Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the University of Miami, ahead of the Republican Debate. And yes, the entire hour was devoted to the upcoming debate with no Democrats on the panel. One segment included Anderson interviewing Carly Fiorina as she came out in support of Ted Cruz today. She remarked about how all the networks including CNN aired Trump's hour press conference/QVC show commercial free on Tuesday night. Anderson pushed back and said that no other candidates were speaking at the time and that Mr. Trump was the Republican front runner.
In the spirit of CNN's "Fact Checking" candidates comments during debates, we thought we'd "Fact Check" Anderson and found the following from the 11pmET hour of CNN's Super Tuesday 2 coverage. While he only played a short clip of Hillary's speech which she made in the 9pm ET hour when CNN was glued on Trump's "show" he then questioned Hillary making her speech at the same time as Trump because she didn't want coverage. We have to rate Anderson's comment on tonight's AC360 False given he acknowledged that Hillary was speaking at the same time as Trump as part of his Tuesday night coverage. We also did a head desk on his Tuesday night coverage question! We love Mr. Cooper so we are wondering if this was a short term memory problem or CNN dictates that anchors defend all Trump coverage as it's giving them a huge boost in ratings? (We weren't the only ones that picked up on Mr. Cooper's false statement on AC360. Media Matters reported it too, saying MSNBC aired Hillary's speech in it's entirety immediately following Trump's press conference, that CNN posted it to their web site and FOX didn't acknowledge it at all.)
Following the GOP Debate, Anderson was back to anchor a special two hour post debate edition of AC360. There were no Democrats on the panel tonight, unlike last night's post Democratic debate coverage when Jeffrey Lord was on the panel. Are the Republican post debate specials two hours because they have more candidates on the stage or is it simply the Trump ratings factor dictating the amount of coverage left over for everyone/everything else?
Anderson and Andy Cohen are in Southern California Friday and Saturday night for their AC2Live Shows. Looks like a long weekend free of political coverage for Anderson. Hope he enjoys it!
From Twitter tonight: