Thursday, October 06, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, October 6, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from CNN's Washington, DC Bureau.  The two main topics were Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida and Donald Trump's 30 minute town hall as possible debate prep for Sunday night.



According to Page Six:

CNN, ABC already feuding over next presidential debate

Looks like the drama won’t just be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the next much-anticipated presidential debate.

Anderson Cooper — who has just signed a new long-term deal with CNN — and ABC’s Martha Raddatz are moderating the town-hall debate together, and the rival network anchors are already feuding over who gets to grill the candidates on the most blistering topics.

Sources describe the DC meetings among ABC and CNN producers, the on-air talent and network brass ahead of Sunday’s presidential debate as “acrimonious at best.” Another added, “There won’t be just two presidential egos in the room on the next debate night, there will be four.”

A TV insider said, “Getting the two networks together has been a challenge. They are feuding over petty things, such as ‘Who does each particular topic?’ Both Anderson and Martha want to shine, to be tough on the candidates, and not to be accused of bias. There’s a lot at stake. So there’s a lot of turf-grabbing going on — attempts to box each other out to get the territory they are most well-suited for.

“Martha has vast experience covering national security, so she wants that topic, but Anderson’s team is being aggressive because he wants it for himself. The questions are fielded from the audience, so they are struggling to figure out how things will flow.”

The source continued, “They are supposed to be deep in rehearsals — the anchors and their teams have met a bunch of times, and the atmosphere has been acrimonious at best, at all levels, from the producers right up to the execs.

“Now CNN is running trailers for the debate, trumpeting the event as ‘Hosted by Anderson Cooper.’” The source added, “This has infuriated ABC News boss James Goldston. CNN has erased the name of the only female host of a presidential debate this cycle, and someone who was widely praised for her performance last time.” Meanwhile, ABC’s promos list Raddatz as a “co-anchor” but don’t mention Cooper.

Reps for ABC and CNN didn’t comment.

We did notice that Anderson has been careful to state that he's co-hosting the debate with Martha Raddatz, despite CNN's promos.

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11 comments:

Jaanza said...

Anderson started with Hurricane Matthew. First was a clip of Martin County FL sheriff telling everyone to evacuate. Anderson talked to Nick Valencia in West Palm Beach FL, Jennifer Gray in Melbourne FL, meteorologist Tom Sater at the weather radar map and Mayor Jen Muala of West Palm Beach. Everybody's message was about the same: it's bad, it's going to get worse, go far far away.

During the commercial break I checked out Hayes and football and missed most of Anderson's interview with Jack Parrish of the NOAA. Anderson talked to Sara Sidner (also somewhere in FL) about people who stay, why they stay and how they try to deal with a category 4 hurricane.

The third segment was the Trump segment. After a clip of Trump speaking at his town hall in NH, Anderson showed poll numbers with Clinton ahead of Trump by two points in New Hampshire. I didn't stay for the Q&A with Sara Murray and when I checked back a few minutes later a panel of 6 was in session.

I also missed the start of Anderson's phone interview with Mike McNees of Melbourne FL. The last part of the interview dealt with people who stay and whether hospitals will stay open. Tom Foreman had a good computer-animation demonstration on what happens to the average house, tree and yard in progressively higher hurricane category rankings.

In the last segment of the first hour Rosa Flores reported from jacksonville FL. She focused on the storm surge and drove through one vulnerable neighborhood with not only very flat terrain, it also had a majority of one-level homes. Anderson interviewed via phone Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry who emphasized often the need for residents to get out.
I didn't watch the second hour but suppose it was a lot like the first.

Does Anderson wish he could be in Florida? Reporting from the front line of the hurricane? Would he be there if he wasn't moderating Sunday's Presidential candidate town hall and need to prepare for that?

@ ATA - Thanks for the article about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans with Sunday's debate. I also noticed Martha Radidatz' absence from CNN's promos and it will be interesting to see how the situation squares off between her and Anderson during the debate. Neither of them wants to repeat Matt Lauer's dismal and biased performance at the Commander-in-Chief forum so I'd expect toughness from both but am also hoping for fairness. Would either of them tell Trump to stop interrupting or to directly answer the question without babbling?

@ CAPPY - I loved your line from Bill Maher about Trump's dad being an orangutan, that fits perfectly! Somewhere in the pile of political news lately someone has pointed out that Trump, as a child or as an adult, never had a dog or cat or probably any sort of pet. Pet owners need a certain level of empathy and maybe Trump can't muster up enough to care for a furry four-legged soul. I grew up with dogs and a cat and now have my cat Inky. There have been photos of Trump at events holding babies. Let's see someone hand him a dog or a cat for a few photos and see how both react. Inky wouldn't like it and would react badly...that varmint on top of Trump's head wouldn't survive the encounter.

Anonymous said...

MARTHA RADDATZ CAN BE TOUGH. SHE HAS APPEARED AS A GUEST ON HBO'S REAL TIME MANY TIMES
AND ISN'T AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE OPPOSITION.
INTERESTING THAT ABC WANTS THE PROMOTION AS WELL AS CNN. JEFF ZUCKER IS BEHIND THE PROMOS FOR
AC WITHOUT MENTIONING THAT AC IS REALLY CO-HOSTING, ALTHOUGH ONE OF THEM WILL PROBABLY TAKE THE LEAD.
YES, THERE WILL BE FOUR PEOPLE MODERATING THIS DEBATE AND TWO CANDIDATES, OR SHALL I SAY, ONE
HUMAN BEING, AND THE OTHER, SOMEONE WHO RESEMBLES A PERSON, LACKING A BRAIN.

aries moon said...

And here I thought all the tension and drama in the next debate would only be generated by the candidates themselves. Who knew that the moderators and their teams would be battling each other? It will be interesting to see how it will be handled on Sunday--though AC is always a true professional.

CWM84 said...

Martha and AC will have a field day attacking trump, I hope they asking Hillary about her issues and lies, cheating... fine be tough on Trump but Hillary is seeking highest office with full of corruption with her...

Anonymous said...

WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED THAT DONALD J TRUMP IS A PIG. I DID SAY, "YOU CAN PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG
BUT IT IS STILL A PIG." OF COURSE IT WAS FROM THE 08 CAMPAIGN, AND WHAT'S TRUE IS TRUE.
PERSONALLY, I WAS MORE OFFENDED WHEN THIS PIECE OF "CRAP" SAID HE WANTED TO "DATE HIS DAUGHTER." THIS WAS A STATEMENT THAT SHOULD HAVE HAD BELLS RINGING AND MANY RED FLAGS WAVING. BUT THE GOP IS NOT TOO BRIGHT AS WE ALL KNOW. SO BILLY BUSH WAS INTERVIEWING HIM......SO WHO WAS BEHIND RELEASING THIS PARTICULAR VULGAR TAPE TO WAPO???NO ONE HAS TOUCHED ON THAT YET. HUM... WHAT FAMILY WANTED
THE PRESIDENCY AND TRUMP MADE JEB LOOK LIKE THE FOOL HE IS?
I DID GET TO SEE MY FAV ANA NAVARRO ASK FOR THE "PIECE OF CRAP" TO STEP DOWN. PENCE MIGHT HAVE
TO TAKE OVER AND SHOULD, IF THE PARTY DECIDES TO DISAVOW THEIR "CANDIDATE."
TO ME, IT WAS "LOCKER ROOM TALK," AND "THE CANDIDATE" NEEDS TO GET ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES, AND
BEG THE PARTY FOR FORGIVENESS. BUT REALLY. IT IS HILLARY'S CALL.
ALL SHE HAS TO DO IS SAY: " I WILL NOT DEBATE THIS PERSON. HE IS NO LONGER MY EQUAL."
BUT THEN, HE NEVER WAS.

Jaanza said...

@CWM84 - did you write that before the bombshell tape release today? You know the one I'm referring to, "Grab her by the pussy!" Trump said that. Trump said that on tape. Trump didn't even deny he said it.

You're absolutely right Anderson and Martha Raddatz will have a field day attacking Trump. Of course they will ask Hillary about the emails but everyone on the planet including my cat Inky knows that everyone will be tuning in to the debate to hear Trump answer questions about grabbing women by the pussy. Neither Anderson nor Martha will pull a Matt Lauer and go all marshmallow on Trump.


Anonymous said...

@JAANZA: HEY, MAYBE THAT'S TRUMP'S WAY OF BEING ANIMAL FRIENDLY, "GRAB HER BY THE PUSSY."
I TOO, HAVE A FUR BABY AND SHE TOLD ME NEVER TO EVER CALL HER "PUSSY."

aries moon said...

Ana Navarro ripped Trump and Scottie Nell Hughes' weaves right off on Friday night.

Anonymous said...

IN A NEW REVELATION "THE CAD" CALLED HIS OWN DAUGHTER "A PIECE OF ASS," IN 05, ON 'THE VIEW'
WITH THE GOSSIP GIRLS, TRUMP SAID IF HE "WASN'T HAPPILY MARRIED," HE'D BE DATING HER." THIS REMARK WAS MADE IN 2O15. FATHERS WHO HAVE MORALS AND VALUES DON'T SAY THINGS LIKE THIS ABOUT THEIR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD.
IVANKA, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH GLORIA BORGER SAID SHE "WAS OK WITH THE WAY IN WHICH HER FATHER SPOKE ABOUT HER. IT WAS A COMPLIMENT." NO IT WAS MADE WITH LUST IN MIND AND
NO FATHER SHOULD EVEN THINK THIS WAY ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER.
TRUMP'S APOLOGY TODAY, WAS SICKENING AND SICK, TO BRING THE CLINTON'S INTO IT.
IF HE DOES THIS DURING THE DEBATE, HILLARY SHOULD SAY, "BILL CLINTON, MY HUSBAND, FRIEND AND MENTOR, ISN'T RUNNING AGAINST YOU. I AM AND INFIDELITY ISN'T A POLICY YOU CON ARTIST. IF YOU CAN'T SPEAK ON THE ISSUES, YOU SHOULD RESIGN HERE AND NOW.
AS I SAID YESTERDAY, HILLARY SHOULDN'T EVEN LOWER HERSELF TO DEBATE TRUMP. HE IS BENEATH HER, IN MORALS, STANDARDS, VALUES, KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPERIENCE. SHE SHOULD JUST TURN AROUND AND WALK OFF THE STAGE. NOTHING WOULD CHANGE. SHE STILL WOULD HAVE HER SUPPORTERS AND HE WOULD STILL HAVE HIS....WITH HIS BASKET FULL OF DEPLORABLE SUPPORTERS.

Bigbuilderrob@gmail.com said...

Anderson shud be ASHAMED! It is sooo obvious Cooper is biased after hammering Trump REPEATEDLY and then asking Clinton to respond further on the same issue. Cooper needs to stand down from ANY political involvement

Anonymous said...

HONESTLY I THINK TRUMP DID BETTER THIS TIME THAN LAST. DID HE USE DEBATE FORMAT? NO, AND HE
DIDN'T STAY ON TOPIC, BUT THAT WAS THE FAULT OF BOTH MODERATORS. IMHO MARTHA RADDITZ WAS A WHOLE LOT STRONGER THAN ANDERSON.
FOR THE PROMOTION ZUCKER GAVE ANDERSON IN ALL THE PROMOS, HE INTERJECTED TWICE, AND YOU COULD
HARDLY HEAR HIM. RADDITZ WILL GET RAVES AND SHE SHOULD.
AND WHAT'S WITH THIS ROAMING BUSINESS? TRUMP WAS ALLOWED TO ROAM THE STAGE LIKE SOME WILD ANIMAL, INSTEAD OF GOING BACK TO HIS SEAT, AND HE HOVERED OVER HILLARY WHEN IT WAS HER TURN
TO ANSWER, PROBABLY TO INTIMIDATE HER AS SHE SPOKE. IT IS OBVIOUS HE CANNOT DEAL WITH STRONG
WOMEN. THAT IS WHY HE TWICE MARRIED FOREIGNERS. MARLA MAPLES WAS THE ONE EXCEPTION AND HE DIVORCED HER SOON AFTER SHE LET IT BE KNOWN SHE WANTED A CAREER.
HILLARY COULD HAVE DONE BETTER. SHE SEEMED A BIT OVERWHELMED, BUT HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU DEBATE WITH SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T DEAL IN REALITY?
THE AUDIENCE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO CHEER AND ANDERSON QUIETLY REMINDED THEM AFTER
THE SECOND OR THIRD OUTBURST. FOR THAT HE GETS MILLIONS.
ALEC BALDWIN WILL HAVE A BALL WITH TRUMP'S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ON SNL.
AND IS IT ME OR JUST WISHFUL THINKING, BUT TRUMP APPEARS BLOATED, OLD AND IN NEED OF A DYE JOB.