Thursday, June 16, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 Live from Orlando, FL on Thursday, June 16, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from Orlando, FL.  He opened the program with an overview of the latest on the investigation:

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Anderson spoke with Christine Leinonen and Brandon Wolf, a friend of her son Christopher, who survived the shooting about meeting with President Obama today:

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Anderson also spoke with Miguel Leiva, a survivor of the shooting:

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The last segment of the first hour was an overview of last night's filibuster, John McCain's blame of President Obama for the Orlando shooting and an interview with Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D) California on gun control measures:

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The second hour opened with Anderson chatting with Jim Scuitto and included an interview with Police Officer Omar Delgado about arriving at the shooting and meeting one of the people he helped save the night of the shooting:

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Sanjay Gupta had a report and talked to Anderson about the ban on some gay men donating blood:

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Gary Tuchman had a report on an event Brian Alvear held in memory of his sister Amanda who was a victim of the shooting and spoke to Anderson and Terry DeCarlo, Executive Director of the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida:

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Anderson ended the program with information on how viewers could help:

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10 comments:

CWM84 said...

There must be something combined with bipartsian compromise along with more security measures to prevent these types of incidents. Its not just about guns, but people had to know... there were signs... he was on FBI watch list and they took him off. It seems a lot of areas got lax. Our government... society as a whole. I said after dandy hook, every public place needs armed guards. And you know, im sorry. Im sorry it has come to this. Im sorry hateful people to the things they do. Im sorry certain weapons are sold and that these maniacs won't follow the law anyway. Yes it has come to this and its been time, more security, more trained to be ready for these horrific attacks. Bottom line is... I don't believe these guns should be sold. I don't think its the NRA's fault. The whole thing is a complete societial and government failure. I believe the President is frustrated by guns. He should be. But he should be frustrated with himself. Because gun control is not the whole answer, just one of many... every measure, drastic measure needs to be made. Its going to take a gun measure, a pause measure... and ideology battle... its going to take more people be trained and prepared for these maniacs and more importantly its going to take for the greater good of our american humanity to come together and defend and defeat this evil we face. The evil is here and overseas. We must, must be ready! More is on the way... and the clock has been ticking non stop....

Jaanza said...

Here's a rundown of the first hour, just a little bit more info than what ATA already has listed:

Anderson is still in Orlando and the Pulse shooting is still the big story. He started with a Q&A with Pamela Brown regarding the news of the killer texting his wife and checking Facebook during the massacre. Then it was Drew Griffin with the story of the killer shopping for ammunition and armor and the shop owners being suspicious enough to call the police (though they didn't have a name). Griffin spoke further on the police, the FBI, the lack of communication between law enforcement agencies and the killer's behavioral/mental issues going back to grade school. All of this was covered further when Anderson talked to Art Roderick and Mark O'Mara.

360 showed a clip from Obama's speech at the Orlando memorial and Anderson discussed his meeting with families with Christine Leinonen (lost her son Christopher) and Brandon Wolf (survivor). While talking about how nothing gets done and no new gun control laws after a horrific shooting, it felt like Obama was being blamed more than the GOPers in Congress (who always block gun control bills). There was also talk of coping and grieving and Christine again got a hug from Anderson.

Randi Kaye filed a report / a timeline on what the police did after arriving at Pulse focusing on why it took so long to shoot the killer. Chris Voss, a former FBI negotiator and Art Roderick, law enforcement analyst, went into more detail.

Anderson showed parts of a video made by Miguel Leya while he and others were hiding in a bathroom at Pulse while the shooting was happening. He also interviewed Leya.

News on the filibuster should have been earlier in the show. This was a good segment but a *successful* Democratic Senator - led filibuster demanding a vote on two gun control bills is a BIG DEAL! Anderson talked to Dana Bash about the two bills, the possibility of them passing and McCain's latest remarks dissing Obama. McCain said Obama was "directly responsible" for the Orlando shooting because ISIS grew during his time in office. Later McCain walked back that comment, said he "misspoke"... and he's up for re-election this year. Anderson interviewed Senator Dianne Feinstein D-CA, a current and Democratic politician She talked about the bills, the Terror Watch List and the dumb things Trump has said.

@CWM84 - I agree with your sentiments. How about also blaming the GOPers in Congress for blocking gun control bills from either coming out of committee, coming up to vote on the floor or even passing?

Anonymous said...

It's Sandy Hook, not dandy hook. And I will correct you when I see an error. Why? Because if you want to comment get it right or you are no better than Trump. Oh just so you k ow I have sent corrections to CNN in the past and they have responded with doing them.

CWM84 said...

It's know not k ow. See we all make typos. If you want to comment get it right or you are no better than Hillary. I have sent corrections in past and people have responded by correcting them.

CWM84 said...

I said its a compromise effort. There are things both sides can compromise on. Then there is always the illgeal guns which happens and what about those guns already sold, what do you do about them? Its a very complex situation and gun control is not the magic pill to make this stop. It will take a combine effort of intelligence, alertness, protection and people speaking up.

Anonymous said...

THE TIME HAS COME FOR SENATOR MCCAIN TO RESIGN. AFTER MAKING THAT HORRIBLE COMMENT ABOUT
PRESIDENT OBAMA CAUSING THE MASSACRE IN ORLANDO, AND THEN BACK PEDDLING, HE DESERVES NOT TO HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GO FORWARD. SADLY MCCAIN NEVER GOT OVER LOSING TO AN AFRO-AMERICAN IN 08,
AND HE HAS MADE IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT FOR THE POTUS TO GOVERN.
HE DESERVES TO LOSE HIS SENATE SEAT TO HIS OPPONENT IN ARIZONA, WHO HAS BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH CAMPAIGN
FUNDING SINCE MCCAIN'S OUTLANDISH STATEMENT.
NO BACK PEDDLING ON THIS ONE. THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ALLOWED BY THE GOP TO BACK PEDDLE IS'DONALD
DUCK,'WEBBED FEET AND ALL.

Anonymous said...

@CWM84. As you said, you are entitled to you opinion, but I'm entitled to mine as well and the NRA is a big part of the problem. As soon as Trump tweeted he was going to meet with the NRA, the NRA put out a statement about blocking all legislative action and fundraising on the event.

There's no reason a 13 year old should be able to go to a gun show and by a rifle in 17 minutes, but that's part of an upcoming program on HBO. Said 13 year old was denied by three other establishments from buying beer, cigarettes and scratch lottery tickets because he wasn't old enough, but the dealer at the gun show never asked his age, just took the cash and handed the kid the rifle. I find that disgusting. So I'm all for closing the gun show loop hole, internet loophole, the selling of high capacity magazines, anyone on the no-fly list and on the terror watch list from being able to buy a gun. I'm also for banning assault rifles. Ronald Reagan was for banning assault weapons; the bill was passed and unfortunately, it was allowed to expire in 2004 during the George W. Bush administration. If McCain wants to blame the Orlando shootings on a president, he need took no further than George W. Bush. Bush invaded a sovereign nation, used unconstitutional torture tactics against Muslims, wrongly imprisoned many Muslims and it was in one of those prisons where ISIS was born. Al-Baghdadi was in a US prison during the Iraq War and later released. It was there that his hatred toward the West inspired ISIS.

I for one, don't want to be surrounded by people with guns everywhere I go. There are more people killed with guns by accidents and domestic disputes than there are in terrorist attacks. What would your narrative have been if the Orlando shooting had been thwarted and the guy from IN who was arrested in LA with many assault riffles, other guns and a large cache of ammunition on his way to a gay pride parade with an NRA sticker on his car been successful in his mission to kill people at LA's gay pride parade?

We need to be diligent in fighting terrorist, we need to recognize that the terror attacks that have been carried out in the US, by US citizens was rooted in hatred and work at addressing the hatred that drives people to kill, including the White Supremacy members that killed blacks in a church and people at an abortion clinic. And what about the shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, the theater in Colorado, etc? Those involved people with mental illness, but the common denominator in all these events were guns - assault weapons, so don't pretend that guns aren't at least part of the problem.

I'm not suggesting a ban on owning guns. I'm talking about sensible gun regulations which most people agree with, but the NRA has bought many in Congress and thus the reason the assault weapon ban was allowed to expire and there has been little to no action in Congress despite polling. Hopefully the filibuster in the Senate this week sent a message.





Anonymous said...

John McCain is a huge disappointment. I voted for President Obama, but remember thinking in 2008 (until he selected Sarah Palin as a running mate) that he may be an okay president. Instead he turned into a bitter, sore loser that has even voted against bills that would help veterans as part of the Republican obstructionism in Congress. He has no room to talk about foreign policy in Iraq and Syria. The Iraq War birthed ISIS. Bush signed the status of forces agreement that required US troops to leave and when that happened McCain tweeted that Bush deserved credit for the success in Iraq. If you call installing a Iraqi President that pitted Sunnis against Shia because Bush had no clue as to an end game or of the different sects in the region and that inclusion was required to keep the country together. And as far as Syria. John McCain visited Syria and posed for a photograph that included some terrorists. His judgement has not been the best. I'm glad we have President Obama who understands the region, despite what some would have us believe, and is thoughtful and measured in his responses.

If McCain is so hot for more military in Iraq and Syria, then he needs to get a bill passed in congress that authorizes action. So far, Congress has refused to authorize action, the just want to blame President Obama for the action that he is taking.

His initial statements yesterday were reprehensible and even though he tried to walk it back, I think most people understand that he meant what he said in the first place.

Anonymous said...

@ll:44 PM: I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH EVERYTHING YOU'VE STATED. UNFORTUNATELY TOO MANY MEMBERS OF
CONGRESS, INCLUDING DEMOCRATS, ARE AFRAID OF THE NRA AND THEIR FEAR HAS MADE THE NRA ALL THE
MORE POWERFUL.
AND YES, IF MCCAIN WANTS TO PLACE BLAME FOR THIS MASSACRE HE SHOULD LOOK NO FURTHER THAN HIS
OWN PARTY. W. INDEED IS TO BLAME FOR INVADING A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY, IRAQ, BUT HIS VP, DICK
CHENEY USED BUSH AS HIS PUPPET, BUT YOU'RE NEVER SUPPOSED TO MENTION THAT PHASE OF HISTORY
TO THE REPUBLICANS. OBAMA IS AN EASY TARGET. AT LEAST MCCAIN SHOULD SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR
A SITTING PRESIDENT. THE GOP SEEMS TO HAVE A VERY SHORT MEMORY SPAN. THEY CAN ONLY SEE WHAT
HAS TRANSPIRED OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS. THEY DESERVE TRUMP.

CWM84 said...

I didn't say guns were not part of problem. The problem is nut jobs don't follow laws. Criminals don't follow laws, we need to be protected. Sadly in this day in age more security, guns is part of the solution. We are prey. The dems have protection. They have security. Obama has the world's greatest security. What about the rest of the folks? We can't count on police, the government is not doing its job in protecting us. We need to do more. This guy should have been monitored by FBI. He wasn't. Government failed. Obama failed. So the next step is we as citizens be allowed to protect ourselves. Its defending. Not starting stuff but self defense. We have come in a time were infortunately with so many guns in in wrong hands and gun sales through the roof, the rest of us need something. What are we supposed to do? The rest of us witthout protection, security do? Accept to be sitting ducks? I don't think so!