Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  The second hour included a segment on Trump where Paul Begala was one of the panelists:


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1 comment:

Jaanza said...

As predicted, Thursday's 360 had a big lot on the CNBC GOP debate; the topic took up most of the first hour. I saw only a few bits and pieces of the first segment (cooking supper at the same time). Anderson spoke with three reporters about various aspects of the debate, the first one focused on Marco Rubio. Later there was a panel with Ryan LIzza, John King and Ana-Malika Henderson.

At first it was great seeing a "Keeping Them Honest" segment on Ben Carson Anderson concentrated on Carson's ties and promotions of an health supplement marketed by Mannotech. Drew Griffin had a decent report on what Carson has said and what the facts actually are. Then I was so disgusted when Anderson introduced Armstrong Wiliams, one of the head honchos of the Carson campaign. When Griffin dissed Hillary Clinton for her comment on VA hospitals, 360 didn't have anyone there to defend her. Why was Williams allowed to rebuttal and spin furiously?
Hayes at this time was talking to political analyst Steve Kornacki about Jeb Bush in the debate and the state of his campaign. A pundit not affiliated with the Jeb campaign to comment on the Jeb campaign. Couldn't Anderson find a pundit or two with no ties to Carson for a discussion on Carson?

Yesterday's debate's hot topic seemed to be blaming the media, blaming liberal media bias. I don't know who did the report on this but I liked the line pointing out how GOPers will "deflect" tough questions by whining about media bias. Anderson later talked to David Gergen and Brian Stelter. Late in that discussion Anderson said something about receiving criticism for having a liberal bias. Did I hear that corrrectly?

Next up was a pointless report on how Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are squabbling at each other when they used to be such good friends. Okay, it's a more valid news subject than Ivanka Trump's and Chelsea Clinton's friendship. But overall, that's politics. No one should be surprised Jeb and Rubio are dissing each other. I didn't stay for Anderson's Q&A with a Jeb campaign guy. I probably would have stayed if it was an independent pundit analyzing but I didn't want to listen to a Jeb spokesman spin.

The last report in the first hour was on the Venuzaelan airliner which caught fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

I didn't watch the second hour but watched ATA's video of the Paul Begala and Jeffrey Lord panel on Trump in yesterday's debate. I liked Begala's comment on Trump needing to do somethng crazy, like outlaw guacamole, somethng crazier on immigration to get his mojo back. Begala and Lord had some good comments on Jeb and I liked the ending: Lord said, regarding winning the GOP nomination, "I do expect this could be a very long and protracted battle for this." Anderson, "it already is."
Much too long.