Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Anderson Cooper AC360 Wednesday, 2/22/12 Debate Night

Post Debate Coverage from Arizona:
Panelists: John King, Gloria Borger, David Gergen, Erick Erickson, Donna Brazille and Ari Fleischer

Moderated from NYC by Anderson Cooper


Blogger’s Commentary:

Did anyone wonder why Anderson Cooper wasn’t in Arizona Wednesday night to cover the CNN sponsored Republican Presidential Debate? It’s a legitimate question since he’s been on stage for post debate coverage at every other CNN sponsored debate this election season.

We don't know the answer, but we do know there were two tapings completed for his talk show, “Anderson”, today and more scheduled for tomorrow. Instead of traveling to cover the debate Cooper was talking to Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family and Lisa Kudrow. Couldn’t the tapings have been rescheduled? After all tonight’s debate was on the books first and his talk show has rescheduled tapings in the past to accommodate Cooper’s CNN schedule.

It was said, when the talk show was announced, that CNN would “absolutely continue to send Anderson” to the sites of breaking news…“We all want the same thing,” Mr. Cooper said. “I’m never going to do anything that is detrimental to CNN.”* And yet tonight he sat alone in his New York City studio while his colleagues reported the news from where the news was happening.

Personally we would have much preferred to have John King or Gloria Borger handle the post debate coverage rather than the awkward back and forth from a moderator in NYC to the large group on stage in Arizona. There actually was about a 5 minute period at the 38 minute mark of the program where the panel ran with the topic at hand and the only way we knew AC was still awake was when he broke in to go to commercial.

We're sure many of you will make excuses for his absence and disagree with our opinion and that’s your right. You may find ‘entertainment’ Anderson your cup of tea, we on the other hand prefer ‘newsman’ Anderson and felt a little cheated today when the talk show trumped the news. So many people can entertain us but few have the ability to inform us; it’s a gift and in our opinion it’s a gift he’s wasting on ‘Wives Who Kill Abusive Husbands’, ‘Is Your House Making You Sick’, ’11 Year Olds Getting Bikini Waxes’, etc. Soon, we expect, it will be over and we’ll know if entertainment or newsman Anderson won the battle. We hope AC realizes his dream, whatever that maybe be, but if it involves Toddlers and Tiaras, we will wish him luck and bid a fond farewell to Mr. Cooper. ~ The ATA Team

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Anonymous said...

Oh woah! I had written the following as a comment on the All Things CNN blog (11:28PM) a while after your wrote your blogger commentary (10:09PM) but did not know about your post until just now!

"Wow, did anyone watch the post debate AC360º show? First of all, AC360º needs to be renamed CNN360º considering Anderson Cooper doesn't even seem to want to do his CNN show anymore and that really saddens me. I wish he would get rid of his talk show and concentrate more on his journalism and travel more for CNN. Second, if I'm not mistaken, I believe it is Anderson's turn to moderate a debate, not to mention, he wasn't even in Arizona tonight. He did his broadcast from his New York studio and just seemed to be on the side. John King basically took over at the Debate stage during 360º. I'm not liking how Anderson seems to be slowly fading away from CNN."

I thought I was the only one who felt this way and noticed. It really saddens me to what has become of Anderson Cooper. I'm curious though about the final comment made in your blog post. It seems like All Things Anderson is coming to an end?

Anonymous said...

Anderson Cooper's journalistic side is what I enjoy most. I don't like his talk show side. Sorry but when he says "We have a huge show for you today! I got one word for you!....MADONNA!" It just really does not suit him. Sorry, that's the truth. It's almost as uncomfortable as watching celebrities craft with Martha Stewart on her show, just to plug something. There is a lot of awkwardness in Daytime talk shows. Oprah was the best, and now Ellen is the best. Anderson was fun to watch though on Live with Kelly. The only entertainment part of Anderson that I like to see is when he does The Ridiculist. Sometimes. I don't know what to say. It really makes me mad and sad because I really miss the old days of Anderson Cooper 360º. When was the last time he traveled out of the country? It must have been one year ago in Egypt. Afterwards his talk show began.......

Anonymous said...

Anderson Cooper wasn't even present at some of the primary/caucus coverages. He really has become a disappointment. I hope he reads this blog. He made me love the news. Luckily I still have Wolf Blitzer. He is awesome and I see him as the true face of CNN.

Anderson, come back!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I didnt even know Anderson showed up for work today at CNN. I didn't watch the debate but shortly after the 10:00 pm hour started (9 CST), I checked in periodically to the post-debate stuff and never saw Anderson. I thought the "360" was just stuck there and it was John King or Wolf Blitzer and the commentators. I guess Anderson was on so infrequently I totally missed him.

Of course Anderson would have had more air-time and coverage if he was in Arizona with the rest of the team. IF the daytime tapings were the only thing keeping him in NYC that's disappointing.

Maybe Anderson felt like 'oh, it's another debate out of many, there'll be more.' Even though I get burned out on political news, it is an election year and it is important.

Makes me wonder how Anderson will handle the conventions this summer.

Many thanks for posting Anderson's eulogy for Marie Colvin, well-spoken and from the heart.

Now to be nit-picky: it was "Is Your House Making You Fat" not sick, which actually would have been a much better topc.


Anonymous said...

With fans like this, who needs enemies?

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your commentary. and let's not forget that Mr. Cooper is probably off on Friday night to attend a celebrity-filled party in Los Angeles for this awards weekend. He will also need to be at the Vanity Fair party on Sunday.

Perhaps he didn't want to leave New York because that would not allow him as much time to get ready for Los Angeles.

All of these social events for take priority over any other major news events that may occur in the world.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with you! I am a big fan of Anderson and AC360! I have only seen maybe 3 of his show all the way thru! I, too, wish he would stick with the news!

I'm sorry but I don't like his show, so with that I wish him well but won't watch!!


Anonymous said...

I am so sad how all of this has turned out. I agree with everything that has been said here. It makes you wonder if he is ready to take a break from news like he did back when he did the Mole, but I am afraid this time he won't have news to go back to again.

He has always been the go to person and last night he just wound up setting in a lonely studio hundreds a miles away while his co-workers did all the work.

His tribute to Marie Colvin was nice but it could have been done from AZ as well.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I agree with much of what the ATA team said. I think that the daytime Anderson will hold on until it becomes financially stupid to continue. I don't mind the win at all costs attitude, but I do mind the "my body is here, but my brain is gone" behavior I have been seeing on 360. I think he might end up losing both shows, which financially won't ruin him---he is wealthy, but wealth isn't everything, and I can't help but think he won't be happy if his fans desert both shows. And in my opinion, I don't think Anderson ever reads anything on this blog.

Anonymous said...

I am in the minority here. I really like his day time show. He is so adorable.
I have noticed as others have that it seems like he is fading away from CNN. It really is hard to do two shows.

Karen said...

The only thing you left out of your commentary was he probably stayed behind to tape talk shows so he could take a long weekend to party in Los Angeles with the Oscar crowd. You may be too polite to say it but I'm not.
I've lost a lot of love for Andy over the last few years but more importantly the people he works with must downright dislike his prima donna ways at this point.
Anderson Cooper does care about what people say about him. You can tell because people on Twitter piss him off and he will Tweet ‘blah, blah, blah’ or some other snide childish retort. I say this because if he comes across ATA’s commentary and fans opinions here he will find a way to dismiss them but they will bother him. Of course not enough that he’ll cancel his Oscar plans by saying he has to ‘work’ like he did with his Mardi Gras appearance.

ACAnderFan said...

@anonymous 10:53am, If Anderson leaves news again like he did with The Mole I don't think he'll be able to get back into it again. I think he's lucky he was able to get back into news after The Mole. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up losing both shows. But maybe that's what he needs, a wake up call like that. Might make him reevaluate somethings and just focus on one thing instead of trying to do it all.

Anonymous said...

The people on Twitter who get a snide retort from Anderson usually deserve it and generally they are the ones who are being childish, not him.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 5:40 AM - I'm still a fan of Anderson's but way more a fan of "newsman" Anderson rather than "entertainment" Anderson, two different sides of him we see on 360 and daytime.

I want all the best for Anderson but I want 360 to be the best it can be also and when the daytime show interferes with "newsman" Anderson it is incredibly disappointing.

If you're a fan of both Andersons, that's great. However, many of us here worry about him juggling two shows at once, spreading himself too thin and the quality of both shows declining.

I have no idea what Anderson's Oscar weekend plans are but hope he's on 360 as usual on Friday.


Anonymous said...

ATA Team : I couldn't agree more.
Excellently stated.
I could care less what entertainment Anderson is doing.
I hate reading about him and his celeb friends, though I too, wish him well.
I miss Anderson the newsman, but if I have to live without him, so be it.
As I've stated before, never watched his daytime show, never will.
But worse, I have stopped watching 360 because to me, he is no longer the journalist I so admired.

Anonymous said...

This is all very sad because in some ways Anderson is like another Whitney Houston, without the drugs.
She abused her talent and he's abusing and being dismissive of his.
As the ATA team pointed out, not too many people can relate to the news the way Cooper could and yet this was not enough for him.
He wanted MORE, and now the more isn't satisfying and will ultimately be a big disappointment.
This is what fame does to people.
It makes them want MORE.
In Anderson's case it may be MORE MONEY AND MORE FAME, but it is still MORE.
And what he's doing now is ruining what he did best....reporting, for a chance to sit with who, Jane Fonda???
Such a bad lame choice and only HE doesn't see that, like Whitney.