Thursday, August 04, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, August 4, 2016


Anderson Cooper was MIA and the very capable John Berman was in the anchor chair for an expanded two hour edition of AC360.

The following article was posted by Variety on Tuesday:

Anderson Cooper on Interviewing Donald Trump, Covering Orlando and CNN’s Big Year 
New York Bureau Chief
Ramin Setoodeh

When Jeff Zucker first arrived at CNN in 2013, he had lunch with Anderson Cooper. The star journalist anchored a primetime hour of news at 8 p.m., which typically re-aired at 10 p.m. “I don’t think CNN should be doing repeats at 10 o’clock on a weekday night,” Zucker, the new president of CNN, told him. Cooper agreed. And by adding an hour of news with Don Lemon to the nightly programming block, CNN’s lineup has been more focused on covering big breaking news stories, which has resulted in a ratings jump chronicled in this week’s Variety cover story.

Like his network, Cooper has also had a big year. He’s been the face of CNN’s presidential debates and town halls and his coverage of the Orlando nightclub massacre became a critical voice in the national tragedy that left 49 victims dead. Cooper spoke to Variety about working for Zucker and CNN’s new momentum.

How did CNN change with Jeff Zucker’s arrival? 
To me, since Jeff has gotten here, it feels like we’re firing on all cylinders. We’re producing more unique programming. This is an organization that’s huge. It’s hard to comprehend—there’s CNN International, there’s CNN Espanol. There’s a lot of moving parts. He’s been able to manage them. I don’t know that he sleeps. I’ve spent five days with him at a time. He’s on his phone a lot. He’s just very good at what he does, frankly.

How does Jeff sharpen CNN’s coverage? 
He’s a great television producer. On big events, he’s in the control room. Even on regular nights, he calls into the control room. He watches content, it seems, all the time. It’s incredible to me the detail that he notices. He’s revolutionized the way we prepare for presidential debates in a way that’s so smart. The debates that have been on CNN have been really well done.

Your comment to Donald Trump—“that’s the argument of a 5-year-old”—in one of the town halls went viral. How did you prepare for interviewing Trump? 
I like to read everything somebody has said within the last six weeks or longer. If you read everything, you kind of know what they are going to say. Donald Trump is unique in that way. To his credit, you can ask him a question he hasn’t answered before, and he’ll answer it off the top of his head. It’s one of the things a lot people like about him. They get a sense he’s saying what’s on his mind. I knew he might say that [“I didn’t start it,” Trump responded when asked about a Twitter feud with Ted Cruz over their wives]. I hadn’t thought what I might say in response. It’s like a future game of three-dimensional chess. There are only a certain combinations of how things might happen. You try to think through them.

Your coverage of Orlando defined the story for so many people.
CNN has for as long as I’ve been here done a great job of sending people to the story. But Jeff has really doubled down on that and devoted resources to certain stories. Certainly, Orlando is one [example] of that. I was in London when it happened on an early Sunday morning. I remember seeing tweets about it—shots had been fired. And I started monitoring it. I was supposed to be on vacation that week. I obviously called in: “I don’t care about my vacation. I’m happy to come back. I’d like to come back.” I flew directly there. You can’t underestimate the importance of being there.

There was a sense a few years ago that CNN couldn’t beat MSNBC. And now you are. Has a lack of political ideology helped CNN cover this year’s election? 
I don’t believe in there being a liberal newscast or a conservative newscast. Or a Republican reporter or a Democratic reporter. I think you should be fair and talk about what you know and acknowledge what you don’t know. It’s not an accident that we’ve been able to sponsor debates for Republicans as well as Democrats. I think that says something about CNN. Look, there’s going to be plenty of viewers that have strong political leanings one way or another who disagree at any given time: there’s too much coverage on one candidate, or the tone of the coverage. I get emails or tweets every day from people saying we are covering Trump too much. Or we’re too much in Trump’s camp. Or we’re too anti-Hillary. Or we’re covering Hillary too much. If you get equal amounts of those tweets that day, that’s about the best you can hope for.

If ABC wants you to co-host “Live with Kelly Ripa,” have you asked Jeff if CNN would let you do that? 
It’s such a hypothetical. To me, it’s such a long shot. I have no idea what the timetable on that would be even be. If it happens, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Right now, I work for CNN and I do pieces for “60 Minutes.” I don’t want to waste Jeff’s time with things that aren’t completely real.

Your contract is up next year. Will you stay at CNN? 
I think I have a a year-and-a-half on my contract. I would love to stay. I love CNN. I’ve been here 15 years. When Charlie Hebdo happened, or the attack at the Bataclan, I was on airplane as quickly as possible to get over there. When Katrina happened, I was there for a month. When the earthquake in Haiti happened, I was there for more than a month. There are few places these days that allow you to do that. CNN certainly under Jeff encourages that and wants you there.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to inform John Berman/AC360/the news media that there is no such thing as a "Visa Status" -- there's Visa types and then there is Status, but no Visa Status. To enter the US you must apply for a Visa and present that Visa upon entry to the U.S. Once you are in the U.S. you must maintain "status." The requirements to maintain "status" are dependent on how you entered the country and any subsequent change of status approvals, but it's only referred to as "status" NOT "visa status." AC360's story actually raised more questions than it answered. If Mrs. Trump had to return home every three months that tells me she was in a visitor status. Most visitor visas are issued for three months and are for tourist purposes. Once the three months is up the person must leave the U.S. IF she was hoping to get a job in the U.S. and renewing her visitor visa every three months by returning to her home country and applying for a new visitor visa until she found someone to sponsor her for her H1-B work visa, then she was basically lying to the State Department Visa Officer about her intent when she applied for the visitor visa and subsequent renewals. Immigration would probably not go back and look at intent on her Visitor Visa (B1/B2) applications when she applied for her "Green Card" - permanent resident status - but rather if she had been "our of status" at any time. So while there wouldn't be anything to jeopardize her citizenship at this time, there is certainly a question of her truthfulness at the time she submitted her applications for Visitor Status. Her statements about flying home for a stamp in her passport and always following all the regulations raised red flags to me at the time and tonight's report verified my suspicions at the time. I think Mrs. Trump, like her husband, has a rather strange relationship with the truth at times.

Anonymous said...

ACCORDING TO A HUFFPOST CLIP, TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN WAS INTERRUPTED BY PROTESTERS WITH POCKET SIZE
PIECES OF THE CONSTITUTION. TRUMP STOPPED SPEAKING, DUMB FOUNDED FOR THE MOMENT, AND LET THEM
PROTEST, AND THEN THEY WERE ESCORTED OUT.
WHAT STRUCK A CORD TO MOST VIEWERS IS THAT THE PROTESTERS KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE CONSTITUTION THAN TRUMP DOES....IN FACT, HE IS SO IGNORANT, THAT HE FAILED TO REALIZE THE ENTIRE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EVENT. IT WILL PROBABLY KEEP HAPPENING BECAUSE MOST OF HIS BLABBERING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW IT. HE SHOULD REFRAIN FROM THESE REMARKS AND THEY SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO HIS ATTENTION BY THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM....AS IF HE'S GOING TO LISTEN.
AS FOR THE INTERVIEW ON AC, NICE, BUT NOT INSITEFUL. THE INTERVIEWER NEVER ONCE ASKED ANDERSON WHY
CNN SLANTS THE NEWS AND ALWAYS PUTS A POSITIVE SPIN ON ANYTHING TRUMP. AC KNOWS THIS AND HE ALSO KNOWS THAT ZUCKER HAS AN AGENDA, AND THAT IS WHY THEIR RATINGS ARE UP. NOT BECAUSE ZUCKER IS
SO "WONDERFUL" AT HIS JOB....THAT IS PURE BS. SORRY, BUT I CALL IT AS I SEE IT.

aries moon said...

Seeing a segment about President Obama at the beginning of 360 is not something that happens often, regardless of whether he's part of a big story or not, so I was a little surprised to see 360 airing chunks of the press conference POTUS gave on Thursday. Once again, POTUS made Trump and the press look foolish by laying out exactly why the $400 million in cash to Iran was distributed as it was--there is no scandal--Juliette Kayyem and David Gergen had a good, fact-filled discussion with Berman and some GOP guy about the deal.

Great polling numbers for Hillary Clinton and really lousy numbers for Trump
but what do you know, John King's Magic Board malfunctioned, at least in the first hour--I didn't watch the second hour.

I agree with anon 11:10's comments on CNN/Zucker--I think Jeff Zucker's ruined CNN--AC has to say what he has to say, or maybe he really thinks Zucker is the greatest--I remember seeing articles about how some reporters at CNN hated the direction Zucker has taken the network and the excessive Trump coverage. Most interviews of AC don't really press him on his own reporting or CNN's flaws--not that he'd be able or want to answer those questions, but CNN is a mess now--high ratings or not.

Anonymous said...

TRUMP'S ENDORSEMENT OF PAUL RYAN AND JOHN MCCAIN MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. HE DID THIS IN A
MOST DISINGENUOUS MANNER, READING DIRECTLY FROM A PIECE OF PAPER, FOR THEATRICS. NOTHING HE SAYS OR DOES IS REAL AND NOW THAT HE DID THAT, HOW DOES THIS MAKE HIM WORTHY OF THE PRESIDENCY?
THIS WILL BE HIS LEGACY IF THE UNTHINKABLE SHOULD HAPPEN: GAFFE, GAFFE, GAFFE, GAFFE, GAFFE.
EVENTUALLY THE REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE TO "CUT THE CORD,"OR LOSE THE NATION.
WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE FELLAS?? THE BALLS IN YOUR COURT....NO PUN INTENDED.