Thursday, November 17, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, November 17, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio in the 8pmET hour.  During the 9pmET hour he moderated a special on Trump's campaign in promotion of a book CNN will be selling.  Tomorrow night during the 9pmET hour will be a special on Hillary Clinton's campaign.




Anderson Cooper (left) with Shane Boylan and Audrey Gruss  

photo by VICTOR HUGO/PMC

Anderson Cooper Says Donald Trump Presidency Will ‘Be a Really Interesting Four to Eight Years’
BY KC BAKER•@KCBAKER77777 (please click on above link for original source article from People.com

He asked the tough questions in a presidential debate and tangled with talking heads on CNN, but with the election behind him, anchor Anderson Cooper says he is looking forward to the next chapter.

“It’s been a fascinating election and I think it’s going to be a really interesting four to eight years,” Cooper, 49, told PEOPLE of controversial GOP candidate’s Donald Trump‘s unexpected ascension to the highest office in the land. “I look forward to being part of it and covering it.”

Speaking at Tuesday’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Tenth Annual Luncheon in Manhattan, where he was honored with the Hope Award for Depression Advocacy, the newsman called the election “extraordinary” and noted “how involved people have been. A lot of new people joined the process and that’s exciting to see.”

Cooper, whose brother Carter Cooper killed himself in 1988, was honored for speaking out about depression and suicide, most especially in his recent book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss, which he wrote with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and their HBO documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid.

According to Audrey Gruss — who founded HDRF in 2006 in honor of her late mother, Hope, who suffered for decades from clinical depression — Cooper “has spent much of his professional career speaking openly about his struggle to grieve and to move on from this incomprehensible tragedy.

“The public discussion of such a private death shows a combination of both the strength and the compassion to help others facing similar kinds of grief.”

Addressing the packed audience at the Plaza Hotel, Cooper said, “As many of you know, my brother Carter, died when I was a senior in college. He jumped off a balcony in front of my mother while she was begging him not to.”

After his brother’s shocking death, Cooper says he spent his senior year at Yale University “struggling with grief trying to figure out how to move forward with my life and understand what happened.”

Suicide, he said, “is something we don’t speak much about” in our society.

As an aspiring reporter, he purposefully traveled to places like Somalia “where the language of loss was spoken,” he says, and “not something whispered about.”

“In a strange way, I knew I had discovered my bliss,” he says. “I knew that I couldn’t stop the starvation and I couldn’t save people’s lives, but I could bear witness to their struggles. I could tell their stories.”

Years later he says he realized that “I needed to do those stories for my own survival.”

In one of the luncheon’s most touching moments, when Cooper took the stage, he thanked 11-year-old Shane Boylan, who was lauded for raising $4,000 from a 10-mile fundraising bike ride he organized in June for the HDRF after his father committed suicide earlier this year.

“Nobody told me I was going to be following an 11-year-old,” Cooper initially joked. “Not an easy task.”

Growing more serious, Cooper said, “My dad passed away when I was 10 years old and my brother when I was 21 and I know when I was 11 I could not have stood on this stage and talked about my father the way he did.”

Saying that even at 21, when his brother died, he could not have spoken to an audience about the deaths of his brother and father, he commended Boylan for his remarks about his dad and wanting to help battle depression, saying simply:”Thank you, Shane.”


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9 comments:

Jaanza said...

Thursday's 360 was all about politics, specifically it was all about Trump and his transition team. Right at the start Anderson mentioned Trump's upcoming meetings with Mitt Romney and with the Japanese Prime Minister. The meeting with Prime Minister Abe was never brought up again in the first hour.
Phil Mattingly reported on Trump meeting with Romney, a possible Cabinet position for Romney maybe Sect. of State and differences of opinion Tump and Romney have about Russia. Anderson interviewed Kellyanne Conway about all of this and she saw only positives. Even after a medley of clips of Trump and Romney dissing each other, Conway, with a Stepford Wife smile on her face, insisted the two could work together. The rest was on other Trump advisors, Jared Kushner, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Trump on Twitter which again Conway saw in only happy glowing terms.

The second segment started with a panel of 5 of the usual pundits. Meanwhile Hayes interviewed Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) about Trump associates Kobach and Higbie wanting a Muslim "registry" and Higbie stating there is precedent for this in the WWII Japanese internment camps. Maybe this topic came up in 360's panel discussion?

Drew Griffin reported on Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) possible Trump Cabinet post, possibly Attorney General, in spite of his past racist remarks and dissing of civil rights in general and the ACLU in particular. Sessions was not confirmed as a U.S. District Judge in 1986 because of those things. I thought the Q&A with just Kaliegh McEnany and Van Jones would be interesting; those two have sparred in the past. But Anderson asked bland questions and McEnany and Jones gave bland answers. It was boring.

Trump offered retired Gen. Michael Flynn the job as National Security Advisor and that garnered it's own segment and report on his past, his campaigning for Trump and his views on Iraq and Afghanistan. Anderson talked to Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (via phone), Reza Aslan and Jeffrey Lord about Flynn, how he'd work with Trump, his dissing of Obama and Hillary Clinton during the campaign, him getting intelligence briefings, etc.

Hertling, Aslan and Lord kept discussing Flynn for the last segment, covering the perceived "War on Islam", the fears of Muslim-Americans, Radical Islam, relations with Russia and NATO.

Instead of a second hour for 360, it was a CNN special "Unprecedented: Inside the Trump Campaign". Nope.

ATA, thanks for posting the article from People.com. I just wish Anderson, in regards to Trump as President, said something like 'Ill do my best to keep him accountable, to make sure he keeps his campaign promises and to 'keep him honest'.'

CWM84 said...

CNN should ditch the pundits and fire zucker and go about being the neutral network again. Send AC back on the field were he is at his best and more investigative stories. Can't tell you how many fans miss CNN of the old. 2005-2011 were just its best years with AC as the anchor. This brand has been hurt bad with its constant anti trump coverage and wikileaks showing them tag teaming with the Clinton campaign. I don't know if CNN can recover. Their raitings are awful as many people have boycott the network. They need a total revamp of how they do their programs.

Anonymous said...

@CWM84: I DO NOT KNOW WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU GET YOUR INFO BUT CNN HAS MADE MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR ACCORDING TO SEVERAL SOURCES. THEY WERE PROMOTING TRUMP SINCE DAY ONE AND IT PAYED OFF BIG TIME AND NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL THE "CAMPAIGNS" IN BOOK FORM. MOST PEOPLE I KNOW
WOULD LIKE TO FORGET THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN AND WISH TRUMP'S TIME WAS OVER AND NOT BEGINNING.
CNN IS VERY LUCRATIVE AND NO ZUCKER WILL NEVER BE FIRED. HE HAS TURNED THE NETWORK AROUND AND AC
WILL NOT BE THE "TRAVELING MAN" HE USED TO BE. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER.
HE CAN CONTINUE TO "FAWN" ALL OVER TRUMP AND GET BIG BUCKS FOR DOING SO. AND FOR THE LAST TIME,
HILLARY WAS NEVER A FAVORITE OF ANY OF THE NEWS NETWORKS.....EVER! TRUMP HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE "MEDIA
DARLING." THAT IS THE ONE HUGE REASON HE WON.

Mattie said...

I agree with everything you say. CNN has changed so much that people barely recognize it and for the most part so has Cooper. They say you can't go home again, well CNN can't go back and it is on it's way to becoming Faux lite. I haven't watched CNN since the election and only watch Rachel Maddow now.

Trump won't live in the White House full rine, he wants to continue the rallies and his wife sells jewelry on QVC, God hel us all.

#imstillwithher, #boycottCNN,

CWM84 said...

You are delusional.

Pragya said...

@ Mattie

If Anderson was on Trump's side, why would he feature guests like Glenn Beck?

When has Maddow directly taken on Trump?

Also MSNBC has a liberal bent and they allow their anchors to have the same bent too. CNN doesn't.

The fact that both Hillary supporters and Trump supporters are CONVINCED that Anderson is on the other side should tell you everything.

Pragya said...

@Mattie


Bernie supporters insist that Anderson favored Hillary over him, that's why they hate him.
Trump supporters (and Trump) insist that Anderson favored Hillary over him, that's why they hate him.
Hillary supporters insist that Anderson favored Trump over her, that's why they hate him.

How can they all be right?

Maybe, just maybe, Anderson doesn't favor anyone and is just doing his job, which is to report the news? And not take sides?

Also if Hillary supporters had a problem with him, why were they fawning over him after the debate, when he grilled Trump on sexual assault? Trump fans are not known for logic, but Hillary fans?

Also to the anonymous person who keeps yelling about Hillary not being on Anderson's show, it is because Hillary kept refusing interviews to all media. Did you expect him to kidnap her and bring her on the show to sing her praises?

CNN is cable news, averages a million viewers. You think they had the power to shape the elections. You think the blue collar democrats who switched their vote to Trump did it because of CNN?

And he is not fawning over Trump, never has. He discusses his strengths and weaknesses, just like any other candidate. And most of his show focuses on the negatives. But unless he shoots Trump in the head, people won't be happy. Even then some Hillary fans will say "but his heart wasn't really in it."

You talk of Rachel Maddow, but even she has never taken on Trump directly. And she is on a network that encourages liberal bias.

Lastly, is this an Anderson Cooper blog or an "I hate Anderson because I love Hillary"/"I hate Anderson because I love Trump" blog? This is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

FOLKS: YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT. TRUMP WON THE ELECTION BECAUSE HE WAS CONSISTENTLY ACCESSIBLE TO
THE MEDIA. HILLARY LOST THE ELECTION BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT ACCESSIBLE. END OF STORY.
AND IT DOES NOT MATTER WHOSE SIDE ANDERSON WAS ON....THAT IN AND OF ITSELF WOULD NEVER HAVE
CHANGED THE ELECTION.
@CWM84: SO GLAD I CLEARED THINGS UP FOR YOU.

UNICORNS BACON said...

I agree with you 100% !! Half the comments are about bashing AC. If you don't like him anymore stop coming on here.