Thursday, May 28, 2015

AC360 - The RidicuList: Casting Aspersions

Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio and ended the program with a RidicuList:

AC360 Transcript
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Jaanza said...

Thursday's 360 started with the federal indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL). Joe Johns had the report on Hastert apparently lying to the FBI but the exact nature of the misconduct is rather unclear at this time. Anderson talked to Johns and Jeffrey Toobin (via phone). This amounted to a lot of guesswork on what the exact charges will be and how Hastert will deal with them. The second half of the first segment covered the "Fight Against ISIS" and the FBI's request for more help from local police departments. Anderson had a Q&A with Ivan Perez on this.

The second segment was my favorite. Sara Sidner reported on the Texas group who recently had a "Draw Mohammed" meeting which resulted in gunfire from two Muslim guys. That group is planning a "Draw Mohammed" rally at a local mosque tomorrow (Friday, the Muslim day of prayer). The group knows this may provoke another attack from Muslims and they are asking supporters to bring guns. I loved Anderson's interview with one of the organizers, Dan Reitzheimer, who's an Iraqi war veteran. Anderson asked Reitzheimer about his time in Iraq which was essentially to support the Muslim government but now how can he attack Muslims. Reitzheimer had a weasily answer until he simply stated, "I don't believe that." Phillip Mudd was there, sort of as the voice of reason, but Anderson running rings around Reitzheimer logically was jsut too much fun.

There's a new 'excessive force by police story out of California. Kyung Lah reported on an eight-month pregnant woman was roughly arrested, brought down to the ground by police after a parking dispute. It was unclear why she was being arrested - for not giving her name? for calling her boyfriend? 360 showed the police bodycam video of the incident. The woman, Michelle Cook, now has a lawsuit. Areva Martin and Harry Houck discussed the case. Martin pointed out that the officer never asked the first woman, a white woman, her name and plainly stated there was no case. Houck said it wasn't right what the officer did but if you're going to be arrested you should cooperate and fight it in court later. That's when I changed the channel.

Next up were two redundant reports. The first was on the Savapoulos family murder and the second was on Natalee Holloway's disappearance.

I liked today's Ridiculist much more than yesterday's. Today was more mature, in more ways than one, and I enjoyed the clip with Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and others.

aries moon said...

Good segment on Dennis Hastert with AC trying to pin down what exactly Hastert did to bring about the indictment--there does indeed seem to be a big elephant in the room and I'm sure reporters are working overtime to get to the bottom of the charges.

AC did do a fine job of interrogating Dan Reitzheimer, whose arguments were unsurprisingly senseless.

Always good to see Areva Martin on 360--she is a strong, thoughtful and compassionate voice for victims of crime and the marginalized.

Amy Schumer clips are all over the internet now, so I guess it was just a matter of time before one of them turned up on AC360.

360 didn't appear to be live--I thought it was at the beginning but I suppose the "Live" sign was just being misused again.