Thursday, January 21, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  The first hour was standard AC360 with much talk about She Who Shall Not Be Named and He Who Shouldn't be with a smattering of other news mixed in.  The second hour had a giant panel discussing politics for the hour.  One glaring omission from the panel was a Democrat pundit.  Could  Donna Brazile who was on in the first hour not stick around or was she not invited?    At this point sorting socks is almost more appealing than watching AC360.  While we appreciate Anderson's talents, the content of AC360 is not showcasing them and leaves much to be desired of late.

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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

At the very start of Wednesday's 360 Anderson reported on Palin's allegation that her son's arrest for domestic violence was caused by President Obama. Before explaining her reasoning there was three minutes of weather reporting. A big winter storm is headed for the east coast from Washington DC to Boston. I think that was Chad Myers at the weather map but not sure, never saw his name pop up.

Then it was back to Palin and a clip of her stating her son's arrest was all Obama's fault. Boiling it down, she said her son had PTSD and Obama wasn't nice to veterans. Gee, I wonder if anyone told her about the numerous veteran aid bills McCain voted against. Anderson talked to Jim Acosta for further details. To his credit, Acosta said that a prominent veteran (didn't catch the name) disagreed with Palin. Even the presence of Donna Brazile in the panel - the other two were Jeffrey Lord and Ana Navarro - couldn't make me stay.

"The Palin Effect" was the subject of the second segment. When the report by Jake Tapper started I channel surfed again, just not interested in this topic. When I checked back later Anderson was talking to a new pundit, a guy with grey hair and glasses.

The over-the-shoulder picture for "Attack Politics" still features only Trump and Cruz. Although the report did include Bob Dole's diss of Cruz, the focus was still too much on Trump. I came back later to find John King and Jeff Zelany discussing more of the candidates including Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and the subject of the evangelical vote in the primaries.

At :41 into the show 360 finally covered the water crisis in Flint MI. Sara Ganim reported on the history of the situation, the problems caused, the state agencies, the EPA, the free bottled water distribution. Oddly, "...the Governor..." was mentioned a few times in the report but never by name, "Governor Snyder", nor his apology. It was a decent report but compared to Maddow would rank only a C. Even Hayes' reporting on this, even excluding his interview with Michael Moore, was better. I suppose we should say 'at least it was covered' and 'better late than never'.

Last in the first hour was a Randi Kaye report on actor Jamie Foxx rescuing a man from a burning crashed truck outside his home. There was also a Bulletin. On CNN.com late this afternoon the big news story was the Taliban attack on Bacha Khan University in Pakistan. On 360 it was the first blip in the Bulletin.

I saw the second hour start with a large panel of political pundits for a forum on the 2016 campaign. But I didn't watch long enough to figure out none of the pundits were from the Democratic side. That's shameful. Did they think no one would notice? My sympathies to anyone who sat through the whole thing.

aries moon said...

Good that 360's covering the Flint water lead poisoning story but as Jaanza says, how about naming the governor AND his party? It's almost as if they don't want to point out the sins of the GOP. Maddow made it quite clear about who was behind it and why.

Anonymous said...

I'LL NAME THE GOVERNOR: RICK SYNDER, A REPUBLICAN FROM THAT GREAT AUTO STATE FLINT, MICHIGAN, OR
THE GREAT AUTO STATE OF THE PAST. MOST OF THE CARS FROM OVERSEAS ARE NOW BUILT IN KENTUCKY, ANOTHER
REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD.
SYNDER NEEDS TO RESIGN AND STOP BLAMING THE EPA. OF COURSE THEY'LL PICK ON A DEMOCRATIC SCAPEGOAT
WHO HAPPENS TO BE A WOMAN APPOINTED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS VERY SIMPLE.
PICK ON THE POOR. THEY'LL NEVER KNOW THE DIFFERENCE AND "WE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT." AND THEY PROBABLY WILL. YOU CAN BET THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN ON THE UPPER EASTSIDE OF NYC OR PALM SPRINGS.
WELL MAYBE NYC WITH THE HUDSON RIVER.....BUT NEVER A REGION THAT IS KNOWN FOR WEALTH AND CLASS.
SPEAKING OF WEALTH AND CLASS, MY FRIEND, BLOOMBERG MAY MAKE A RUN FOR IT. I KNOW SOME DO NOT CARE
FOR HIM BUT HE WHIPPED NYC INTO SHAPE AND HE IS QUITE CAPABLE OF DOING THE SAME FOR THIS COUNTRY. QUITE FRANKLY, HE'S RICHER AND CLASSIER THAN TRUMP, AND HIS VALUES ARE ALL NEW YORK!