Friday, December 21, 2012

Anderson Cooper 360 Friday, December 21, 2012


REMEMBERING DYLAN, OLIVIA, GRACE, MARY AND RACHEL, Five funerals for Sandy Hook shooting victims today:

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REMEMBERING NOAH POSNER:  Noah's mother speaks with Anderson

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NRA PROPOSES ARMED SCHOOL GUARDS, Murphy "An armed security guard didn't prevent Columbine":  Anderson speaks with Rep. Chris Murphy, (D) Connecticut Sen.-Elect about the statement the NRA made today

WALMART WEIGHS IN ON NEWTOWN TRAGEDY, Major gun retailer speaks to AC360:  Report by Gary Tuchman

NEWTOWN SAYS GOODBYE, Families, friends pay tribute to Sandy Hook victims:  Anderson speaks with Msg, Robert Weiss, St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church

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PART OF ANDERSON'S INTERVIEW WITH GRACE MCDONNELL'S PARENTS FROM EARLIER IN THE WEEK WAS REPLAYED in honor of her, as her funeral was today

AC360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN:  Susan Hendricks

A CLOSING REMEMBRANCE TO THE PEOPLE OF NEWTOWN:

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was it two or maybe three times during Friday's 360 Anderson explained / justified his presence in Newtown? He said he was there "to honor, to remember" and that the parents wanted "a voice to remember their children" and also he wasn't there to "intrude" he was being respectful" and was there "for parents who want to come forward to tell their stories". It felt like he was trying to set himself apart from those other reporters, the ones Newtown residents want to go away.

Anderson reminded us that earlier in the week the NRA said it wanted to make "meaningful contributions to make sure this doesn't happen again..." I loved Anderson's expression after that, it looked like he was going to say something snarky and opinionated. Alas, no. Come on, Anderson, you can say how you really feel about the NRA spin. But I did really like the interview with Rep. Murphy; good questions and great answers.

Gary Tuchman's segment on Walmart selling guns was also very good. The Walmart spokesman stated his case well ('we give the customer what they want based on feedback'). However, gun sales is another reason never to go to Walmart. (I was at my local Walmart exactly once a years ago;; what a dump. A dirty disorganized dump.

360 should have had a segment on the fiscal cliff chatter in Wash D.C. today instead of repeating the interview with Grace McDonnell's parents. I'm heartless, I know but it was news that deserved a segment.

What happens next? Will Anderson memorialize the other kids and teachers on Saturday? Monday? The following week because all the big CNN anchors get a week off for Christmas? I wonder how and if he will do it.

Jaanza

ACAnderFan said...

@Jaanza, It did seems like he was trying to justify why he was still there. He needs to go home. He should have left earlier in the week. There was no reason for him to be there. The town needs to grieve in peace and alone and they can't do that with the media there.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like Anderson went back to Newtown on Friday for Grace McDonald's funeral. I imagine the McDonald family invited him and I am sure he felt honored to be invited. I doubt it would have come out if the Senate-elect had not mentioned the fact that he and Anderson were both there.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

What Anderson can do to memorial the people who died in this tragedy is to use his status to prevent this from happening again, whether it be mental issues, gun control, whatever he wants.

Anonymous said...

From what I have read, the residents want ALL the anchors, including Anderson, to go away.
They want to grieve in peace and yes it is an intrusion when you set up in front of a funeral home, hoping a family will ask you to interview them.
All that can be said was said, and if Rachel Maddow can sound off about the NRA, so could Anderson, but he wouldn't.

Anonymous said...

If they wanted him at the funeral, how could he refuse to go? His coverage has been sensitive, respectable and compassionate, he did a good job there.