Friday, October 16, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, October 16, 2015


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from what appeared to be an undisclosed location.  Enjoy a little Paul Begala on a Friday night:

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Anderson was at Sirius Radio on Thursday to tape an interview with Bill Carter.  Both TV Newser and The Washington Post had previews of the interview.

From TV Newser:

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Anderson Cooper on the 2016 Candidates: ‘I Don’t Want to Talk to These People’

In an interview set to air Monday on SiriusXM’s The Bill Carter Interview, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper reflects on his role as moderator of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, saying he thanked the candidates, but didn’t chat. “I don’t want to talk with these people…I don’t want to be friends with these people. It’s not my job.”

Cooper tells Carter it’s not a judgment on the candidates as people, but rather his desire not to confuse his role as a journalist:

No, I don’t want to talk with these people. Honestly, I’m not friends with these people. I don’t want to be friends with these people. It’s not my job. I’m friends with some people I went to high school with and some people I work with, that’s about it. I went up beforehand and shook each of their hands. I would have gone up after them and to each say “It was an honor to be on the stage with you. Thank you.” But you know, their families come up, and I didn’t want to squeeze in on their family time. In the interview, Cooper also responds to the complaints from Jim Webb that he didn’t get equal time to speak. “I totally understand,” Cooper said. “But also wasting time talking about time, doesn’t make you look good.”
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From The Washington Post:

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Anderson Cooper says he ‘knew’ Sanders would ‘shut down’ Hillary Clinton e-mail inquiry

Much political chatter this week focused on a pivotal moment at Tuesday night’s CNN Democratic debate in Las Vegas: “I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Sanders was called upon to address the Democratic front-runner’s ongoing e-mail controversy after Clinton issued her standard defense.

The Vermont senator’s defense brought an uproarious reaction from the crowd at the Wynn Las Vegas. Though hopefuls Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley both chimed in on the e-mail stuff, Sanders had pretty well snuffed out the issue. “Thank you, Bernie. Thank you,” said Clinton after Sanders had ripped the e-mail stuff as a campaign-trail issue.

In a chat with former New York Times television reporter Bill Carter on the SiriusXM show “The Bill Carter Interview,” Cooper put this moment in his basket of regrets over his handling of the debate. “I wish I had brought in one other candidate before I went to Sanders on the email thing because I knew Sanders would try to shut it down,” said the debate host. Perhaps that would have been a better way to go, though there was no guarantee. After all, Chafee commented that the e-mails drive at a credibility crisis in American politics. When Cooper asked Clinton whether she wanted to respond, she said, “No,” to the delight of her supporters.

The assembled challengers weren’t prepared or disposed to mount a serious challenge to Clinton’s e-mail problem. That would have had to come directly from Cooper in a series of pointed questions. Posing them would have hijacked the debate, driving it into a homebrew rabbit hole; better to leave the prolonged e-mail cross-examinations to Cooper’s peers who sit for extended interviews with the candidate. Several such clashes have already taken place, and there are more to come, including Jake Tapper’s CNN interview with Clinton this afternoon.

In the Carter interview, Cooper asked himself: “Was I too tough on Lincoln Chafee?” That was an apparent reference to Cooper’s merciless pursuit of Chafee over his 1999 vote for legislation that enabled banks to grow bigger, even though Chafee has criticized Clinton for coziness with Wall Street. Transcript:

COOPER: Governor Chafee, you have attacked Secretary Clinton for being too close to Wall Street banks. In 1999 you voted for the very bill that made banks bigger.

CHAFEE: The Glass-Steagall was my very first vote, I’d just arrived, my dad had died in office, I was appointed to the office, it was my very first vote.

COOPER: Are you saying you didn’t know what you were voting for?

CHAFEE: I’d just arrived at the Senate. I think we’d get some takeovers, and that was one. It was my very first vote, and it was 92-5. It was the…

COOPER: Well, with all due respect, Governor…

CHAFEE: But let me just say…

COOPER: … what does that say about you that you’re casting a vote for something you weren’t really sure about?

CHAFEE: I think you’re being a little rough. I’d just arrived at the United States Senate. I’d been mayor of my city. My dad had died. I’d been appointed by the governor. It was the first vote and it was 90-5, because it was a conference report.

In answering his own question, Cooper said, “I never want to be rude to anybody. Someone once said to me a saying their grandfather had told them, which is, I’m mangling the phrase: ‘It’s a lot harder to be kind than it is to be clever. Or it’s very easy to be clever, being kind is hard.’ And my mom has a saying from a guy named MacLaren who said, ‘Be kind because everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.’ And I take that very much to heart. I think that’s very true, and I think it’s very easy in this day and age not to be kind and to be clever….And being clever is usually at somebody’s expense. And being kind is actually hard. And you know what, everybody is fighting a great battle in one way or another whether you see their scars or not.”

Not sure what that all means, other than that Cooper is a thoughtful guy.
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Anderson also was a guest on a CNN podcast called Running Mate on Thursday:

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And tweeted about his 60 Minutes segment on Asylum Seekers for which he recently traveled to England, Greece, Germany and Austria.  It airs Sunday and we will have it covered for you.


Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the Middle East go to Germany, which has welcomed them. But with thousands coming daily, how many can Germany really handle? Anderson Cooper reports on Sunday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Anderson said he doesn't want to talk to any of the Democrats running for president, but has said numerous times how much he likes to talk to Trump and finds him refreshing.

CWM84 said...

Interesting interview, it seems AC wanted to make the emails more of an issues, despite several reports on it on 360 and other cnn programs. AC Sanders was right! Enough about the emails! He's friends with more than high school friends and co workers. Kelly Ripa her husband, Andy Cohen, Sarah jessica parker, barry diller, his wife, the Seinfelds, Kathy griffin. He may not be friends with any of the dem candidates but he seems very fond and friendly with Trump! Sometimes AC downplays his social life, friendships lol. Nothing to hide, we know he's a high roller and hangs with people in his socio-economic group. He's a celebrity who has celebrity friends. No problem with that just be honest. I look forward to his 60 minutes report! I've liked most of his stories on there. 360 has mishandled his reporting for far too long now. Thankfully 60 minutes doesn't let him just focus on politics and other social media trending stories like 360. And 60 has him travel, which really is AC's forte. Miss his planet in peril, going to middle east, africa... to showcase stories in the world. It seems we won't get that AC back on this current foolery on 360. If AC was smart I'll leave and do 60 minutes full time or another network that may let him out of an anchor chair and report on trump and slam dems for two hours. But I AC loves having a program 5 days a week with his name on it. I think me and long time fans remember him and became fans of him from what CNN used to have him do other than what they have him do now. Btw I skipped 360 tonight. Sure I didn't miss anything worthwhile.

aries moon said...

Anderson may have been in D.C. on Friday--he's got a show with Andy Cohen on Saturday there--and the D.C. folks usually do an especially fine job with AC's lighting and make-up!

@anon 12:39, yes, I noticed that too. AC has said that he never attends that annual press correspondents dinner because he thought it was inappropriate to be schmoozing with politicians since it's his job to report on them and be impartial--but he does seem overly impressed with Donald Trump and *if* he were to be friends with any politician, I'm sure it would be someone like John McCain over any Democrat. I think AC leans more conservative than liberal but he's good friends with some celebs who seem FAR from conservative, like Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Griffin, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenburg (not sure about Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos) as CWM84 mentioned above. Also his one of the bars his bf runs held a fundraiser or some other event in support of President Obama's campaign back in 2008 or 2012, but none of that seems to have had any influence on AC since he's clearly no fan of POTUS and is rarely impartial when it comes to reporting on him.

Anonymous said...

WATCHED THE 60 MINUTE SEGMENT ANDERSON REPORTED ON AND FOUND IT ENLIGHTENING. THOSE POOR
REFUGEES FROM SYRIA HAVE A LOT TO LEARN IF THEY THINK GETTING TO GERMANY IS "PARADISE."
THEY WILL NOT FIND ASSIMILATION INTO THE GERMAN CULTURE PLEASANT. THERE IS A LOT OF BACKLASH ABOUT
HAVING SYRIAN REFUGEES MAKING GERMANY THEIR HOME, EVEN THOUGH THE SEGMENT SHOWED GERMAN HOSPITALITY AND A WELCOMING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW ARRIVALS.
ON ANOTHER NOTE, HUFFPOST HAS A FUNNY CLIP OF LARRY DAVID IMPERSONATING BERNEY SANDERS. HE DOES
AN EXCELLENT JOB AND STEPS RIGHT INTO THE CANDIDATES SHOES. WORTH A WATCH.

Anonymous said...

I don't think AC likes trump but finds him interesting to listen to, as do I and I am fiercely liberal. Listening to someone who is so god awful and nasty is somewhat astonishing and mesmerizing. Also, AC let is thoughts on Trump be known with that peice by Randi Kay and the crowds and the time he said "this guy" when his mic was still on. He is kind of like the real housewives of jersey but in politics. You know he is nasty, vile, and corrupt but watching them flounder is just soooo entertaining.

Anonymous said...

UNFORTUNATELY, THE "GUY YOU FIND SO GOD AWFUL AND MESMERIZING" AT THE SAME TIME, HAS A VERY GOOD
CHANCE OF BECOMING PRESIDENT. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO WILL VOTE FOR HIM BECAUSE HE SAYS JUST
WHAT THEY ARE THINKING, AND THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH INTELLECTUAL REASONING TO ANALYZE THEIR POOR CHOICE. THEY HAVE NO POLITICAL EXPERTISE AND TRUMP'S NON MESSAGE SOUNDS LIKE A SYMPHONY TO THEIR
EARS. TRUMP MAY BE A LOT OF THINGS, BUT HE'S NOT STUPID. HE'S PLAYING TO A CERTAIN MIND SET,
ONE THAT DOES NOT DELIBERATE OR THINK.
HIS DAUGHTER, IVANKA, CALLED HIM 'BLUNT' IN A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH POPPY HARLOW. I CALL HIM 'CRASS.' THAT IS
THE DIFFERENCE IN MENTALITY WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE "FOLKS" WHO WILL VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP, AND
THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF THEM OUT THERE. GUN TOTING, BIBLE LOVING, UNEDUCATED AMERICANS WHO ARE JUST
PLAIN ANGRY WITH THE WORLD, LIKE "JOE THE PLUMBER" FROM THE 08 CAMPAIGN.