Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 + Anderson & Gloria Interviewed by People Magazine


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from CNN's Washington, DC Bureau.  All but about 15 minutes of the program was about Trump.  Hillary Clinton did call into the program to talk to Anderson, but he asked her about, you guessed it, Trump.  Apparently there were no Democrat pundits or panelists able to appear on AC360 as pundits and panelists were rotated in and out over the course of the two hours, but they were all Republicans or Conservative journalists.

Hillary Clinton Interview:

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Follow up panel:

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At the end of the first hour  as a panel was discussing Trump, one of the panelists called out the Trump supporter and Anderson cut to commercial to calm things down:

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After the commercial it was clear that Trump's supporter on the panel was going to be given the last word and everyone was told to play nice with her:

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Steven Colbert had a little fun with Trump on The Late Show With Steven Colbert on Wednesday night.  Anderson calling Trump's behavior like that of a five-year-old came up a couple of time.  Enjoy!
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Anderson and People Magazine were tweeting about an interview Anderson and Gloria did in promotion of their book coming out next week.  The full article will be in this week's People Magazine which hits news stands on Friday.  


Here are four video clips from the interview that appeared on People.com

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AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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6 comments:

Jaanza said...

Welcome to the ALL TRUMP NEWS HOUR!!! Except for a few scant mentions of Cruz and Hillary Clinton, it was all Trump. MSNBC broadcast the Chris Matthews interview of Trump instead of Hayes; a piece of this taped interview was released early, in which Trump stated women who have abortions should be punished and later retracted it.

I was a little late. Sunian Serfaty just started her piece about Trump's abortion statement and his attempt to walk it back. John King was at the Magic Wall detailing poll results in Wisconsin (the next primary) and exactly where Cruz is doing better. Anderson introduced the panel - Gloria Borger, Ana-Malika Henderson, John King, Jeffrey Lord, Amanda Carpenter, Ana Navarro and Rich Galen. My favorite was Galen. Why isn't he on more often? Galen compared using logic and facts when interviewing Trump about as useless as poking holes in sourdough bread. Overall, the panel had many good critical comments on Trump and even Lord, the Trump flakey, was more subdued than usual.

The panel continued in the second segment. The discussion was on the Trump flip-flops not only with walking back the abortion statement but also his turnarounds on foreign policy, trade deals and Cuba. Again here Galen was best mostly for pointing out that they've been covering only Trump, not the other candidates, for 24 minutes. The Trump coverage would drag on for the rest of the first hour.

A segment all about Trump henchman Corey Lewandowski falls under the umbrella of Trump coverage. A report scrutinized the videotape and the history of Trump's changing comments on the Lewandowski and reporter Michelle Fields incident. Anderson interviewed Lewandowski attorney Cohen who called the video "inconclusive", touted Lewandowski's police background, pooh-poohed Field's bruises and suggested his client was "blindly defending Trump" when he grabbed and pulled Fields away because Trump "winced" when Fields touched him. Cohen acted like the defense lawyer in that old joke, "Your honor, you must have mercy on my client accused of murdering his parents because he's an orphan!"

Now how will Trump's abortion statement and Lewandowski charges affect women voters? The panel here was Amanda Carpenter, Ana Navarro, Tara Setmayor and Kaleigh McEnany. This was the last two segments of the first hour and are videos three (re: Lewandowski) and four (re: abortion) in today's ATA post. They are worth watching for seeing Navarro be perfectly sensible, for McEnany make Jeffrey Lord appear sane and reasonable, for Setmayor blasting back on McEnany and McEnany not taking that well.

Two points about the fourth video:
Although McEnany said Trump's abortion statement was a "mistake", she also dissed Matthews for "peppering" Trump with questions. Isn't that what an interview should be? Can't Trump handle tough questions? Does he expect every interviewer to be marshmallow soft?
McEnany crowed about Trump's availability to network interviews, doing many more than the other candidates including Clinton. Have the networks, including CNN, been begging the other candidates for interviews? All they need to do is ask and I'm sure Cruz, Kasich, Clinton and Sanders would love network time and attention.
The idea that Trump was answering the way he thought the Republican base would want him to. Anderson should have asked it was better for a candidate to say what he thinks or to say what he thinks voters want to hear, to pander as Borger put it But he didn't.

My cable program guide listed "CNN Special Report: Terror in Paris" as next but 360 got a second hour, didn't watch. However, I did see ATA's post of Anderson's interview with Hillary Clinton from the second hour. Terrific to see her get on 360 even if it's a telephone interview. Terrific for 360 but still not up to the level of Maddow.

aries moon said...

Trump has said so many stupid things but his initial statement that women should be punished for having an abortion is monumentally stupid--he has no clue what he's talking about at any given moment on any given issue, so this is bound to keep happening to him. He is supremely unqualified to be president in every possible way--it was amusing to listen to Gloria Borger trying to make something positive of Trump's convoluted 'foreign policy expertise' but at the same time saying that he's not prepared or up to the task.

Why couldn't 360 find one liberal to appear on the panel? They make darn sure that SE Cupp, Jeff Lord, Ana Navarro or some other conservative is sitting in on a discussion about Hillary, Bernie and the Democrats but apparently an all-Republican panel is not a problem. Tara Setmayer really let Kayleigh McEnamy have it over her robotic defense of Trump but Kayleigh was not about to back down, saying she was 'tired' of being falsely accused of saying something she hasn't--hey Kayleigh MANY of us are tired of seeing you on CNN 24/7 blindly backing up every inane thing Trump says. Take a vacation or something. I guess I should be grateful that 360 hasn't booked Tana Goertz, another one of Trump's spokespeople, who may be even worse than Kayleigh, believe it or not. Amanda Carpenter seemed subdued to me (I always mute Jeff Lord) maybe because of the Ted Cruz affair controversy she's been connected to. I thought Michael Gerson of the Washington Post had some good commentary on Trump and his problems. My favorite Trump-basher is former Romney staffer Stuart Stevens--I probably wouldn't agree with anything he stands for but he doesn't mince words about the insanity and danger of Trump.

Good to hear Hillary Clinton call into 360--it would be great if AC could have her in the studio--she's made lots of in-studio appearances on Maddow and Matthews on MSNBC. Even over the phone, Hillary speaks with the kind of clarity that Trump or any of the other candidates can't match. Conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes was on as well--his interview/interrogation of Trump was something that other reporters should study closely--AC apparently did.

I'm probably being paranoid again, but AC always seems a little gruff, stern and dismissive with Hillary and President Obama, but he's always extra-polite, welcoming and more appreciative of conservative politicians like Kasich, Giuliani and McCain who appear on his show--maybe he just wants to assure whatever conservative viewers he has that he's not playing favorites with Democrats?

Looking forward to AC and his mother's doc on HBO and the upcoming book. Love the photo of AC and Gloria Vanderbilt.

Anonymous said...

FINALLY A PIX OF GLORIA, SECOND ONE FROM PEOPLE, WHERE SHE LOOKS HER AGE. WHILE I DO GIVE HER CREDIT FOR KEEPING UP, TOO MUCH BOTOX IS TOO MUCH BOTOX.
JOAN RIVERS DID THE SAME THING AT THE END OF HER LIFE. SHE LOOKED PUFFY, PUFFY, PUFFY.
WOMEN SHOULD AGE GRACEFULLY. ANDERSON LOOKS MUCH BETTER NOW THAN WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER...EVEN WITH
GLASSES! AT NINETY TWO, WE EXPECT GLORIA TO LOOK HER AGE....WELL DRESSED AND WELL DEFINED.

Anonymous said...

CNN, FOX NEWS AND MSNBC.....PLEASE STOP THIS CONSTANT COVERAGE OF TRUMP. HE'S NOT PRESIDENT!
YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE FOR US....STOP THIS!
I REFUSE TO WATCH ANY LONGER UNTIL YOU GIVE EQUAL TIME TO ALL THE CANDIDATES AND THAT INCLUDES OUR
HILLARY.

Anonymous said...

VERY FUNNY STEPHEN COLBERT CLIP. BUT IT IS ALSO SAD....BECAUSE THAT CARTOON OR PARODY WAS DONALD TRUMP, AND IT IS EXACTLY HOW HE THINKS.
CAN'T IMAGINE, WELL YES I CAN IMAGINE WHAT HE'D BE LIKE AS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.
AND THAT'S WHY THE GOP IS LOOKING FOR ANYWAY TO GET RID OF HIM.
W LOOKS LIKE A SAINT.
HUFFPOST HAS A VERY WELL WRITTEN COMMENTARY BY CLAY AIKEN, A FORMER CONTESTANT ON " THE APPRENTICE,"
BACK IN THE DAY WHEN WE ALL THOUGHT TRUMP WAS NOT ONLY RICH, BUT SANE.

UNICORNS BACON said...

AC also did a radio interview with The Diane Rhem Show. I was actually able to catch it live and listen to the whole interview.