Thursday, July 07, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, July 7, 2016


The very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair for an expanded two hour edition of AC360.



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4 comments:

Jaanza said...

It's good to see the killing of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile get so much attention. As tragic as they are, at least there is video evidence so these men wouldn't be excused as 'they were being thugs' or 'the police had to shoot them'. Also tragically, neither men would get an ounce of media attention if the videos were not available.

The first hour of Thursday's 360 was all about Sterling's death by cop in Baton Rouge LA, Castile's death by cop in Falcon Heights MN and the protests nationwide. The coverage was very good but I had to cringe when John Berman mistakingly said "Minneapolis" instead of "Saint Paul" several times in the beginning and video from Saint Paul was labelled "Minneapolis.
I've been on that road (Larpenteur Avenue) in Falcon Heights many times. Falcon Heights itself is a small splot of a suburb between the northern edge of Saint Paul and Roseville. It doesn't even have it's own police department, another suburb - Saint Anthony - loans out it's police to Falcon Heights.
I believe the protesters gathered at the Governor's Mansion because it's such a strong focus point while that stretch of road in Falcon Heights has nothing going for it ( a couple nondescript buildings and the Univ. of Minn. experimental corn field).
Also, I've been stopped for a broken taillight (by Saint Paul Police)... and was let off with just a warning.

Berman had the video taken by Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, a panel with Charles Blow, Jeff Roorda, Cedric Alexander and a woman who was cut off by a technical glitch before I got her name. Blow gave an excellent and passionate rant about being black in the U.S. and Roorda dissed by Governor for stating Castile wouldn't be dead if he or any of the people in the car were white.

I wish Berman had found the time to play Governor Dayton's comments because they were good and honest.

However, Obama's entire speech on Sterling and Castile was played and I appreciated that. Berman interviewed Spike Lee and Van Jones. Lee said he was wowed by Dayton's comments about race definitely being a factor. They discussed many issues including Black Lives Matter movement, the question of murder-by-cop and the diversity of the protest crowds.

At the start of the second hour there was an overview of the deaths of Sterling and Castile and of the protests. Berman talked to Tom Foreman reporting from the Washington D.C. protest.

Except for "Minneapolis" it was very good reporting. Perhaps there was political reporting and Trump later in the second hour but I didn't watch. Maybe tomorrow 360 will include the news that Castile was a Supervisor for the cafeteria at J.J. Hill Montessori School in Saint Paul and was loved by all the students. This info was on the local news programs today so it should make the national news Friday.

CWM84 said...

Meanwhile racist will call Anderson's wealthy lifestyle, " white privledge." I hope me and ny partner get a summer home one day. Great to see Ben in a pic again. It seems this union will last.

Anonymous said...

Last, ha.

Anonymous said...

CONSERVATIVES HAVE THEIR NERVE BLAMING OBAMA AND CLINTON FOR THE POLICE DALLAS MASSACRE.
THE LAST TIME I LOOKED IT WAS THE CONSERVATIVE GOP THAT SUPPORTED GUNS AND THE NRA.
PAUL RYAN EVEN SAID HE WAS GOING TO PUNISH THE DEMOCRATS FOR THEIR GUN CONTROL "SIT-IN" BECAUSE IT WAS "UNPROFESSIONAL."
REALLY? DONALD J. DUCK, YOUR CANDIDATE OF CHOICE, IS "PROFESSIONAL?" ARE YOU PROFESSIONAL WHEN
YOU LANGUISH THE ENTIRE 8 YEARS AND GET NOTHING PASSED, LITERALLY NOTHING ON GUN CONTROL AND
YOU'RE GOING TO "PUNISH THE DEMOCRATS?" WHAT A LITTLE WIMP YOU ARE PAUL RYAN.
WHY DON'T YOU "PUNISH YOUR OWN COLLEAGUES AND YOURSELF FOR BEING HYPOCRITES, AND THEN RESIGN,
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW YOU, AND THE MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN PARTY, ARE JUST TAKING UP YOUR CONSTITUENCIES
TIME AND SPACE, AT OUR EXPENSE.
IF THERE IS BLAME TO GO AROUND, LET'S START WITH THE REPUBLICANS WHO CAN'T SEEM TO REMEMBER
HOW THEY BROUGHT ON THE WORST RECESSION IN HISTORY AND THEN BLAMED A BLACK PRESIDENT FOR THEIR CONVENIENT FORGETFULNESS.
NO THE MASSACRE IN DALLAS IS YOUR FAULT, FOR LACK OF FORESIGHT, JUDGEMENT, AND ABSOLUTELY NO ATTEMPT AT ANY GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. PAUL RYAN YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS. YOU NEED TO RESIGN, AND TAKE YOUR PARTY WITH YOU. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS USELESS.