Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  The program opened with a good panel discussion on the GOP candidate's mostly uninformed and dangerous comments on national security in last night's debate:

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On this day ten years ago, Anderson was anchoring AC360 from Iraq and filed this "Reporter's Notebook" ~

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5 comments:

Jaanza said...

Yesterday I posted a prediction, dare I call it a hope?, that Wednesday's 360 would have news besides the Tuesday GOP debate and thought the Freddie Gray trial would reach a verdict and that would turn attention to Baltimore.

That did happen on 'The Situation Room' - sort of. The jury did not reach a verdict, they couldn't decide whether Officer Porter was guilty in the death of Freddie Gray and the result was a hung jury and a mistrial. Blitzer at 6 pm EST had more than 20 minutes on this news at the start of the show.

Anderson started 360 with three minutes with Miguel Marquez on the Freddie Gray trial and Baltimore but then it was 40 minutes on the GOP debate. ATA has posted the first debate analysis segment. I watched it and was really impressed with Lt. Gen. Mark Herting. After a report from Jim Sciutto, Herting was in the panel with Kathleen Parker and Carl Bernstein. Since the subject of the GOP debate was terrorism and national security, Herting was there and gave the best answers. He explained really well why he was "amused" and "embarrassed" and "angry" at the GOP candidates' comments and later stressed the importance of "character, presence and intellect" in a Cammander-in-Chief while implying none of the GOPers measured up.

What followed were various angles on the GOP debate including Jeb, Trump's Muslim immigration ban, reactions from a Muslim-American group in Florida, a talk with Fareed Zakaria, a Tom Foreman report focusing on the Rubio/Cruz "feud" and a panel with Amanda Carpenter and Ana-Malika Henderson.

Late in the first hour Anderson talked to Brian Todd in Baltimore. This time instead of asking questions only about the behavior of the protesters, Anderson did ask about the mistrial. Then it was a panel with Sunny Hostin, Jeffrey Toobin and Harry Houck about the details and the legalities.

In the last segment of the first hour Anderson interviewed William Murphy Jr., the attorney for Freddie Gray's family.

The second hour started with "Who Gets the Post-Debate Bounce?" Nope, not interested.

I think 360 is the only news program that hasn't done a report on the new 'Star Wars' movie. Although the movie doesn't need more coverage, seeing Anderson talk about it would be a welcome change.

aries moon said...

Kathleen Parker is a Republican, but she seems to be the type of conservative that many in her party today despise--I don't know all that much about her or what she may have said in the past, but she's been fairly reasonable in her commentary the few times she's been on 360--I guess conservatives who a truly moderate are alarmed by the direction the party has taken recently. General Mark Hertling and Carl Bernstein are two of my favorite guests on 360--both took aim at the dangerous rhetoric of the GOP on Muslims and Islam--it plays right into the hands of ISIS. There seems to be very little focus in the media of the presence of White supremicists and other Nazi sympathizers at Donald Trump's campaign rallies--here he is palling around with racist swine and fellow birthers like Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the media is silent--if an African-American or Muslim candidate were to tolerate extremists at their rallies, the media would go wild with condemnation.

Love that tweet about Anderson not wanting to see Star Wars instead of anchoring at the GOP debate--I don't know much about Star Wars, but I'd feel the same.

Anonymous said...

TRUMP SEEMS TO BE ATTRACTING LEFTEST SWINE BECAUSE OF HIS RHETORIC AND THE WAY HE PERFORMS, WITH
THOSE GRIMACES AND SNEERS, WHEN SOMEONE SPEAKS NEGATIVELY ABOUT HIS BEHAVIOR. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT
HE HAS DETERMINED CONSTITUTE HIS BASE, AND YES THEY WILL VOTE FOR HIM. HE HAS BECOME "THEIR
IDOLIZED JOE THE PLUMBER." AND HE HAS BECOME THE SARAH PALIN OF THIS CAMPAIGN.....SOMEONE WHO KNOWS
NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING BUT IS ABLE TO ATTRACT LARGE CROWDS, WHO HAVE NO REASONING ABILITY.
I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE PUNDITS OFF AND ON SINCE THE DEBATE AND HAVE COME TO LIKE VAN JONES.
HE'S OBJECTIVE IN HIS ANALYSIS. JUST RECENTLY HE SAID THAT JEB BUSH WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO STOOD UP TO TRUMP, AND SAID HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO "INSULT HIS WAY TO THE PRESIDENCY." WHICH GOT THE SAME
DONALD REACTION HE USUALLY GIVES, THE CHILDISH, DEVILISH GRIN, AND FACIAL DISTORTIONS.
HE HAD SO MANY FACIAL DISTORTIONS DURING THE DEBATE, I WAS ONE VIEWER WHO WANTED TO SMACK HIS FACE! HE KNEW INSTINCTIVELY HE WAS PLAYING THE AUDIENCE FOR ATTENTION.
YOU COULD TELL HE NEVER WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOL BECAUSE EVERY BULLY, IN EVERY ETHNICITY KNOWN TO MANKIND, WOULD HAVE CHASED THE "INNOCENT DONALD" HOME.

Jaanza said...

With this busy holiday season, ATA hasn't been posting but that's okay. Thursday and Friday were anchored by John Berman and there wasn't much to say about either program those days.

Thursday's 360 started with news on the arrest of Enrique Marquez, frient/accomplice of the San Bernardino terrorist couple. However, Berman also interviewed Jeb Bush and a lot of time was spent analyzing him, his comments and Trump. Too much Trump both in the Jeb interview and other segments (one of the other segments was a Q&A with Trump campaign bigwig Sam Clovis). Thank goodness there was a football game on. There was also a segment on Ethan Couch, the "Affluenza Defense" teen who's now on the run for violating probation rules.

Friday had analysis of a new GOP poll that was heavy on Trump (he's still on top) but also two or three minutes of live coverage of a Ted Cruz press conference in GA. President Obama made a speech about national security and fighting ISIS when he was in San Bernardino and this was scrutinized in two segments (onscreen title "Obama Defends Actions Amid GOP Criticism"). There was an entire segment on "Former Al Queda Recruiter Speaks" and another segment devoted to Ethan Couch which re-broadcast the Randi Kaye report seen Thursday. The last report Friday was on the Virginia school district which shut itself down because in one ninth-grade class students learned abuot Islam and calligraphy with a religious Arabic phrase.

Made CONSPICIOUS BY ITS ABSENCE was any coverage of the BIG NEWS Friday of the DNC, Bernie Sanders, data access breach, the DNC kicking the Sanders campaign to the curb and the lawsuit filed against the DNC by the Sanders campaign. Big BIG news elsewhere includding elsewhere on CNN but not a word of it on Friday's 360. Why not?

Angie said...

Wow! this site is still active. It has been more than 4 years since I checked this site and am so glad that you have maintained it all these years. Kudos to the ATA folks who have kept this site still active.
Happy Holidays and keep up the good work.

Angie