Monday, January 11, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, January 11, 2016 + Anderson's Busy Weekend in California


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360.  The first hour was about the latest Republican political polls, Trump and Cruz, the capture of El Chappo, a Power Ball/lottery winners that ended up being losers story and a tribute to David Bowie:

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The second hour had the latest on the Democrat political polls, an extended interview Gloria Borger did with V.P. Joe Biden, and more on the capture of El Chappo.


Anderson has had a busy weekend:

Saturday afternoon he posted the following to his IG account:

 

 

Anderson posted the following to his IG page when he met the artist in November:

 

Saturday night, Anderson was the emcee for Sean Penn's 5th Annual Help Haiti Home fundraiser:





Sunday found Anderson in Squaw Valley:


 

And tweeting about David Bowie:


Tonight after anchoring AC360 Anderson tweeted about a police dog killed in the line of duty:


Tomorrow night Anderson will be in Washington, DC as part of CNN's State Of The Union Coverage.


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5 comments:

Jaanza said...

I was glad to see Anderson back at work this Monday but not happy with 360's content.

At the very start Anderson mentioned tomorrow's State of the Union address by Obama but it was only a mention. The first segment was about the GOP 2016 Presidential race. John King was there to explain the new poll numbers. Trump and Cruz are 3 points apart in the Iowa poll. The moment I checked to see what Hayes was covering; it was the Democratic side of the 2016 race, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Back on 360 a panel started, three people, Sam Clovis (Trump campaign guy) went first and I went back to Hayes.

Survey Time! Who's worse - Sam Clovis or Jeffrey Lord?

"Attack Ads" said the image behind Anderson with Trump and Cruz facing off. The clip from "Meet the Press" told me this segment was going to be Trump-filled or Trump-related. The NFL Network was replaying a Wild Card game.

The image behind Anderson at the start of the next segment was "Faith, Religion and Votes" with the heads of Trump, Cruz and Rubio and the on-screen title was about "wooing" evangelical voters. Again, this looked like it was going to be mostly Trump and I went away. Every time I checked back there was a panelist talking with footage of Trump taking up most of the screen.

The fourth segment was non-political. It was about the capture of El Chapo. Martin Savidge is a good reporter but I'm just not interested in this story.

However, the reason I didn't watch much of Gary Tuchman's report on "When Lives Fall Apart After A Lottery Win" was because Hayes had started his David Bowie tribute. Anderson's tribute, after a short Q&A with Tuchman, was very good (ATA has it posted today). However, I appreciated the extra time Hayes spent on Bowie and his interview with Kurt Loder.

It's all about content. And timing. I saw the start of the second hour, that's when Anderson covered the Democratic candidates for President. The polls analyzed and Gloria Borger's interview with Veep Biden. I should appreciated Anderson giving time to the Dems but it annoyed me that he didn't cover them first or earlier. Hayes was able to cover the Dems and the GOPers in the space of one hour, why can't Anderson?

Thanks, ATA, for all the extras today. I was wondering about the photo of Anderson and a woman at the Help Haiti Home fundraiser. Madonna? Not Madonna? Madonna after a lot of plastic surgery? She looks sort of like Madonna but not like the Madonna in photos I saw last year.

aries moon said...

The interview with VP Joe Biden (Gloria Borgen interrupted too much) and the tribute to David Bowie were the most interesting segments on 360--I am sorry the VP decided not to run for POTUS--apparently he wishes he had as well--I am definitely voting for the Democratic nominee, but I'm not really thrilled with Hillary or Bernie (both better than ANY Republican though).

Anderson is quite the professional--I can't imagine how he manages to be so polite to those conservative fundamentalist religious figures he sometimes has on the show--most of them are anti-gay but AC treats them respectfully and seems genuinely interested in hearing their perspectives.

David Bowie was a true musical genius, his voice was remarkable and his songs were classic and influential--I was saddened and surprised by his death--I had no idea he was even sick--a huge loss but his music lives on.

aries moon said...

@Jaanza, Sam Clovis and Jeff Lord are both repulsive and nasty, but I give a bit of an edge to Lord because he's always willing to defend the indefensible to the death.

Anonymous said...

AFTER WATCHING THE SOTU IN ITS ENTIRETY, I WILL SURELY MISS PRESIDENT OBAMA, IF ONLY FOR HIS RHETORIC, AND STATURE AS A STATESMAN. I KEPT COMPARING HIM TO THE DODOS THAT ARE NOW RUNNING IN
BOTH PARTIES, AND THAT INCLUDES HILLARY, WHO IS NO DODO, BUT, SHE CERTAINLY CAN'T BEGIN TO FILL
OBAMA'S SHOES AS PRESIDENT.
AND FORGET TRUMP OR DUMP TRUMP WHEN IT COMES TO STATURE AND ORATORY. SPEAKING OF BOTH RANCOR
AND SUSPICION, HE'S GOT BOTH NAILED TO THIS CHEST. JUST THE THOUGHT OF HIM AT THE PODIUM GIVING
THE SOTU, GAVE ME THE CHILLS.
VERY HAPPY THAT THE PRESIDENT ALLUDED TO HIM WHEN HE FRAMED THE OPPOSITION POSED BY THE GOP, AND HOW THEY HAVE FOUGHT HIS PROPOSALS EVERY INCH OF THE WAY DURING HIS TWO TERMS.
NO ONE, NOT EVEN GOD, CAN MAKE DONALD TRUMP LOOK "PRESIDENTIAL." NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY, SCHOOLING, TUTORING, OR SIMPLE POSTURING CAN REMAKE THIS BLUSTERING SPECTACLE, APPEAR PRESIDENTIAL. DONALD TRUMP JUST DOESN'T HAVE THE COMPOSURE FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND,
AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ORATORY PROVED THAT IN HIS FINAL SOTU.
I WAS GENUINELY HUMBLED AND IMPRESSED AND AT HIS ABILITY TO STILL INSPIRE. HE REMINDED US WHY
WE VOTED FOR HIM, TWICE.

The ATA Team said...

@Jaanza. Yes, that is Madonna in the photo with Anderson at Sean Penn's Help Haiti Home event. She attended in support of Penn, performed a song and donated the ukulele she played to the fundraiser auction. Also, Gus Kenworthy was a medalist at the Sochi Olympics. He was on AC360 shortly after returning to the U.S. in February of 2014 talking about a mother dog and her puppies that he rescued and brought back to the U.S. He was also on AC360 this fall taking about coming out as gay and there was a photo of him with Anderson and Andy Cohen at the Elton John Aids Foundation Gala that same week.