Friday, October 09, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, October 9, 2015 (With Videos)


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio.  The program opened with the latest on the
dysfunctional Republican Party's inability to find a candidate for Speaker of The House:

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There was the requisite Trump coverage:

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A segment on President Obama's trip to OR that included an interview with the family of one victim and a story on a service dog that survived:

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A segment on Bernie Sander's debate style as promotion for CNN's debate on Tuesday night:

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The program ended with a promotion for Sunday's Party's Unknown with Anderson avoiding eating pig's feet:

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11 comments:

Jaanza said...

I'm looking forward to seeing a few Friday 360 videos because I watched "The Amazing Race" instead. There wasn't a second hour of 360, instead it was Don Lemon right away.

@UNICORNS BACON - in yesterday's post you guessed CNN is paying more attention to GOP candidates than Democratic candidates "...because there are more than two people running..." Actually, there are five official Dems: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee. It will be six if Biden decides to run. Clinton and Sanders have consistently gotten higher poll numbers than Trump but they get little attention from Anderson. The past couple days have been the exception because the Democratic Debate is next Tuesday.

On the GOP side,what is it now? Fifteen candidates still standing? Whatever the number most of them have had little time in the 360 spotlight because Trump has been hogging all the attention. Trump this, Trump that, the airing of Trump rallies in their entirety, flattering Melania reports, Trump, Trump and more Trump. Occasionally there has been a look at Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush. Ben Carson is getting covered because he says so many stupid things. A couple weeks ago Blitzer interviewed Rick Santorum and I made special mention of it because it was so *wow* that the other candidates were getting any broadcast time.

I'm complaining about vastly lopsided coverage of the candidates, about false comments on Obama (ACA, Iran troop pullout in 2012, many of his comments) not being corrected by Anderson and about the lack of coverage of issues such as voter suppression. Anderson doesn't have to "defend" Obama but he should point out to pundits when they are wrong and not let inaccurate statetments slide by. 360 has titled to the right and I don't like it.

UNICORNS BACON said...

@Jaanza
Trump and Hillary are both mentioned more because they are high in the polls. I mean that's obvious. If you want to hear about candidates who are doing bad in the polls then I suggest you look at other news stations.

CNN has spoken to multiple GOP candidates lately just not on AC360, I know Tapper has had a couple on and Wolf Blitzer too.

AC has said that he wants the viewers to make their own opinion about what is happening. I mean when CWM84 and Anonymous said that AC should have corrected the man whos sibling was a victim in the shooting.... Are you kidding me? AC isn't going to get into a political argument with someone who is going through such a tragedy. It's obsurd that people on here are so concerned with AC correcting people on Obama that they can't even tell when it's completely inappropriate to do so. The man was on to voice his opinion on the shooting and to discuss his family member, and everyone is concerned about what he's saying about Obama? I mean it's understandable that he would be upset with the president. There's been multiple mass shooting lately and nothing I ebing done. Although most of us know its because of the NRA and Republicans.

Also if you want more Obama or Iran Deal coverage I suggest watching Wolf Blitzer. He usually covers those issues. I watch CNN daily for multiple hours, not just AC360. I feel like most of you should watch Tapper or Wolf instead because they cover exactly what you guys want.

CWM84 said...

That's all we are saying unicorn and anon are probably tired of myself and aries moon complaining about the slanted coverage but it is clearly happening on CNN. They cover more gop topics, more time spent of goo candidates and rarely push back on gop leaning statements if true or not. That is NOT journalism. I majored in journalism for a year and took classes, I understand cable news is different its become waaaaayyyyyy too much on a pundit and opinionated forum. My issues is they claim they are journalist but are not following basic journalistic ethics! It is obvious that CNN has pushed more gop talking points and views for awhile and we aren't blind to that fact. I'm independent. I voted for our republican governor here in Maryland, Mr. Hogan because I thought he was best for the job and he is not a NUTJOB. But fair is fair. They/cnn are definitely more bias to republicans and have a big disdain for the President. Its clear as night and day. No gray areas and we have a forum here to voice our opinions on once was a great 360 program that has turned into a pundit driving hack show with very little content on other news around the world. As a AC fan I'm upset of the direction of the show.

aries moon said...

@Jaanza and @CWM84--exactly.

Anonymous said...

Just adding my 2 cents as a long time viewer of AC360. I used to watch a lot more CNN, but after President Obama's inauguration and the rise of the Tea Party, CNN soon because the Tea Party Network. They hosted Tea Party debates/events and started leaning more right than the fair and balanced reporting they used to provide. I quite watching much of CNN at the time. I found the Tea Party to be whackos and CNN's loved of everything Sarah Pallin reinforced my decision. I remember night after night on AC360 Anderson and David Gergen discussing how the repeal of DADT and The Affordable Care Act were dead. There wasn't time and they didn't have the votes. When both laws were passed and signed, there was little to no mention. Instead of admitting they were wrong, they doubled down on bashing President Obama if they mentioned him at all. This is evident again with POTUS's recent accomplishments much to the chagrin of the Republican Party.

While there has been some push back on Ben Carson and the stupid flowing out of his mouth, there's been little push back on Trump. Anderson was all excited one night that Trump was going to reveal his foreign policy platform and when it was more Trump spouting Trump, he broke away from the event. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both laid out policy platforms on various issues and never once has he covered those announcements or the fact that they happened. That's what people are talking about when they are talking about bias in reporting. The multiple showing of the packages on Trump's wife and family vs. those of any other candidates seems pretty one sided to me. I'm not stupid. I know what is happening on CNN and especially AC360.

Ratings is driving content and Trump's crazy bring the ratings. Friday night's program is a prime example. Why was Trump the second story and not the last? Anderson is moderating the debate Tuesday night yet his segment on Bernie Sanders was at the end of the show.

In the past AC360 would have covered things like Rep. McCarthy's record and how he was unqualified to be Speaker of the House. The man has passed to pieces of legislation in his tenure, both re-naming things, nothing of any great importance. This is not just a Republican problem as the Speaker of the House is third in line to the President. I'm guessing much of the U.S. has no idea. Also, in the past AC360 would have covered the DMV's being closed in Alabama in counties where minorities make up the majority of the population, after Alabama passed a law requiring DMV identification for being able to vote. I think the DOJ is now looking into this matter, but talk about voter suppression in this upcoming election year and during the 50th anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act. This is horrifying and needs to be covered by the media instead of repeating Randi Kaye reports to fill time.

I don't expect everyone to hold my views, but I do expect a news program to present facts and if a guest or pundit is spouting inaccuracies, Anderson should push back. He used to do that. Too bad the regulation for equal airtime for all candidates was struck down. There's been talk of what Trump has spent on his run for the presidency and his self funding. If AC360 and the media in general weren't giving him all the free airtime, I wonder where his ratings would be.

Anonymous said...

@Unicorns Bacon

I'm the anonymous one that commented on AC's handling of the brother of the victim of the OR college shooting that went off on President Obama. I never said Anderson should have corrected the man and told him what to say. The man has a right to his opinion. My beef was that the pre-interview was not properly done or Anderson shouldn't have asked him what he would say to President Obama. Anderson's interviews seemed to be more about learning about the victims and generating empathy for the victims and the community. The gentleman didn't want President Obama to come because President Obama was all about taking people's guns away, according to the man answering the question. It actually made that man look a little foolish. Your sister has just been shot by someone with semi-automatic rifles and handguns while she sat in a college classroom and you're against someone who wants sensible regulation on guns? It made me loose all sympathy for that gentleman and his family. Given his statements and the background on the Sheriff saying Sandy Hook was a hoax and writing VP Biden after Sandy Hook saying if tougher gun regulations were passed his office wouldn't be enforcing them made me think he and his community got what they deserved and that makes me sad for our society.

UNICORNS BACON said...

I wasnt saying the man at the Oregon shooting was correct, and yes he did look like an idiot. But I mean that's his opinion and he was obviously still upset about what happened. When you're upset you don't always make sense.

UNICORNS BACON said...

I really wonder if CNN's downfall is due to Zucker? Because AC360 used to be great, I agree with you on that. But now AC is no longer traveling for CNN and its become very repetitive. I think he's better on 60 minutes and who know maybe when his contract ends he'll switch to do that instead.

UNICORNS BACON said...

"Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both laid out policy platforms on various issues and never once has he covered those announcements or the fact that they happened. That's what people are talking about when they are talking about bias in reporting. "

Although CNN hasn't really mentioned Bernie Sanders or other Dem. Candidates, I have heard Jake Tapper and Wolf discuss Hillary and her policies. CNN has also showed multiple interviews with Bill Clinton and they have discussed Clinton's daughter.

I understand the the Trump coverage is too much I fully agree with that. I dislike Trump, he has no actual policies and he manages to avoid answering questions. But AC360 also hasn't paid notice to Bobby Jindal, or any other candidate who is doing bad in the polls. The only GOP candidates they really discuss are Trump, Carson, and sometimes Fiorina and thats only because they've gone up in the polls. Or because they say controversial things.

Anonymous said...

LET IT BE SAID THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES....ALL FIVE SUPPOSEDLY, AREN'T GETTING THE COVERAGE
OR THE LOVE FROM CNN BECAUSE THEY AREN'T EXACTLY CHARISMATIC. WHAT CAN YOU POSSIBLY SAY ABOUT SOME-
ONE WHOSE DELIVERY OR MESSAGE IS HALF DEAD??
I MEAN REALLY. YES, TRUMP AND HILLARY AND SANDERS ARE GETTING ALL THE LOVE BECAUSE THEY ARE VITAL
AND THEY HAVE A HEART BEAT. WELL, I TAKE SOME OF THAT BACK. THERE IS BEN CARSON AND THOUGH HE DID
DO BRAIN SURGERY, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HIS PULSE.
CNN INTERVIEWED CANDY CARSON THE OTHER NIGHT, AND BELIEVE ME, SHE AND HUBBY ARE A PERFECT MATCH.
ONE IS SLEEPY AND THE OTHER IS SLEEPIER, IF THAT'S A WORD. BEN CARSON SAID THAT HE'S JUST A "CALM"
PERSON AND SURGEONS ARE GENERALLY "CALM." WELL, SOMEBODY BETTER WAKE HIM BEFORE HE BECOMES PRESIDENT
SO THAT HE'S AWAKE WHEN HE OFFICIALLY MEETS PUTIN.

Jaanza said...

Friday's 360 and the ATA videos -
The first segment/video was about searching for a new Speaker of the House with a Dana Bash report focusing on Rep. Paul Ryan. The question of why Kevin McCarthy dropped out was discussed with Manu Rajju; the rumor it was because McCarthy had an affair with another Representative is the most interesting thing I've heard about him. Then Anderson and Jake Sherman further analyzed the rumor and its impact. It was good coverage of a valid lead story.

Despite my earlier vow not to watch Trump segments, I watched at laest the start of the Trump segment. I wanted to find out if there was sufficient new info today to warrant a Trump segment. Anderson said there was another poll but the numbers were pretty much the same. Friday's Trump segmetn concentrated on the exuberant Hispanic Trump fan. Although that woman had not been covered on 360 before, she was covered on other CNN programs yesterday. The panel of Maggie Haberman and Jeffrey Lord speculated on how and why Trump would leave the race even though Trump is nowhere near the Dropping Out Galaxy. Why aren't they talking about the GOP candidates at 1% or 2% in the polls and why aren't those guys dropping out?

President Obama visisted Roseburg OR, the site of the latest mass shooting and met with families. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But Anderson highlighted "critical division" and "other feelings". Anderson interviewed Shannon Dietz, who's mother was shot at Umpqua, and Eric Dietz, former husband. It was the typical grieving family interview. The segment ended with a report on the service dog formerly owned by Serena Moore, one of the Umpqua victims.

Randi Kaye had a report on Bernie Sanders and how he has been in past debates. Anderson talked to Maggie Haberman about how Sanders and Hillary Clinton may do in Tueaday's debate. Overall a decent look at the upcoming debate but why wasn't this earlier in the show? The topic is more timely than blathering and guessing what a Trump departure would be like.

I did not watch the segment/video promoting Bourdain's show.

Next week I'm hoping Monday's 360 is mostly on the Democratic Debate, as the show the day before the 9/16 GOP debate was almost entirely on that debate. Ditto for Wednesday. Hoping... but not totally expecting that to happen.