Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair on Wednesday night and anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the Washington, DC Bureau.


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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

At the very start of 360 Anderson mentioned a few news stories and then "...but we begin with Donald Trump." Gary Tuchman reported on the latest protests at the latest Trump rally in California. Sara Murray reported on the content of the latest Trump speeches: blasting Hillary Clinton, ranting about the e-mail investigation, criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her Native American heritage; and while Murray's report included Clinton criticizing Trump for his 2006 comments hoping for a housing crunch, there was also Trump's response to that, "I'm a businessman." as if that's more important than people losing heir homes.
I gave the panel a chance. Donna Brazile, Dana Bash, John King, Jason Osborne, Mary Katherine Ham and Stuart Stevens. It seemed like most of the discussion was on Trump's criticism of New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez who declined to attend Trump's Albuquerque rally.

In the segment on Clinton's e-mail investigation while she was Secretary of State, at least Anderson, in his Q&A with Ivan Perez, asked about Colin Powell doing the exact same thing. Perez said yes, Powell did but the rules have changed since then. This made me wonder about Condileeza Rice, who also used personal e-mail servers at the job; what rules were in place during her time as Sect. of State? However, later Maddow got into the Powell business better and more in-depth.
Panel again - Jeffrey Toobin and Angela Rye in, Bash and Ham out. It would have been better as a talk with just Toobin (maybe Rye too, is she a lawyer?) instead of including political pundits.

In the next segment, the on-screen title at first was something like "Fact-Checking Trump's Statements on Women" and I thought: GREAT! But that's not what happened. Soon the on-screen title was "Trump Surrogates Bring Up Clinton's 1975 Rape Case" (something like that). Randi Kaye reported on a 1975 Arkansas case Hillary Clinton worked on for the defense. Too many details to mention but the accused served one year on a lesser charge (the blood/DNA forensics didn't add up) and the prosecutor for that case flatly said Hillary "did her job". Included in the report was the news that Hillary worked to get the first Rape Hot Line up and running in Arkansas.

The fourth segment was the panel again, this time with Kaleigh McEnenay added. I didn't change the channel but I also didn't pay any attention to her remarks. I did hear Toobin say, "As far as I could tell, this was all good legal work." Then there was too much speculation on what Hilalry's laugh meant when she was talking about this case a few years ago. Late in the discussion, King brought up relevant points on how this case will affect Hillary's image.

The last segment of the first hour was a Q&A with Charlie Sykes. Anderson introduced him as a "Trump critic" and maybe that's why he was tacked on at the end? This was mostly about a phone meeting between Trump and Rep. Paul Ryan taking place later and whether Ryan would endorse Trump.

Trump again started the second hour. I watched Maddow. Checking in during the last half-hour, I saw a very good Drew Griffin report on the lawsuits against Trump University and what a scam it is. Why wasn't this in the first hour which almost always gets better ratings than the second? Also late in the second hour was coverage of Ken Starr's lousy and inept handling of sexual assaults at Baylor University.

I'm glad Anderson is back but 360's first-hour content could have been better.

aries moon said...

It sounded like AC said that 360 will be investigating the Hillary Clinton 1975 rape case for the next few months--what on earth for? During the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial coverage a while back, I remember AC repeatedly saying that most people expect their lawyers to defend them vigorously no matter what the crime--Zimmerman was/is a vile scumbag who ought to be in jail right now, IMO, but his lawyers had to do their job. HRC did the same.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is doing a remarkable job of exposing the incompetent, cruel racist fraud that is Donald Trump--she is on fire--this is what Bernie Sanders should be doing instead of fighting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party.

While I ordinarily don't care for anti-Obama GOP critics like Charlie Sykes and Stuart Stevens, I do enjoy watching them take down Trump and the Sykes interview, like the excellent Drew Griffin investigation of "Trump University" should have been in the first hour. Griffin will never be a favorite of mine, but he deserves some credit for that incisive, insightful report.

Anonymous said...

THE REASON DREW GRIFFIN WAS ALLOWED TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP UNIVERSITY IS BECAUSE THE PRINT EDITIONS ALREADY PICKED IT UP. THERE ARE LAW SUITS AND IT IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD.
CNN WAS NOT THE ONE WHO ORIGINALLY WENT PUBLIC WITH IT. I PERSONALLY SWITCH THE CHANNEL EVERY
MINUTE I SEE TRUMP'S UGLY SCAM FILLED FACE.
CNN IS ALWAYS EAGER TO DEGRADE HILLARY. OF COURSE ANDERSON WILL HAVE UPDATES ON HILLARY
CLINTON. ANYTHING TO MAKE HER LOOK LIKE THE VILLAIN SHE'S NOT.
THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY JOYFUL THIS AFTERNOON WHEN TRUMP GOT ENOUGH DELEGATES FOR THE GOP NOMINATION.
AND CNN IS VERY HAPPY THAT POLLING SHOWS SANDERS AND HILLARY DEAD EVEN....LARGE GRAPHICS OF BREAKING NEWS. I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR CNN.