Monday, March 16, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, March 16th

Anderson Cooper was in the NYC studio to anchor AC360.  Much of the program content was crime and punishment type stories.

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Jaanza said...

Monday's 360 started out great. I haven't watched 'The Jinx" on HBO but saw the headlines today about the big bombshell in last night's finale but decided to read up on Robert Durst later. 360 saved me the trouble by having an excellent opening segment on Durst and the whole enchilada. Joan Cesarez, Kyung Lah and former homicide detective Mike Struk were in this segment.

Randi Kaye's report at the beginning of the second segment, concerning allowed and not allowed evidence in other big cases (O.J. Simpson, George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony) was not needed. The time of her report would have been better spent for the panel of Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos. i liked Toobin's remark about Durst being found not guilty of his wife's murder back in the 80's but apparently admitting guilt in 'The Jinx' was '…due more to the competence of the journalist and the incompetence of the police…' Toobin and Geragos should have had more time which could have easily been done by cutting Kaye's report.

A man has been charged with the shooting of two cops in Ferguson MO at a protest a few days ago. Ed Lavendera had the report.

Randi Kaye was back with a report on rape kits finally being processed in Detroit MI but a big backlog remains. It was a pretty good report but also felt like (despite the LIVE button on-screen) it was done a while ago and used as filler now, to keep the all-crime news theme going.

However, that theme was broken by the news of a toddler girl's rescue from a crashed overturned car. The rescue team first on the scene stated they heard someone call for help from inside the car but mysteriously, the mother was already dead and the toddler was unconscious.

There was Brian Todd's report of teens, this report focusing on teen Brits, trying to join ISIS. A good report but which also felt like it was done a week or two earlier and used here as filler.
360 ended with a Bulletin.

I predict the Durst story will still be big tomorrow and Anderson will cover it well; Durst or any other crime story to fill the hour and avoid anything political.

aries moon said...

360 should do a report on how utterly incompetent and disastrous the Republicans have shown themselves to be after taking control of the House and Senate. The only thing they've accomplished so far is embarrassing themselves. Of course, 360 would never do a report like that--they barely report on GOP at all now because doing that would mean having to discuss how worthless Boehner and McConnell are and how they cannot control their party or govern at all.

The Durst story sounds interesting, but I wasn't in the mood watch it as the lead story on 360.