Monday, September 14, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, September 14, 2015


It was great to see Anderson reporting from the front lines of the refugee crisis in Europe.  Oops, sorry, that was Lester Holt on the NBC Nightly News tonight.  Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio and most of the program was the "Trump" show!

There was an interview with Nate Silver from 538 explaining polling in the second hour.  Here's the clip.  (We did not include the panel discussion that followed for obvious reasons.)

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There was also an appearance by Paul Begala in the second hour and we here at ATA love us some Paul Begala!

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8 comments:

Jaanza said...

I'm so damned disappointed, dismayed, disgusted and any other "dis" you can think of at CNN. Here's the clockwork:
7:50 - "Erin Burnett Outfront" is showing a Trump rally. After a while I figured out the LIVE was truly LIVE. Gee, I thought, maybe this'll be done before 360 starts.
8:00 - Trump is still blathering. Same thing on MSNBC. Thankfully, there's "Antique Roadshow" and a football game.
8:08 - Ditto.
8:15 - Ditto.
8:24 - CNN in a commercial break, MSNBC still showing Trump. I fervently hoped CNN had decided to cut the Trump rally and report real news instead.
8:28 - Hope dashed. Trump continued blathering, CNN (and MSNB) still broadcasting it.
8:46 - Anderson is talking to a panel. I guessed they were going to discuss Trump and only Trump and changed the channel.
9:00 - Start of the second hour, Anderson previews some of the stories he'll be covering: Trump, Trump and Carson, preview of Wednesday's debate. Even the news about the debate sounds like it will have a strong emphasis on Trump. Back to football.
9:40ish - A pre-commercial teaser on Hillary Clinton losing points with female voters. I don't know what poll they're talking about or how big the sample was. Back to football.
9:55 - A report on the California wildfires.

I watched the Nate Silver Q&A here on ATA. It was a terrific smart discussion; big thanks to ATA for posting it. It should have been broadcast in the first hour instead of Trump and Trump-fawning panels. (This obviously taped earlier interview had the LIVE button on.)

The Patricia Murphy and Paul Begala panel had a lot of references to poll numbers. Were they not listening to Nate Silver? And again, what poll, where taken and how big was the sample? However, I did love Begala's comment on the GOP puffed-up email "scandal". Will Anderson talk to Colin Powell about doing the exact same thing?

Does anybody really need a countdown clock more than 24 hours before an event? No. Nobody.

CNN and 360 have gotten so bad I'm wishing something bad will happen tomorrow. Something that will make everyone look away from the bright shiny object Trump. Well, it doesn't have to bad I suppose, although bad news does get more attention. Maybe a survivor washes up on the shores of Australia with an amazing tale to tell about the crash of Malaysia 370. But something, anything! Anything to keep 360 from having another all-Trump hour.

Jaanza said...

Just one more thing:
CNN and Zucker can say they're broadcasting Trump rallies because he's the GOP frontrunner. If that's the case, why aren't they doing the same with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? Both are frontrunners and both are getting higher poll numbers than Trump. Hayes has had more coverage of Clinton and Sanders but I find it especially appalling the so-called left-leaning network is giving Trump so much free advertising.

aries moon said...

There was no escape from Trump on cable news so I watched "Twister" for the zillionth time--trading one blowhard for another more tolerable one. I switched back to 360 several times to find out if Trump finally shut up and was disappointed to see that 360 has scrapped the bottom of the barrel again for GOP pundits and has brought back the repulsive and obnoxious Dana Loesch--for a while it seemed CNN had smartly parted company with Loesch but sadly she is back, soooo back to Twister I went. Nate Silver and Paul Begala were all I could stomach. Didn't bother watching AC's interview with Ben Carson, he disgusts me--the MSM want to play him up as a sensible, moderate, low-key version of Trump, but Carson's an idiot and as backwards as the rest of the GOP Tea Party field.

I wish AC could have smart discussions with smart people like the one with Nate Silver on a nightly basis--instead we have to settle for Trump, Hillary bashing and endless partisan pundit chat. Speaking of pundits, that Jeffrey Lord fellow who's on nearly every night with AC, has some weird history and eyebrow raising opinions--he's fairly controversial and some have wondered why CNN would hire someone with his questionable background.

Rachel Maddow took the night off and I wouldn't be surprised if it was because she refused to do an hour-long Trump-fest and sit through another of his idiotic, repetitive speeches.

Anonymous said...

Jaanza I turned on CNN at 7:50 and turned it off at 7:50:01, checked back several times and finally just turned it off. Guess the townhall w/Zucker had no effect except for the sound of more TV sets being switched off. Can no longer watch the 24 hr Trump Channel, oh lord what happens if he is elected!

CWM84 said...

As I view CNN from time to time from New day to Cnn tonight. It is clear that not only are they are obsessed with Trump but they have wall to wall coverage with the gop contenders period. It is clear the cable news, broadcast news besides msnbc want the country to go back to republicans in the white house and push inequality agendas. There is another party trying to get elected too and no where near are dems being covered like gop this cycle. Its ridiculous. I'm tired of it. I will watch the debate tomorrow mostly to challenge pundits, commentators online about it. But I'm skipping 360 this week. Sick of the lack of other news being ignored. Sick of it. I will read summaries on here and that's it.

Anonymous said...

Agree with you.

CWM84 said...

When the dem debates start next month, one it won't be this much coverage. Two, it will all be about who can dethrone Hillary. Its sad how much the media loathes Hillary. I'm not the biggest fan but Clinton is a marked woman. The media are just hoping sanders or established Biden overtake her if he runs. The lack of interest dems this cycle is pretty blatant and very unfair to viewers. CNN is not fox but just decided to become like Fox when it comes to gop running for office.

Anonymous said...

TRUMP IS WAY TOO BOMBASTIC, PERSONALITY WISE TO BECOME A GOP CANDIDATE.
HE SHOWED HOW LITTLE HE ACTUALLY KNEW ABOUT GENERAL TOPICS, LAST NIGHT. "I WILL BE GREAT. I WILL
BE AMAZING." IS NOT A PLAN.
HE HAS NO PLANS ON FOREIGN POLICY AND IT IS LAUGHABLE THAT HE WOULD EVER MEET WITH SOMEONE LIKE
PUTIN.
TRUMP MAY HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, BUT HE IS NOT A STATESMAN AND HE LACKS CLASS.
ALL OF OUR PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE LESS LIKABLE ONES HAD CLASS.
JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE "ART OF THE DEAL," IN NYC, DOESN'T MAKE YOU A STATESMAN. IT MAKES YOU A
PERSON WHO WORKED HARD SELLING REAL ESTATE, AND WAS GIVEN A HEADS UP BY DADDY TRUMP AND YES, HE
DID POORLY IN NJ'S CASINOS....THAT'S WHY HE'S LEFT.
SOONER OR LATER AMERICANS WILL WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT TRUMP IS A RICH CELEBRITY WITH NO SUBSTANCE.
LET'S HOPE IT'S SOONER.