Due to the breaking news of the shootings in Santa Monica, only two stories were covered on AC360 ~
SANTA MONICA POLICE, 6 PEOPLE DEAD IN KILLING SPREE:
Miguel Marquez from Santa Monica, CA
John Miller, CBS
Rona Navales, student paper staff writer, Santa Monica College (by phone)
Marta Fagerstroem, witnessed shooting (by phone)
Joe Orcutt, eyewitness (by phone)
GOVERNMENT SNOOPING ON PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS & MORE:
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Susan Hendricks
At the end of the hour Anderson announced that due to the breaking news the rest of his interview with Kristin Beck, former Navy Seal, will be shown Monday on AC360.
BLOGGER'S COMMENTARY: While I enjoyed John Miller's explanation of how the Govt. surveillance program works, the discussion that followed left several questions unanswered. To me the $64,000 Question (yes, I'm showing my age) remains is if this is such a huge new development, why did the "government whistleblower" go to Glenn Greenwald? Or did the whistle blower try other U.S. media outlets and they didn't pick up the story because they didn't believe/trust the "source"? (For those not familiar with Mr. Greenwald, he's a correspondent and blogger with the U.S. version of The Guardian. Mr. Greenwald is extremely critical of the U.S. political system and lives most of his time in Rio de Janeiro. He explained in an Out magazine article that his residence in Brazil is due to the fact that DOMA bars the federal recognition of same-sex marriages and thus prevents his partner from obtaining immigration rights in the US.) Perhaps Mr. Greenwald has a solid source and a valid story or perhaps he has an ax to grind with the current administration; whichever it is, this blogger was left with more questions than answers after this segment. Facts matter and I feel very few facts were provided.
10:00pm ET Hour:
Susan Hendricks was in with an update on the shootings in Santa Monica and then the AC360 special on Oscar Pistorius aired. Susan did announce that Wolf Blitzer would be LIVE in the 11:00pmET hour anchoring AC360 with the latest news out of Santa Monica. Not sure what happened to Anderson as he anchored the 8:00pm ET hour from D.C.
The following appeared on Twitter shortly after the end of the first hour ~