Friday, August 05, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360, Friday, August 5, 2011

Anderson Cooper was live from Washington, DC for AC360 tonight ~

S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating: Report by Anderson Cooper
Exclusive Interview with John Chambers, Head of sovereign ratings at S&P
David Walker & Ali Velshi joined in to ask some questions of Mr. Chambers


S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating:
Super-sized Panel: John King, Dan Lothian, Ali Velshi, Chrystia Freeland, David Egan, David Walker, Jeff Toobin, & Erin Burnett

The political fallout from the downgrade
Panel: Dan Lothian, John King, Jeff Toobin, Ali Velshi, Chrystia Freeland, Alex Castellanos, & John Avalon

Somalia, 7 people killed in fight over food at refugee camp in Mogadishu: Brief report by Anderson & the announcement of Monday night's AC360 Somalia: On The Frontlines of Famine

360 Bulletin: Susan Hendricks

Anderson pulled extra duty tonight ~

For the last 17 minutes of CNN Presents ~

Breaking News, the S&P Downgrade of the U.S. Credit Rating: Anderson Cooper, anchor
Guests: Allan Chernoff (in NYC), John King (on the phone), David Walker (on the phone), and Wolf Blitzer (on the phone)

And continued anchoring the breaking news for the first 10 minutes of Piers Morgan Tonight ~
Guests: Ali Velshi and John King

AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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aries moon said...

AC, John King and others like to say there's "plenty of blame on all sides" regarding the S&P downgrade and the debt ceiling fiasco, but would any of this have happened if the Republicans didn't have to please the Tea Party by being hard-line and completely uncompromising? They are determined to destroy the country to get Obama out of office. How do you work with people like that? No, AC, it's NOT all Obama's fault, but it is the poisonous atmosphere that the Tea Party has brought to Washington. The right wing chose to fight Obama on raising the debt ceiling--even if the President could've done it earlier, when the time came for them to REALLY get down to do it, there shouldn't have been a battle, but that's what the Republicans caused and it's frustrating to watch AC, John King not report honestly about this. The GOP was specifically singled out for its role in causing the downgrade. AC spent too much time talking to David Walker--I would've liked to have heard more from Jeff Toobin, Ali Velshi and Chrystia Freeland and there was no need for Anderson to read the Mitt Romney statement bashing Obama TWICE and have it up on the screen.

I'm glad AC's going to Africa, but I hope he doesn't fill up the all of the time talking about the debt/S&P downgrade, although I know it's an important subject that has to be covered.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why Anderson was in DC? and was his special announcement that he is in Somalia next week?

Anonymous said...

Aries moon I like Obama also but he shares in this blame. They ALL are to blame, but who is going to fix it? I don't really care who got us here if they fix the economy.

aries moon said...

@anon 12:32, I get what you're saying and I know he and his administration weren't completely faultless in this, but I just want reporters to not take this situation and run with it as though they're totally blind to how difficult it is to govern when you have the GOP and the Tea Party against you, fortunately there are some in the MSM who know exactly how bad it is for this particular President and they aren't interested in creating negative campaign ads against him live on air for the Republicans.

Anonymous said...

@Aries Moon

I agree that the coverage last night seemed to be pretty one sided. And I blame the Tea Party/Republicans out to destroy President Obama for our economic mess. They don't care if the country suffers; they just want him gone. How sad to think that race is still an issue in this country today; and yes, I said it.

From watching AC360's tweets, they obviously had a completely different program set for last night and changed is at the last minute with the breaking news. The interview with the man from S&P was pretty good and he basically said the lack of increasing revenues was the reason for the downgrade.

I know they were working like crazy behind the scenes to get guests, but the super-sized panel was crazy. I would have left it with Ali Velshi, Jeff Toobin, Chrystia Freeland and Erin Burnett.

Reading Mitt Ronmey's statement and having Alex Castellanos on with no Democratic balance - was just plain bad. If they couldn't find a Dem pundit, then don't have Alex on and why give Mitt air time to bash our President? I don't blame Anderson totally, but the producers making the last minute decisions; and CNN's seeming desire to push the Tea Party down our throats. John King often seems to push the Republican agenda.

I will say kudos to Anderson for dealing with the super sized pane and the extra coverage in the 8pm & 9pm ET hours. Guess Piers was too busy to cover the breaking news on his own program? Then again, I really don't want to hear Piers discuss US political issues -or much of anything for that matter.

I am very happy that Anderson is going to Somalia. I hope they leave the US political news to Wolf and John while he is in Somalia and let him cover the famine and other international news.

aries moon said...

@anon 4:37, needless to say, I agree completely with your comments and you also brought out some good points that I hadn't considered about production of the show last night.