Friday, March 03, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, March 3, 2017


Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio.  The highlight of the program was Anderson's interview with Carter Page.  Below is the entire interview in three parts:

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Anderson has a story on 60 Minutes Sunday night.  Here's a preview ~

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From 60minutes.com:

France's Marine Le Pen to appear on 60 Minutes Can French populist candidate Marine Le Pen ride a hard line on immigration to the presidency like Donald Trump did?

Could a controversial French politician promising, much like Donald Trump did, to rein in immigration win the French presidency? Populist politician Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right National Front party, speaks to Anderson Cooper for a 60 Minutes report Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Like President Trump, Marine Le Pen takes a hard line on immigration and champions the unemployed workers of France, who she says have been harmed by globalization. Her views have resonated within the French electorate. She wants to drastically reduce legal immigration and deport all illegal immigrants, and she says she would also like to ban conspicuous religious garb in public, including Muslim headscarves and yarmulkes.

One thing Le Pen and some other French conservatives are upset about is a full-body swimsuit called the Burkini, which French Muslims have been wearing to the beach. Le Pen brought up the Burkini to make a broader point about immigration and assimilation in France, enlisting a French film star of the 1960s and 70s to help illustrate it. “[France] isn’t Burkinis on the beach. France is Brigitte Bardot. That’s France,” she tells Cooper. Is she trying to “make France great again,” just as Donald Trump promised during the campaign to “make America great again?” asks Cooper. “Of, course,” she replies, “I’ve been saying so for many years.”

She is also like President Trump in her attitude toward Russia. Calling the notion of a Russian threat a “scam,” Le Pen says, “I’ll tell you what the danger is for Europe. It’s carrying out a cold war against Russia and pushing Russia into China’s arms. That’s the threat.”

President Donald Trump does not condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin either, despite Russia’s military incursions into Ukraine. But Le Pen insists her intention is not to champion Putin, but rather, to look out for France. “Look. I’m not a fan in a rock concert, you see. I am a political leader in a great nation of the world. What interests me are France’s interests,” she tells Cooper.

Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, a French politician who co-founded the National Front and became infamous for anti-Semitic remarks. He was repeatedly found guilty in court of questioning the Holocaust. She has denounced her father’s extreme politics and says the two are now estranged, but his reputation still casts a shadow over her career.


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5 comments:

aries moon said...

Anderson did a great job pinning down Carter Page--not sure why that guy even bothers to do interviews, he's pretty shading and unconvincing.

Not sure what to make to AC's interview with Marine LePen for 60 Minutes, not sure I even want to watch it. I hate to see racist filth like her whitewashed and normalized, maybe AC will be tough on her, but he still doesn't think the obvious racist Steve Bannon is a racist, so who knows.

Anonymous said...

TRUMP HAS BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN EVERYBODY, IN EVERY COUNTRY. SO IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT AC IS INTERVIEWING SOMEONE WHO HAS SIMILAR VIEWS IN FRANCE.
PRESIDENT BONKERS WENT "BONKERS" OVER THE WEEKEND BECAUSE SO MANY OF HIS STAFF SEEMS TO HAVE"LIED UNDER OATH." NOT HIM OF COURSE, BUT WORD IS OUT THAT, LIKE THE GAME "HIDE AND SEEK," WE ARE GETTING "WARMER."
BONKERS KNOWS SO LITTLE ABOUT GOVERNMENT THAT HE BLAMED HIS COMMUNICATION STAFF MEMBERS FOR
"LEAKING." HE STILL DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT ALLEGEDLY SPEAKING TO RUSSIAN OPERATIVES ABOUT UPSETTING THE OUTCOME OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IS A CRIME.
IT'S LIKE BILL MAHER SAID ON HIS PROGRAM: "NO ONE TRUMP KNOWS IS EVEN CLOSE TO "INTELLIGENCE."
MAHER ALSO INTERVIEWED JEFF LORD. NO INTELLIGENCE THERE.

aries moon said...

Just when you think you've escaped seeing Jeff Lord on 360, he shows up on Real Time as Cappy says. Arrgh.

Anonymous said...

@ARIES MOON: BILL MAHER DIDN'T LET JEFF LORD GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING, LIKE HE DOES ON CNN.
HE SAID: "DON'T GIVE ME THAT BULL....S, JEFFREY. ALL THESE AIDES SPOKE TO RUSSIAN OPERATIVES,
AND THEY SAID, GEE HOW'S THE WEATHER?" REAL TIME IS ON HBO SO HE CAN SAY ANYTHING HE WANTS.
BUT LORD WAS BACK ON A SUNDAY SHOW. DOES HE EVER COMB HIS HAIR? OF COURSE HE WAS DEFENDING TRUMP, AND IN THE BACKGROUND WAS HIS PIX OF REAGAN....RIGHT, REAGAN AND TRUMP HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. WELL THEY BOTH CAME FROM SHOW BIZ.
AC HAS TO REMIND LORD THAT REAGAN WAS GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA BEFORE HE BECAME PRESIDENT.
AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO WITH HIS TIME BUT WIRETAP PRESIDENT BONKERS.
GIVE US A BREAK!

Pragya said...

@aries moon

I was worried about the Le Pen interview too, but Anderson handled it very well. That lady is a terror. I wonder if anderson got interested because Ben is French? The Carter Page interview was fantastic so it kinda broke my heart that Friday ratings were so down. I guess a lot of people figured anderson was off since he took thursday off. Maddow is doing really well these days.

aries, I don't think anderson doubts Bannon is a racist. he has never said that. what he keeps saying is, or rather asking is "do you have evidence that he is a white supremacist?" again he has never said "i don't think he is one," just "do you have any evidence." because bannon has been very careful in not leaving any evidence behind. I am surprised no one has been able to find a direct quote by him which could be used as evidence. and anderson keeps acknowledging that brietbart is a platform for the alt right so he knows that. but there were artcles a while back saying bannon had threatened to sue a major cable network over being called a white supremacist. i think it's safe to assume that was cnn. so no wonder they are being extra careful.

anderson will be on colbert today, btw.