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The only good thing about airplane fires and homophobic county clerks is that they keep Trump off of center stage for a while. That while is over and Trump again was in the limelight again. Wednesday's 360 started with *BREAKING NEWS* on new polls and a comment by Carson about the authenticity of Trump's faith. So what. Yes I know a portion of the Republican base are very religious and this is a big deal but I just don't care. Hayes was covering the Tea Party's Anti Iran Nuke Deal rally and though that also had some Trump in it, he wasn't the focus of the segment. When I checked back to 360 a few times, there was a panel. Every time I checked, somebody was talking about Trump. As I've stated previously, I'm not going to watch that.That's why I didn't watch the second segment either. It started with a graphic over Anderson's shoulder "Trump's World". Hayes was reporting on Jeff Smisek, United Airlines, NJ Gov. Christie, Bridgegate and how they all tie together.Next up was the crime segment. The first report was on new information on the death of Officer Glieniewicz and the second was about a snper shooting at cars in Phoenix AZ.Zach Anderson is a teenager on the sex offender registry because he had sex with a 14-year-old who lied about her age. There was a report on the story and how Zach is trying to fight being on the sxx offender listing. Anderson interviewed Zach and his dad. I mostly watched Hayes' on the refugees in Europe and the Hungarian camerawoman who tripped and kicked a couple of Syrian refugees as they were running.The news about the refugees and that Hungarian camerawoman was then on 360, the last segment of the first hour. There was a good report on what happened and the backlash against that woman. However, I feel like if that video didn't exist, there wouldn't have been any news on the refugees on 360. Before the commercial break, Anderson said 'stay tuned for the second hour, there'll be a report on Trump dissing Florin over her looks'. Nope.Thanks, ATA, for posting the Ridiculist from the end of the second hour. I liked seeing the Ridiculist again, however, this one ranks about a C+. It 's too bad the subject matter wasn't more ridiculous. I hope the Virginia woman gets her money but her story isn't as much fun as a spaghetti eating context between a Golden Lab and a German Shepherd.
Tired of listening to AC and the pundits like Borger and Gergen propping up Trump as someone who'd be better on foreign policy than President Obama--the president continues to outsmart his critics and make history and has been one of THE most consequential U.S. leaders in years but somehow blowhard idiot Trump's "muscular" tone is superior. According to Borger, people are 'tired' of President Obama's "low-key" approach to foreign policy--well, the last administration that tried the muscular approach got us chaos in Iraq and ISIS. The Trump/Tea Party right wing lovefest on 360 is sickening to watch--I noticed the political panels were all Republican--funny how 360 managed to stick Alex Castellanos in a discussion about Hillary Clinton with Donna Brazile and Paul Begala the other night but didn't think it was necessary to bring in a single Democrat for the Trump discussions on Wednesday. And 360 continues it's unfortunate tradition of bringing in the worst right wing guests/pundits on television with the appearance of former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli--does AC know or care how much of an anti-gay (among other things) nut he is?I don't care about Ben Carson and faith, I care about him being a self-loathing puppet for the racists in the GOP. He used to be someone I admired before I learned of his political leanings and that he's darn near insane. But THIS is the type of person, along with Trump, who right wing crazies are falling in love with. God help this country.
I skipped 360 again to watch U.S. Open from what I saw more pundits trying to bring reason and appalled at his attacks but AC and trumps surrogates supporting him. I wonder what is the end game for 360 not to have this blatant Trump support? He attacked a woman's looks in a rolling stone article... will AC make light of it or not push harder on pundits who try to excuse his nasty attack? AC is so amused with Trump who can't even call him out when he's clearly wrong. People have to remember when Obama came office the country was in two wars. He was steadfast to end the wars and to not engage in anymore while he was President. He has lived up to those promises. I'm not in total agreement with this deal. I think having them able to access billions is a grand mistake! I think any deal with NOT including the 4 american hostages is a damn shame and kerry and Obama should be lambasted for that! But if this deal prevents another war than good. I wish they could go back and add somethings to the deal... I think the gop want another war. Gop don't criticize bush for leading this country into a war lies that cost trillions and thousands of lives. Ben Carson views lie with the fringe and tea party pf gop. His comments on gays and obamacare should disqualify him from running, they are so absurd! Growing up learning about Carson I never who have guessed he had so many nut job views. But he is surging right now. Now that Hilary has apologize I wonder if the attacks will stop? The media just loathed here. They love biden tho. Lol. I like biden don't think he should run. He's had his time in politics. Retire.
Someone made a comment that AC360 don't do much on gay issues anymore. That is true. They really don't for whatever reason. There are still many battles that are being battled for full equality. Still in majority of the country gays ca. Be fired for simply being who they are. There are no laws in many states to prohibit glbt citizens from being denied housing, loans, college entry so many things that need change for full equality. So 360 may not discuss them but its still out here and needs to be in the news. Don Lemon... someone mentioned the guy. He does do some gay issues but its not with any real urgency or focus. He's basically a race guy. Anything that deals with black and whites he really in some cases exaggerate the stories and becomes in my opinion not a journalist but a commentator when it comes to race relations. He seems very bias and not able to look at all sides in a race debate. I'm not a fan of his. He comes off as arrogant and a bit uppity. A personal story, I sent him a tweet years ago when he came out, saying how much of a role model he could be and respected his honesty... he replies to me to buy his book! I felt so slighted and disregarded. Then after that I realized what twitter for famous people were about.
Don appeared on the SitRoom again (commenting on the Golfer who was wrongly arrested by police), He started telling a "personal story" about how this has happened to him.... I just found it bizarre. He takes every story and makes it about him. Anyways enough about Don. I agree with what was said about AC covering less LGBTQ questions. I wonder if he thinks its enough that he sometimes acknowledges his partner. I mean he was at the GLADD awards and he hosts the Elton John AIDS foundation every year. So he does represent the LGBTQ community well, but alot of people want him to be more public about it.
OKAY, SOMEONE HAS TO GET THE HOOK AND DRAG DONALD TRUMP OFF THE STAG. HIS FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAMEHAS RUN OUT. HE'S NOT THE ONLY RICH GUY ALIVE, AND HE DOESN'T GET TO INSULT CARLY FIORINO'S PHYSICALAPPEARANCE, JUST BECAUSE HE CAN.SOMEONE HAS TO REIGN TRUMP IN, AND TELL HIM HE'S NOT RUNNING FOR DEMAGOGUE, HE'S A CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND NOW HE'S BECOME A CLASSLESS CLOWN.CARLY FIORINO WAS CEO OF HP AND IS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, AND SHE ALSO LOST A DAUGHTER. BUT ABOVEALL, SHE'S A WOMAN, AND TRUMP IS STARTING TO REALLY PUSH EVERYONE'S BUTTONS THE WRONG WAY.IN NEXT WEEKS'S DEBATE, I WANT THE CNN MODERATORS TO ASK TRUMP QUESTIONS ON FOREIGN POLICY, THAT ARE SO FINITE AND DETAILED, EVEN HILLARY DOESN'T KNOW THE ANSWER. AND I WANT HIM TO ACTUALLY ADMIT, HE DOESN'T KNOW THE ANSWER, HOLD HIS FEET TO THE FIRE AND MAKE HIM SWEAT BECAUSE WHILE HE MAY BEA SAVVY BUSINESS MAN, WE ALL KNOW HE KNOWS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN POLICY AND THEREFORE HE'S NOT QUALIFIED. I KNOW I'LL BE WATCHING DUTIFULLY, HOPING TRUMP FAILS....BIG TIME, AND I TAKE GREAT SATISFACTION IN KNOWING I'M NOT ALONE.
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