Anderson Cooper was back at the helm of Monday's AC360. He revisited some old stores that are back in the news again. From lawmakers who think the President wasn't born in the US to lawmakers who think Don't Ask, Don't Tell is working Monday's program seemed to have a recurring theme of 'idiots who get elected'.
KEEPING THEM HONEST, Birther bill: A report by Anderson Cooper
THE BIRTHERS ARE BACK, Texas lawmaker questions Pres. Obama's citizenship: Leo Berman (R) Texas State House
BATTLE OVER 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL': Paul Begala and Commander Kirk S. Lippold
360 BULLETIN: Joe Johns
ANATOMY OF A STING, Suspect indited in Portland holiday bomb plot: Randi Kaye reporting
BATTLE ON THE BORDER: Tomorrow night AC360 will be in San Diego to take a look at the latest sophisticated tunnel discovered this weekend. We're assuming AC will be anchoring live from CA, although he didn't come right out and say that.
THE RidicuList: Buffalo Bill's player Steve Johnson who Tweeted that God had let him down in Sunday's game against the Steelers. Thank you God! Go Steelers!
BLOGGER'S COMMENTARY:I feel that the two opening segments on tonight's AC360 had more in common than just idiot lawmakers. As unrelated as these issues seem on the surface it's possible that there may be a common undercurrent of prejudice.
I'm sure I'm not the first to suggest that many of the birthers are more concerned with the President's race than his birthplace. Many see disqualifying Pres. Obama from office as the only way to rid themselves of a Black President and are going to work to that end, facts be damned.
With DADT things are a little more subtle. People in the military tell us civilians that we can't possibly know all the ramifications of repealing DADT. They say issues will arise with working in close quarters, showering, etc. But if gays are already in the military and 'don't tell' then aren't straights already sharing close quarters, showering, etc with them? Prejudice aganist the GLBT community could be the driving force behind those who oppose repealing DADT. Gays have served honorably in the military for many, many years and it just makes no sense to have them hid/deny who they are.
Photo credit(click to enlarge) to Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNN
Anderson's special 'Taliban' Exposes Lives and Motives of Fighters is set to debut on Saturday, December 11th at 8PM. We've blogged this before but the picture from the interview is new to ATA.