Friday, February 17, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, February 17, 2017


With Anderson Cooper MIA on this Friday night, the very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair.

Per reader requests, we have included the Thursday panels with Jeffrey Lord below.  In the first panel Anderson teases Lord about being in trouble with Trumpland, in the second panel Anderson asks Lord if there is anything Trump can do that Lord won't support and in the third panel Lord basically tries to equate the Congressional Black Caucus with the KKK (although he claims otherwise when called on it.)   Why AC360 keeps booking Lord is beyond us!  And yes, Lord was once again a guest on AC360 on Friday's program.

Thursday's panel #1:
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Thursday's panel #2:
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Thursday's panel #3:
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The following photo was posted to Instagram on Wednesday.   We did a little checking and Anderson will be Kelly's guest co-host on Live on Monday.  As Live has no Monday taping scheduled it seems Monday's program was taped this past Wednesday.


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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amanda Carpenter made a very chilling point tonight on AC360. She said Republicans are just fine with the chaos Trump is creating and that the media is engaging his fight. It allows the Republican's in Congress to get their agenda passed without the focus being on them. And she's absolutely right. While AC360 and much of the media have been chasing the Trump ratings, the Republican's in Congress have approved all but one of Trump's cabinet picks despite their records, inexperience and without proper vetting. Some votes were even scheduled for midnight while most people were sleeping. They have voted to relax regulations on guns for people with mental illness, voted to begin repealing Obamacare without a replacement plan, the plan they are outlining will give tax breaks to the rich and deprive the poor of the healthcare they have now, they've made it easier to dump waste into our waterways, kill hibernating bears and wolf pups on Federal Reserve property and made it legal for gas/oil companies to take money from foreign countries as part of negotiations. These are just a few of the things that print media has been covering, but nada from Anderson/AC360.

Also not being reported is how during recess week, Republican's are refusing to have town halls or public forums where they have to interact with their constituents. This is even happening in Red states. So basically the media's obsession with all things Trump has given the Republican Congress the cover they need to advance an agenda that's not popular with the majority of the country/their own constituents. While AC360 has interviewed a couple of Republican's giving lip service to their displeasure with some of the things Trump has said, they have failed to report that these same Republican's have voted the Trump/party line and are not stepping forward with anything other than lip service.

I'm tired of hearing how small town Trump fans feel about Trump. I already know, they support everything he does and there's nothing that will change that short of him being impeached and maybe not even then for some. Trump hasn't changed since the campaign and they voted for him so why would they suddenly feel differently about him? Spare us those reports, please.

Jaanza said...

I watched Friday's 360 but didn't like it. John Berman usually does a good job but there were too many panels and panels with the wrong people. I should have switched to Hayes early on and stayed there.

"FBI Chief Holds Mystery Meeting With Senators On Russia" was the start and Berman talked to two reporters (one was Athena Jones, didn't get the guy's name) for the details. Then he had a short interview with Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) about the meeting, Flynn, investigations and Trump dissing the media again. When the panel of 5 (including Jeffrey Lord) started I went to MSNBC.

Trump's tweet touting Rush Limbaugh praising Trump's news conference started the second segment. The panel started again right away and I switched to Hayes.

Berman showed Trump's tweet calling the media "the enemy of the American people" and a clip from yesterday's press conference showing Israeli reporter Jake Turx beginning to ask a question, Trump telling him to sit down and choosing to babble on a tangent and when Turx shook his head "no" Trump told him "Quiet, quiet!" Berman had a pretty good interview with Turx about the encounter.

Gary Tuchman filed a report "Growing Fears In Jewish Community" about the rise in anti-semitism, white nationalism, threats and vandalism and Trump not doing much of anything about it. To discuss this Berman assembled Jonathan Greenblatt, Rabbi Marvin Her ... and Jeffrey Lord. AS IF 360 needed a Trump parrot, a Trump-Defender-No-Matter-What to be there. NO THERE WASN'T ANY GOOD REASON FOR LORD TO BE INCLUDED. I'd bet the back 40 Berman would have conducted a fine interview with just Greenblatt and Her. Because of Lord I watched Hayes.

So I was already in a bad mood when the last segment began. Berman gave an overview of Trump's first four weeks in office and here's a panel of ONLY CONSERVATIVE PUNDITS to discuss. Berman actually labeled them conservative before introducing them by name. It was Jeffrey Lord, Amanda Carpenter and Kevin Madden. Why wasn't there a voice for the "other side"? Someone who wouldn't spin, swerve or sugarcoat what Trump's been doing? Back to Hayes.

@Anonymous 9:52 PM - Totally agree with all you wrote. Some of the topics you listed as missing from 360 have been covered by Hayes and Maddow. If I had known ahead of time what Friday's 360 would be like I would have watched Hayes for the entire hour. As i've stated before, I love Anderson but when 360 just doesn't deliver what it should they've got a strong competitor in Hayes. And I've never seen Hayes talk to a panel of more than four; fiver or more pundits on a panel gets ridiculous.

Thanks for the panel videos, ATA. In the first one Lord painted Trump as Glorious Leader, then spun and deflected but with Anderson pressing the issue, did admit Trump made a mistake about the Electoral College number records.
I liked the report at the start of the second video, a good solid look at Trump and his administration's links to Russia and Trump having to answer questions about it. His answers were lame. Anderson asked Lord good questions and got him to admit he didn't "get it" when Trump said "the leaks are real, the news is fake",
Video #3 started with the Congressional Black Caucus question and Trump lying about Rep. Cummins. After a clip of Cummins stating what Trump said was false, I liked Anderson's comment "Clearly a difference of opinion of what reality is." Lord's idiotic comments with Brooks proved Lord should be kicked off not just 360 but all of CNN.

Hasn't Kellyanne Conway been shutout from all of CNN? Why can't that be done with Lord? And any Trump parrot who's cut off from reality?

Pragya said...

The difference between Lord and Conway is that Lord is employed BY CNN. Conway works for Trump and is an invited guest. The anchors don't book Lord. He appears on all the shows. He was on Blitzer's and Tapper's show too yesterday. And on Harlow's show. And all the anchors look done with him. But for some reason Zucker wants him on. Because ratings + "balance" I suppose.

Pragya said...

@Anonymous

I get your frustration, but MSNBC will allow it's anchors to opine on how republicans are gaming the system in a way CNN won't because Zucker wants to court both party viewers while MSNBC only caters to liberals. We are lucky that zucker had a spat with Trump otherwise he wouldn't have given his anchors even this much leeway. Read his interview from yesterday and he again emphasizes the need to understand Trump voters and why he has those segments on rural Trump voters. And as anderson has said many times. Zucker controls everything.

Also I forgot to say THANK YOU to the team for uploading the segments <3

Anderson will be on Kelly on Monday, he taped the episode a couple of days back.

aries moon said...

anon 9:52 is correct and it is extremely disturbing--the nightmarish scenario that many of us hoped would be avoided by Hillary winning the election is happening now, the Republicans are poised to plunge this nation into hell and there's little we can do except protest and mobilize for the midterms to get as many of them out as possible. The problem of gerrymandering and Voter I.D. laws still remains but I think Democrats are ready to fight back and seem to be organizing themselves into an effective and productive block of resistance. I also agree with anon 9:52 about those pointless Trump supporter interviews--I don't care to hear anything from the people who got us into this mess but I notice that news organizations and reporters seem to feel guilty that they 'ignored' the voices of 'real America' so now they're bending over backwards to make sure they're heard, but those are the same people who started up the Tea Party--we've heard from them before, nothing to see there. Like Jeffrey Lord, most Trump voters think everything the orange clown does is perfectly alright so the reports are a waste of time. There is someone on Twitter who posts tweets from Trump supporters who now regret their votes and who have seen the light and have turned on him--I wish AC360 would feature THOSE people every now and then.

@Jaanza, CNN thinks they have an obligation to shove Jeff Lord into every segment and it's really irritating. His thoughts are predictable--heck, as much as I dislike K-Lee, even SHE will sometimes admit that Trump has done something wrong and needs to make changes, Lord can't even do that. He needs to go.

Apparently Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with Time Warner executives to complain about CNN's 'anti-Trump' stance and some of their on air talent--Van Jones and Anna Navarro specifically--Kushie wants them out and Trump has said that his administration would not approve the upcoming merger between Time Warner and AT&T. Van Jones didn't seem to be too worried about it, he says CNN has their backs, we'll see.

Pragya said...

@aries moon

Yes, Trump and team have been holding the merger over TW's head for a while. I hope CNN doesn't cave. Or they get an independent buyer.

I wanted to appreciate another thing Anderson said on Thursday "clearly a different idea of reality."

Is anyone else getting genuinely worried for journalists because of Trump labeling them the enemy? You know how crazy his base is. One of them showed up at Comet Pizza with a gun. And he has a stupid rally today which the press will cover. I really wish they would stop showing up. It's not safe. Remember how he treated Katy Tur?

Pragya said...

I am so sorry about the multiple comments, but have a few things to say today. If there is a way to combine them, that would be amazing!

@aries moon

I have a question for you (and everyone else too, I guess.) You are an Obama fan, right, and when AC started reporting critically on Obama, you felt that he was being biased against Obama. So when AC brought in facts and people to support his criticism, did it start making you acknowledge that the criticism was right, or did it just make you resent AC more and therefore discount what he was saying? This may seem like a strange question, but was reading AC's comments from his Bucknell speech the other day and he was stressing the importance of journalists being as neutral as possible and as fact based as possible in these times because the country is so polarised. And at first I was like "No! You need to speak out more!" But then I started thinking about how helpful that would be. I know half the country sees Trump for what he is and would love the press to be even more opinionated against him (including me.) But his own base is so distrustful of the press that they don't care about anything they say. They are so convinced of bias that if AC holds up a red plate and says "this is red" they will insist it is not. So how does one convince them Trump is wrong? Is it by doubling down on Trump attacks, or by being as clinical as possible and letting them see that the facts themselves don't support Trump.

i know what you are thinking, who cares about the republican base? But here is the thing, the Republicans hold the House and the Senate and they ONLY care about their base because that' all they need to win. And they are the ONLY ones who can take action against Trump, no matter how many stories the press runs. And they will only do that if their own base starts abandoning them.

so what do you guys think?

Jaanza said...

@AriesMoon - whatever the reasons Zucker/CNN have Jeffrey Lord on and on at times when it's not necessary, I don't have to watch. A couple years back there was a rumor here on ATA of someone from 360 reading our comments. Or maybe by now CNN has "Max Headroom" style instantaneous ratings and can see a drop of viewers every time Lord shows up.
A definite fall in the ratings due to Lord is the only thing that would keep him off the air.

@Pragya - Yes I believe Anderson was unduly harsh on Obama and not tough enough on Trump during the campaign. Currently it may be a heck of a lot easier to be critical of Trump and I have appreciated every time Anderson did that. But he needs to keep it up and include GOP politicians who are hiding from their constituents or confirming idiots to Trump's Cabinet. The midterm elections of 2018 are still waaaaay far away and so much damage could be done by then.
The House of Representatives have a week away from Wash D.C. called "District Week" designed to go home and meet with the home voters. Anderson needs to cover if they do and what kind of reception they get and cover if they don't.

Bottom line: I like seeing Anderson get tough with Trump, perhaps in line with Christianne Amanpour's philosophy "I'm not neutral, I'm truthful." But I don't like the massive panels and panels with Lord on them. I won't watch those.

Anonymous said...

WHILE I AGREE WITH EVERYBODY HERE WHO CONSISTENTLY MAKE INTELLIGENT COMMENTS THAT CAN'T BE REFUTED, "FAKE FACTS," AS TRUMP WOULD CALL IT, MIGHT I REMIND YOU ALL, WE DID HAVE A REAL PRESIDENT, NOT TOO LONG AGO WHO SAID AND I QUOTE, "THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT "IS" IS." YEP, IT WAS
SAID BY MASTER MANIPULATOR, BILL CLINTON, AND WE ACCEPTED HIS VERBIAGE AS THE TRUTH, WHEN IN
FACT, IT WAS A LIE. NOT THAT BILL SHOULD BE EQUATED IN ANY WAY WITH THE LIES OF PRESIDENT DEMENTED. CLINTON STILL GOVERNED, BUT MY POINT IS, THE PRESENT ASS, IN THE WHITE HOUSE, WILL
NOT BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT WHO PLAYED GAMES WITH THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC, AND GOT AWAY WITH IT, AND WAS A DEMOCRAT NO LESS.
NOW DON'T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT I'M GETTING SOFT ON DRUMPF. BUT AS ONE CORRESPONDENT SAID
TODAY, THE MEDIA WILL ALWAYS BE THE VILLAIN SO LONG AS THEY ARE THE MESSENGER AND SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. THEY ARE AN EASY TARGET AND DRUMPF SUPPORTERS ARE NON READERS LIKE HE IS, AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE FACTS. THEIR INTELLECT IS PROBABLY LOWER THAN AVERAGE AND THEY
LIKE TO PLACE BLAME AND NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY. SO TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE A LOT IN COMMON WITH THEIR LEADER.
CNN COULD REPLACE JEFF LORD TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY, ANOTHER OBNOXIOUS TRUMP SUPPORTER WOULD SHOW UP. HE'S THERE TO CREATE BALANCE, EVEN IF WE'D ALL LIKE TO SMACK HIM IN THE FACE.
AND WHILE THE REPUBLICANS HOLD THE MAJORITY AND ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THEIR BASE, THE MINUTE TRUMP BECOMES AN LIABLITY ABROAD, AND NO ONE WILL TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY, THEY WILL
MAKE HIM RESIGN....TO SALVAGE THE PARTY, NOT THE COUNTRY. THEIR OATH IS TO THE PARTY. PARTY
LOYALTY IS EVERYTHING. SO WE DO HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH.....PUTIN?

aries moon said...

@pragya, I never resented AC for presenting actual facts about President Obama, especially if I could verify those facts by looking at a variety of sources--facts are facts, but what I didn't appreciate was his tendency to give Obama critics like McCain, Giuliani and others a platform to attack President Obama without having a liberal voice to counter it--AC says bias is something he thinks about a lot and that it's something he tries to be careful about--so his personal issues with President Obama refusing to be on his show should've been pushed aside and whatever reporting done on him should've remained neutral--it often wasn't.

Since the majority of Trump voters are dug in and see everything as fake news, journalists need to use whatever tools they have in order to point out where Trump is lying, dangerous and wrong, if it's a combo of facts and attacks, so be it--there ARE some Trumpies who can be reached and convinced. There's also the issue of Trump not being able to come through with all he promised AND if many of the things he promises DO go through (like the Obamacare repeal), they're going to ultimately hurt his core supporters who voted against their own interests or didn't realize that they were hurting themselves by accepting certain aspects the Trump agenda--once they realize that, the blame will land squarely on Trump and the GOP and that may erode some of their support over time.

Anonymous said...

THE WASHINGTON POST IS REPORTING THAT TRUMP WENT TO MELBOURNE, FLORIDA YESTERDAY TO IGNITE HIS BASE AND DIVERT ATTENTION. HE INSISTS THIS WILL BE ONE OF MANY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, GOING DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE, PROCLAIMING: "THE MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE."
EVEN JOHN MC CAIN AGREED THAT THIS IS A HARSH REALITY OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND WHENEVER YOU
TRY TO "CONTROL" CERTAIN ELEMENTS THAT CRITICIZE YOU, YOU ARE ULTIMATELY UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY. TRUMP CAN NOT TAKE ANY SORT OF CRITICISM, EVEN IF IT IS FACTUAL SO HE HAS CREATED A BARRIER WHERE HE IS ISOLATED, CALLING THE TRUTH "FAKE NEWS."
THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM ARE DEEMED LOYAL ONLY IF THEY AGREE WITH HIM, REGARDLESS OF THEIR OWN EXPERTISE. IT IS A "DANGEROUS" SITUATION WHEN SOMEONE HAS AN AVERSION TO THE TRUTH,
UNDERMINING THE VERY AGENCIES WHOSE MAIN RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE NATION,
REGARDLESS OF WHO IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. VERY SCARY STUFF BECAUSE HE IS SO IGNORANT.