Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Anderson Cooper 360 & AC360 Later Wednesday, 10/23/2013

Anderson Cooper at the Simon Benson Dinner at Portland State University in Portland Oregon last night. Since he was out of the anchor chair again tonight, we have mostly "extras" for you.  

8:00PM AC360: 
Sanjay Gupta was again in the anchor chair for a MIA Anderson Cooper.

I have some questions for CNN/AC360 and the Republicans concerning all the outrage over the computer glitches with the ACA website. Where was your outrage when then President W. Bush rolled out the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and it was a mess - people couldn't get their prescriptions?  Did you hold hearings, demand someone was fired and go on television bashing then President Bush?   Did CNN have one sided coverage night after night of the SNAFU?   I certainly don't remember slanted outrage coverage or political hearings - the problem was fixed and the program is now a success and well loved.   Oh, and by the way, President W. Bush didn't allocate any funding for the program so it's contributing to our National Debt, same as the two wars he put on the credit card.  Where was your outrage then?  Who was fired when no WMD's were found in Iraq?  Certainly Republicans and the media were outraged over that, weren't they?  Or is it all different now because President Obama is a Democrat and President W. Bush was a Republican?   (Sorry, that's the only segment of 360 that I watched and that was because Paul Begala was a guest.  If you want to know what other topics were covered, please click on the transcript link below. )

10:00PM AC360 Later:
The program originally promoted on the AC360 website didn't happen.  I guess no one else at CNN is capable of moderating a panel discussion program if Anderson has the night off.  The website now says "Next Time on AC360 Later" and the story that was to air tonight on AC360 didn't make it on the program.  Perhaps AC360 should spend some time fixing the "glitches" in their own web site?

PROGRAMMING NOTE: AC360 Later will air at 11:00pmET tomorrow night, after the CNN Film "Blackfish"
Blackfish will be followed by a live debate at 11:00 hosted by Anderson Cooper. The debate will feature Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Dr. Naomi Rose of the Animal Welfare Institute, Jack Hanna (yes, that Jack Hanna) and an aquarium representative. SeaWorld declined to participate.  


An interesting blog post from Cornelia Becker Seigneur after attending a Q&A with Anderson at Portland State University yesterday ~

Why I won’t ask Anderson Cooper to pose for a photo with me

Today, I had the chance to sit in the front row of a Q & A with respected news correspondent Anderson Cooper. The Q & A was part of a preview event Anderson IMG_4862 - Version 2was invited to participate in at IMG_4863 - Version 2Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center before he was to be whisked off to give the keynote speech at PSU’s Simon Benson awards banquet that honors alumni and philanthropists.

During the Q & A session, which I was able to attend thanks to my connections with the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications, Anderson shared the story of his long hours and hard work and late nights and then eventual rise from fledgling, solo reporter to where he is today, one of the most respected television news correspondents and anchors in our country. He anchors Anderson Cooper 360, reports for CBS’s 60 Minutes, and has been an ABC News correspondent and has reported for World News Tonight and 20/20. Over the years, he has reported from war-ravaged villages risking his life for the story he believes needs to be shared.

Anderson Cooper is one of those genuine, sincere, trusted, natural story tellers who asks the tough questions without being arrogant as some television personalities seem to be. In his conversational style, he’s someone with a lot of integrity and who is “sympathisch,” which is the German word I think of when I think of Anderson Cooper. Nice, is what my online dictionary says, but that is not it exactly. Anderson’s passion is for story and sharing the stories that matter, stories that make people think and feel and especially move to action.

He says he will always share these kinds of stories. He will not just report a story in order to beat the ratings race. He’s been reporting from forgotten places, or places that people have never even heard about, for years. He’s not about the ratings or the popularity or the number of twitter followers, though he’s got those–over four million to be exact.

Anderson said people ask to pose with him to get their picture taken, and he usually happily obliges. “Ninety-nine percent of the time. I am honored that someone cares and wants to get a photo with me.” They will then post on Twitter or their other favorite social media platforms.

One time, though, it was 2 a.m. at a bar when someone approached him for that “photo-op,” and he thought, Oh, it’s really late and if we start this, everyone in the bar will want photos. So, instead he said something like, “Hey, how about if we forgo the photo and just have a conversation. You can tell me about yourself, I’d love to hear about your family.”IMG_4854 - Version 2 The person who asked to pose in a photo with Anderson Cooper, however, was not interested in talking or sharing or conversation with the correspondent. Nope. He just wanted a photograph of them together. Perhaps, he wanted to post it on his Facebook page and Twitter feed or Instagram site. Bragging rights. It was sure to garner a bunch of “likes” and “wow” and “jealous” comments. “People today replace real life conversation with the image,” Anderson Cooper said. Indeed, people want to tweet it or post it or show it to their friends even if they have not really lived it.

As I wrote his quote down, the one about replacing real life conversation with the image, he looked directly at me and said, “See, what you’re doing, and have been doing much of this time,” and he smiled. I told him I just didn’t want to forget his quote; and yes, I was also getting some video for my one of my grad courses, and okay, I did tweet and post a photo of Anderson Cooper on Facebook. But, his point was so well taken.

When have we as a culture become so obsessed with technology and social media and connecting with everyone but who is right here with us. And, why do we feel this need to post every single moment of our lives for the entire world to see then say ‘wow’ to us for the entire world to see, while we are actually missing the very moment we are getting kudos for. We need to be reminded to be present with whom we are at the moment, with the situation we are in right now. Real-life rather than the image.

When I found out that I was one of the eight students in my U of O graduate program to get a seat for this “by invite” only event with Anderson Cooper, I had emailed the organizer, asking in as much of my “I’m not a brown-noser” voice as possible, if there would be an opportunity for photos with him afterward. The organizer replied that it was a possibility. However, after Anderson Cooper made that comment to me about real-life and the image, I was not about to ask to get a photo with him. I felt shallow for even thinking of it.

His statement really got me musing on presence and being present. The way the event turned out, there were no opportunities for photos with Anderson Cooper as he had to leave for the charity/awards night. But, given the opportunity, I’d like to say, that if I had to choose, that I’d rather spend time with a person rather than needing a photograph.

As a big social media person, Anderson Cooper reminded me of these, my own values indeed. The importance of being present, rather than preserving the moment for later. Presence. I’ll take the real-life over the image any day. Oh, okay, I like my photos with people as well, but we need to keep this in perspective for sure. I’ll take both, if I can have them.

Anderson was presented with a Pendleton blanket during the Q&A.  

And a blog post by Byron Beck contained the following photos and write up about Anderson at the dinner ~

Portland State University's annual Simon Benson Dinner hosted quite a crowd on Tuesday night at the Oregon Convention Center. The crowd of 1,800-plus were there to support the good works of one of Oregon's largest university (and my alma mater), but I think many of them were also there to see the one and only Anderson Cooper speak about the issues of the day on what he called his "day off."

Mr. Cooper did not disappoint, especially during the Q&A moderated by Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia. It was during this exchange that "Andy" shared how difficult it can be to be both a personality and a journalist, as well as a human being. In responding to the fact that he seems to cross over an invisible line that separates the person from the reporter, as he did during Katrina, Anderson said, "sometimes it's more important to be a person than a journalist."  (Please click on link to read the full article and see more photos from the event.)

An article in the American University student newspaper from Anderson's speech and Q&A at the Wonk of the Year event last Saturday night ( ~

Anderson Cooper accepts AU award, unsure if he is a 'wonk'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was honored with AU’s “Wonk of the Year” award in front of a massive crowd in Bender Arena on Oct. 19. The event was hosted by The Kennedy Political Union.

Cooper is the second recipient of this award, a year after former President Bill Clinton accepted it. The “Wonk of the Year” is intended to recognize “someone passionate, focused and engaged who uses their knowledge and influence to create meaningful change in the world,” according to the AU website.

AU defines the term “wonk” as someone who is smart, passionate and engaged, according to “Wonk of the Year” event moderator and School of Communication professor Jane Hall.

“I don’t really think of myself as a wonk,” Cooper said backstage prior to the event. “I am passionate and engaged. I don’t know how smart I am, but I appreciate the fact that people think I am.”
(Please click on the above link to read the full article.)

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Jaanza said...

Although it was odd for the Michael Skakel report to be the lead story, it turned out to be my favorite segment and the one I paid the most attention to. However, I do realize that if Michael Skakel's aunt Ethel hadn't married Robert Kennedy, this story would have never seen the light of day. The panel discussion between Robert Kennedy Jr., defending his cousin, and Jeffrey Toobin, stating the facts. was engrossing. Kennedy passionately made his points and demanded an apology from Toobin for stating Tommy Skakel was also investigated for the murder of Martha Moxley. Kennedy was the most emotional person I've seen on 360 in quite a while and that includes parents of murdered children. Sanjay Gupta handled the debate pretty well but I wish he would have been tougher on Kennedy when Kennedy was throwing around accusations on who else could have murdered Moxley.

Two notes: I did not see Dorothy Moxley on Piers Morgan but have no doubt she stated her side very well.
Also, Mark Fuhrman (yes, that guy but he's explained and redeemed himself somewhat from the Simpson trial debacle) wrote a fantastic book "Murder in Greenwich" about the Moxley murder. There's also the excellent Dominick Dunne book "A Season in Purgatory" a thinly-veiled fictional account.
Lastly, If Michael Skakel didn't kill Martha Moxley, it had to have been his brother Tommy. Robert Kennedy pointing fingers at others did not change my mind.

The segment on the ACA website started out just like every other CNN report on the problems the site has been having. Instead of watching another panel - even with Begala - hash out the same points, I turned to Hayes.

Excellent point, ATA, comparing the current ACA website problems with those of the Bush-era Medicare D. How awesome would it be if Anderson, or if anyone at CNN, made this comparison? Especially to a right-side political pundit?

The report on the Massachusetts math teacher murdered by a student was the same one I saw earlier on the "Situation Room" so again I switched to Hayes.

I did not want to see anything having to do with Dick Cheney, especially a re-broadcast of Sanjay Gupta's "60 Minutes" report so back to Hayes.

Thanks for the extra photos and the news articles, ATA. Will Anderson be back at 360 tomorrow?

aries moon said...

The media is on a President Obama/ ACA website witch-hunt/rampage and is not about to let go. Fortunately the Obama Administration acted quickly to get a team together to work out a solution to the website's troubles. I'm really sick of the coverage on 360 and all of the news programs now--the shutdown didn't seem to generate nearly as much outrage from the media when it was going on the way the ACA website problems are now. Barely any mention these days of how the GOP wasted billions of dollars, but the ACA website is apparently worse than the devil incarnate. The on target blogger commentary questions should be of great interest to anyone who is actually concerned with truth, fairness, accuracy in media and blatant bias and double standards. If we had more journalists (including AC) raising these kinds of questions, we'd all be better informed. Sadly, it seems that the media is more interested in regurgitating GOP lies and misinformation and passing that off as legitimate news. I saw a tweet from someone who said that a website glitch has never cost anyone their lives the way NOT HAVING HEALTH CARE has. ACA is still saving lives and money even in the midst of the website outrage. The media needs to get a grip.

The extras on this post and on the posts for the past few days have been amazing. I'm always surprised by what you're able to find on AC that I miss completely. What I admire most is that you still go all out (all in?) when it comes to providing us with all the latest in-depth AC related info, in spite of your disappointment with him and 360 at times. I share in that disappointment, but overall, I'm still an AC fan and as much as I enjoyed that blog post by Cornelia Becker Seigneur, if I ever had a chance to meet AC, I'm getting that pic!

Anonymous said...

Very good post by aries moon and the ATA Team.
I especially liked the line about:
"reguritating lies and misinformation, and that for me, includes Anderson Cooper, allocades from Portland State or any other University, doesn't delete the fact that HE is part of the problem.
I did have an opportunity during his infamous book signing to have a pix with him and guess what....I declined. Then it was because I knew he'd look a whole lot better than me, but now, it's for a different reason.
I don't want it. That's right.
I DO live in the NOW and right now, he's not my idol or my idea of a newsman, a personality maybe.
To me at least, he remains a real disappointment.
Sorry Ladies....but that's just my