Monday, August 15, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360, Monday, August 15, 2011

Follow up: Dana Loesch and Cornell Belcher

POTUS BUS TOUR IN SWING STATES: A discussion with Anderson, John King and David Gergen


(part two is scheduled for Tuesday night's AC360)



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Jim Tyberg said...

If "keeping 'em honest" is a mission statement for AC360, please give some perspective when reporting that fundatmental Christians read the Bible and end up killing their children. This is such a extreme viewpoint, and I would think that your staff would know that. Why generalize that this isolated perspective is a "Christian perspective" when Jesus himself said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt 19:14 You're making headline announcements about Christians to the detriment of those who, in fact, motivate care for children perhaps more than any group.
Is this "keeping 'em honest" type of reporting? Please apply it to your own reporting. Thanks.

ACAnderFan said...

360 monday nite was pretty good. Gary's piece about Ungodly punishment was the best part of the show. That's the type of stories I like to see on 360, interesting stories that you really don't see anywhere else. There is no reason to beat a kid like that. If the kid isn't behaving then spank them with your hand if you need to. I was hardly ever spanked. All my mom had to do was look at me and I knew what I was doing was wrong and I stopped. I kind of wish Anderson had given us his take on spanking, it would have been interesting to hear.

judy said...

If Michele Bachman is running for public office than she is a public figure and everything is fair game, even her eating a fried dog on a stick, or whatever it was called.
No apologizing is necessary. Newsweek's Tina Brown had to apologize and explain the unbecoming cover of Michele Bachman. This was totally unnecessary. It was a photo of her, and if it was unattractive, so be it. She wanted to become a public figure and now she is one, so let the chips fall where they may.
I know Jon Stewart came to her defense as well, last week, but I totally disagree. Not every article that is written will be positive and not every photo or drawing will be kind. That's life and if you can't stand the heat, then I suggest, Michele should remove herself from the public kitchen, AC. Her intellect is no great loss.
Gary Tuchman's report was very well done. In this day and age it is hard to imagine that people like this exist. Excellent exposure to a problem that is often silenced...even if it offends.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Anderson could multi-task, thats good to know!

aries moon said...

The 360 team seem like a smart group--it's amazing that they aren't embarrassed and ashamed to have the horrible Dana Loesch (and Erick Erickson for that matter) on their show--I was hoping she'd never make another appearance, but it must be an unfortunate consequence of the earlier time slot.

Michelle Bachmann's history of homophobia and discrimination is well documented and she must be crazy to think she can just avoid answering questions about it--she needs to be held accountable for her words. Her awful words are one reason why I can't work up any sympathy for her the way Anderson did in The Ridiculist--Bachmann has the potential to do harm to many decent people if she ever becomes President and that's a bigger issue than some silly photograph taken of her, she is running for the Presidency of the United States as she is fond of repeating ad nauseum--that means she had better be able to stand the heat in the kitchen--she doesn't deserve special treatment or media people coming to her defense.

I feel so sad for the poor little girl who was beaten to death and for the other children who were hurt by those monstrous "parents". I hope they rot in jail.

Anonymous said...

Michele Bachmann will avoid answering any question in which her answer, her true feelings, might not look good. A candidate can't do that forever, the continual sidestepping becomes an issue. And Dana Loesch is wrong, how a candidate feels about homosexuality is a very relevant issue when some of your constituents are gay/lesbian, there's DADT which is still unresolved and gay marriage/benefits for partners of federal employees, etc.

Loved the return of loving and howling goofy dogs on The Shot.

Gary Tuchman didn't ask author Pearl (spare the rod, spoil the child) if any of his kids had a good relationship with him and give him wonderful Father's Day presents. Or if his kids zoomed far away from Tennessee the day they turned 18, never looked back or sent as much as a postcard and now tell folks that they're orphans.

@Jim Tyberg - the report "generalized" the child-rearing philosophy of author Pearl and the Schatz parents as Christian because they got that philosophy directly out of the Bible. Another example of people using Christianity/the Bible/Jesus to justify all kinds of horrendous behavior. And that's been going on long before AC360 hit the airwaves.

The Ridiculist was a great end to the show but I can't fault the photographer for trying to make big bucks while he can.


Anonymous said...

A little bit physical punishment is necessary - those folks are wrong. It' s not displine, it's abuse.

Anonymous said...

WOW! This couple are sick, and what's sicker is they call theirselves Christians. I've raised children two of them was mine, and two of them was relatives children that could not raise them. There was disiciple in my house, but Lord knows, there is a difference. I love all my children dearly, and I nor my husband could never do what was done to this child. They beat her until she was lifeless. My heart goes out to her and the rest of those children. I just hate what she went through before God took her, and through her the rest of those children are saved from these mentally ill and crazy people.