Monday, June 22, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, June 22, 2015


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded 2 hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  There was a rare political Keeping Them Honest segment in the 8pmET hour.  Enjoy:

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Anderson also interviewed Sylvia Johnson, Rev. Clementa Pinckney's cousin:

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And in the 9pmET hour, Anderson attempted to host a panel discussion on President Obama's use of the "N" word to make a point about racism during a podcast today:

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AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

Here's what I saw on part of Monday's 360; I got home late and didn't get to the show until :20 after the start. Judging by the lead story of the 9 pm hour, the lead at 8 pm must have been the same: the escaped NY convicts. When I got to 360, Anderson was talking to a man and Joyce Mitchell's mugshot was onscreen.

Anderson showed a clip of the services at Emanuel AME church yesterday and talked to Martin Savidge about Dylann Roof. Savidge reported on Roof's "manifesto", the hate group website mentioned by Roof and the men involved with that website. Then Drew Griffin reported more details about the group ("Citizens for Conservative America" or something like that) behind the website.

Anderson announced Walmart will no longer sell Confederate flag products. Good move but still doesn't make me want to shop there. A clip from SC Governor Nikki Haley was shown, stating she wants the Confederate flag moved from the Capitol grounds. This segment is the "Keeping Them Honest" segment posted by ATA. Overall a good segment but I wondered about the politicians' opinions highlighted in the report. They were all Republican. The tweets and clips were from Jeb, Scott Walker, Romney, Rubio, Santorum, Huckabee and later McCain on the 2000 SC compromise on the Confederate flag. No Democratic candidates for President. Is it just assumed they would already agree to taking the Confederate flag away? Is it only news when a Republican agrees with this measure?
Anderson gave special attention to Huckabee's response that it's not an issue for Presidential candidates. Anderson disagreed, stating Presidential candidates are often asked about local, state and personal issues. Birth control for example. Anderson discussed this with John King about this point and also about if Haley will be successful in moving the Confederate flag off Capitol grounds.

The last segment of the 8 pm hour was about the Charleston church shooting. Anderson interviewed Sylvia Johnson and that's posted by ATA.

As stated, the second hour started with news on the NY escaped convicts and the evidence found in a cabin 20 miles away from the prison. I thought it was going to be mostly a repeat of the first hour and didn't watch the rest. However I did watch the clip here of Obama and the n-word. I agree with Charles Blow; it's not a problem here in this context and it's dangerous to excise words from language. I think Sunny Hostin's irritation was probably sparked by Obama but misdirected, he's not the problem here.

If it's not too late to add - great photo yesterday. You can really see Anderson in his father's face.

aries moon said...

The Keeping Them Honest segment on Republicans and the Confederate flag was terrific. AC and John King's point about how presidential candidates have to be able to take on difficult subjects and not avoid them if they want to be taken seriously as possible leaders of the nation was totally right--it is also true that they are generally quite vocal when it comes to speaking out against marriage equality, abortion, etc.--why so hesitant to comment on THIS particular subject? Could it be because they and much of the Republican base believes that displaying the Confederate flag at state/government buildings is completely appropriate? The Confederate flag represents a horrible chapter in this country's history--if your "heritage" celebrates the enslavement and degradation of an entire group of people, it's nothing to be proud of.

AC's discussion on the use of the N-word by President Obama and others was also one of 360's better segments--I can understand Sunny Hostin's disgust about the use of the word but as Jaanza said, Charles Blow and Michaela Angela Davis were correct about the larger issues that President Obama touched on during the podcast--institutionalized and structural racism is embedded in the fabric of this country and that's not going to change eveb if every rapper or African-American citizen stopped using it--it also wouldn't stop others from using it against blacks. President Obama and family are by any measure an exemplary group of people but in spite of that, they've still been subjected to some of the worst and most vile treatment by racists. As much as I despise the N-word, I don't think that stopping its usage would solve much.

360 was pretty interesting to me on all fronts Monday night.

Anonymous said...

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP EVERYONE FROM SAYING VILE THINGS SUCH AS THE USE OF N WORD. HOWEVER, IT
IS POSSIBLE TO TAKE DOWN SOMETHING THAT IS SYMBOLIC OF A TIME IN OUR HISTORY THAT IS OVER, THE
CIVIL WAR.
YES, THERE STILL WILL BE RACISM AND RACISTS BUT YOU DO WHAT YOU CAN TO MOVE FORWARD AND BY KEEPING
THE CONFEDERATE FLAG FLYING IT IS A SYMBOL OF PAST HATRED AND A CONSTANT REMINDER OF A COUNTRY DIVIDED.
IT IS A SMART MOVE BY WALMART TO REMOVE FROM SALE SOMETHING THAT IS UTTERLY OFFENSIVE, BUT STILL SELLS, FROM ITS SHELVES. ACCORDING TO HUFFPOST, OTHER STORES WILL FOLLOW THIS TREND. AT THIS POINT WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHY WALMART EXECUTIVES HAVE MORE BACKBONE THAN THE LEGISLATORS AND THAT INCLUDES OUR PRESIDENT, WHO ARE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY?