Sunday, October 05, 2014

Anderson Cooper & The Smartest Dog In The World


Opening:
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Report;
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And from 60 Minutes Overtime:







AC360 Transcript
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18 comments:

sandyeggo said...

Finding your roots Tuesday PBS

sandyeggo said...

Finding your Roots Tuesday PBS

aries moon said...

Chaser was adorable and amazingly smart. Molly is so cute, I wouldn't mind getting scammed into rubbing her all day. I wonder if someone will study cats one day. My cat has some of the same behavior as the dogs in this piece.

Jaanza said...

I really liked this report. Some may call it light but dog intelligence is a good subject; this made me think about dogs my family had when I was growing up and dogs my siblings have now..

One tiny quibble: I don't think Anderson said what breed Dr. Burns' dog is. Just curious because it looks like it might be a rat terrier, the same breed my sister has. Her dog, Lucy, is very smart but I can't say for sure how many words she knows. I'll suggest that website - Dognition - to my sister.

Thanks, ATA, for including the "Overtime" segment. Not just for the cute scenes of dogs but also for the extra info on dog intelligence, especially on how to train a dog to be okay with an MRI.

aries moon said...

There's a good article on Jeff Zucker/CNN in New York that has some insight into what stories get on the air and the programming decisions that leave some of us frustrated. The anchors (including AC) have been pretty frustrated too and sometimes the crappy story selection is NOT their decision.

Anonymous said...

Jaanza, that is a very good point and a gigantic omission on Anderson's part, the breed of dog and where the owner got him. He did show him as a really cute puppy.
Being a cat person, I don't know dogs, but he seemed like a mix. Hopefully, a shelter dog because they are "forever" needing good homes.

Anonymous said...

60 Minutes jumped the shark with this. The lamest story the program has ever aired. Anderson Cooper made a fool of himself.

A dog named "Rico" pulled this same stunt years ago It's just a stupid pet trick. If this dog is so smart, why can't it read, write (via a keyboard), talk, or recognize its reflection in a mirror? Dogs, all dogs, are so stupid, they don't even realize they've been neutered.

Anonymous said...

"and sometimes the crappy story selection is NOT their decision."
Well their "crappy" attitude towards this Administration IS.

Anonymous said...

While I appreciate Jaanza's interest in the breed of Dr. Burns' dog, I don't find it a "gigantic omission" or how it changed the reporting. Perhaps you are looking for something negative to to comment on? I noticed that all the negative comments are people that remain anonymous.

I liked the report. If you watched the Overtime, it was a producer who suggested the story topic, not Anderson. Anderson being a self proclaimed "dog person" found the idea interesting. I'm glad he did. We had a border collie when I was a child and I still claim it was the smartest dog I ever met.

Today I have 2 kitties and find them to be intelligent in different ways.

@aries moon - I referenced that article and a portion of it in a previous comment. Zucker is said to be a micro manager and yes, responsible for story selection and even headlines. How sad. The man was a failure at NBC and continues to be a failure at CNN. It's sad to see the direction 360 and all of CNN had taken under his direction.

-- Jenn

Anonymous said...

@Jenn who is always positive:
When you are reporting about "The Smartest Dog in the World, and you
are a journalist, it would be a good idea, just for reference sake, to be able to NAME THE BREED.
Just like Lassie was a Collie and dogs that race are Grey Hounds, and just because YOU don't find it a major omission, doesn't make it "OKAY," or adequate.
This piece was interesting, but subpar.

Jaanza said...

Just to clarify - I called the lack of stating the breed of Burns' dog a "tiny quibble" and it was Anon 7:51 pm who called it a "gigantic omission".
Different breeds have been known to be smarter than others and, I've heard, mixed breeds can be smarter than purebreds.

The two dogs my family had when I was growing up were Houston, a mostly-poodle mixed with who-knew-what, and Smokey, a mostly-Golden Lab mixed with what-the-dickens. Houston was incredibly smart and could figure out just about anything including Moosekitty. Smokey was dumber than a bag of rocks and never learned that Moosekitty didn't like him and to stay away. Everyday that cat was whopping Smokey in the nose for getting too close. And Houston would sit there with a very intelligent look in his eyes like he was thinking, "I knew that was going to happen."

360, story selection, Zucker and Anderson - I don't like the situation and other than point out that Hayes has better news on his show, what can I do? Is it worth it to write an email to CNN?

Anonymous said...

@Anon 11:41 - If you really listened to the piece, Anderson referenced Chaser as being called the "smartest dog in the world" and stated he was a border collie and even talked about border collie's being herding dogs. There was no omission of the breed of the smartest dog in the world as you claim.

@Jaanza I know you weren't talking about Chaser, but rather Dr. Burns' dog. It's the anons that do nothing but bash everything that Anderson says or does that often mis-represent "facts" to fit their narrative. You don't do that.

@ Anon 11:41 I do plenty of complaining about AC360 - so to call me always positive is just another mis-representation to fit your narrative. Perhaps you could find another outlet for your negativity?

-- Jenn

Anonymous said...

Jaanza has a fine attitude for a journalist and commenter.
She clarifies and doesn't bicker about decent and tell "others to find another place for their negativity."
Just setting the record straight between those that contribute on a REGULAR basis, as I've always done.
And...." a border" collie is a mixed breed.

Anonymous said...

That's right Jenn: Just like I misrepresented the fact that Ebola started in Africa.

The ATA Team said...

We stress that commenters need to be respectful of others and that isn't the case with this thread. Give us your opinion but not your hate and negativity. If you are someone whose comments continually get rejected you need to take a look at what you're saying and how you are saying it.

@anonymous 6:02 At this point in history all dogs are mixed breeds to some point. The American Kennel Club recognizes Border Collies as a breed and has set standards for them. Here's the link if you don't believe us.
http://www.akc.org/breeds/border_collie/breed_standard.cfm

Anonymous said...

@The ATA Team: Thank you for your info on border collies.
In my very first post I did say I was a "cat person."
And while I appreciate the 'sensitivity' portion of your comment, ALL commenters and comments, should be held accountable to your standards.

Anonymous said...

Terrible that the dog in Spain, had to be put to sleep because the owner was a nurse's aide who tended a missionary with Ebola.
Glad to see so many animal rights actiivists out in force in Spain against the euthanasia. The risk of animal infection from this disease was determined as low.

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