Friday, March 04, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, March 4, 2016 + Catching Up!


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded 2 hour edition of AC360.  Most of the program covered the political news of the day, with a segment in each hour on the knife turned over to authorities today from the former home of OJ Simpson.  Possible murder weapon?  Probably not.  Anderson ended the program by reminding viewers that he was moderating the Democratic Debate in Flint, MI on Sunday evening.  He tweeted yesterday about also having a story on 60 Minutes Sunday night.  (See preview below.)



The dust up between Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord on the Super Tuesday panel Anderson moderated made news on Wednesday across several outlets and Thursday night, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah had the following take as the opening segment.  Trevor went beyond just saying there was a dust up to giving a history lesson and actually calling out Jeffrey Lord for his racist remarks.

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Anderson has a story airing Sunday night on 60 Minutes.  Here's the preview from CBSnews.com ~

Preview: King of Coal
Coal company CEO's misdemeanor conviction after a disaster that killed 29 miners is a "perversion of justice" says victim's sister

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Her brother, Dean Jones, and 28 others are dead. The CEO -- the first company head ever to be found guilty of a workplace safety crime -- can serve only up to a year in jail for "conspiracy to violate mine safety laws." That's a "perversion of justice" says Jones' sister, Judy Peterson. She and others impacted by the explosion, including miners who worked for Don Blankenship, victims' relatives, jurors and prosecutors speak to Anderson Cooper for a report on the worst U.S. mining disaster in 40 years. Cooper's story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Three state and federal investigations concluded that the deadly explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, in 2010 was preventable -- the result of a failure to heed basic safety rules. Prosecutors accused Blankenship, then chairman and CEO of the mine's owner, the Massey Energy Company, of ignoring safety laws and fostering a corporate mentality that put profits over safety that led to unsafe conditions that caused the explosion. A jury found him guilty of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety laws, but did not convict him of other more serious charges. It was the first time a company CEO had been found guilty of a work safety crime, but the misdemeanor conviction angered relatives of the victims.

Peterson's brother was 50 years old and the shift supervisor in the mine. "Twenty-nine people are gone. And that's a misdemeanor," says Peterson. "That's a perversion of justice."

Jurors too were surprised and angered to learn the count they convicted Blankenship of was a misdemeanor with a maximum one-year sentence. Under the law, they are not allowed to know whether the charges they consider are felonies or misdemeanors. "None of us actually knew. In terms of what the time was for the charges. I was...pretty pissed," said Kevin, one of the jurors in the federal trial. "Another juror, Pam, said, "I actually thought they were all felony charges." Sherry, who also served on the jury, tells Cooper, "There was no justice."

Stanley Stewart survived the blast that killed so many of his friends. "It was an early 1900s type of explosion. Conditions should never have existed for that to take place," said Stewart, who worked at Upper Big Branch for 15 years. 60 Minutes will show photos of the damage taken by the Mine Safety and Health Administration that have never been seen before.

Blankenship's lawyers told 60 Minutes in a letter that there was no evidence their client participated in any conspiracy and that the explosion was caused by a sudden burst of natural gas.

Stewart blames the former company head. "Don Blankenship has said this was just an Act of God. That these kinds of things happen in coal mining. Well, you know, Don Blankenship, I'd like to take those words and stuff them right back down his throat because that was not an Act of God. That was man-made 100 percent," he says.

The lead prosecutor in the case, Asst. U.S. Atty. Steve Ruby, tells Cooper, "Do we think that a one year sentence for what Don Blankenship has been convicted of is enough? No. We don't. But it's at least, right now, what the law gives us to work with.



Anderson Cooper Photographer: Katya Kazakina/Bloomberg

From Bloomberg.com:
Anderson Cooper, Steve Martin Hit Armory as Black Artists Dazzle

A pair of 7-foot-tall collages depicting room interiors and a pensive-looking black woman in a yellow sleeveless dress caught the attention of Armory Show visitors such as CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Wednesday afternoon. 

The 2016 diptych by Nigerian-born artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the centerpiece of Victoria Miro gallery’s booth at the New York show, was priced at $75,000 and sold to a museum.

Art was moving briskly during the VIP opening of the Armory Show, the annual trade event featuring about 200 international galleries spread over two Hudson River piers. The crowd of collectors, curators, celebrities and industry executives included billionaire Eli Broad, longtime art buyers Mera and Don Rubell, entertainer Steve Martin and Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art.

Please click on the above link to read the full article.

Anderson posted the following to his IG account on Thursday night:
 

 


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4 comments:

aries moon said...

Stuart Stevens had some very harsh and very accurate thoughts on Trump.

Glenn Beck once called President Obama a racist who was dividing the country--Beck would never admit that this description fits Trump and not POTUS, in spite of how much he disapproves of Trump.

Instead of reports on Trump University, I wish AC would cover the violence and racism that have broken out at Trump campaign rallies and how Trump encourages his supporters to attack peaceful protestors. Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes have been reporting on this extensively but AC just sticks with the horse race and not the ominous, poisonous hatred that has surfaced since Trump began campaigning. Things are getting VERY ugly out there.

It seems that whenever AC encounters a Democrat on 360, he's compelled to ask them how scared they are of running against the 'formidable' Trump and if Dems are making a mistake when they say they hope Trump is the GOP nominee--he needs to come up with a different question because I don't think most Democrats are fearful of the upcoming election at all. Trump has a lot of support but I think Hillary will crush him like a bug in November.

Anonymous said...

ON FRIDAY NIGHT'S PROGRAM, BILL MAHER COMPARED TRUMP TO HITLER AND SURE ENOUGH, HUFFPOST SHOWED
TRUMP TELLING HIS SUPPORTERS TO RAISE THEIR RIGHT HANDS IN A SHOW OF SUPPORT AT A RECENT RALLY.
WHILE MAHER MAY HAVE BEEN JOKING, IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT THERE ARE MAJOR SIMILARITIES, AND THIS IS
VERY SCARY, ESPECIALLY IN A DEMOCRACY WHICH PRIDES ITSELF ON EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS
OF ETHNICITY AND RELIGIOUS BELIEF.
IT IS VERY FRIGHTENING TO THINK THAT THIS CANDIDATE IS SUPPORTED BY WHITE SUPREMACY GROUPS ACROSS THE
COUNTRY AND THINK OF HIM AS "A TRUE AMERICAN."
WHEN PEOPLE LIKE TRUMP'S FIRST AFRO AMERICAN APPRENTICE, AMAROSA SAYS THAT THE REASON SHE IS SUPPORTING HIM IS
BECAUSE "HE IS TOUGH, AND WE NEED TOUGH LEADERS NOW," YOU BEGIN TO WONDER WHETHER HALF THE COUNTRY
THINKS OF THIS ELECTION, AS JUST ANOTHER REALITY SHOW. ....AND THAT'S EVEN SCARIER.

Anonymous said...

IMPRESSED WITH HILLARY/SANDERS DEBATE.....HOPE THE REPUBLICANS WERE WATCHING TWO ADULTS WHO
DEBATED ONE ANOTHER WITHOUT VITRIOL AND INSULT AND THEY EVEN SPOKE ABOUT, LOW AND BEHOLD...THE ISSUES. NO THEY DIDN'T AGREE ON EVERYTHING BUT WAIT, THEY EVEN DARED TO SPEAK ABOUT THE UNSPEAKABLE
SUBJECT OF ....GUN CONTROL. WOW! HILLARY WAS FOR IT AND BERNIE WAS AGAINST IT.
FLINT WATER SUPPLY WAS DISCUSSED, THOUGH NOT IN ANY DETAIL, AS WAS HILLARY'S COZINESS WITH THE
WALL STREET. BERNIE RIGHTFULLY BROUGHT UP BILL CLINTON'S PASSAGE OF NAFTA AND BANKING DEREGULATION
WHICH LED TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION....SMALL ITEMS THAT TRUMP AND HIS COHORTS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.
ANYONE WATCHING THESE TWO DEMOCRATS MIGHT HAVE A HARD JOB DETERMINING WHICH ONE TO VOTE FOR, BECAUSE THEY SHOWED MATURITY AND RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER. GEE...HOW THOUGHTFUL.
CNN WAS WRONG IN SHOWING A DOCUMENTARY AFTER THIS DEBATE. THEY SHOULD HAVE ANALYZED WHAT WAS COVERED JUST LIKE THEY DO WITH REPUBLICANS. I PURPOSELY DID NOT WATCH THEIR DOCUMENTARY.

Anonymous said...

BERNIE SANDERS WAS NOT RUDE OR SEXIST IN ANY WAY TO HILLARY.
I WATCHED THE ENTIRE DEBATE AND HE SAID,"EXCUSE ME, I'M SPEAKING." THOSE WHO SAY HE WAS SEXIST BY
CUTTING HER OFF, WANT SPECIAL TREATMENT MERELY BECAUSE HIS OPPONENT HAPPENS TO BE A WOMAN.