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