Anderson opened AC360 on Tuesday night by reading a statement from a a Libyan government spokesman about the unfolding drama in Tripoli. Also Cooper mentioned a statement released by Gadhafi and played on Libyan government radio. He then reviewed events in Tripoli today.
In the first hour of AC360:
• Several of Sara Sidner's reports from the streets and Gadhafi compound were aired and Anderson spoke live, via satellite, with her from Martyr Square
• Matthew Chance's reports from the Rixos Hotel were also reaired and then he discussed, by phone, the current siuation with the trapped journalists
• Arwa Damon reported live from the Tripoli Airport
• Fadel Al-Amenn (Daily Beast) talked about where Gadhafi might be
• Ret. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt talked of the military action taken by the rebels and NATO's participation
• Fouad Ajami and Fran Townsend joined Anderson to talk about the transitional committee
• Chad Myers traced the area affected by today's earthquake
• Maram Wafa, a resident of Tripoli, talked by phone about the struggles of her neighbors and her family these past few months
In the second hour of AC360:
• Sara Sidner reporting live, by phone, of the celebratory gunfire by rebels
• Arwa Damon was back to report that there is still intense fighting near the airport
• Fadel Al-Amenn and Mark Kimmitt were back to further discuss the situation
• Charges were dismissed against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Jeffrey Toobin provided legal analysis
• Matthew Chance's report, Maram Wafa's phone call and Chad Myer's earthquake segment were repeated in the second hour
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
Do you remember when rumors began flying last year that Anderson wanted to be a talk show host? Larry King was stepping down after a long career as CNN’s premier talk show host, so surely CNN would see the impeccable timing of these two events.
Who better than Cooper to take Larry’s place doing celeb interviews, talk reality television, social issues, etc. and switch over to hard news as needed? Sort of like Larry only better. But it wasn’t meant to be and to add insult to injury we got Piers Morgan….but that’s a discussion for another day.
So we fast forward to the announcement last September that AC was going to do a syndicated talk show with a subsidiary of Time Warner. When I heard it my first thought was how would he handle mega news days? I knew he would breeze through the mundane days but two big stories on the same day when you have two live audiences booked for talk show tapings was bound to happen. And it did.
I don’t think Anderson was wrong to want to branch out, nor am I saying AC360 suffered tonight, but I do think CNN was wrong for not realizing he wanted more. They had the perfect opportunity to satisfy his desire to host a talk show while keeping the newsman he is at heart available for breaking news on days like today. While AC was in front of his syndicated show’s studio audience today talking about families having dinner together his colleagues were being fired on in Tripoli. That just doesn’t seem right to me. ~Phebe