Monday, February 13, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, February 13, 2017


Anderson Cooper was back in the anchor chair for an expanded edition of AC360 after a long weekend in Portland, OR and Denver, CO touring with Andy Cohen for their AC2 Live show.   (Jim Scuitto was in the AC360 anchor chair on Friday night.)

The 9pmET hour opened with breaking news from the Washington Post about The White House being warned that Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia (more than three weeks ago):


Anderson's interview with  Adam Entous of the Washington Post was followed by a discussion with Fareed Zakaria and David Gergen:


Blogger's Note:  It's now been reported that Flynn resigned.


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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

I have a really good reason for being 7 minutes late to Monday's 360: I have a really bad cold and watching the show could mean too much thinking and my stuffed-up head might explode. Nevertheless and less the panel discussions I did watch the first hour and my head is still intact.

At 7 minutes in Anderson was already helming a 7-pundit panel and the chyron read "Spicer: Trump "Evaluating The Situation" With Flynn". National Security Advisor Micheal Flynn's contacts with Russia (very possibly violating the Logan Act) has come under scrutiny. Even under normal conditions I'm not inclined to stay for the panel discussions and with my head threatening to explode or implode or meltdown I did not watch today and switched to Hayes.

The second segment started with Anderson's overview of Trump's unsecure security meeting (concerning North Korea's missle launches) this past weekend on the patio of Mara Lago during a dinner party. Numerous guests posted tweets and photos to socialmedia about the meeting in middle of the party. The panel was back but I heard Maggie Haberman say how ironic this was when the Trump team labeled Hillary Clinton as a security risk for her private email server. I didn't watch the rest of the discusssion.

Trump's unsubstantiated voter fraud claims, this time focusing on New Hampshire, got a clip of Trump advisor Stephen Miller bleating those delusions and a report by Jessica Schneider. The same massive panel was back and Jeffrey Lord got the first question. Lord insisted voter fraud has happened and needs to be investigated. Anderson asked him if it was in the millions; Lord deflected and babbled about Veep Pence's upcoming investigation. I changed the channel.

Anderson's interview with Jorge Ramos was pretty good. Mexicans, even some with puny criminal records are being deported. One of those cases involved a mom who had been here for 22 years, had used a false Social Security number years ago, was not a problem under Obama but under Trump she was deported. Anderson and Ramos discussed the fear in the Latino community, Trump's policies and the protests.

The last segment of the first hour had a clip from Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Trump's speeches. Trudeau stated Canada would welcome refugees. If Trump had a direct response to that it wasn't in the clip. Sara Sidner filed a report on refugees who seek asylum in Canada.
Anderson spent about 20 seconds on the Oroville Dam before previewing the start of the second hour: Flynn.

I might watch ATA's videos from the second hour tomorrow but right now I want to take some NyQuil and go to bed.

aries moon said...

General Flynn resigning is not the end of the story, as David Gergen said, what did Trump know and when did he know it? The press was so focused on exposing Hillary Clinton's emails during the campaign instead of really digging into Trump's ties to Putin--the signs have been there for a long time. There was some good reporting by White House correspondents Michelle Kosinski and Jim Acosta and also Nia Malika Henderson--all of whom were connecting the dots. There's more to this story and the press needs to keep digging no matter how many distractions and road blocks the Trump Admin will throw in their way.

Anonymous said...

HOWARD BAKER, DURING THE WATERGATE HEARINGS, ADDRESSED THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION WITH THE NOW
FAMOUS QUOTE: WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?
IN NIXON'S CASE, HE KNEW EVERYTHING SOONER THAN WE ALL THOUGHT AND THERE WERE TAPES TO PROVE IT. IN TRUMP'S CASE, AND THIS IS WHERE OUR LITTLE TALE OF WOE TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORST: WE ALL KNEW HE KNEW SOMETHING BEFORE HE WAS SWORN IN! THERE WAS A DARK CLOUD HANGING OVER TRUMP'S HEAD ON JANUARY 20TH, AND YET CONGRESS ALLOWED "THE IDIOT IN CHIEF"TO NOMINATE FLYNN AS OUR
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, ANYWAY. WHY? WHY DID THE GOP ALLOW THIS CON ARTIST TO PROCEED AS USUAL? IS THE GOP THAT DENSE, OR IS IT THEIR WAY OF UNDERMINING THE DEMOCRATS WITH THIS "ANYTHING GOES ATTITUDE?
THE GOOD THING IS, OUR CURRENT DUNCE OF A LEADER, CAN'T REMEMBER OR UNDERSTAND SECURITY MATTERS, LET ALONE SANCTIONS, SO WHAT HE KNEW OR DIDN'T KNOW, WILL ALWAYS BE UP IN THE AIR.
MY ONLY HOPE IS THAT THIS WILL LEAD TO TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT.....WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD THE REPUBLICANS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND RENOUNCED TRUMP BEFORE HIS INAUGURATION.
I HOPE THIS MAKES SENSE.