Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded 2 hour edition of AC360 from the Washington, DC Bureau.  Much of the program was devoted to the Donald and his interview with Wolf Blitzer today.  In addition to the hour and a half of unpaid commercial time for Trump there were a couple segments on guns and gun violence as a lead in to Anderson's promotion of his Town Hall tomorrow night.  In the second hour they tied some of President Obama's speech yesterday to the gun statistics for Chicago for the first five days of the new year.   (It's pretty evident that when you use a small sample size statistics can be very dramatic and misleading.)   Unfortunately, the reporter/segment didn't fully report on IL and Chicago gun laws and the problem being the guns flowing in from Indiana and other states which have much more lax regulations.

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From the second hour of Anderson's NYE coverage, Anderson and Kathy play a game called Randy Kaye or Randy Quaid?

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4 comments:

Jaanza said...

Not thrilled with Wednesday's 360. Again Trump was the lead story and again it was on his dissing of Cruz's Canadian birth and questions on Cruz's eligibility to be U.S. President. Same old thing and Blitzer asking about it in a new interview didn't add anything new. Unfortunately it was also Hayes' lead story. Instead of watching either Anderson or Hayes I found "Dead Poets Society" elsewhere on cable.

Another clip of the Blitzer/Trump interview started the second segment this one all about Obama's executive actions on gun control, background checks, and the 2nd Amendment. I went away; when I came back later there was Dana Bash asking Ted Cruz about this issue. Bash was in a panel with Maggie Habermas and for a while it was a pretty good discussion on where several GOP candidates stand on gun control. Hayes at this time was covering the same issue and he interviewed Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). Checking back on 360 there was Bash and Haberman and the on-screen title again on Trump & Cruz & "Birther Issue" so I went back to Hayes.

Drew Griffin had a new report on "Guns in America", specifically on police departments which sell the guns they seize in the business of their work. I watched this for a while because Griffin's example of how this can all go wrong took place in Minnesota. A guy, Raymond Kmetz, was mad at the local government for a variety of reasons. He was also mentally unstable but was able to purchase guns at a police sale. The incident of him shooting at a police swearing-in ceremony was almost a year ago. These police gun sales are heartedly endorsed and supported by the NRA. Overall a pretty decent Griffin report but I don't think he ever mentioned that the Kmetz shooting was January 2015.

Earlier today Blitzer's lead story was North Korea allegedly exploding a hydrogen bomb, why there are questions about it and what it means for the rest of the world. Anderson covered this in the fourth segment of the first hour. It started with a Q&A with Paula Hancocks and then a panel with Mike Chinoy and Victor Cha.

Wednesday's 360 became much more than just irritating with it's Trump coverage when Trump was back again at the end of the show. Yet another clip from the Blitzer interview, this time a question about Melania. Oh oh, I thought, I had a strange foreboding dooming feeling that the Randi Kaye report flattering Melania would be shown again. And it was. No No No No NO NO NO! Do I really have to explain or apologize for going to Hayes and watching his interview with Barney Frank?

The second hour started exactly like the first hour did: Trump and Cruz and Canada. Maybe somewhere in the second hour Anderson also reported on the Alabama Supreme Court Justice who told judges in Alabama not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Hayes found the time to report this. Anderson could have found the time if he - or his producers or an executive head honcho pinhead - decided it was more important to report NEW news on the trampling of SCOTUS-given rights rather than repeat for the umpteenth time a fluff piece on Melania Trump.

In conclusion, I love Anderson. 360 not so much. And could someone at CNN update the 360 website? The big side story is on Anderson's "Being 13" special which aired three months ago.

aries moon said...

I wonder if Anderson was one of those reporters at CNN who complained to Jeff Zucker about the excessive Trump coverage on CNN--if he was, Wednesday's show was a perfect example of this. Not only was there wall-to-wall reporting on Trump, they even managed to toss in ANOTHER pointless Randi Kaye report on Melania--how about a report on Bernie Sanders' wife for a change?

CWM84 said...

I'm so disappointed on this show. Its just become a lazy, poor, partisan program. No news on supreme court of Alabama banning same sex marriage despite scotus ruiling last June. There is no fact checking, push back... no other stories besides politics. This used to be such a good program. And I'm so sick of pundits on every segment! Its annoying, report, have facts... no need for pundits on every segment to spin and share partisan, bias opinions. I can't take this show anymore. New year, same poor program. I will probably just read recaps on here. Last night's show was so disappointing.

Anonymous said...

AFTER WATCHING AC INTERVIEW PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THE TOWN HALL IN VIRGINIA, I KNOW AS MUCH NOW AS
I KNEW BEFORE THE BREAKING NEWS INTERVIEW.
IT WAS ENTIRELY SCRIPTED BY CNN, WHO NOT ONLY INVITED THE PRESIDENT, BUT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF THE
NRA, WHO DID NOT COME, BUT WERE REPRESENTED BY ITS MEMBERSHIP. AND WELL REPRESENTED I MIGHT SAY.
FORGIVE ME, BUT ANDERSON WAS A BIT SNARKY TO OUR PRESIDENT, ESPECIALLY ON THE "CONSPIRACY ISSUE"
WHICH HE QUESTIONED.
NOW IF HE WERE SPEAKING TO ANYONE ELSE, LET'S SAY, EVEN FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON, WOULD HE HAVE
HAD HIS SNARK ON?
AS A JOURNALIST HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AS OBJECTIVE AS POSSIBLE AND HIS ROLE WAS TO PLAY THE "DEVIL'S
ADVOCATE." THE DEVIL BEING THE NRA, NOT THE GUNS....PEOPLE USE GUNS TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE. PERIOD.
NOT ONCE DID HIS SNARK ALLOW HIM TO SPEAK OBJECTIVELY AND ASK "WHY NOT BAN SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES
ALL TOGETHER?" OR, WHY ARE YOU PROPOSING THIS NOW? HE DID MAKE REFERENCE TO OBAMA'S OP.ED. IN THE NY TIMES TOMORROW. I HAVE NOT READ IT, BUT INTEND TO. "THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY CANDIDATE WHO DOES NOT AGREE WITH HIS MODIFIED GUN PROPOSALS." GOOD FOR HIM, BUT A BIT LATE.
I COULDN'T BELIEVE MARK KELLY'S ATTITUDE AS "PROUD GUN OWNER." REALLY?? YOUR WIFE STILL CANNOT
SPEAK. YOU HAVE TO SPEAK FOR HER AND SHE BARELY COMPREHENDS AND YOU STILL ARE WORRIED ABOUT
SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS? ARE YOU ON DRUGS? JUST ASKING.
AND THEN WE HAD CHRIS KYLE'S WIFE, WHOSE BOOK I DID READ AFTER HER HUSBAND'S BEST SELLER, 'AMERICAN SNIPER.' I READ IT ONLY BECAUSE BRADLEY COOPER PLAYED KYLE IN THE MOVIE, AND CLINT EASTWOOD, MADE THE
MOVIE ONLY BECAUSE HE IS A CERTIFIED MEMBER OF THE NRA AND "PROUD OF IT." HUMBLE OF HIM.
AND THEN WE HAD LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM ARIZONA..."DON'T YOU TAKE AWAY MY GUNS
MR PRESIDENT OR MY BALD HEAD WILL LOSE ITS SHINE," IN ATTENDANCE.
THE PRESIDENT DID WHAT PRESIDENTS DO, PERFORM FOR THE MASSES, ALMOST APOLOGETICALLY, I AM AFRAID.
MY ONE REMAINING QUESTION IS: "DID JEFF ZUCKER PLAN THIS PARTY?" BECAUSE IT WAS AN HOUR OF GOOD
WILL THAT WAS COMPLETELY LOST ON ME.