPILL DAMAGE: Report and discussion with Randi Kaye
DISPERSANT REDUCTIONS MISLEADING, BP had cut average daily use by just 9%: Report and discussion with Ed Lavandera
AL GORE INVESTIGATION REOPENED, Woman accuses him of ‘unwanted sexual contact’: Report by Joe Johns
360 NEWS AND BUSINESS BULLETIN: Joe Johns
JIMMY BUFFETT ON THE OIL SPILL, Angry at disaster response: Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with Jimmy Buffett
VIDEO: Jimmy Buffett Interview Part 1
JIMMY BUFFETT ON THE OIL SPILL, Says BP has lied from the start: Part 2 of Anderson’s exclusive interview with Jimmy Buffett
VIDEO: Jimmy Buffett Interview Part 2
Anderson Cooper, reporting from the Gulf, has taken the time to email his staff about an online story earlier this week which claimed he was unhappy at CNN and ready to bolt the network. From The Wrap:
Meanwhile, multiple insiders at CNN have told TheWrap that the silver-haired star anchor may also be close to leaving the network, frustrated by his own low ratings and tempted by other offers.
Just in case you happen to believe what you read on the internet from unnamed sources, I just want you to know I am very happy at CNN, have no plans to leave, and am not in conflict with anyone. I am really proud of the work all of us are doing here in the Gulf, and all the other stuff just seems like silly gossip and sour grapes. All the best, a
Mediaite: Anderson Cooper has been slipping in the ratings – he just had his second lowest quarter ever this past quarter. There was also a live audience experiment recently. Do you expect in the new prime time that his show will remain at 10pm, in the same format?
Klein: I don’t know. I just don’t know. I tune in every night at 10 and see the best newscast on TV, night in and night out. That’s all I ask of Anderson and his team.
From NOLA.com: CNN's Anderson Cooper is back in New Orleans to cover yet another disaster: the oil spill
A crowd of about 40 people watched raptly on a recent night as Anderson Cooper, the blue-eyed heartthrob of CNN fame in town to cover the Gulf oil spill, stood against the backdrop of the Crescent City Connection and prepped for his shot. (follow link for the full article with photos)
From The Wrap: Anderson Cooper is 'Happy at CNN' and Mad at 'The Internet'
CNN's star anchor Anderson Cooper responded to TheWrap's report of drama going down at the cable news network with an e-mail that's essentially just a long-winded version of the old "move along, nothing to see here" trick....
Cooper's email is a pretty transparent attempt at damage control. The accounts of tension at CNN and interest in Cooper from rival organizations that he dismisses as "silly gossip" were confirmed to TheWrap by multiple high-ranking insiders at the network.
Cooper may decide to stay at CNN when his contract expires next year, but it won't be due to a lack of interest from other suitors or because the network is one big, happy family. Cooper and his bosses would obviously like viewers to think that everything is fine and dandy at CNN, but we stand by our reporting.
Keep in mind, this email comes to us from the same network that spent the better part of the last month denying reports Larry King was leaving his show. (follow link for the full article)
From: TV Guide, July 5-18, 2010
From: TIME, July 5, 2010
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Another picture from the LA Press Club event that honored AC on Sunday night. Watch for an upcoming post dedicated to this event.
Anderson has certainly been in the news a lot this week! While many of the articles floating around may not be 100% accurate, there may be a certain amount of truth in all of them. It seems that Anderson and AC360 have been a little off lately. Anderson has received praise and honors for his field reporting and I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with some; but then again some people find it easier to complain about others rather than go out and do the work themselves. Anderson has a personality that people seem to connect with and perhaps this makes some people jealous that he’s the "go to" guy when there is a disaster to cover. Whatever is going on behind the scenes, I just hope it’s resolved quickly and the focus is back on producing a good show. As to what the future holds for Anderson and CNN all we can do is stay tuned and see what unfolds. ~ Wonz