Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  Anderson interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren and AC360 aired the interview in two parts in the first hour:

Part 1:
Part 2:



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19 comments:

Jaanza said...

At the very start Anderson said he had an exclusive interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) but that had to wait until after Jim Acosta's report on Trump's possible picks for Secretary of State. I did enjoy Acosta saying Mike Huckabee had "groveled at Trump's feet" and stating the administration was a "...team of the super rich...". He also talked about Trump's so-called "blind trust" for his companies with his kids running things and that accepting gifts from foreign governments is an impeachable offense.
How long has it been since Anderson interviewed a Democrat politician on 360? It's been ages so I was glad to see him interview Warren. Unfortunately it seemed like Anderson kept asking questions designed to get Warren to say positive things about Trump. Such as 'Any Cabinet picks you like?', 'What do you think about Trump's anti-lobbying rule?' and attempting to get Warren to praise Trump for "separating" his business from being President. For that Warren said she didn't know how that would work out and honestly, I don't either. I think the Trump family will try to keep up the "separation" and "blind trust" in theory but it won't work in practice. Anderson also asked Warren about Trump "saving" Carrier jobs in Indiana. Warren rightly pointed out that the details of the deal aren't known and she couldn't answer yet.

The second segment was part two of the Warren interview. I missed the first question and got here when Warren was reminding Anderson that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.3+million. Anderson asked Warren several questions about working with Trump on "common ground" issues like infrastructure. Warren would if it truly benefitted ordinary Americans and not just those at the top. Anderson asked if Democrats were "out of touch" with Americans and that's why Hillary lost and Warren had to remind him again of the 2.3 million more votes Hillary received. The last part of the interview was about the economy. To repeat: I was glad to see Warren on 360. I just wish Anderson had handled the interview differently.
I did not watch the panel of 6 of the usual pundits.

Nor did I watch the panel continue in the next segment.

Trump tweeted he would hold a press conference on December 15 on his changing his business to avoid conflicts of interest and to concentrate on the Presidency. Anderson discussed this with Tim O'Brien and Michael D'Antonio both authors who have written about Trump's business and with Kaleigh McEnany a Trump parrot. O'Brien and D'Antonio saw concerns about conflict of interest, Trump's international business projects complicating diplomacy and how blind the "blind trust" with his kids will be when they will likely be advising their dad. McEnany said everything will be fine and rosy and don't you worry about a thing.

The last two minutes of the first hour covered the Tennessee wildfires with a talk with meteorologist Jennifer Gray.
Anderson previewed the start of the second hour: a look at the "incentives" Trump and (more likely) Pence promised Carrier to stay in Indiana and save 1000+ jobs. That should have been in the first hour and should have replaced one of the panels.

Pragya said...

The Warren interview was a mind fuck.

Can someone interpret the Fareed-Anderson exchange at the end for me? Why did AC say "no, not right now?" Was he unhappy with his performance today?

aries moon said...

So AC actually believes there's "no evidence" that Steve Bannon's a racist? I thought he was a lot smarter than that, pretty disappointing and surprising considering that there are clear examples of Bannon's racism all over the place. Does AC only consider someone racist if they're wearing full-on KKK/Nazi garb or something? AC has expressed in the past that the term racism is overused but if he can't recognize an actual racist or racist views, then I don't know what to say about him. Anderson was pretty rough on Elizabeth Warren and Democrats in general during their interview, basically saying that their message no longer resonates with the public and that they're obligated to compromise with pres-elect regardless of the GOP's strategy for the past 8 years to block President Obama's agenda and never lift a finger to work with him (something that AC never addressed during the Obama years at all). Hillary Clinton still has over two million votes than pres-elect and there was a recent CNN poll which showed that a majority of the public doesn't want Republicans to enact much of their agenda (privatize Medicare/cut Social Security & end Obamacare--too bad they chose to vote for the party hellbent on destroying all of those things). I agree with Jaanza, I wish AC could've handled this interview with Warren differently but if he's going to be that tough on a Democrat, I'll expect the same toughness when he interviews pres-elect or any other Republican on the show.

Anonymous said...

I thought AC's interview with Warren was interesting and am glad he asked her those questions that some of you seem to find objectionable. I'm a Dem and a Hillary supporter through and through, but I still would like to know what our representatives in Congress think about our loss (even though we did win the popular vote) and the lessons to be learned from them, as well as how they plan to deal with a Trump presidency. As much as I dislike the man and what he represents, we have to be realistic and figure out what the next 4 years in the opposition are going to be like. Therefore I appreciated Anderson's line of questioning.

Pragya said...

@anonymous I get what you are saying but I also get what @jaanza and @aries moon are saying. I think the interview started off on a contentious note with the Bannon exchange (which...why Anderson? I get that you are all about the evidence and that is good but it's Bannon), and then Warren became defensive and wouldn't meet AC halfway anywhere. Like it did seem like AC was trying to get her to say that the Dems would rethink their approach to reaching the rust belt, which would have been good for her, but she did not take the cue.

@aries moon
Actually the interview reminded me of the time Anderson grilled the Republican senator over Obama being a Muslim because of his church. Only then he was defending Obama and this time it was Bannon.

Btw, The Hill is reporting that Zucker is courting Megyn for Anderson's time slot. Could that be why he went so hard on Warren? To prove neutrality?

Anonymous said...

@Pragya - Anderson's comment of "No, not right now." Was in response to Fareed saying Trump liked Anderson. Notice how he also threw in the name of his book right after that comment?

While I didn't have a problem with most of the questions Anderson asked Sen. Warren, I thought his tone was horrible. I can't believe how he went after Rev. Wright in 2008, but Steve Bannon gets a pass. Sen. Warren tried to get Anderson to agree that Bannon at least associates with White Supremacist and he wouldn't even answer her when Bannon himself said he gave a platform to the Alt-right. I'm so over the Trumpsters using dog-whistle politics and then claiming Dems are the racist party. I could see the Anderson was trying to back Sen Warren into a corner and goad her into saying some things he could use against her/them Dem party, but she was smart and didn't go there. You could see his frustration growing with her.

I was disappointed in Anderson and some on the panel giving Trump praise for the Carrier deal. Sen Warren was right to say she needed to see the details before she would comment on the deal. The details released today are that Carrier is getting $7 million in tax incentives from IN over the next 10 years, they are keeping 800 assembly line jobs in IN, but losing approximately 1,400 to Mexico between the Indy plant and another one in close proximity that they are closing entirely. Apparently Trump also promised a better tax and regulatory environment for US business one he takes office and promised not to "track" United Technologies defense contracts. So it sounds like he gave up a lot to keep 800 jobs. Also, broke his promise to impose fines on businesses taking jobs out of the U.S. as Carrier is still taking more jobs to Mexico than they are keeping in IN in this deal and there was no mention of a fine.

Also, there's a report that the Indy reporter who has doggedly reported on the deal was barred from Trump's event tonight and Carrier's request. Guess they aren't big on transparency?

Not sure what to think of Megyn Kelly coming to CNN. Anderson just re-signed and seems to be buddies with Zucker so not sure where AC360 would end up if Megyn takes his time slot. Interesting?

Pragya said...

@anonymous

I hated the interview too, but I didn't get the sense that he was trying to get her to say something he could use against her, more like accept responsibility for failure and say that the Democrats would co operate with Trump. He asked her directly many times "what would be enough? what policies could Trump pass that you would approve of" but she did not answer.

Anonymous said...

I MISSED THE INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR WARREN BUT FROM READING SOME OF THE COMMENTS, ANDERSON HAD THE
SAME "NEGATIVE TONE," WITH HILLARY PRE-ELECTION.
THAT "TONE" SAYS I AM NOT OBJECTIVE AND YES, HE IS TRYING TO BACK THE DEMOCRATS IN A CORNER.
I KNOW THERE ARE SOME HERE WHO GET INSULTED WHEN THIS IS SAID ABOUT AC, BUT IT IS VERY EVIDENT WHEN
HE DOES IT. BY NOW, THOSE THAT HAVE WATCHED AC OVER THE YEARS, AS I HAVE, KNOW THAT SMIRK, AND KNOW THAT GOADING TONE.
HILLARY SHOULD HAVE USED SENATOR WARREN AS HER RUNNING MATE. I NEVER THOUGHT KAINE HAD ANYTHING TO
OFFER. TO ME HE ACTED LIKE AN OUT OF PLACE CLOWN....AND HE DIDN'T EVEN CARRY HIS OWN STATE! WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.

Anonymous said...

@Pragya My problem with Anderson's sudden obsession with congress finding common ground is that he never broached the subject for 8 years when the Republicans obstructed President Obama and vowed to make him a one term president on his inauguration day. Anderson gave several Republicans a platform to bash President Obama over the years and never once asked them why they weren't cooperating with the President for the good of the country. He would have John McCain on almost nightly at times to bash President Obama and never once asked him why he voted against the Jobs for Veterans bill. I could go on and on. I'm with Senator Warren, let's see what legislation is proposed and what the details are before blindly saying we'll work with him on X,Y and Z.

While Trump won the electoral college which gives him the presidency, he did NOT win the popular vote and Hillary's lead in that keeps growing. That means that Trump does not have a mandate or the support of the majority of the people that voted. Trump and the Republicans need to reach across the aisle instead of having a "we won, you lost" attitude.

Today Trump's lead in PA dropped by 25,000 votes in PA as the final tallies came in. His margin of victories in WI, MI & PA that gave him the presidency are all in the 1% range, so that's not a mandate and while the Democrats need to come up with a plan for moving forward, it's not Elizabeth Warren's responsibility to speak to that. There will be a new DNC chair and committees that will formulate that plan.

I'm also curious why Trump is fighting the recount efforts (through the courts) and why only Dems are interested in looking into foreign govts possibly interfering in the election, but that's not something 360 will cover. All citizens should be concerned about this issue. This time it was the Dems that were hacked and Russia and WikiLeaks intervention, but next cycle it could be the Repubs and a different country. This is a big story, but AC360 is busy praising Trump for keeping 800 Carrier jobs while not mentioning the 1,400 Carrier jobs that are still going to Mexico despite $7M in tax incentives and who knows what else Trump promised.

CWM84 said...

Does Warren want a cookie for popular vote lead? Trump won 31 states, most counties, won states gop havent won in decades. With this attitude the dems will only go downhill as they have sonce 2010 nationally.

Anonymous said...

@CWM84 No one said Warren wanted a cookie for the popular vote lead. While the EC determines the Presidency, one needs to realize they don't have a mandate when they didn't win the popular vote and they need to act accordingly. Once Trump won the presidency it's on him to bring the country together and to continue to use decisive language and flirt with laws and regulations he doesn't like is not going to accomplish that. It's no on Congress to bend to his will, it's on Congress to work for the good of the country.

While Trump may have won more states, that's land mass, not the population. His margins of victory were very small in several states. Also Trump won lest votes than Romney who lost in 2012. He, his surrogates and supporters would do well to remember this if they want what's best for the country.

CWM84 said...

Tell Hillary and her supporters to accept democracy and consitution. They would do well to remember that and not accuse everyone who has a different point of view as a racist, and too many phobics to type her. Its BS. That is all the dems have and besides Cali and New york the rest had enough. That is why states that didn't vote for a republican since 1984, 1988, 1992 flipped. Stop the division, stop the pandering to illegals and refugees and stop make it seem everyone is racist! Dems have no message but name calling and being crybabies....

Anonymous said...

@CWM84 That's your opinion and you are certainly entitled to it. I don't talk to Hillary. I live in IL. We voted Dem, gained a Dem senate seat and a House seat or two. We aren't on either coast but smack dab in the Mid-West so you can drop the Dems are only coastal elitist meme.

Anonymous said...

@ANON:5:11 VERY GOOD POINTS AND DONALD TRUMP DIDN'T GET A MANDATE BY ANY MEANS. HE WON THE ELECTORAL VOTE. HAD IT JUST BEEN A POPULAR VOTE, HILLARY WOULD HAVE WON BY OVER 2 MILLION. SHE HAD
AN IMPRESSIVE LEAD AND SHE WON THE MANDATE. NOW THOSE THAT VOTED FOR TRUMP ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL
THE DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN CHAOS HE IS CERTAIN TO BRING UPON THIS COUNTRY....AND HE WILL BRING IT TO BE SURE BECAUSE HE IS IGNORANT.

Anonymous said...

@CWM84: I WAS NOT AWARE THAT"CALI AND NEW YORK STATE,"FLIPPED." IT IS MY RECOLLECTION, THAT CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK BOTH WERE BLUE AND VOTED FOR HILLARY. THEY NEVER FLIPPED.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE STATEMENTS PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ARE FACTUAL. MICHIGAN FLIPPED.
THE TWO THAT YOU MENTIONED DID NOT.

CWM84 said...

Good for you. Hillary got trounced in midwest. Lol So and however were in the minority.

CWM84 said...

Michgian flipped, wisconsin, Pa, Florida, Ohio, Iowa... you hillary supporters really are bitter, sore losers. Trump is President. Get over it.

CWM84 said...

Also get your facts correct. Romney won 60 million votes and Trump has 62 million plus. Hillaey has less votes than Obama in 2008 and 2012... she is the one that went down hill and lost several states Obama won and dems won for decades. Hillary lost and dems were defeated.

Anonymous said...

@CWM84: YES, I ADMIT IT. I AM A BITTER SORE LOSER AND NOW THAT YOU WERE VICTORIOUS IN SUPPORTING
TRUMP, LET'S PRAY HE DOESN'T DECIDE WE NEED WWIII DURING ONE OF HIS ERRATIC MOMENTS.
I SEE HE'S STILL UP TO HIS TWEETING, CALLING ON FOREIGN DIPLOMATS THAT WE HAVEN'T SPOKEN TO IN YEARS....GOOD START. AND BTW, PAUL RYAN IS GIVING TRUMP TUTORIALS IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. SHOULDN'T THE PRESIDENT ELECT KNOW THAT BEFOREHAND??JUST ASKING.