Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Anderson Cooper anchored a two hour expanded edition of AC360 from the NYC studio on Wednesday night.

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4 comments:

Jaanza said...

Yesterday I asked for coverage of other 2016 candidates in 360. Today there was more and I appreciated that (although I would have changed the Jeb coverage).
360 started with new polls from Iowa and New Hampshire and the first segment was all about the GOP side. Trump is still leading; John King had other poll details. The panel of Jeffrey Lord, Amanda Carpenter and Alex Castellanos (haven't seen him in ages!) discussed the new numbers, "elite" Republicans vs the Republican base, Trump, Trump's appeal, the possible poll numbers of the future and fundraising.

The Democratic side of the polls got their own segment. Hillary Clinton leads in Iowa, Bernie Sanders leads in New Hampshire. Hillary Rosen, Dan Pfeiffer and Maria Cordona analyzed. They discussed Clinton, Sanders, the possibility of Biden, authenticity and trustworthiness. Mary Cordona was my favorite on the panel because at the very end as Anderson was thanking them, Cordona verbally squeezed in and pointed out that Clinton leads in the polls when contested with anyone in the GOP field. During the last 20 seconds of this segment, Anderson reported on Jimmy Carter's cancer news.

Former OH Gov. John Kasich got his own segment. I'm not really sure why but maybe this will lead to profiles of others in the race. Dana Bash interviewed him; topics included his record, conservatism, immigration, Trump and candidates making promises they can't keep. Then Bash and Mark Preston talked about Kasich. Left unquestioned and unsaid was Kasich on the ACA and Medicaid expansion in his state. He's one GOPer who's not arguing against "Obamacare".

Rand Paul also got special attention from 360. Was this mostly because of him attacking Trump in his speeches and his anti-Trump ad? There were also clips of other GOPers attacking Trump but Paul got the most time. A panel of Alex Castellanos, Kevin Madden and Rich Galen discussed but instead I watched the "Shade Balls" segment on Hayes.

When I got back to 360 there was Jeb Bush. He was broadcast LIVE from a campaign speech and at the time was talking about school choice and education. I did not see Anderson's intro to the Jeb speech. Was it on the show just to include Jeb somehow? Viewers would have been better served if 360 reported on Jeb's remarks on the Iraq War and what he would do to Iran and then had a few political and/or military pundits analyze. The rest of the segment was a fluffy Randi Kaye report on Melania Trump.

I didn't watch the second hour.

One more word about Hayes. He reported on Trump's comments about Planned Parenthood (essentially, not entirely bad, keep the positive that they do). With all the Trump coverage on 360, I don't think Anderson has ever been mentioned this.

aries moon said...

Lots of reports on Trump as usual, but at least AC360 had a panel on Hillary Clinton that featured all Democrats--I didn't think they'd ever do that. I have issues with Bernie Sanders and his supporters and although I think he has a good message overall, there have been some incidents with him and his supporters that make me uncomfortable--still I was glad to see AC360 take a break from Trump to report on Sanders' campaign. I didn't watch the segment on John Kasich or Melania Trump (who cares about her??). Fareed Zakaria was on for a segment on Iraq and made the often overlooked point that it was George W. Bush who was president in Oct 2008 when an agreement for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011 was drafted, NOT President Obama, who only followed the rules of the agreement.

Someone commented on the previous post that no one believes in President Obama anymore. I don't think that's true at all--there are lots of people like myself who consider him one of the best presidents this country has ever seen and who are dreading the day he leaves office. I don't think there's a single candidate, Republican OR Democrat, who has the intelligence, thoughtfulness and skills of our current POTUS. Although he's been vilified left and right he and his family have handled it all with grace and dignity. History will be kind to him, his achievements and legacy are set and frankly I wish he had eight more years in office.

Anonymous said...

So Trump even attacked Caroline Kennedy. ?? Huh ?? Why? other than simply being a Democrat. Yea, Caroline comes from wealth and privilege and because of her father and family has access and pull. Did she pick her family? I will guess she would have rather had her father around for more years.

Is she qualified for the ambassador job? I don't know, but it isn't uncommon to pick someone like her for a country that admires her father for her to be a goodwill ambassador there.

Maybe she didn't have to work for the money, but she suffered a big loss of her father and her Uncle Bobby and growing up in the spotlight of the name w your father's murder being disceted even today while Trumps kids were born to the wealth and privilege and were essentially "handed" their jobs not that they don't work hard.

Anonymous said...

SORRY FOLKS. HAVE TO AGREE WITH TRUMP ON THE CAROLINE KENNEDY ISSUE.
YES, SHE DOES COME FROM WEALTH AND PRIVILEGE AND WE DON'T GET TO CHOOSE WHO OUR PARENTS ARE.
AND SHE DOES LIVE IN A BUBBLE AND IS REMINDED EVERY DAY THAT HER FATHER WAS JFK WHO WAS ASSASSINATED AND THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHED THE PROCEEDINGS, THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY.
HOWEVER, SHE KNOWS ZERO ABOUT JAPAN AND CANNOT SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. IN FACT, SHE HAD DIFFICULTY
ARTICULATING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WHEN SHE SUPPORTED OBAMA, TO OUR DISMAY....SHE STUMBLED ALL OVER
HERSELF IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY.
SHE IS NOT QUALIFIED. SHE WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE SHE SUPPORTED OBAMA AND PROBABLY GAVE HIM 'MUCHO DENAROS'
CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
CAROLINE WANTED CLINTON'S SENATE POSITION IN NY AND THANK GOODNESS THERE WAS A PUBLIC OUT CRY AND
SHE WAS DENIED IT....SHE WASN'T QUALIFIED FOR THAT AS WELL. WITH HER "PRIVILEGED UP BRINGING" YOU WOULD THINK "SWEET CAROLINE" WOULD HAVE MADE A BETTER, MORE ARTICULATE IMPRESSION," ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC SPEAKING.