Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  Near the end of the second hour there was a "Fact Check" on a statement Ret. General Flynn made on Monday's AC360.
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2 comments:

Jaanza said...

I still adore Anderson and think he looks dapper in his glasses. Unfortunately, too much Trump on Tuesday's 360 and I had to change the channel lots of times. However, Trump gets a "Thank You" for not starting his speech until after 10 pm (EST). Sucker, OTOH, gets a big "EFF YOU" for broadcasting that speech.

The show started with the on-screen titles "Soon: Trump Law And Order Speech" and "Trump: I Don't Want To Pivot". There was a Sara Murray report with info on Trump, Russian jets in Iraq and other foreign policy stuff. Anderson had a Q&A with Jason Carroll, who said '...because of the teleprompter, they're hoping he'll focus tonight...'. Then a panel of 6 (why oh why these huge panels? why not a couple of experts like the MSNBC shows do?). I didn't stay for the panel but hope Anderson asked extensively why Trump needs a teleprompter to stay focused, why can't he stay on-track and why it's so bad when he flies off the handle.

Hillary Clinton's campaign was covered in the second segment, which was good because usually it seems like 360 doesn't get to her until near the end of the first hour. Joe Johns had a report on the FBI investigating her emails, her new ads against Trump and a few other details. Then it was the panel again and for me MSNBC again.

"Sources: Ailes Advising Trump" - that's Roger Ailes, ousted from FOX because he's horrible to women. Anderson gave an overview and an introduction to a video montage of Trump saying horrible things about women. Next he talked with David Gergen (at a different location). Anderson and Gergen could have had a discussion on this topic just fine just between the two of them. But nope, the panel came back.

"Trump: Clinton Lacks "Physical Stamina" To Fight ISIS" -the report starting this was ridiculous. Although the report admitted Trump was getting info on Hillary's health from a conservative website (Trump, 'I get all of my info from the internet.'), it included - and played in slow-motion - Hillary shaking her head a bit oddly. That was when she was laughing/joking with another person but the website saw it as proof of mental illness. Most ridiculous the report included an excerpt from that letter from Trump's doctor ('Trump is the healthiest person to run for president') as if that doctor had examined all previous presidential candidates. Just off the top of my head, I'd place Obama and Theodore Roosevelt healthier than Trump. To discuss Trump's comment on Hillary's health was a smaller panel of three. One was Kaleigh McEnany and I didn't get the names of the other two. I didn't watch because McEnany got the first question and I didn't care what she thought about Hillary's head-shaking.

At the start of the last segment of the first hour Anderson said, "We have more politics coming up..." BLECH!!! That meant more panels and more Mcenany. But this segment was an interview with David Phung, the rescuer in Louisiana who saved a woman and a dog from a sinking car; that video was shown again and this was the only segment I watched all the way through.

I did not watch the second hour. But I did watch the ATA video today of Tom Foreman's report fact-checking Flynn's claim that there was Sharia law in places in Texas and Florida. Turns out they're just Muslim arbitration councils similar to what exists in churches or temples. Though the report was good I have a sneaky feeling it would have been dropped if Trump started his speech earlier. Trump's speech started more than an hour late so 360 needed to fill the time somehow.

Anonymous said...

@JAANZA: VERY FUNNY TAKE ON HILLARY'S MENTAL HEALTH AND "HEAD SHAKING."
HILARY'S MENTAL HEALTH?? HAS THIS TRUMP MD CHECKED HIS PATIENT'S MENTAL STABILITY LATELY?
IF NOT, WE CAN RUN SOME CLIPS JUST SO HE CAN GET A CLEARER PICTURE OF HIS STABLE CANDIDATE IN
ACTION. WE CAN START WITH HIS EGOCENTRIC PERSONALITY AND WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THE LIES OR IS
IT REPEATED UNTRUTHS ABOUT ALMOST EVERYONE WHO HAS CRITICIZED HIM...AND THAT'S AN AWFUL LOT OF
PEOPLE.