Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored a one hour edition of AC360 at 8pmET from the NYC studio.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

MATT LAUER HAD AN EXCELLENT INTERVIEW WITH TRUMP. HE DIDN'T HOLD BACK LIKE HE DID WHEN HE MODERATED
THIS PAST SUMMER, AND THREW SOME HARDBALL QUESTIONS HIS WAY. IT WAS SURPRISING AND THE PRESIDENT ELECT HAD VERY FAVORABLE WORDS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA. MAYBE THE OFFICE WILL "HUMBLE" TRUMP. WE CAN
ONLY HOPE.
THE CLIP IS ON HUFFPOST.

Jaanza said...

About 40 minutes of Wednesday's 360 covered one topic: Union leader Chuck Jones stating the Carrier deal Trump trumpeted wasn't as good as Trump said, Trump's angry Twitter response attacking Jones and unions and what all of this means.

I caught the last minute of Erin Burnett's show. Richard Quest was talking to her about the Carrier deal and I hoped Quest would be back for another talk with Anderson. That didn't happen. But it really should have because he has a great way of talking and I miss him.

Anderson started with a phone interview with Chuck Jones, a union leader at the Carrier plant in Indiana whose owners got a truckload of money from the state of Indiana not to move jobs to Mexico, they moved 1100+ jobs to Mexico, will keep only 730 in Indiana and the deal was touted by Trump as his own making and a yuuuge great deal for America. Jones publicly stated the facts of the deal and it's conclusion: it's not a great deal. Trump tweeted almost immediately that Jones was terrible, unions were terrible, rant blurt gibber prattle.
Jones gave Anderson more info and then a panel of 5 started. Four of the panel were the usual heads - Kirsten Powers, Paul Begala, Monica Langly and Jeffrey Lord - but surprisingly Robert Reich (via satellite) was included. It's been years since Reich's been on the show and I loved seeing him again here.
Reich's point of view: Trump is mean and petty, this is "thin-skinned vindictiveness", "this is bullying". Lord predictably said it was no big deal, it's been overblown and Trump has to respond to his critics. Powers agreed with Reich that it was bullying; she also said Trump appeared Presidential yesterday, I predicted he would revert to his bad ways and that's what happened.

The same topic and panel filled the long second segment. Viewpoints of the panelists were the same. Reich was concerned about Trump intimidating individuals instead of just big companies like Boeing and felt this was a serious matter. Lord didn't see it as a problem and besides other Presidents (he named Lyndon Johnson) criticized people. For a bit Reich and Lord argued whether Jones was a "political opponent" and if voting against Trump automatically makes someone a "political opponent". Anderson brought up Trump's almost immediate response to Jones and said other people would take some time to think of a smart proper response instead of rushing into a rash comment. Langly and Lord had no problem with that. Lord thought it was wonderful and technically savvy and "21st Century" of Trump to use Twitter so much. Reich saw parallels with Joe McCarthy and hoped for an Edward R. Murrow to bring Trump down. Lord thought that comparison was "hysteria".
There was a short Q&A with Martin Savidge in Indianapolis about Carrier jobs the number leaving and staying. Anderson stated to the panel that Trump was not responding to the fact that more jobs were leaving than staying, he was attacking an individual. Lord replied that Trump saved 800 jobs. Near the end Langly rambled about Trump not paying contractors working on his buildings.

Jason Carroll reported on more non-stellar-and-actually-horrible Trump Cabinet picks: Linda McMahon for the Small Business Administration, John Kelly for Dept of Homeland Security and oil industry friend and hater of the EPA Scott Pruitt for the EPA. Anderson talked to Dana Bash mostly about Pruitt, his terrible environmental record as Attorney General for Oklahoma and his many lawsuits against the EPA.

The last segment was supposed to promote Fareed Zakaria's CNN special coming up next on President Obama's Legacy. This segment started with a lengthy quote from Trump about how he feels about Obama ("I like the guy."). The quote went on and on and made me want to change the channel even before Anderson asked Zakaria a question. I changed the channel.

CWM84 said...

Tucker Carlson had a great interview with a congressmen about false and fake reports that blame russia about hacking. The dems continue to blame russia for hacking but not its content on how Hillary attacked many voters and showed her double talk to wall street donors. The dems seem to be doubling down on what cost them the election and its probably a good idea Hillary was not elected as we probably would be at war with Russia. Tucker also had a guest on who accused Trump of "hate speech" but she could not name one time he said he hated any group! Lol We finally have someone pushing back against these just senseless name calling without any merit and evidence, AC tried to press Sen Warren but eventually left her off the hook. Tucker presses and ask for proof, many of the claims coming from the left have zero though. Tucker is were its at. He does a good job of research and keeping people honest.

Pragya said...

@Jaanza I missed the show yesterday because I was travelling, what did you make of the Reich interview? It is getting a lot of buzz. Btw, he took your advice and cut away from the rally today.