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Perhaps I spent too much time during Tuesday's 360 watching Hayes. There have been many comments here about John Berman being less 'Rah Rah Trump' than Anderson but I was in no mood to watch The Panels of Too Many Pundits.Berman started with Trump's attacks on Hillary and Bill Clinton's personal lives. Dana Bash had the report, I went to Hayes and when I checked back later it was panel. Hayes had the same topic but interviewed only Joe Conason (one-on-one) and then Robert Reich (one-on-one).Second segment: more on Trump vs. Hillary. At first the on-screen title was "Clinton Attacks Trump's String of Bankruptcies". Later that was changed to the kinder "Clinton Attacks Trump's Business Record". Instead of staying for the panel, I watched Hayes cover the Bill Cosby trial news; a story I didn't think 360 would get to... and didn't.Third segment: the Sanders' campaign. After a very short Q&A with Sanders' guy Jeff Weaver, the panel was back.Fourth segment: One question to Weaver, the panel and then Berman put a poll up on the screen. The poll results stated that 71% of Sanders supporters would vote for Hillary and only 20% would vote for Trump. However, the Gary Tuchman report of him talking to Sanders supporters at a rally made it look about 50-50.Fifth segment: a meteorologist reported on tornadoes in Kansas and a Q&A with Drew Griffin about Robert McDonald, the Veterans Administration Secretary. McDonald is under fire for his recent comment that the waits at VA hospitals were like waits at Disneyland.Overall, not an outright terrible 360. Or so I thought until seeing another 6-person panel on Don Lemon's show (seen during Maddow's commercials). The part I saw had Kaleigh McEnany blindly defending Trump and wildly spinning his comments into something if not positive, something not so bad. Lemon and Charles Blow was not letting her get away with it especially about Trump's racism towards blacks. They held her accountable for the stupid things she said and that needs to happen way more often and especially on 360.
Christine Quinn had some choice words for Trumpette K-lee McE and he allowed Quinn to speak freely without interruption--AC would've most likely cut her off and given more time for the big K to speak. I was glad to see Angela Rye and Errol Louis on the panel.Every now and then I'll watch Don Lemon's show but I skipped it on the very night I should've watched. I would've loved to have seen Charles Blow and Don Lemon take on K-lee on Trump's racism.I've seen AC's 70's and 80's music picks and I'm more into what he chose for those decades than his favorite song list--I'm not as big a fan of Madonna as he is but I do love "Ray of Light"--it's like a ride through the galaxies. On AC and his mom's documentary, there's a beautiful version of "The Man I Love" by Ella Fitzgerald briefly playing--I love that version and also Sarah Vaughan's but I guess those are too traditional for AC--never heard the version he likes. "The Girl from Ipanema" is one of the first songs I ever heard and liked when I was a child, still love it--you can never go wrong with Antonio Carlos Jobim songs.
@Aries Moon - I also don't watch a lot of Don Lemon's show but got to that panel discussion at the right time and stayed with it even though Maddow was probably back from commercial. Charles Blow repeated a comment from Trump I had not heard before, "I don't want blacks counting my money." And after McEnany blathered other pro-trump nonsense (spinning on how much Trump's minority employees love him), both Lemon and Blow had smart remarks and the panel ended with Blow telling McEnany, "You don't know what prejudice is."I'm glad to hear Quinn was able to speak freely and finish her sentences while paneling with Berman. If Berman is back tonight maybe I'll give the panels a chance.
IF JEFF ZUCKER WANTS HIGH RATINGS HE SHOULD LET CHARLES BLOW STAND UP AND SMACK BLONDETRUMPETTE K-LEE AND WATCH US CHEER. IN FACT HE SHOULD DO IT ONCE EVERY NIGHT AT A DIFFERENT TIME JUST TO KEEP US ON OUR TOES.I'D LIKE TO SMACK HER MYSELF BUT IT'S HARD DOING IT THROUGH MY FLAT SCREEN.SAW JOHN KING AND DANA BASH SITTING SIDE BY SIDE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION TONIGHT. IT WAS A BITAWKWARD WATCHING THEM BUT MAYBE THEY'VE GOTTEN USED TO WORKING TOGETHER.NEVER DATE SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH....JOHN AND DANA, FIRST RULE OF DATING.
@Jaanza, thank you for recapping the racism conversation with Charles Blow/K-Lee/Lemon--the quote from Trump is simply vile and I'm glad he was called out for it. There needs to be MUCH more of that.@anon 11:03, I noticed John King and Dana Bash seated together on the panel too--I've seen them in the studio at the same time but they're usually on opposite sides of the room! BTW, I totally agree with your other comments about Charles Blow.
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