Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Anderson Cooper 360, Tuesday 8/27/13


U.S. PREPARING POSSIBLE MILITARY STRIKE ON SYRIA: Anderson Cooper and Fred Pleitgen reporting
Follow up with Fran Townsend, John King, Dexter Filkins and Peter Beinart

U.S. MILITARY ACTIONS IN SYRIA, WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?: Anderson discuss with Maj. Gen. James Marks, Christopher Harmer and Andrew Slater

MILLIONS FOR CHARITY, NEARLY NOTHING FOR DYING CHILDREN: Drew Griffin reporting

MEASLES OUTBREAK SICKENS 16 AT TEXAS MEGACHURCH: Randi Kaye reporting
Follow up discussion with Anderson and Dr. Sanjay Gupta

WILDFIRE BURNING IN PART OF YOSEMITE NAT'L PARK: Gary Tuchman reporting

AC360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay



EXTRA:

The Late Show tweeted a picture of Anderson arriving for tonight's taping.  We'll have his appearance in Wednesday night's extras. 



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2 comments:

Jaanza said...

Another good 360. Although I wish Anderson had more time talking to Pleitgen in Damascas, the panel had a lot of good comments such as Beinart emphasizing it's a civil war, King reminding viewers that the reactions from other MidEast countries need to be considered and Baer summing up post-Assad Syria "It's not going to be pretty."

Sometime soon I hope Anderson has an expert to talk about Sunni / Shiite divisions and how they affect the political and diplomatic life in the MidEast. I read somewhere on the web (but can't remember where) an excellent article outlining all of this. For example, Assad is Shiite and most Syrians are Sunni. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni country, is said to want the Sunni rebels to win in Syria. This whole issue needs more attention.

In part two of Griffin's report on Kids Wish Network charity scam, I'm glad Anderson brought up Charity Navigator so people can check out these organizations before donating any money.

The report on the measles outbreak linked to a Texas church preaching against vaccinations should have come before the charity segment. Nothing wrong with Griffin's report, I just found it more interesting and downright satisfying when the church did a complete 180 and advised their members to get their kids vaccinated.

I stupidly forgot about Anderson going on Letterman. Big thanks in advance to ATA for posting the interview tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

@Jaanza - Assad is not Shiite, he's Alawi (not sure about the spelling, I'm familiar with these terms in Hebrew). They are a Shiite sect, Assad's father invested in improving the relationship with Shiiites to protect himself. Alawites are about 10-11% of Syrian population, yet in addition to the Assad family most of the government and army high ranked officers are Alawaite. Good relationship with Shiite means Iran and Hezbullah are his allies. That's the reason for the concern for Alawaites fate after Assad is gone. There's no doubt that without the power of the government, they will be slaughtered.
Another point that wasn't brought up is Asssad's reaction. He obviously doesn't have the ability to launch an attack on the US, but he can attack its allies in the region. Assad and his ministers already announced any attack on them will result in "the Middle East on flames". They also mentioned specifically targeting Tel Aviv. Will he attack Jordan, and risk angering the Arab world, or Israel, which will be the end of him? Nobody knows, but I can tell you that in Israel they expedited the delivery of gas masks to the population and they are prepared and waiting to see what happens. Both Jordanians and Israelis are very much capable of defending themselves, but we are talking about a full regional war. Another option is that Assad will make some angry comments but not react, because he needs to preserve whatever military power to deal with the civil war and doesn't want to start fighting with another army. Remember what happened after Israel bombed targets in Syria? Nothing... -Sarah