Monday, September 24, 2012

Anderson Cooper 360, Monday 9/24/12


KEEPING THEM HONEST, ROMNEY'S ER CARE COMMENTS: Anderson Cooper reporting
MORE HEALTH CARE HEADACHES/BATTLING OVER BUMPS: Alex Castellanos & Paul Begala


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN LIBYA: Anderson defends CNN, AC360, Arwa Damon and himself in a commentary about the decision to use Ambassador Steven's journal as a source for reporting....against the Ambassador's family’s wishes.
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BENGHAZI ATTACK SITE COMPROMISED? Fran Townsend & Bob Baer

WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? Same sex marriage by Zach Wahls, author 'My Two Moms'
BATTLE OVER SAME SEX MARRIAGE: Jessica Yellin, Gloria Borger and John King

KEEPING THEM HONEST, CHARITY SCAM?  Drew Griffin reporting

AC360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Susan Hendricks

THE SHOT:
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THE RIDICULIST:  Cat For Mayor

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EXTRA:
While we don't have anything directly Anderson related for you tonight we do have a video to share from Soledad O'Brien's Starting Point this morning.  CNN rolled out the big guns to try and neutralize the negative press over AC360 using Ambassador Steven's journal.  Here's Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide Managing Editor and others answering questions or some might say spinning the story: 

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AC360 Transcript


AC360 Podcast


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I came in late to 360, sorry I missed the report about Romney's stupid ER comment. I tuned in during the panel on the Libyan attack site "compromised." Did Anderson ever directly address the issue of using Amb. Stevens' journal against his family's wishes?

The clip here on ATA from Soledad O'Brien's show is revealing and yes, it is spin. It would be awesome for Anderson to say something to his viewers on this issue.

Zach Wahls was very well-spoken on 'WKYUAT - Gay marriage' and his question 'who are these people up at night worried about my two moms?' On the panel Gloria Borger stated Romney has been consistent in his policy on gay marriage. Borger stated several times how very consistent Romeny was on this and maybe she felt this was praise for Romney but for me it just emphasized that Romney has been INcconsistent on other issues.

The Shot of two gorillas looking at a caterpiller wasn't very Shot-worthy. It just seemed like an excuse to broadcast again the video of Anderson in a bunny suit at the behest of a gorilla.

The Ridiculist was pretty good. I'd vote for Tuxedo Stan.

Jaanza

Anonymous said...

While I found the reporting from the journal creepy, now I'm really appalled by CNN and to a certain degree Anderson. The Washington Post article to which Whitaker and Anderson responded was pretty insightful as to what took place. CNN was already in damage control mode late Friday night when they posted the statement about reporting on what was newsworthy from the diary before turning it over to the family. The way they treated Amb. Stevens family is appalling.

Arwa Damon was flat out wrong for not turning the diary over to the State Dept immediately, when she knew there was an ongoing investigation. Apparently the Libyans were unable to secure the area until it was safe for the FBI to gain access; but Damon should have known better than to remove evidence.

I found the Soledad/Whitaker interview interesting, not only for the fact they marched out the "big guns" to defend their actions, but at the very end Soledad asked Townsend if Stevens voiced security concerns to her at her recent meeting with him and Townsend said she asked him about security and he said he wasn't concerned.

Apparently there really wasn't anything "newsworthy" in the journal and they played it up to make it sound like the State Department and the Obama Administration ignored Amb. Stevens concerns, when in fact, Anderson Cooper stated on air Wednesday night they didn't know what happened. IMO, if you don't know what happened, perhaps it's best not to make it a breaking news story; and if you make a promise to a grieving family, it's best to keep that promise.

If CNN was truly concerned about security at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and wanted to inform viewers, perhaps it would be best to report that Republicans are the ones responsible for the budget cuts to U.S. Embassy and Consulate security the last two years and those proposed for the upcoming budget years. I guess it doesn't fit CNN's narrative on the Obama Administration? The same way that CNN failed to report on Sen. McCain's nay vote/Republicans killing the Veteran's Jobs Bill, yet had McCain on that same night last week to bash President Obama's handling of the situation in Libya.

One thing I did found interesting tonight, was that Anderson wouldn't discuss the journal incident after making his statement, but yet went on to have a discussion with Townsend and Baer about their opinions of the attack site being compromised. Since neither of them were on the ground or are involved in the investigation, more spin and opinion reporting vs. news and facts. Apparently CNN/AC360 doesn't want to inform viewers, but has moved to sensationalist journalism?

It will be interesting to see if there is more fallout from CNN's actions as it's apparent they are in full damage control. Kurtz wouldn't let a panel discuss the actions yesterday on his program, just read the CNN statement and said the State Dept was blaming the messenger; and Anderson read his prepared statement but wouldn't discuss it with his panel either. Were they expressing their personal views or repeating the company line? Either way, I find it all disgusting.

I guess when you are desperate for ratings....

-- Jenn