Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anderson Cooper & Maya Angelou


As news broke this morning of Maya Angelou's death at age 86, we searched the ATA archives and found to recent interviews.  The first was from August 28, 2013 on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech.   The interview is in two parts.

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On December 6, 2013 Maya Angelou was back on AC30 to talk to Anderson about Nelson Mandela on the day after his passing.

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Anderson referenced a tribute poem Dr, Maya Angelou delivered via video message on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela.  For those interested ~

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AC360 Transcript
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1 comment:

Jaanza said...

Is it okay if I put my comments on Wednesday's 360 here?
Wednesday's show was okay. I have a few quibbles here and there but overall there was a variety of news stories all very well presented. However, there wasn't anything especially outstanding, anything comparable to Anderson's interview of Richard Martinez yesterday.

The lead story was the VA hospital scandal. The House held hearings and the IG (Investigator General?) has a new report. Of course, Drew Griffin was on and past clips of his reports were aired. Anderson then talked to Griffin and Paul Rieckhoff to analyze the latest. Eventually the discussion fell into the same old monotony 'this is bad, this shouldn't have happened, people need to be held responsible, things have to change' and so on.

Next up: the search for Malaysia 370 might have been totally in vain because the pings detected back in March were not from 370. I believe Rene Marsh's report was the same one that was on The Situation Room earlier. Anderson talked to her, Richard Quest and (by phone) David Gallo on how and why this happened I enjoyed this segment because I had a hunch the search was misguided (mostly because of flakey info from Malaysia) and because I like hearing Quest talk.

Santa Barbara shooting victim Veronika Weiss was spotlighted. Anderson's interview with her father and brother was nicely done.

The Sterling Clippers saga got its own segment. Today's new item was Sterling's statement about his constitutional rights and the sale and his fight against it. I wish the focus of the panel - Toobin, Hostin, Nichols - had been more on which parts of the Constitution Sterling is alluding to. It's not the First Amendment. Sterling has freedom of speech which cannot be abridged by the U.S. government. However, the NBA is not the U.S. government. It is a voluntary membership organization with its own set of rules and regulations and if they think you broke one of their rules or if they simply don't like you, they can kick you out and take your team away.
If Sterling is arguing he has a right to run a business, well then I'm a bit in the dark on what the Constitution says. I'm guessing the NBA could tell Sterling 'yep, you can go ahead and make money with your rental properties but not with us'.

Anderson's clips of his interview with Maya Angelou appeared to be the same as the clips here at ATA. It was an appropriate remembrance but here's my quibble. The clips were labelled LIVE. She just passed away, the screen title says that right there and the LIVE icon is still on!
So maybe I can overlook when the LIVE is on during Griffin's report clips from a month ago, during Marsh's repeated report or during Anderson's Sterling interview from a few weeks ago. But to keep it on during clips with someone who's death you just reported?

The Ridiculist - making fun of 50 Cent for his horrible first pitch at a baseball game - was predictable but still amusing to watch him and others flub throwing a baseball.