Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.


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14 comments:

Pragya said...

I have to say that a) I love your site and b) this may seem trivial in the light of the horror that has been the last week, but I really appreciate Anderson still having the balls to get guests on his show to talk against Bannon, like Glenn Beck. However there is this journalist on twitter who tweeted that Anderson was normalizing white nationalism and Glenn Beck had to correct him, which is just not true. Unfortunately that tweet is all over the internet now. Is there any way to address this?

The journalist is @sarahkendzior

Jaanza said...

We were just finishing supper and I missed most of the first segment. However I did see Anderson start with news on the Trump transition team, more details from Jim Acosta and then a panel of 6 of the usual pundits.

Later Anderson talked to Jim Sciutto about how other countries feel about Trump ("Uncertain" according to the on-screen title), his ideas about foreign policy and possible changes to NATO. The panel came back but I left and didn't watch the discussion.

When I came back the panel was still in session. There was a new face on the panel, a woman sitting next to Jeffrey Lord but I didn't ever see her name on the screen. The panel discussed Trump on Twitter, Hillary Clinton's future and the Clinton Foundation. Ana Navarro talked about the need to stay vigilant and hold Trump accountable. The new woman talked about the economy and jobs. Anderson stopped the panel to broadcast Hillary's speech, her first since her concession speech, at a Children's Defense Fund event. 360 cut the broadcast short and went to commercial. I went to MSNBC which carried it longer but eventually put it in a box and Hayes talked to a commentator about the speech.

Megan Kelly of FOX News got two segments. Anderson's overview at the start was all about Kelly and Trump and he had a Trump clip. The interview with Kelly began with a question on Trump and I changed the channel. When I checked back minutes later the topic was still Trump.

The last segment of the first hour continued the Kelly interview. Again the first question here was on Trump. I didn't see the rest of the hour or any of the second hour.

In two days the first hours were all about politics and I"m including the Kelly book interview because it seemed to be entirely about Trump. Was there any non-political news in the second hour? Was there more footage from the Kelly interview? Clips from yesterday's Glenn Beck interview? Did Anderson talk to any other right-winger? Did Anderson have an extensive report on Trump's conflicts of interest due to his businesses like Maddow did? How about Pence's emails?
On Thursday's 360 will Anderson cover Trump associate Carl Higbie seriously advocating for a "Muslim registry" and possibility of WWII Japanese - style internment camps. If he does cover this will he allow McEnany and Lord to blithely spin it? Or will he push back?

Pragya said...

Does anyone know if the panel format is going to persist because it has been alienating a lot of people (including me)

Pragya said...

Also, I haven't commented here before but I have been reading some of the comments here, (as well as going by my own experience), I feel like Anderson has been very subdued all year, almost like his heart is not in his CNN job anymore. The one time I saw a glimpse of the old Anderson was following the Orlando shooting. What is going on? Are the Trump supporters getting to him? I have seen the tweets they send him, telling him to kill himself etc. Or is it the fact that he is 49 now and he always thought he would die at 50 (going by his interview with Megyn today) that is making him so closed off. He has completely abandoned twitter, he is basically acting like the election never happened, did not even tweet about Trump winning and now is only posting what looks like scheduled tweets about his shows with Andy. A far cry from what he used to be.

By the way, I disagree with several people here who think Anderson had some grievance against Hillary and was light on Trump. I think it was pretty obvious he was rooting for Hillary. All his friends openly tweet about it. I remember his Seth Meyers interview where she was the only candidate he praised and he basically said Hillary would win on the Andy Cohen show. I think he is just as shell-shocked by the result as any of us.

Btw, watching the Megyn interview made wonder if Anderson also had any of those difficulties? Trump publicly clashed with him during the debate and called him biased towards Hillary and his supporters are insane anyway.

UNICORNS BACON said...

I just looked her up she didn't tweet anything... Unless she delete it?

Anonymous said...

Always enjoy getting your updates via the twitter links, but they haven't been posting lately. Not sure if that's intentional or a glitch.

aries moon said...

@Pragya, Anderson did comment on the election on his Instagram--he wrote "An extraordinary and historic night in American history. @realdonaldtrump is about to become the next president-elect of the United States". At the event you mentioned AC attended on your other post, he said that he was really looking forward to covering Trump's next 4-8 years (heaven forbid) because it will be a fascinating time. AC is hard to read, but I do think he enjoys working at CNN and has an interest in seeing how the Trump administration moves forward. AC did say that he no longer reads Twitter comments and he doesn't really engage with anyone on it much anymore--it's all promotion now.

Listening to some of AC's comments during the panel has led me to believe that he finds Trump's unconventionality fascinating and I actually think he's been very engaged in this campaign and the aftermath--he's never seemed all that interested in Hillary Clinton and I think one of the reasons is that she is a 'conventional' politician--the fact that she would've made history as the first woman POTUS may not be as interesting to AC as Trump shaking everything up and doing things differently than presidents of the past, unfortunately for the rest of us 'differently' doesn't necessarily mean right or good for the country.

I did appreciate Ana Navarro saying that it's Trump's responsibility to denounce the racist violence happening across the country because his rhetoric has emboldened some of his more vile supporters, it is on HIM to speak out against this.

Pragya said...

@aries_moon

Thanks for the reply. I looked up the people magazine and he said it would be an "interesting" 4-5 years. Which is polite speak for "I don't know what the hell is going to happen." But he did ask Jorge if Trump's rhetoric was responsible for the hate.

With Hillary, I think he expected her to be a much stronger candidate than she turned out to be. In 2015 he was all "Hillary is a very strong candidate". His enthusiasm for her dipped throughout the campaign, but I don't think he wanted Trump to win at all. he was making fun of Trump on Seth's show even in 2016. But I did get the impression that he felt the Democrats should have chosen a stronger candidate, he seemed very keen on Joe Biden. Remember that panel when they were talking about how Hillary's campaign is ndergoing drastic overhaul to make her appeal more to people(this was before the primaries) and he said "well but think of what happens in tv news, they fire the producer and change the set, and then it turns out the problem was the anchor all along." I think he got angrier with Hillary the more missteps she made because she was ruining the Democrats' chances (is the impression I got). Like lying about her illness for no reason especially when everyone was already calling her a liar, why give the Trump's team more ammunition? But he defended her many times, to Kellyanne especially. Remember how angry he got over the Comey email? Because he realized just how much damage that had done to Hillary's campaign. I never saw him defend Trump to a Hillary campaign member.

Also I think the CNN staff had some issues with Hillary because even Brianna Keilar was complaining about how closed off and cold Hillary was throughout the campaign. As a very strong Hillary supporter, this worried me a lot. Like the town hall with the democrats, Bernie really engaged with Anderson in the one-on-one. But Hillary did not engage at all. She did not look him in the eye. And people caught on to that. It's not fair, but people make superficial assessments all the time.

Also the whole "Donna Brazile leaking debate questions to Hillary" was super shady. I wonder how Anderson felt about that, considering he was the moderator?

I know we all wish that the media had given Hillary a pass considering the alternative was the racist sex offender, but can they really do that as journalists? Is that really ethical? How would that differentiate CNN from Fox news or even MSNBC?

One last thing, I never said this anywhere because I reallly wanted Hillary to win (not that anyone cares what I say), but my dad is a pretty high ranking govt official in India and he received the clintons on their India visit when Bill was president. And he told me that the Indian govt had paid the clinton Foundation for the visit. And many industrialists had also paid the Clintons for their personal visits to their home. So there is no denying that there is corruption there. Obviously none of it compares to what Trump stands for, but it's not that the media lied about Hillary. The problem is that most Trump supporters are irrational racist white supremacists, who don't care about what their candidate does. But most democrats will hold their candidate to a higher standard. Which is why Hillary got punished far more than Trump did for doing far, far less.

sandyeggo said...

Me too. I also email cnn whenever blond ambition and a panal are on and tell them that I'm fast forwarding or changing channels. I wonder if their advertisers know or care about audience reactions.

aries moon said...

@Pragya, I do believe every politician should be held accountable for their actions, I just wish journalists and news organizations would've spent more time investigating Trump's corruption and unfitness for the presidency instead of using him for click bait and higher ratings. There have been studies done which concluded that Hillary Clinton received far more negative coverage than Trump, Bernie and all of the other candidates combined--she had to fight against Wikileaks, Russian election interference, Comey & the FBI, voter suppression AND the media which never really gave her a fair shake because she wasn't the 'exciting' candidate.

Pragya said...

@aries moon

I agree with you on that. I wonder if journalists got complacent (like the Clinton team) because the polls had her so ahead?

Anonymous said...

"I THINK IT WAS PRETTY OBVIOUS AC WAS ROOTING FOR HILLARY."REALLY? A COMMENT FROM PREVIOUS POSTER.
I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU WERE VIEWING ON CNN, BUT AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, NO ANDERSON COOPER "FAWNED"
OVER TRUMP FROM DAY ONE. IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE HIM "ROOTING FOR HILLARY." HE NEVER HAD HER ON HIS SHOW OR PERHAPS HE DID, WHEN IT WAS SOMETHING NEGATIVE, AND THEN THE PANEL ANALYZED IT TO DEATH.
IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE THE MEDIA CHOSE OUR CANDIDATE. WHAT MEDIA? AS SARAH PALIN WOULD SAY: "ALL OF
THEM." THEY NEVER VETTED TRUMP. THEY WERE TOO BUSY BEING HIS BUDDY AND BEING AWE STRUCK, AND THAT
INCLUDES AC. THE UNITED STATES ELECTORATE NOW HAS A REALITY STAR AS PRESIDENT. I HOPE THEY'RE HAPPY. I KNOW HE IS.

Pragya said...

@ANONYMOUS

Hillary refused all requests for interviews, which is why Anderson did not have her on his show as much.
Anderson fawned over Trump? "You bragged about sexual assault, do you understand that?" is fawning? Don't forget he is the only debate moderator Trump objected to.

He stuck his head out and took on Trump, now all Trump supporters are after his life. Then you sit here and blame him for everything. He doesn't care? After everything he has done, he doesn't care about people. Wow.

Even as a staunch Hillary supporter, Hillary supporters are turning me off these days. You are acting like Trump supporters. It's always someone else's fault.

Anonymous said...

NO, HILLARY DID NOT REFUSE ALL INTERVIEWS. SHE DID SPEAK TO AC A COUPLE OF TIMES AND THERE WAS ALWAYS A NEGATIVE TONE TO AC'S QUESTIONING.
IF YOU WANT TO LIVE IN DENIAL THAT'S YOUR CHOICE.
I AM ENTITLED TO GIVE MY OPINION AND INTEND TO TO KEEP ON GIVING IT.
THE MEDIA PLAYED RIGHT INTO TRUMP'S HANDS AND NOW THEY'RE BEING TREATED LIKE SCHOOL CHILDREN.
TRUMP IS CALLING THE SHOTS AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. HE WILL NOT BE AS TRANSPARENT AS OBAMA.
HILLARY MADE A LOT MISTAKES ON HER OWN, LIKE IGNORING WISCONSIN AND STATES THAT SHE THOUGHT, WRONGLY, WE'RE BLUE STATES. BUT THE MEDIA PLAYED A LARGE PART IN GETTING TRUMP ELECTED. EVERY EDITORIAL ENDORSED HILLARY, EXCEPT FOR SOME MINOR PUBLICATIONS, BUT THEY TOO, DEWELLED ON TRUMP.
SO NOW YOU HAVE A TRUMP PRESIDENCY. DEAL WITH IT.