Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  The only new topic in the second hour was Chris Christie's knowledge of Bridgegate while it was happening.


From Instagram yesterday:

And also today:

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Thanks to Reader Jaanza for a heads up on this from a Washington Post article last week.  (Sorry it took us so long to post it, Jaanza.)

Trump tells Post he is unwilling to say Obama was born in the U.S.

Trump said he was unconcerned that moderators may decide to fact-check during the forums.

“I don’t care. My facts are good. My facts are good. I don’t get enough credit for having my facts right,” Trump said. “They’ll say I’m wrong even when I’m right.”

Trump took an unprompted shot at Cooper, who is one of the moderators selected by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Trump said he would take part in the debate moderated by Cooper but remains unhappy with his selection.

“I don’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator, because Anderson Cooper works for CNN and over the last couple of days, I’ve seen how Anderson Cooper behaves,” Trump said. “He’ll be very biased, very biased. I don’t think he should be a moderator. I’ll participate, but I don’t think he should be a moderator. CNN is the Clinton News Network and Anderson Cooper, I don’t think he can be fair.”
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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

The NY/NJ bomber suspect is still the big story. Tuesday's 360 started with the latest: the FBI has charged the bomber with four counts. Jim Sciutto had more info on the bomber, the bomb ingredients, getting bomb supplies from eBay, the investigation, the dad, the stabbing incident two years ago, the bomber's inspirations, his travels and his writing. Pamela Brown had more info on his life. For analysis Anderson talked to Philip Mudd, Paul Cruickshank and Juliette Kayyem.

Brianne Keller covered the story of Bush Sr./#41 announcing he'll vote for Hillary, Trump's latest dissing/"taunting" of Hillary, the debates, a response from Hillary from a radio interview, Donnie Trump's awful analogy about immigrants and Skittles and a response from the Skittles company. Keller also mentioned the illegal Trump Foundation money fiasco (which got the next segment). Here Anderson talked to John King and Kirsten Powers and I was glad to see just two political news folk instead of a gaggle of pundits. The discussion between the three went really well.

The Trump Foundation scandal is indeed Breaking News and I would have put it first or second in the hour. Nonetheless it was awesome to see David Farenthold get good time on 360. He's the one who researched and broke the story of Trump illegally using his Foundation's money to cover the settlements of two lawsuits (combined added up to $258,000). Trump also made personal purchases using money donated to his Foundation for good works. Farenthold explained it all and what could happen in the near future for Trump; fines, reimbursing the money and/or his Foundation losing its 501(c)3 status.

Anderson and John King studied the poll numbers, leaning big towards Trump, from white working-class voters, how those voters feel and what that means. I switched to Hayes.

Trump's outreach to African-American voters got a segment because today Trump said something really stupid in his attempt to woo them. 360 had the clip of Trump saying they are in such bad shape the situation is better in Afghanistan. The political panel introduced here was only four pundits but Jeffrey Lord was shown first and I went back to Hayes.

The second hour started out exactly like the first. I watched Maddow so I missed the coverage of NJ Gov. Christie and the Bridgegate investigation. If that was the only new topic in the second hour that means 360 didn't say a word about Obama's speech at the UN today or Hillary and Trump going there also. Maddow had an excellent account of how differently Hillary and Trump talked to Egyptian President el-Sisi.

@ATA, it's good to see you received that email. While it's true Anderson has asked Trump a few tough questions in the primary-time interviews, overall they've been softball. Trump is laying the groundwork so he can say later, post-debate, that moderators were biased and too tough on him and not tough enough on Hillary as a way to excuse his poor performance. I believe he's dissing Anderson because he can't diss Lester Holt or he'll think African-American voters will get made, he can't diss Martha Raddatz or piss off women voters and since Chris Wallace is an entrenched FOX sap, Trump can't diss him either.

aries moon said...

How is CNN the "Clinton News Network" when Jeff Zucker has made certain pro-Trumpies populate every panel on CNN and CNN has no problem with hiring Corey Lewandowski who still works for Trump? Trump's trying to pretend he's at war with CNN when in actuality he's VERY close to Zucker--aside from saying Trump was behaving like a five year old, Anderson has never really been all that tough on Trump one-on-one. To be fair, AC does call Trump out from time to time during the panel discussions.

It seems to me that CNN poll on white working class Trump supporters was mainly about dismissing racism and bigotry as major factors for Trump's rise--this isn't about economic anxiety because the economy is actually doing much better under the Obama Administration but these voters would rather go against their own interests and vote for Trump because of their hatred of POTUS and fear regarding the changing demographics in the country. There have been studies showing that Trump/Tea Party voters actually agree with the policies that POTUS backs when they're presented as TRUMP policies but once these folks realize who's actually behind these plans, they are turned off--so how is this about 'economic anxiety'? There was a recent New York Times report highlighting the disgusting racism, hatred and violence against minorities that is a regular feature at most Trump rallies, but CNN would have us believe that's not really happening. It's sickening to see Trump's campaign of hate being normalized and excused by CNN and too many others in the press.

Always happy to see political commentators Angela Rye and Maria Cardona taking on Jeff Lord and Andre Bauer's ludicrous defense of Trump's offensive African-American outreach--even AC recognized Lord & Bauer were full of it.

The Washington Post's David Farenthold has been doing some great work looking into Trump's Foundation--Anderson didn't seem to be nearly as upset and outraged about what appears to be REAL corruption with Trump's foundation as he was with the Clinton Foundation 'scandal'.

Anonymous said...

AFTER READING TRUMP'S QUOTE ABOUT HOW BIAS ANDERSON IS, I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHY WE EVEN
TAKE TRUMP SERIOUSLY. HE OBVIOUSLY IS NOT ONLY A DOUCHE BAG SCAM ARTIST, HE IS ALSO AN ACTOR.
NOT FOR ONE MOMENT DOES HE ACTUALLY BELIEVE ANDERSON WILL NOT BE 'TOTALLY TRUMP.'
HE KNOWS IT, WE KNOW IT, ZUCKER KNOWS IT, AND THE CNN AUDIENCE KNOWS IT.
YES, AC MAY THROW HIM A FEW HARD BALLS, BUT IF TRUMP HAD ANY POLITICAL SKILL AT ALL, WHICH HE
DOES NOT, HE WOULDN'T CONSIDER ANY QUESTION ANDERSON ASKS, "HARD."
TWELVE YEAR OLD'S KNOW MORE THAN HE....AND TRUMP IS SUCH A SLEAZE, HE WILL COMPLAIN JUST FOR THE SAKE OF COMPLAINING.
AND IN THE END TRUMP WILL PROUDLY DECLARE HIMSELF A WINNER, EVEN IF HE DOESN'T, SO IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE HOW WELL HILLARY DOES. WHATEVER SHE SAYS WILL BE DISSECTED NEGATIVELY BY AC'S TRUMPSTERS, ONLY
TO THROW POSITIVE LIGHT ON TRUMP'S RIDICULOUS NON ANSWERS.