Thursday, March 10, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, March 10, 2016


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.

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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.)

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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:




AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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4 comments:

Jaanza said...

As predicted, 360 did not have a 50-minute interview with either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders today. As predicted, it was entirely on the GOP debate coming up and the GOP candidates. It was just a half-hour 360 but more than enough time for other news considering yesterday's full-hour 360 before the Democratic debate had only three minutes devoted to discussing that debate.

Anderson started with an overview of the debate and a Q&A with Jim Acosta. Besides the debate, the big news was Carson's expected endorsement of Trump tomorrow. Then it was the panel. Four pundits including Jeffrey Lord. I went to Hayes. Checking back later Madden was talking about national security questions in the debate. Several minutes later it was John King on Trump's delegate numbers.

The next segment started with Anderson's interview with Carly Fiorina. Back to Hayes. When I checked in later a panel member was discussing the "softer" Trump idea and 'Trump won't attack unless he's attacked'.
Horse hockey.
Trump saying this shows he is too thin-skinned or too ignorant on the issues to have a real debate and wants the other candidates to verbally walk on eggshells for him. I didn't watch Anderson's interview of Trump yesterday but feel it was probably very soft, marshmallow soft. If Anderson asked tough questions with tough follow-up and forced Trump to make sensible answers, the interview would have received tons of attention from other news sources and tons of praise for Anderson for finally getting Trump to deal concretely with the issues. However, the interview barely made a ripple anywhere. Probably how Trump likes it but it's not good journalism.

Terrific piece on ATA's post today about 360's massive and overwhelming Trump coverage. Anderson didn't really answer Fiorina's justified question on broadcasting Trump's "press conference/QVC show". When Anderson said no other candidates were speaking at that time, what does that matter? If another candidate was speaking at the same time, CNN executive pinheads would insist on staying on Trump. Free uninterrupted national broadcast time for Trump. Yes, he's the frontrunner but so is Hillary Clinton. Lastly, it was stupid for Anderson to say Hillary 'didn't want the coverage'. OF COURSE SHE WANTED SPEECH COVERAGE!!!! She's running for president and would appreciate free broadcast time way more than Trump.

Nevertheless, CNN is a business. Ratings matter. You gotta wonder how many are watching because they hate Trump.

@CWM84 yesterday - I don't like Cruz either. He's just as scary and awful as Trump, sometimes in different ways and sometimes in exactly the same ways. Two points here:
1. I'm optimistically hanging onto poll numbers from a month or so ago showing both Clinton and Sanders comfortably winning against Cruz by better margins than Trump.
2. Anderson, and the media as a whole, have not been wide-eyed and drooling puppies glorifying and pampering Cruz as they have Trump. Cruz gets some scrutiny and not nearly the same levels of attention. Trump gets more of my attention largely due to the obscene amount of spotlighting he gets in the media and most disappointingly, by Anderson.

aries moon said...

I'm loving the ATA AC360 Fact Checking Team.

AC360 and CNN overall go out of their way to air anything and everything Trump while practically marginalizing the Democratic candidates.

So why is it that AC360 has to shoehorn in a Republican panelist for a Democratic debate analysis but their Republican debate analysis panel can be Dem-free? Doesn't seem fair and balanced.

I couldn't believe some of the post-debate commentary--so what if Trump toned down his usual loudmouthed attitude, he still was incoherent and detail-free as always and he continues to be a threat to the future of this country. Anderson seemed to like his message about bringing more new voters into the Republican party and AC talked about how the Republicans should take advantage of the enthusiasm they have for Trump and accept him as the nominee in order to unify the party--SE Cupp noted that Trump's talking about 'unity' while peaceful protestors are being punched in the face at his rallies and he encourages it.

CNN boss Jeff Zucker was on camera briefly after the debate talking to RNC Chair Reince Preibus and they looked disturbingly chummy. Speaking of Zucker, has he ordered all of his female anchors/correspondents/pundits to wear tight, brightly colored dresses and cross their legs for the camera like the female 'talent' over at Fox now? How much further will CNN go to mimic Fox News?

Something you'll probably never see on CNN and certainly not AC360, is the blistering, on-target speech Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave about the Republicans and their unprecedented obstruction and complete disrespect of President Obama. She completely eviscerated them for deliberately holding up votes on serious candidates and issues and putting our nation at risk. It's a shame that Warren's truth-telling is such a rarity these days--more Democrats should've stepped up and showed the GOP for the horrible, worthless party they've become. Warren needs to be on the campaign trail for the Democratic nominee along with POTUS and FLOTUS.

OT: Loved all the comments on the previous ATA post.

CWM84 said...

Zuckers vision for CNN to be a fox lite seems to have been completed. Its interesting how they stick up for Muslims tho.I notice no more issues on glbt rights, poor people etc... RNC is very happy with CNN, Tapper did a good job tho he should have pressed them more.

Anonymous said...

TUNED INTO A SMALL PORTION OF NANCY REAGAN'S FUNERAL, (AS MUCH AS I COULD STAND).
I DID WANT TO HEAR HER DAUGHTER AND SON SPEAK AND THEY WERE FRONT AND CENTER. PATTY LOOKED AMAZINGLY WELL AND SPOKE ELOQUENTLY OF THE MEMORIES OF HER MOTHER AS A PARENT. SHE DID NOTE THAT
THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS OFTEN AT ODDS AND CONTENTIOUS. SHE SAID SHE WOULD RATHER DWELL ON THE
POSITIVES RATHER THAN THE NEGATIVES, WHICH WAS ONLY FAIR.
RONALD JUNIOR, HER SIBLING, SEEMED MORE AT EASE IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO BOTH PARENTS AND DESCRIBED
THEM AS "TWO SOULS ENTWINED TOGETHER AS ONE." HE GAVE HIS MOTHER CREDIT FOR GIVING HIS FATHER THE
STRENGTH AND CHARACTER TO PURSUE HIS GOALS.
PATTY DAVIS AND RONALD JR. SPOKE WITH GRACE AND CANDOR, AND I AM GLAD THAT I TUNED IN JUST IN TIME
TO HEAR THEM FONDLY AND SOMETIMES JOKINGLY, RECOLLECT.