Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Anderson Cooper 360, Tuesday 5/20/14

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Jaanza said...

Tuesday's 360 had a promising start. With several important primaries today Anderson had an overview on what's going on out there and discussed a few key races with Dana Bash and Gloria Borger. I was glad to see this because it's been such a long time since 360 has covered politics. Anderson, Dana and Gloria could have gone into further detail and analysis but at :06 into the show the subject changed to Sterling and the NBA. Over to Hayes who did have more details and analysis of the primaries. When I did check back to 360, Sterling was stlll the topic and being discussed by Jeffrey Toobin, Sunny Hostin and another woman.

Weeks ago I applauded Drew Griffin's VA hospital reports for exposing bad deeds. At the time I wondered if there was going to be more VA hospital reports and more Griffin. Yep and yep. Some of this is justified by new news on other VA hospitals and the government trying to fix the problem. At least today Jim Acosta was brought in; that was different.
I didn't pay attention to most of this segment because Hayes came back from commercial break with an excellent report on Kansas and education funding.
When I got back to 360 a report on the southern California wildfires was just ending.

This was pretty much the same story for the rest of the show: mostly watching Hayes but checking 360 to see if they had something more interesting. Reports on germs on airplanes and an actor arrested for murder didn't do it for me.

At :58 Borger was brought back to update and wrap up the news on the primaries. If there was a Bulletin I didn't see it. All in all I would rank Tuesday's 360 as better than Monday's simply because of the repeated shark report yesterday.

aries moon said...

At the end of the VA segment, AC asked his guest if the problems of the VA were caused in part by a lack of funding, but I knew the guest would say no as soon as AC asked the question but at least he finally asked. Joan Walsh wrote an excellent article in Salon outlining how Republican policies have contributed greatly to the problems at the VA. She also said that the GOP is barking up the wrong tree if they think they can position themselves as the party that cares about veterans and try to use the VA troubles to hurt President Obama, Democrats and ACA because their horrible record of blocking veteran's benefits and jobs bills will inevitably come back and bite them in the you know where.