Monday, December 07, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, December 7, 2015


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.

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4 comments:

Jaanza said...

"Gotham" wasn't on so I was able to watch Monday's 360 but only watched the first hour.

Anderson was wearing his glasses. I know the thought process he went through because I went through the same thing in the third grade. At first I would wear my glasses only when I absolutely had to. Then I began noticing those times popping up more and more along with what a hassle it was to take them on and off and keep them in a safe but accessible spot. Eventually Anderson and I reached a point where we thought 'to heck with it, I just got to wear these things all the time'.

The first story was on Trump's newest idea: ban all Muslims traveling to the U.S "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on". Randi Kaye's report was on that comment but mostly on Trump's supporters who agree with him. Anderson spent a few moments on how the other GOP candidates reacted and then it was a panel with Maggie Habermas, Jeffrey Lord and Van Jones. Haberman stated how unconstitutional this was and also illogical to put into practice. Lord defended Trump by stating Roosevelt, after Pearl Harbor, stopped the nationalization process for German, Italian and Japanese immigrants and placed other restrictive laws on them. Jones said Trump's plan was unworkable, it's what ISIS wants. Lord kept up the historical precedent, "FDR did a version of this..." and "We are in a war."

The panel continued in the second segment. Haberman was questioned first and talked about Trump's demagogue style. I was distracted for most of the rest of the panel because my DH and I were discussing how many countries put a person's religion on their passports. I had to dig out our passports to see exactly what info was on it. American passports do not include any info on the holder's religious beliefs. It's difficult to find good info on the internet on which country's passports include religion but so far I've found out that Pakistani, Egyptian and Jordanian passports do.

Time for another tangent: CNN's commercial for the 12/15/15 GOP debate shows the heads of several candidates with dramatic lighting and drums playing. The commercial makes all of those candidates look scary as hell.

There's new information on the background of the San Bernardino terrorist couple. Pamela Brown provided the details. The panel was Robert Baer and Tom Clemente.

At :41 into the hour Anderson finally covered President Obama's speech on fighting ISIS and terrorism. There was a long clip from the speech and then a discussion with Lt. Gen. Mark Herting and Christiane Amanpour on the details and logistics. Trump's Muslim travel ban was also discussed.

Last in the first hour was a segment on the London subway knife attacker ("This is for Syria!"). Anderson narrated the video and then talked to Paul Cruickshank. My favorite Cruickshank comment was on British gun laws and how much more deadly this attack would have been if the guy had a gun instead of a knife.

I didn't watch the second hour... but maybe that's when somebody pointed out, like Maddow did, how these explosive Trump remarks come after he drops in the polls. The Muslim database idea was after Ben Carson got #1 spot in the polls. Today's newest polls showed a huge climb for Cruz. Or is it all just coincidence?

aries moon said...

Jeff Lord is the worst, always digging through the past to justify Trump's xenophobia and racism when there's no excuse for it. Van Jones was rightfully outraged and appalled with Trump's disgusting and absurd proposal to keep Muslims out of the U.S. We are supposed to be better than this as a country and to have the leading presidential candidate fearmongering and hatemongering in order to satisfy his rabid, hateful supporters is sickening. Looked like AC and Van were both irritated by Lord--I wish they'd drop him and Harry Houck.

I like when General Hertling is on 360--he does a good job of explaining what the Obama Administration is actually doing to combat ISIS and the successes they've had--he's one of the few sane and sensible voices on the show. I noticed David Gergen spent more time taking hits at President Obama than talking about Trump's dangerous rhetoric--he also annoyed me by saying that the Republican elites need to listen to Trump's supporters and take their concerns seriously--Trump supporters are mostly uneducated yahoos who vote against their own best interests and are full of hate and anger directed towards the black POTUS. There have been more terrorist acts committed by Americans in this country than Muslims but it's easier to demonize the "other". The GOP 'elites' feigning outrage over Trump's comments are really no better than him and have stirred up the hate within the GOP base along with enablers like Fox News and others in the beltway press.

Anonymous said...

I DON'T OFTEN AGREE WITH DONALD TRUMP, AND I DON'T OFTEN DISAGREE WITH ARIES MOON, WHOSE COMMENTS
ARE ALWAYS THOUGHT PROVOKING, BUT I HAVE TO SAY, THIS TIME....I THINK TRUMP MIGHT BE RIGHT.
IF WE AREN'T GOING AFTER THE ROOT CAUSE WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS GUNS, NOT RELIGION, THAN THE ONLY THING LEFT, WITHOUT DOING NOTHING, IS TO DO SOMETHING, LIKE STOPPING THE MIGRATION OF MUSLIMS.
IN FACT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE RIGHT AFTER 9/11.
NO, NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE EXTREMISTS AND NOT ALL MUSLIMS HATE AMERICANS, BUT THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE
MURDERED INNOCENT AMERICANS, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR PURPOSE.
IN WW 11, AND NO I WAS NOT ALIVE THEN, BUT I DO KNOW HISTORY, WE WERE ATTACKED BY THE JAPANESE, AND
WE HAD DETAINMENT CAMPS. SOME PEOPLE WERE OUTRAGED AT THE TIME AND I'M CERTAIN THERE WERE MANY
JAPANESE WHO MEANT NO HARM BUT WERE STILL DETAINED.
WE WERE NOT SO CONCERNED ABOUT BEING "POLITICALLY CORRECT" THEN. AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE.
THE NY POST DID NOT GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA HIGH MARKS FOR WHAT HE SAID SUNDAY WHICH WAS PRETTY MUCH, NOTHING. THEY HAD A CARTOON OF HIM SAYING 'YADA YADA YADA'....AND THAT IS JUST ABOUT WHAT WE ALL HEARD.
WHILE WE MAY NOT LIKE TRUMP AND WE MAY DISAGREE WITH HIM AND FIND HIM CRASS, HE WOULD DO SOMETHING AND RIGHT NOW, SOMETHING IS A LOT BETTER THAN NOTHING.

aries moon said...

@anon 10:58, that's one of the great things about ATA, we can state our opinions and argue and disagree and it's all good! Thank you for your comment about my comments--the same can be said about yours as well.