Monday, March 28, 2011

Empty Coffins and Empty Rhetoric

"President Obama says he's doing the right thing about Libya and tries to explain why tonight. As he does there is a crucial battle underway in the desert outside Momaar Gadafhi's hometown, for Libya's future. It's happening right now outside Sirte, where Gadafhi was born and opposition forces hope to inflict a major blow against his regime." ~Anderson Cooper

A MATTER OF MOMENTUM, Opposition fighters on the move: Anderson reporting

ON THE GROUND IN LIBYA, Opposition forces at gates of Gadhafi's hometown: Cooper spoke by phone with an opposition spokesman in Misrata

FOLLOW UP DISCUSSION: Nic Robertson, in Tripoli and Arwa Damon, in Benghazi

OBAMA ON LIBYA, "Libya....will be better off with Gadhafi out of power," AC360 played a POTUS soundbite and another by John McCain then launched into a discussion with David Gergen, Ari Fleischer, Fouad Ajami and Anne-Marie Slaughter

TAKING ON GADHAFI'S REGIME, One woman's disturbing charges: Video of Eman al-Obeidy shocking story and her subsequent detention by Libyan officials was shown

FOLLOW UP DISCUSSION: Nic Robertson and David Kirkpatrick (NYT)

CRACKDOWN IN SYRIA, Security forces storm southern city: Anderson spoke with Wissam Tarif, a human rights activist on the ground in Syria


Kudos to Cooper: Sunday night 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' opened to less than stellar reviews, but The New York Times did have a few nice words for Anderson's narration. "Only Ellen Harvey, as Mr. Biggley’s seen-it-all-secretary, and Ms. Blanchard, who gives an original comic spin to her bombshell character, have some distinctive flair. Oh, yes, the recorded voice of the newscaster Anderson Cooper is heard as the narrator, exuding an appropriate deadpan wryness."

Anderson announced special programming for Thursday night. He will speak with the four New York Times reporters that were held for nearly a week by Gadafhi.

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ACAnderFan said...

Gee I am just so glad the nuclear power plant problem in Japan has been solved and 360 only has to spend a few minutes on it. I understand that Libya is important, but so is a malfunctioning nuclear power plant but Anderson/360 and their one track mind can't see past Libya and the middle east. I think 360 needs to go into the second hour and report on news outside of the middle east. One 360's biggest problem has been getting stuck on on topic and not knowing when to talk about other things. Some of it is the producers fault but I think a good bit of it is Anderson's.

I am looking forward to thursday nite. I think that's going to be a very good interview.

judy said...

I was not under the impression the "nuclear power plant problem" was solved at all.
The AP is reporting plutonium in the soil around Tokyo and northern portions of Japan just today.
Plutonium, according to recent studies, is very dangerous and a small amount can cause cancer in human beings.
Having said that, I too am disappointed in this "stuck in a rut" mentality on 360.
If Anderson is that interested in international news, than he should apply to CNNi and become a foreign correspondent and be done with it.
This show no longer gives a 360 view of the world, it gives half a slice.
AC doesn't even make enough time to tell us about Japan's plutonium problem or the economic distress Japan will soon be in which has an ultimate global effect on us all.
Isha, someone we all thought he liked to banter with, barely gets two minutes to tell domestic economic news and updates.
And Thursday's interview, will probably be taped.

Anonymous said...

@ACAnderFan - I think they gave the perfect mix last night. They didn't cover just one place. Japan got time, but the President's speech deserved the focus.

No one has suggested that the problems in Japan are fixed. Johnny Colt has been doing some great ireports if you're more interested in that.

ACAnderFan said...

@Judy, I was being sarcastic when I said the nuclear power plant problem was sloved.

I have been watching 360 since it was red 360 and seen the shows many ups and downs and for me the past few months I have not been impressed at 360 at all. They are really stuck in a rut this time and they need to get out of it.

Anonymous said...

While I am enjoying the international coverage on AC360 (I get my national news through other outlets), one thing that jumped out at me last night is the lack of Dem pundits on 360 for the past several weeks. We've been getting Fouad - who although touted as a scholar spews his republican views almost nightly, David Gergen who is touted as an independent, but seems to be quick to point out what POTUS is doing wrong, a lot of ex-Bush military folks, and last night Ari Fleischer - another Repub. Where are Paul Begala, Cornell Belcher, etc. to provide the other point of view?

I am happy that Fouad has been made one of a larger panel instead of being given whole segments as a platform, often unchecked by Anderson. I would be happier if the producers and bookers would bring in another scholar. Fouad is not the only scholar on the region. Maybe someone else could check their political views at the door as Fouad seems to be unable to do so. In my opinion he's moved from scholar to political pundit.

I would prefer that Anderson and 360 stick with straight up reporting - interviews with Nic, Arwa, Ivan and other journalists in the field and leave the politics to other program on CNN. I prefer objective reporting, but it seems like CNN is looking to lean with a Republican slant in hopes of keeping their ratings up? Let's hope I'm wrong.

I guess I just find it kind of funny that for several weeks, Anderson sat in the studio with Fouad and talked about when would the U.S. intervene and now that we are part of a NATO military action, they sit in the studio and complain about action being taken, the cost, predicting it will end in failure. POTUS can't win on AC360 and to me the discussion has made AC360 and Mr. Cooper look a little bi-polar?

I must say that I have enjoyed all the reports from the international reporters and hope that 360 moves in the direction of more objective reporting as what's happing in the ME and North Arfrica affects us all, whether we want to admit it or not. We are truly living in a historic time in our world....

Anonymous said...

Judy - I like your comment about 360 no longer giving a view to the world, "it gives half a slice." Libya is still a big news story but it's not the only game in town. More attention should have been given to Obama's speech and Japanese nuclear problems. However, Anderson has his teeth into Libya and will not let go anytime soon.

I have a bad feeling that the Thursday night interview with the four released journalists will be the newest Roxana Sabeiri interview.

I'd love to see Anderson say something about the Walmart discrimination lawsuit or dumb things said by 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls or a snarky segment about Trump's "birth certificate."

I'm looking forward to seeing Anderson cover the royal wedding in April. That will be a nice change of pace.


Broadway Bound Bunny said...

@Jaanza not to throw a wet blanket on the Royals I have a feeling that something is going to overshadow the Wedding and AC will not be in England,but another part of the world. That seems to be happening a lot lately and not just on CNN.

aries moon said...

We've been getting Fouad - who although touted as a scholar spews his republican views almost nightly, David Gergen who is touted as an independent, but seems to be quick to point out what POTUS is doing wrong, a lot of ex-Bush military folks, and last night Ari Fleischer - another Repub. Where are Paul Begala, Cornell Belcher, etc. to provide the other point of view?

This is true, the panels sometimes are decidedly and inexplicably slanted to the right. I was pretty surprised when Anderson was announcing the panelists and not one liberal voice was included. Odd. There have been times when they've tried to bring people with other perspectives on Libya and I appreciate that, but last night's panel was a good example of what can be so frustrating about AC360. I don't know what happened to their liberal commentators.

Anonymous said...

I love your site. I wish he was in Libya. I wonder why he is stuck behind the anchor chair?