Monday, February 29, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, February 29, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from Washington, DC on Monday night.  The talk was all politics (mostly Republican) ahead of tomorrow's Super Tuesday primaries.  There was an interview with the wife of "he who shall not be named" but fortunately, Anderson did find time to include news of President Obama honoring U. S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Ed Byers with the Medal of Honor for a civilian hostage rescue mission of a doctor in Afghanistan in 2012.   Byers record includes 11 overseas deployments, 9 combat tours, 5 Bronze Stars with valor and 2 Purple Hearts.


Several photos were posted to social media of Anderson's "conversation" with students at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs in DC at 5pm today:


Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 8:55 p.m.
Cooper talks politics, sexuality at Lisner 
by The GW Hatchet


CNN anchor Anderson Cooper speaks to School of Media and Public Affairs Director Frank Sesno. Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joseph Politano.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper found himself answering questions instead of asking them Monday, when he spoke in front of a full house in Lisner Auditorium with School of Media and Public Affairs director Frank Sesno.

The award-winning reporter discussed his experiences covering difficult topics in journalism and politics and his role as an openly gay media figure. The conversation touched on topics like the 2016 election, Hurricane Katrina, and wars in the Middle East, and was sponsored by SMPA and the student group Allied in Pride.

Before introducing Cooper, Sesno announced a screening of the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, which won for Best Picture Sunday night. Two of the journalists depicted in the film will be present at the April 14 screening, including Marty Baron, the current executive editor of The Washington Post.

Sesno also announced a $50,000 gift recently donated to SMPA by an alumnus for the Career Access Network, which officially started last semester.

Here are some takeaways from the conversation:

1. Challenging facts, not opinions 
Cooper, who had just come from an interview with Melania Trump, the wife of presidential candidate Donald Trump, explained the challenges and merits of interviewing people with controversial viewpoints.

Cooper said he prefers to confront interviewees on facts rather than differing ideological stances. He shared his experience visiting a Pizza Hut with a group of Neo-Nazis.

“Obviously, these are people who I do not share their opinions, and they clearly do not share my various interests,” Cooper said. “But I don’t believe in necessarily confronting someone just because I disagree with them.”

2. ‘The greatest blessing’ 
Cooper, who came out publicly in 2012, is one of the few openly gay figures in the news media. He said there were challenges in being a gay member of the media, but that he felt he was a better journalist because of his sexuality.

“I think being gay for me is one of the greatest blessings of my life,” Cooper said. “It’s made me such a better person than I would have otherwise been.”

He said his sexuality has given him a unique vantage point of society, allowing him to better understand privilege and marginalizations than if he were straight.

“I would have been a child of privilege, with all the advantages of that privilege, without perhaps much of an understanding of what discrimination is like or an understanding of what limitations are like,” Cooper said.

3. An age of information
Cooper told the audience that the massive amount of information currently available puts them in a position to educate themselves about the world better than those from past generations.

He said while many refer to the days of Walter Cronkite as “the golden age of news,” that the in-depth, constant reporting by networks like his own CNN are more thorough, even if not everyone is watching the hour-long documentaries that he and others put out.

“You have the ability to be more educated than any previous generation in history, and I think that’s an extraordinary thing,” Cooper said. “For all of our hand-wringing and looking back, we’re doing hours and hours of discussion on the minutia of politics every single night.”
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Anderson Cooper in Lisner Auditorium on Feb. 29, 2016. Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor Anderson Cooper shared his experiences as one of CNN’s top anchors. Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor


Anderson stopped to take a photo with a fan on the streets of DC on Sunday.





Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer led CNN's Saturday night coverage of the Democratic Primary in South Carolina.  Anderson moderated large panels and with results called early, there was a lot of interesting panel discussion.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a lame interview with Melania Trump. Just more airtime for Trump. It seems obvious to me that she's just a trophy wife for Trump; 25 years his junior. If she is so interested in helping women, why isn't she doing it now through a Trump charitable foundation. Like Trump, she's all about herself.

John Oliver had a great show last night and really took on Trump with facts. It would be interesting to see Anderson/CNN/other media do some investigative journalism and report facts on all candidates instead of giving some a pass, one the majority of the air time, and others no mention at all. If the media did it's job we'd have a more informed electorate, but they are all about the ratings these days instead of practicing journalism.

I like Anderson and he's done some outstanding reporting in the past, but it's pretty obvious he's a company man for this election cycle. I wonder how he reconciles going out talking to students pursuing careers in journalism and then going to the studio and regurgitating the CNN or should we say TNN company playbook. I like to think it bothers him on some level, but he has a contract for big money so he's playing the part. Maybe he keeps himself balanced with the speaking engagements, AC2 Live tour with Andy Cohen and his documentary/book project and 60 Minutes stories/reporting.

I read an interesting article today about how Muslim-Americans often don't participate in elections, but the possibility of Trump as president has them busy organizing and registering people to vote. Would love to see AC360 do segments on these types of stories; also stories on the erosion of the Voting Rights Act and how Republicans are trying to make it harder for certain populations to vote, etc.

While I don't expect Anderson to have knowledge in all areas, he certainly has staff that should be looking at all angles and researching. When he talked to Trump about his plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act, there should have been push back on the "selling insurance across state lines" fallacy of making insurance cheaper. Insurance rates are priced for the local market so selling across state lines isn't going to change local rates. This was a Republican myth that should have been debunked a long time ago by the media. These are the kinds of things that the media could be informing viewers about instead of riding the Trump Train for ratings.

Jaanza said...

@Anon 12:57 AM - excellent post! I too like to believe Anderson is bothered on some level about 360 becoming mostly advertising for Trump. Maybe years from now, after he's moved on from CNN, there will be a tell-all book and a chapter devoted to how Zucker kept pushing 360 to be 'Rah Rah Trump' all the time.

Because 'Gotham' was new episodes again, I was unable to watch the first hour of Monday's 360. And because 'Gotham' went a minute overtime, I missed the start of the second hour. A report from Sunian Serfaty was on and the on-screen title was "GOP Rivals Spar Before Super Tuesday". It was an okay report; Trump was in it but there was sufficient time given to Cruz and Rubio. Also in the GOP race (but not mentioned in Serfaty's report) is Gov. John Kasich. Surprisingly Kasich was in the studio and Anderson interviewed him for five minutes.
It was great seeing Kasich get some 360 time and attention. However, I saw a clip of Anderson's interview with Melania Trump on Blitzer's show and knew that was coming up and would probably take up more than five minutes.
Trump and his non-denounciation of KKK's support of him was next in the segment. There was a clip of Rep. Peter King dissing Trump for his failure to diss the KKK and then a panel of a plentitude of pundits. John King, Gloria Borger, Ana-Malika Henderson, Ana Navarro and four others. One of the others might have been David Axelrod but I'm not sure beccause his name never showed up while he was talking.
Too many pundits talking too much Trump. I went to Maddow.

The second segment of the second hour started with the same pundit panel again. More Maddow for me.

I got back in time for the start of the next segment. Anderson started it with the David Duke/KKK endorsement of Trump. Maybe this was going to be a good hard look at this situation. Instead the Melania Trump interview started. Although Anderson gets a few points for asking Melania about the controversy, it wasn't a good scrutinization. I didn't watch the rest. I'd love to see Drew Griffen do an investigative report on Trump's dad Fred and his discriminatory practices when it came to who got to live in his buildings.

The Melania interview started the next segment. Anderson asked her "What kind of First Lady do you want to be?" Now compare that to Maddow, who was interviewing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Maybe 360 covered Gabbard in the first hour. Gabbard was a high-ranking official in the DNC but quit that position to endorse Bernie Sanders. Melania Trump or Tulsi Gabbard? This was not a difficult choice.

Randi Kaye's report on Hispanic voters in Texas was in the last segment. Kaye spoke to Hispanic men and women in a TV studio... not a hair salon.

Tuesday will be wall-to-wall primary/caucus coverage with wall-to-wall pundits. I should finish my book; it's "Just Kids" by Patti Smith and it's awesome.

aries moon said...

Trump is a HUGE liar and a bigoted clown demagogue who is a danger to the nation and democracy. It remains to be seen how far he'll go before more journalists step up and push back against all of his false claims--kudos to the few out there (like Jake Tapper) who are beginning to do this--Tapper mentioned in a tweet that he'd been receiving a lot of racist, anti-Semitic tweets on Monday--probably due to him challenging Trump. I'm not sure if I can recall a presidential candidate who refused to absolutely denounce the KKK--maybe segregationist George Wallace in the 60's? Trump needs to be stopped, but it may already be too late--hopefully all the people he's alienated and insulted will be out in force in November to make sure he never sets foot inside of the White House.

I was so happy to see political commentators Angela Rye and Bakari Sellers on the AC360 panel--they are strong and smart liberal voices who are highly capable of cutting through the right wing lies and nonsense.

Clicked over to Chris Hayes during the Melania Trump interview. Can't respect anyone who'd marry someone like Trump.

Anonymous said...

Aries moon did you read about hwsnbn saying it was the faulty earpiece that CNN gave him that made him not answer correctly - sd he didn't hear Tapper's question correctly.

Anonymous said...

JAKE TAPPER ASKED TRUMP VERY CLEARLY WHETHER HE DISAVOWED DAVID DUKES AND THE KKKK. TRUMP HEARD
EXACTLY WHAT WAS BEING ASKED OF HIM AND TODAY HE SAID MOCKINGLY "I DISAVOWED, I DISAVOWED, OK?"
HE ACTED AS THOUGH THIS WAS NO BIG DEAL AND HIS ORIGINAL ANSWER TO TAPPER WAS "I DON'T KNOW HIM,
PERSONALLY, MAYBE I MET HIM BUT I DON'T REMEMBER AND I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE KKK."
THAT WAS TRUMP'S REPLY YESTERDAY....TODAY, HOWEVER, HE CHANGED HIS STORY.
QUESTION: DO ANY OF US HAVE TO KNOW DAVID DUKES PERSONALLY, TO DISAVOW WHAT HE STANDS FOR?
AND NOTE TO CHRIS CHRISTIE: HAVING YOU AS GOVERNOR OF NJ IS BAD ENOUGH, BUT SEEING YOU STANDING
BEHIND TRUMP, AT THE PODIUM LOOKING LIKE A LAP DOG, BEGGING FOR A POSITION, IF THE "SON OF GUN"
WINS, WAS SO PATHETIC, IT MADE EVERYONE IN YOUR GARDEN STATE, HATE YOU MORE THAN WE ALREADY DO.