Monday, February 15, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, February 15, 2016


Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair and in the NYC studio.  The one hour edition of AC360 centered on politics and the controversy being stirred up by Republicans concerning the open seat on the Supreme Court given Justice Antonin Scalia's death this weekend.   The CNN Quiz Show -  Race For The White House edition that was scheduled to air at 9pmET did not air.  Instead there was a two hour edition of CNN Tonight.  Typically on Monday's AC360 fills the 9pmET hour and  no announcement or reason for the schedule change was given.   Anderson did announce that he would be moderating back to back Republican Town Halls on Wednesday and Thursday night.




On Friday's Ellen, Ellen introduced a new segment called "This Week In Dance" saying everything is  a little better when it involves dancing.  Anderson was included at the end of the segment.  Something to make you smile on a Monday.  Enjoy!

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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

It's a freakingly big deal when a Supreme Court Justice dies and a monstrously big deal choosing a replacement, especially now when big cases are coming up and it's an election year. Why did Anderson wait until the 3rd segment to cover this? Granted, Scalia died on Saturday but it's still a bigger news story than the 2016 GOP candidates still sniping and barraging each other.

The first two segments of Monday's 360 was on the GOP candidates "at war", the effect (if any) of Dubya Bush campaigning for Jeb in SC and, as usual, Trump complaining about nearly everybody and everything. It started with a Gary Tuchman report, a clip from Saturday's GOP debate and a panel with Dana Bash, Jeffrey Lord and another guy. I barely watched; Hayes was covering SCOTUS.

I saw the beginning of the second segment, "Attack Politics" featuring Trump and Cruz, but didn't watch.

Finally Anderson got to reporting on Scalia, SCOTUS and GOP obstructionist threats to block whoever Obama nominates because it's an election year. As if the Constitution says there's a difference in filing a SCOTUS vacancy during an election year. Anderson talked to Pamela Brown for the details and then Jeffrey Toobin, Dana Bash and David Gergen for the panel. The discussion boiled down to: Obama can nominate someone, GOP shouldn't roadblock purely on politics but probably would anyway. There was a clip from Saturday's GOP debate showing nearly all of the candidates practically apoplectic over Obama naming another Justice and promising or wanting delay. Anderson asked the very good question of if Obama nominates someone moderate and the panel pretty much said that won't help.

In the next segment there was a Tom Foreman report on who could possibly be nominated. Anderson talked to Jeffrey Toobin and Jonathan Turley for more depth. At the beginning of the panel Anderson read a very recent quote from a Turley article saying 'though Obama could nominate someone, he shouldn't'. Turley expanded on that, saying Obama has an "option" not to fill the SCOTUS vacancy but he never clearly said why any President would want to do that. Turley and Toobin discussed recess appointments, historical precedents, the pool of possible nominees and Justices who turned out differently than expected.

"Attack Politics" this time featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, was the last segment. There was a report by Jeff Zeleny and a short Q&A between Anderson and Zeleny.

As ATA said the "CNN Quiz Show" wasn't on but Don Lemon was. I didn't watch Lemon but maybe CNN put him on instead of "Quiz Show" because there were big news stories to cover... maybe like Scalia's death and the political excrement-storm heating up over the replacement nominee? This really should have been 360's lead story.

"This Week in Dancing" from the Ellen DeGeneres show was terrific and made me giggle way before getting to Anderson.

aries moon said...

Why legal scholar Jonathan Turley felt he had to insinuate that President Obama would not go about nominating a SCOTUS justice in an honorable manner is beyond me. Why assume he'd do a recess appointment on a delicate matter like this? Turley should save his suspicions for the Republicans who are behaving outrageously as usual. The president has an obligation to choose a nominee in order to fill Scalia's SCOTUS seat but it's clear that the press and pundits are going to frame this whole mess in a way so that the GOP are not seen as doing something unprecedented by deliberately blocking a nominee for a lengthy period of time or refusing to even properly vet and vote on the president's pick for SCOTUS. So tired of the Republicans, I hope they destroy themselves one day.

Anonymous said...

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHETHER THE POTUS CHOOSES A MODERATE CANDIDATE FOR HIS NOMINEE. THE MERE FACT
THAT OBAMA GETS TO CHOOSE ANYONE, BOTHERS REPUBLICANS SO HE MIGHT AS WELL GO OUT OF HIS WAY AND REALLY
PICK SOMEONE VERY FAR TO THE LEFT. HE'LL NEVER SATISFY THESE SHRILL RIGHT WINGERS, SO WHY TRY?
OBAMA ALSO SAID, WHAT EVERYONE IS THINKING, ABOUT TRUMP....HE'S A CLOWN AND A CLOWN BELONGS IN A CIRCUS.
WHEN IT COMES TO FINALLY VOTING, OBAMA HOPES 'COMMON SENSE WILL PREVAIL' AND THE ELECTORATE WILL PICK A CANDIDATE THAT IS QUALIFIED TO LEAD THE COUNTRY, NOT A REALITY HOST, HOSTING A SHOW.
TRUMP REFUSES TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ISSUES. HIS ANSWER IS ALWAYS, "WE'LL HAVE TO LOOK INTO THAT."
THAT IS THE ANSWER A CLOWN GIVES BECAUSE HIS REALITY IS "HE'S KNOWS NOTHING," EXCEPT HOW TO BE
A DISRUPTIVE "RINGMASTER," IN THE REPUBLICAN CIRCUS.