Monday, August 15, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, August 15, 2016


Anderson Cooper was back in the anchor chair for an extended two hour edition of AC360.


AC360 Transcript
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

INTERESTING ARTICLE IN HUFFPOST ABOUT TONY SCHWARTZ WHO COAUTHORED TRUMP'S "ART OF THE DEAL,"
BACK IN THE EARLY 90'S. SCHWARTZ TOLD NEWS OUTLETS THAT HE BECAME ALARMED WHEN HE THOUGHT
THE "CHARACTER HE CREATED FROM THE BEST SELLER "THE ART OF THE DEAL," COULD ACTUALLY ASSUME
THE PRESIDENCY. HE SAID HE NEVER THOUGHT IT POSSIBLE BECAUSE MOST OF WHAT WAS WRITTEN IS PURE
"PRETENSE." HE SPLIT MILLIONS WITH TRUMP AFTER THE BOOK BECAME AN AUTOMATIC BEST SELLER, BUT
IN REALITY HE IS "A MEDIOCRE BUSINESS MAN AND BUILDER," AND MOST OF HIS NEW MONEY CAME FROM
MARK BURNETT'S PRODUCTION "THE APPRENTICE AND MORE RECENTLY "THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE."
BOTH CHARACTERIZE TRUMP AS A SAVVY BUSINESS MAN WHO MAKES RATIONALE DECISIONS, BUT IT IS TOTALLY SCRIPTED.
WHILE HIS "DEALS" QUITE OFTEN SOURED, HIS BRAND FROM THE SHOW, SOARED AND SO DID HIS PAY CHECK.
TONY SCHWARTZ SAID, "I CREATED A CHARACTER WHO WOULD ENDANGER THE PLANET IF HIS PRESIDENCY EVER BECAME REAL."
THE SCARY PART IS TRUMP'S SUPPORTERS AND THE GOP BOUGHT INTO THIS NOTION OF SCHWARTZ'S CHARACTER.....VERY INTERESTING BUT TOTALLY SCARY, ESPECIALLY THE RATIONALE PART.

Anonymous said...

Anderson may have been back but the content of AC360 was horrible. Flynn was a horrible booking for commenting about Trump's foreign policy speech from a military point of view. That should have been a non-partisan military person, not a Trump supporter. Anderson has a right to have a soft spot for the military, but his comment about wanting to talk to Flynn off air about something was totally inappropriate to say on air.

Also I'm tired of CNN trying to prop Trump up with the false equivalency thing to help their ratings. There was no mention of Trump blaming the media for poor coverage of him and costing him 20 points in the race. There was a tweet storm from him over the weekend about the media and the First Amendment yet no mention of that and not to mention Katrina Pierson saying President Obama started the war in Afghanistan. Fact checking should be on-going the way Trump's surrogates spout inaccuracies. CNN is right to call their anchors hosts as they quit practicing journalism completely when Donald Trump came on the scene.

I would be curious to know if Anderson is ignorant on some aspects of running a campaign (because he doesn't care enough to inform himself) or if he chooses to ignore those issues.

I laugh every time Trump and the media talk about polling that shows people think the country is headed in the wrong direction. That's a wide open question and people could be dissatisfied with the obstructionist Republican Congress or a number of things. It was like when they were spouting polls about people not liking the Affordable Care Act. Some of the dislike was because people didn't think it went far enough - they wanted single payer - not that they thought health care was bad. While the numbers don't lie, anchors/pundits/surrogates can spin the numbers to fit their narrative.

The only numbers that really count are those in the electoral college on November 7th. GOTV will be critical this year and the Dems can't be too over confident and stay home.

Anonymous said...

@11:45PM GOOD POINTS, ESPECIALLY CNN'S "PROPPING TRUMP UP WITH THE FALSE EQUIVALENCY TO DRIVE
UP THEIR RATINGS." YES, THAT IS ALL CNN IS INTERESTED IN, RATINGS, AND EVERY WORD IS SLANTED
IN TRUMP'S DIRECTION.
YOU ARE CORRECT IN SAYING THAT EVEN ANDERSON IS 'HOSTING' THE PROGRAM AND NOT 'ANCHORING' GOOD
CHOICE OF WORDS. A HOST IS NOT OBJECTIVE WHILE AN ANCHOR SHOULD ALWAYS BE. HE IS NOW A HOST
DURING THIS ELECTION CYCLE.

Jaanza said...

I was happy to see Anderson back at the desk. The first segment was pretty good. It was about "Trump Gets On Message, But Can He Stay There?" (on-screen title) with a Sara Murray report, a short Q&A with Anderson and then a panel of ONLY THREE pundits. I really appreciated seeing the smaller panel and even though Corey Lewandowski was on it, the other two people were Clarissa Ward and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). The topic was "Could Trump's ISIS Plan Work?" and it was a reasonable discussion. At one point Anderson asked Lewandowski about Trump, back in 2006, 2007 and 2008, advocating immediate and complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Lewandowski lamely answered that Trump didn't have all of the information available to the administration, yada yada yada.

Gary Tuchman's report "How Trump Supporters Judged ISIS Speech" did not interest me and I went away. Checking back later I saw it was a panel of 6. SIX! Somehow 360 is getting feedback that viewers LOVE the panels of too many pundits. I did see Angela Rye question how "extreme vetting would pan out" but didn't stay for the rest.

I missed the start of the report on "Clinton Slams Trump For Not Releasing Taxes" but actually enjoyed John King's Magic map session. At one point King said '...if the election was held today, Clinton would win...'.

The next segment focused on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and reports he's been receiving money from a pro-Russian political group in Ukraine. Drew Griffin reported on the money, corruption, laws broken, etc. Anderson interviewed NY Times reporter Barry Meier who investigated the story.

The last segment of the first hour covered the Louisiana floods with a very short report and then weather info from meteorologist Jennifer Gray. Anderson had a preview of the start of the second hour: Trump's ISIS speech. I didn't watch.

@CAPPY - okay I admit it, I liked watching "The Apprentice" most of the time. I didn't like the episodes in which the contestants had to think up a slogans and promote Trump products (like the drinking water 'Trump Ice'). However, there were many good episodes such as renovating apartments or houses. And it was fun watching preppy MBA grads on the street trying to sell lemonade or popcorn. Two points though:
- this was all before Trump got into politics
- this was before I saw the British version "The Apprentice UK" which is sooooo much better (which Mark Burnett makes money from but Trump does not).

@Aries Moon - love the idea of fact-checking pundits right there and then. Blitzer did eventually correct Katrina Pierson about Captain Khan, the date of his death and Obama's involvement but that was in the next segment after Pierson left.

Anonymous said...

@JAANZA: I TOO, WATCHED BOTH "THE APPRENTICE AND CELEBRITY APPRENTICE." BUT THAT WAS WHEN
WE ALL THOUGHT WHAT WE SAW WAS WHAT WE GOT OR WHO WE SAW WAS WHO WE GOT. REALITY 101?
THE TRUMP WE SEE NOW IS THE REAL ONE, STUPID. EVERY EDITORIAL I'VE READ FROM THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST IS CALLING FOR HIM TO STEP ASIDE.
THEY SAY "IGNORANCE IS BLISS." NOT IN HIS CASE.
EVEN WHEN HE'S ON MESSAGE HIS STUPIDITY GETS IN THE WAY AND HE CAN'T SEEM TO SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT WAVING HIS "VERY SMALL HANDS AND POINTING."
HIS VERY SMALL HANDS GO WITH HIS VERY SMALL BRAIN.
CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SNL RESUMES THIS FALL. EVERY SKIT WILL HAVE A TRUMP CARICATURE IN IT BECAUSE EVEN WHEN HE TRIES TO BE PRESIDENTIAL, HE'S A CARICATURE OF HIMSELF.