Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Explosions in Tripoli


"Good evening everyone we begin with breaking news from Libya. Just within the last hour reports of a loud explosion heard in Tripoli. Reuters reporting residents there said they saw smoke rising from a military base. We're going to take you live to Tripoli in a few moments and talk to New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick. It's four AM in Libya. The early hours of the 6th day of coalition air strikes." ~Anderson Cooper


REUTERS: NEW EXPLOSIONS IN TRIPOLI: Anderson interviews man in Misrata, Libya



NEW EXPLOSIONS IN TRIPOLI: Discussion with Arwa Damon and David Kirkpatrick



DISCUSSION ON U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN LIBYA: Interview with Richard Haass



NEW EXPLOSIONS IN TRIPOLI: Discussion with Gen. Wesley Clark, Jill Dougherty and Anne-Marie Slaughter



UNREST IN SYRIA Eyewitness: "Element of fear has to be broken": Interview with Wissam Tarif



GROWING VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Governments crack down on protesters: Interview with Anne-Marie Slaughter



WORKERS RETURN TO NUCLEAR PLANT Kyodo News Agency Reports: Interview with Michael Friedlander



360 BULLETIN: Isha Sesay




AC360 Transcript

AC360 Podcast



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12 comments:

ACAnderFan said...

I am disappointed with 360. They show 2 seconds of a clip with someone who was in the nuclear power plant when the earthquake hit and then say they'll play more of it later in the week. Why bother showing the clip? I hope we'll see the interview, but I won't hold my breath. 360 seems to be all Libya all the time now. I understand that Libya is important but 360/Anderson acts like nothing else in the world is happening. I think they need to broaden their horizons and look past Libya and see that other things are happening in the world. 360 tends to develop tunnel vision.

Anonymous said...

Like I said yesterday, 360 seems to have a hard time handling more than one subject per show. Don't understand it. I'm just glad it wasn't all about Liz Taylor.

And no Gergen and Ajami! Think they read our comments?

judy said...

I agree with the other commenters.
Since when did 360 become International Law 101? Did I miss the memo or is CNN just doing rehashing for ratings, because eventually the viewers will become as turned off as I am.
Yes, I did not stay with the show and flipped to see what the competition was up to. Oh No YOU didn't!
Well Greta had the one and only obnoxious Ms.Palin who sounded as stupid as ever and was just back from Japan or at least she was on an island that was surrounded by water on all sides.
And then Greta showed a clip of the View. Mind you I'm not a fan of Fox, but at least there was diversity.
And the View must be renamed "Barbara Walters and the Four Yentas."
Donald Trump was the guest because he's so rich he can, "rule the world." And he's yes, a birther!!
Well, Whoopie and Joy called him a racist and Barbara lost control.
Why not ask Mr.Ego, what he has in common with 90% of the population who are working stiffs, instead of yelling, but it made for good TV...as opposed to 360, which has now become 180.

Anonymous said...

This is Rachel in Tokyo, I thought I'd comment on the program and also add something of what is going on in Japan now, since we have gone from being all over the news to a footnote at the end.

First of all, Libya. I would like to add a tiny snippet of information from the UK: only 1 in 3 people support what the government is doing. While the coalition government has clearly learned lessons on how not to do it from the way Tony Blair dragged us into Iraq, it is still not finding wider public support. A common reaction I am hearing from friends and family is, with all the news about cutting public services and the economy being such a mess, why are we launching missiles at 300,000 pounds a pop at Libya? It seems to me there are 3 reasons; 1, of course, is the need to protect the people from the murderous regime, but I fear that the 2 other reasons are more in our own self interest; the oil, and also the fact that Gaddafi has threatened to 'turn Europe black'. A lot of African immigrants go through Libya to get to Lampedusa, an Italian island 127 miles from Italy but only 70 miles from Tunisia. Gaddafi has been preventing mass emigration for years and keeping would-be immigrants in camps in horrible conditions. He could just as easily facilitate their crossing to Europe and once they are on EU soil it is harder to return them. I believe this is why France is leading the way, because they are very sensitive to this issue. That, and the fact that their previous Foreign Minister had to resign for being too close to the former Tunisian regime. They need good PR right now, and so leading this (and getting their citizens out of Tokyo before anyone else) seems like a good move to them I think.

Anonymous said...

2nd comment from Rachel

Of course, the main news yesterday (Wednesday) in Tokyo was the radiation in the tap water, clearly an alarming development. I think most people started keeping supplies at home after the quake (some may have done it before) and that is why you may have seen reports about shops not having much on the shelves. I find it hard to believe anyone in Tokyo lived through the last 10 days and didn't at some point buy in some basics.

Nevertheless, the news yesterday was something we didn't want to hear. The official advice is, don't give tap water to infants (up to 12 months) but it is safe for children unless they consume vast quantities over a long period, and for adults it is safe. Hmmm . . . I don't know what you would do, but I am erring on the side of caution. I will take a shower and wash dishes, but I am sticking to bottled water and tea for at least the next day or so until we get some more information. I imagine that other people will do something similar, and I can't imagine any parent giving their child the water if they can avoid it. Would you take that chance?

Power has been restored at the power plant and now they are working to get the systems working so the coolant can be circulated. 2 days ago it was reported that 'the power station is undeniably more stable than at any time last week, and for the first time the International Atomic Energy Agency says it 'has no doubt' that the crisis will be overcome.' I got that from the BBC website (which has been much better than BBC broadcast journalism in all this).

They have also reported this:

Professor Richard Wakeford from the Dalton Nuclear Institute and visiting Professor of Epidemiology at Manchester University said the health effects would be extremely small. He calculated that drinking water for a year at the Japanese limit would give an infant a dose of 0.4mSv, so you would need to double that to get the effect of drinking water at the higher level of radiation for a year. Professor Wakeford said "in theory, there would be a very small additional risk of cancer, but in practice nothing more than you could expect to get from normal background levels of radiation".

So the extra risk from drinking tap water in Tokyo for a year would be far less than that of someone moving, say, from London to Cornwall for a year.

As several scientists have pointed out, the alert about drinking water in Tokyo is simply a sensible precautionary measure, based on the principle that if you can easily avoid risk, you should do so.

Anonymous said...

Finally, from Rachel:

Life in Tokyo continues to be subdued, I think people who don't need to go far are staying at home. A lot of things that can be are being postponed. March is the end of the academic year here, we start again in April, so all the school and university students are free anyway. You don't see many students about, so I assume they are staying at or close to home. People are still going to work, but I have heard that overtime is being discouraged (to save power) and people are heading home early. All over Tokyo escalators (going down, not up) have been turned off, lights have been dimmed (this is normally a very brightly-lit city) and there are signs on vending machines etc. that they have been turned off to conserve electricity. The rolling power blackouts do not seem to happen much, maybe our voluntary efforts are helping enough.

It is very odd to suddenly not be all over the news, but I for one am grateful that most of the extra reporters have gone home. In their effort to fill up time or make it more interesting (or whatever they were thinking) they were really saying some irresponsible things. And Mr. Walsh was not on 360! I cannot tell you how happy I was to not have him scare-mongering at me.

What is it with 360 and the near-obsessional focus on one story? Where is the balance? Do American viewers get all their (your) news from a program like 360, or do you usually watch something else for all the stories and then turn to 360 for a more in-depth coverage of the main item?

aries moon said...

Was pleased to see the absence of Ajami and Gergen and I thought it was interesting that at one moment during the show Anderson emphasized that they would be presenting other views and vantage points on Libya. I don't know if he or his staff read ATA, but the timing of it all is something to think about. AC has said a couple of times how much he admires Ajami so I don't expect that we've seen the last of him just yet, but it was good to hear other voices for a change. Having said that, they may need to expand on the topics they cover. I think Libya is a significant story and I actually enjoy the serious, no frills tone 360 has adopted over the last few weeks, but hopefully they can fit in additional worthwhile stories as well, but the ratings have been so good, they might not be ready to make any changes.

Anonymous said...

@ACAnderFan - Last night, the show covered Libya, Syria, Israel, Japan and Elizabeth Taylor. Not quite tunnel vision. I'm sure they'll make time for additional Japan stuff this week.

Also, the things happening the Middle East right now affect us - the stock market, how we use our military, how much was pay at the gas pump. It's important for that region and our region.

Anonymous said...

I know that Libya is important, but so are a number of events going on in the news. I'm not necessarily asking for a nightly newscast from AC360, but I would appreciate a more complete overview of several major events rather than the one or two event emphasis that we too often get (complete with talking heads who really don't add facts, but do add too much opinion sometimes). The ratings for the show are going to go down again if the format isn't broadened and faster paced.

Anonymous said...

@judy - If the important news that AC360 is missing is Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, then I hope they continue to miss it.

Anonymous said...

@Rachel - your last question: I sometimes watch the NBC Nightly News, more often watch The Last Word w/Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC and then just as often watch Anderson and 360.

While I'm not depending on 360 for ALL of my news, I still appreciate a variety of reports. Libya is big news right now but there's plenty of other important stuff going on.

Anderson has a history of focusing on one news story and staying with it long after other news programs have moved it to a "B" or "C" story. While it's great that Anderson is passionate about certain news, his passion usually lasts longer than most viewers. And so the viewers get bored and complain or change the channel.

Thanks for your news about Japan. A segment on how daily life has changed for Tokyo-ians would make an interesting segment on 360. Thanks also for your news about the African immigration factor of Europe dealing with Gadhafi; that's something I didn't know before.

Jaanza

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rachel for that information. I'm glad to hear your very informed perspective. To answer your question in your last post- I personally watch other news shows in addition to 360. CNN newsroom is often on where I work and I also read a lot of news online. I watch 360 to get more in-depth coverage of specific stories. On another note, I am
personally glad that 360 is covering Libya, Japan, and now Syria and while they could cover more stories I don't think that Donald Trump and Sarah Palin's outlandish arrogant drivel is worth a story.