Thursday, November 12, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, November 12, 2015


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 on Thursday evening and aired the second segment of his interview with Spike Lee on Chicago's Southside violence:

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The following was posted to social media today ~



60 Minutes released the following promo of Anderson's report airing this Sunday:


Descending the Eiger the way James Bond might do it 60 Minutes cameras capture an extreme sportsman using a three-sport technique tried for the first time on the iconic Alpine peak


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If a villain were about to kill James Bond at the top of a Swiss peak, 007 might make an incredible escape like this. And JT Holmes would be the stuntman to pull it off. The extreme sportsman has been waiting for years to try it. And when the weather was finally right, he flew, skied and then jumped off the Eiger's rock face, pulling a parachute to break his 100-mph free fall. 60 Minutes cameras were there to record the breathtaking event, tried by Holmes for the first time on the famous peak that's more than two miles high. Anderson Cooper reports from the Swiss Alps on this latest extreme sports conquest for the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT.

Holmes is a veteran of extreme sports. The former professional skier has skied some of most treacherous runs in the world and pioneered the use of wingsuits that allow humans to fly off mountains at speeds up to 140 mph before releasing parachutes. At the Eiger, Holmes took a helicopter to the summit. He then flew with a speed wing, a paragliding-like device, that allows him to fly over portions of the mountain face that cannot be skied. When he touched down he skied at 40 mph before leaping off a cliff for a free fall of some 20 seconds before yanking his parachute. The jump is the most critical portion of the ride; his skis must detach at this point if they are not to get tangled in his chute and get him killed. He lost a friend that way in Italy.

What goes through his mind after the helicopter drops him off? "There's two mindsets... there's the Evel Knievel, which is kind of kamikaze, and, 'Who knows how it's going to work out?'" he says. "And then there's the James Bond. And Bond is composed and dialed. And he uses clever pieces of gear which he developed with Q to, you know, outwit his opponents and pull off tremendous things."

"Which one are you?" asks Cooper. "I'm Bond," laughs Holmes.


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4 comments:

Jaanza said...

Not sure why a re-hashing of Trump's "Deportation Force" immigration plan was the lead story. In 360's defense it was also Hayes' lead story. Anderson had clips of Trump defending his plan, dissing Carson and then a panel with Maria Cordona, Sheriff Paul Bebeu and Andy Dean. I mostly watched Hayes because he also covered Rubio and Cruz making statements about immigration.

360 had a lot more on Rubio in the second segment. It started with very good information from John King on the numbers of Latino voters, how they've voted in the past and big a factor they are in key states. Rubio is straddling a very fine line on immigration, 'deport the bad guys but not 11 million' and this was plainly stated in the panel. Ana Navarro and Dan Pfeffer discussed. Navarro made a very good point: this is Trump's immigration plan, not the GOP's immigration plan. However, when discussing the other GOP candidates, Navarro of course said Jeb had the best immigration plan. Pfeffer pointed out that other issues are also important to Latino voters.

ISIS set off two bombs in Beirut; this was Blitzer's lead story. 360 had Jim Sciutto's report (same one that was on the 'Situation Room' and a short Q&A.

I didn't see all of Gary Tuchman's report on Linwood Lambert, the VA man tasered to death by police (football had started). It happened two years ago and the investigation is still dragging on. Anderson interviewed Lambert's dad and sister. He seemed a bit stunned and lost for words after he asked the dad what he wanted to have happen and the dad answered he wanted the two policemen put in jail. It looked like Anderson wasn't prepared for such a blunt answer.

Next was part 2 of Anderson's interview with Spike Lee and Father Michael Fleger about gun violence in Chicago. ATA has posted that. Cynically, I wonder if Anderson would be giving this topic so much attention if Spike Lee wasn't making a new movie about it.

The last half-minute of the show was a Bulletin.

Friday night is "The Amazing Race' but I'm curious if Anderson will mention the CBS Democratic Debate sheduled for Saturday. I don't remember him talking about the MSNBC Democratic Forum done by Rachel Maddow. Do the Democratic candicates have to behave like bellowing immature idiots to get any time on 360?

aries moon said...

John King had a really good segment on the Republicans and how they are alienating Latinos--King said that if they continue their hard line on immigration, they will without a doubt be shut out of the White House in 2016--King said Republicans are fooling themselves if they believe otherwise--demographics are against them.

It is possible to care about police brutality against African-Americans and also be concerned about black-on-black crime and violence as Spike Lee suggests--however, what some try to do is play up one of those issues in order to dismiss the other and that's a problem, especially when the people doing that don't genuinely care about EITHER issue but have a political/racial axe to grind.

CWM84 said...

Fox news tries to do that. Fox news black on black and ignore police. Mind you not only do African Americans have issues with police but other groups are largely ignored. CNN, Msnbc normally focus on police issues with black community. What I'm saying is both need same attention and focus and energy. The political component in all of this is just ridiculous on both crisis should go beyond political and racial lines. This is a crisis! It could be your son or daughter, loved one. Hopefully CNN can strike a balance between police and civilian issues and report on both sides. But its not just the news responsibility. Its communities issues too. To demand more from your neighbors, to not make wrong decisions and to say enough is enough. No change in attitude, tactics. The same will continue. We need mass marches but the biggest African American activist nationwide to march and decry the destruction of the communities and senseless deaths!

Anonymous said...

WHILE IT IS TOO EARLY TO ACTUALLY COMMENT ON THE ATROCITIES THAT STRUCK PARIS, ACCORDING TO ANDREA
MITCHELL ON MSNBC, THERE WERE NO METAL DETECTORS IN THE CONCERT ARENA.
NOW, THIS WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED THE TERRORISTS FROM ATTACKING THOSE SEATED OUTSIDE, IT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED SOME OF THE CARNAGE THAT TOOK PLACE.
AND SEALING OFF THE BORDERS NOW IS LIKE CLOSING THE BARN DOORS AFTER THE HORSES FLED. EVERYONE
WORLD WIDE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING FROM 9/11. IF IT HAPPENED HERE, IT CAN HAPPEN ANY WHERE AND NO PUBLIC PLACE IS SAFE.
WHEN YOU GO TO THE THEATER IN NYC, PATRONS HAVE TO EMPTY THEIR PURSES AND GO THROUGH METAL DETECTORS....WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND WHERE TO STRIKE.
EVERY LOCATION, LIKE NYC HAS TO HAVE HEIGHTENED EMERGENCY PROTECTION BEFORE ATTACKS LIKE THIS OCCUR, ESPECIALLY AFTER ALLOWING REFUGEES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST INSIDE THEIR BORDERS. THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. JMO.....AND YES, I HAVE TRAVELED ABROAD.