Thursday, May 05, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, May 5, 2006


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded edition two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  With the election only 186 days away, the program was all politics with the exception of three minutes devoted to the raging wildfire in Canada and new video of a deadly battle in Iraq where one American was killed.  


Anderson tweeted about being in Somaliland on assignment over the weekend.  The following video showed up on YouTube of an interview he did while there:

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AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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2 comments:

Jaanza said...

@Anonymous poster yesterday who's not CAPPY,
I love Anderson. I love 360 the way it used to be. Unfortunately now 360 is "The Trump Glorification Show". If Anderson spent 75-90% of each show covering Hillary Clinton, a myriad of angles of everything she does, interviews so softball they're more like marshmallow, fluffy reports on her family... I would get sick of that too. And it's not just Anderson, it's a lot of CNN. I have no problem with ATA pointing that out.

Thursday's 360 was a tiny bit better than usual; thanks partially, shockingly to Dana Loesch. Rep. Paul Ryan (and House Speaker) stated he is "not ready" to support Trump. Trump blasted back, Dana Bash provided more details on this and the divisions within the GOP. The Panel Of Too Many Pundits were Maggie Habermas, Errol Lewis, Christine Quinn, Kaleith McEnany, Tara Setmayer and Ryan Lizza (not sure if that was in fact Lizza). I watched Hayes interview Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA).

My favorite segment was the second one. Anderson talked to Gloria Borger and then to Stuart Stevens and Dana Loesch together. It's better with fewer pundits because the Q&A can go more in-depth. Borger, Stevens and Loesch all made good points and had the time to explain their positions and discuss not only the big picture of GOP policy and its future but little details like if Trump appoints Bobby Jindal to the SCOTUS, would his Muslim family back in India be able to come to his swearing-in ceremony? Loesch, remembered for being a rather obnoxious right-winger, was surprising mellow (maybe crestfallen over her party's presumptive nominee?) in her comments and said she had no confidence Trump will win in November.

In the segment about the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail while she was Secretary of State, neither Anderson nor Ivan Perez pointed out that Colin Powell and Condileeza Rice did the same thing. The Panel Of Too Many Pundits was back, I went to Hayes.

Today is Cinco de Mayo. But would 360 have a segment about Trump, Clinton and the Hispanic vote if Trump hadn't tweeted "I love Hispanics"? 360 showed that tweet and Clinton's commercial directed towards Hispanics consisting of Trump's own words dissing them and promising to deport them. Trump-parrot McEnany squawked some pro-Trump squawk but I mostly remember Quinn trying to educate her in how lousy and two-faced Trump is towards Hispanics. McEnany stared at her blankly, as if Quinn was speaking a foreign language. Other panelists had viewpoints closer to Quinn's. I hated the on-screen title "Trump, Clinton Spar Over Tacos"; it was so stupid.

In the next segment Gary Tuchman had a good report but left one big question unanswered. Tuchman was in West Virginia's coal country. He talked to local's about Clinton's comments dissing coal and Trump's on bringing the mines back. How the locals said they will vote was predictable. Was it Tuchman or Hayes (in his own coal country/WV primary segment) who pointed out that coal jobs were lost because consumers are choosing cleaner options like natural gas or solar? This goes back to Basic Economics 101 - you can increase the supply (of coal) all you want but if the demand isn't there, what's the point?

My cable system program guide had "The Eighties" with the episode about technology was going to be on. But nope, it was a second hour of 360 which started just like the first one did. During Maddow's commercials I checked back on Anderson a few times. Trump was being covered every single time.

Anonymous said...

HBO'S BILL MAHER MADE A VERY IMPORTANT DISTINCTION ABOUT DONALD J TRUMP AS A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.
HE SAID FOR SOME PEOPLE, AND HE INCLUDED HIMSELF, TRUMP WILL ALWAYS BE JUST "A THE DOUCHE BAG
FROM QUEENS." HE WILL NEVER BE GIVEN THE RESPECT OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY FROM A LARGE
MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. HE WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTED OR ASCERTAIN THE PEDIGREE OF THE OFFICE HE SEEKS, AND THAT WILL BE HIS BIGGEST FAILURE.
ANN COULTER WAS ALSO A GUEST ON HIS SHOW AND SHE DIDN'T LET ANYONE GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE.
FAR TOO BUSY SPEAKING OVER EVERYONE ELSE IN HER HIGH PITCHED MONOTONE VOICE. ALWAYS TERRIBLY ANNOYING.