Friday, October 14, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, October 14, 2016 & 60 Minutes Preview


Anderson Cooper anchored an extended 2 hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.



Anderson has a story on 60 Minutes Sunday night.  Here's a preview from CBS.

From 60Minutes.com
Preview: The Brothers Rosenberg

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The sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg tell Anderson Cooper what it was like to be the children of infamous Communist spies during the McCarthy era, in a story that sheds new light on one of the most dramatic espionage cases of the Cold War -- the execution of a husband and wife, leaving their two little boys orphans. Michael and Robert Meeropol speak to Cooper on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

In 1950, they were Michael and Robert Rosenberg, 7 and 3-year-old boys, whose world came crashing down when their parents were arrested for conspiring to provide atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Their parents’ case was so high-profile that relatives were afraid to take them in. One town blocked them from attending its schools. Michael remembers denying that he was related to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: “I really hated myself…I was too scared to admit my parents were my parents,” he recalls. Says his brother Robert: “We were the children of Communist spies. Being the Rosenberg’s children in 1950 was almost like being Osama bin Laden’s kids here after 9/11.”

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg died in the electric chair of Sing-Sing prison in 1953. The boys changed their last name to Meeropol when a couple adopted them, seeking to shield the children from the ostracism they were subjected to because of their parents’ conviction.

Cooper asks the brothers whether they were disappointed in their father, who they now admit was a Soviet spy. They say they were not disappointed but acknowledge he broke the law. “I think that if he’d been arrested and given a five or 10-year prison sentence – we would have nothing to complain about,” Robert says.

As for their mother, Michael argues she was “collateral damage” – framed by prosecutors for a crime she did not commit in an effort to get their father to cooperate with FBI investigators. Citing evidence that has come out since their parents’ trial, the brothers are calling upon President Obama to proclaim their mother was wrongfully convicted and executed. “Our mother was killed for something she did not do, she was taken away from us,” Robert says.

But historian Ron Radosh, who also appears in the story, opposes such a measure, arguing there’s evidence Ethel helped her husband even if she wasn’t a spy herself. “She was an accessory to spying,” Radosh tells Cooper, “by helping, identifying people, urging people to be recruited, suggesting that her own brother be recruited, this is aiding those who are spying.”



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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

VERY INTERESTING COMMENTARY ON SPYING IN THE FIFTIES AND HOW JUST A SMEAR COULD RUIN A FAMILY
THAT WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ADORATION OF PUTIN? SHOULDN'T TRUMP BE CONSIDERED AN ENEMY OF THE STATE? ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO LONGER A SOVIET UNION THERE STILL IS A RUSSIA AND AN OUT OF CONTROL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO PRAISES OUR RIVAL. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RUSSIAN PROVOCATION.
PUTIN KNOWS THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR WHEN HE SEES IT.

Jaanza said...

Here's a rundown of what was on the first hour of Friday's 360 -

It started a lot like Thursdays: an overview of the latest Trump sexual assault accusations and Trump's excuses/defenses. After a clip from Michelle Obama's speech there was a Q&A with Jim Acosta about Trump's claim to have evidence against these women and his blanket denial of all of their allegations.
Anderson interviewed Kristen Anderson, the woman who stated Trump groped her up her skirt at a nightclub in the 80s. The interview was similar to Jessica Leeds' - what happened, how you felt, Trump's "pussy" comment and answering "I have not" sexually assaulted anyone being the catalyst to come forward. Kristen made the point of how awful she felt for Arianne Zucker, the actress Trump and Bush met right after the "pussy" conversation on the bus. Kristen, "It was like an innocent walking into the devil's den." Also discussed was the need for women to be able to say they were assaulted without being demonized.

The second segment was part two of the Kristen Anderson interview. The questions covered the timing of her accusation, how other women were coming out and men's behavior. Kristen said she would tell Trump to come clean and apologize.
Kristen appeared credible. Credibility is a word I unfortunately left out when writing about Leeds in Thursday's post. Both women were credible; Leeds however looked like a better courtroom defendant simply because she looks like a grandma.
I didn't watch the panel discussion because only one of the five members was a woman and that disgusted me.

Trump in damage control started the third segment. After an overview from Anderson and a clip from Trump, the panel started again. I watched Hayes cover Trump lying about charitable donations.

The last segment had John King "By the Numbers" looking at polls, the electoral college and the women vote. Gloria Borger, Kevin Madden and Patti Solis Doyle analyzed and it was a pretty good talk.

I didn't watch the second hour.

Anonymous said...

SOME OF YOU WILL NOT LIKE THIS COMMENT BUT I AM GOING TO SAY IT ANYWAY. ANDERSON IS A SELL OUT
FOR "THE GETS."TODAY IS WAS "GET MELANIA TRUMP," FOR AN INTERVIEW SO WE CAN KEEP TALKING ABOUT
THE NEVER ENDING BLITZ OF TRUMP DRAMA.
LAST WEEK HE AND MARTHA RADDITZ ALLOWED TRUMP TO STALK THE STAGE AND PRANCE AROUND AS THOSE
HE WAS A LION CLAIMING HIS TERRITORY, WHETHER IT INTIMIDATED CLINTON OR NOT.
TODAY IT WAS THE INTERVIEW WITH MELANIA AND "THE HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?" QUESTION WHICH
IS ASKED OF EVERYONE, ANYONE WHO ANDERSON INTERVIEWS.....TRYING TO BE EVER SO DEEP AND CARING.
MELANIA, SAID "SHE RESENTED THE PRESS, AND IT WAS THE PRESS THAT MADE "HER HUSBAND LOOK BAD." AND ANDERSON SAT THERE AS THOUGH HE WERE ABOVE IT ALL
WITH THAT SMUG LOOK AND NOT ONCE, DID HE TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY WHEN HE BROUGHT UP MICHELLE OBAMA, DID HE ASK MELANIA: "DID THE PRESS MAKE YOU COPY PORTIONS OF MICHELLE OBAMA'S NOMINATION SPEECH?" GRANTED HE HAD TO STAY ON TOPIC, BUT HE'S SMART, HE KNOWS HOW TO 'HANG' A QUESTION OR TWO, AND ISN'T HE PART OF THE PRESS??
AS LONG AS SHE WAS BLAMING "THE PRESS" FOR HER HUSBANDS MISREPRESENTATIONS, ANDERSON, IT WAS YOUR JOB TO DO MORE VETTING OF THE TRUMPS.
IT WAS THE MEDIA WHO DIDN'T VET TRUMP PROPERLY RIGHT FROM THE START, AND GREW A MONSTER.
DOES THIS JUSTIFY THE COLLAPSE OF A DEMOCRACY... YOU'RE SUPPOSE TO BE A JOURNALIST WITH CREDENTIALS. NEXT TIME, LET US ASK MELANIA, "HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?"
WHILE YOU DO SOME DIGGING, FOR THE MILLIONS CNN NOW PAYS YOU.

Jaanza said...

@CAPPY - I liked your comment!

Thanks for the info on Anderson's interview with Melania. It doesn't surprise me one bit she's blaming the press for her husband's image problem because he's been doing the same thing.

Anonymous said...

@JAANZA: THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE UPDATES ON 360, ALWAYS PRECISE, DETAILED, AND MOST
IMPORTANTLY OBJECTIVE.....EXCEPT FOR SNEAKING PEEKS AT MSNBC.