Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from NYC in the 8pmET hour ahead of the CNN Health Care Town Hall in the 9pmET hour.   In the final segment, Sanjay Gupta joined Anderson and made a very important point that's not often mentioned regarding the repealing of Obamacare (ACA) and enacting the Republican/Trump/Ryan Health Care Plan in that it will affect everyone with insurance, even employer provided insurance, not just those that buy insurance through the exchanges or on Medicaid.

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Jaanza said...

The lead story was the federal judge in Hawaii who has blocked Trump's second travel ban; the ruling is nationwide but temporary. After a clip of candidate Trump dissing Muslims, Anderson spoke with Jessica Schneider for the details on the ruling and then Jeff Zeleny for the White House reaction. Zeleny was at Trump's rally in Nashville and I hoped and prayed CNN wouldn't broadcast Trump's speech. At the start they didn't. Anderson said Trump's speech would be "monitored" but then went on to talk about the legalities of the judge's travel ban decision with Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Toobin, Jason Miller and Paul Callan.

Trump's wiretapping delusion was the second segment's topic. Anderson reviewed Trump's and Sean Spicer'stweets and comments, the dictionary definition of wiretapping and how the Trump administration is trying to change that into something broader. Anderson talked to Jim Sciutto on how the wiretapping claim is playing out to the rest of the GOP and the Obama administration's surveillance of Russian communications that could have included some Trump campaign associates. Anderson interviewed Sen. Shelton Whitehouse (D-RI) (YAY! A not-Republican politician on 360!) about the lack of evidence, the state of the investigation and the definition of wiretapping. I loved it when WhiteHouse said this was a diversion from more important issues but Anderson didn't follow-up on that.
CNN broadcast Trump's speech at this point because Trump started talking about the Hawaiian judge's decision on his 2nd travel ban. Of course Trump doesn't like it, insisted it was necessary for safety and security, he'll fight up to the SCOTUS and win because Alan Dershowitz just said he'd win. Yada yada yada I channel surfed.
When I got back Trump was muted and Dershowitz was talking. Van Jones was there to counterpoint Dershowitz which he did rather well. When Anderson asked Jeffrey Lord a question I went to Hayes.

Anderson returned to Zeleny to get a review on Trump's speech, gave a brief promo for the CNN Town Hall coming up next on the GOP healthcare bill and then had a Sunian Serfaty report on that bill. Serfaty's report covered it's chances of passing, the number of GOPers who are against it, whether changes will be made and Rep. Paul Ryan's numerous tries to get more support for it. There was a short Q&A with Serfaty for some more info. Anderson also interviewed Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) for his viewpoint on the bill. The last few minutes of the show had Anderson talking to Sanjay Gupta and Gloria Borger for their perspectives.

Overall I'm glad CNN did not broadcast Trump's entire speech from Nashville. But it's still really annoying and irritating seeing Trump on the screen, even muted, for most of 360.

aries moon said...

The Republicans were hellbent on destroying President Obama's signature achievement of bringing health care to millions of needy people simply because HE accomplished it. Obamacare isn't perfect but it isn't collapsing either--so many people have benefitted from the law and many lives have improved because of it. It makes me so angry that the GOP are attacking Obamacare out of sheer spite for the former president--the hell the smug Paul Ryan and idiot Trump are catching from all sides as they attempt to sell their disaster of a replacement is exactly what they deserve. None of this had to happen. As ATA stated, Sanjay Gupta's rarely reported point about Obamacare was very interesting.

Totally agree with Jaanza about how irritating it is to see Trump's dumb 'campaign' rallies on AC360--saw some pics on Twitter showing that old Trumpy had trouble filling that arena he was in--LOTS of empty seats.

Anonymous said...

I MAY BE WRONG, BUT PRESIDENT OBAMA TIED UP OBAMA CARE SO TIGHTLY THAT IT WOULD MAKE IT INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT FOR THE REPUBLICAN'S TO REPLACE IT. NO ONE WHISPERED THIS IN MY EAR,
AS THE IDIOT MIGHT SAY....IT CAME FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA HIMSELF THE LAST FEW DAYS HE WAS IN OFFICE. I HAVE A FEELING THE BULK OF IT WILL REMAIN, ONLY BECAUSE PARTS OF IT ARE SIMPLY TOO COMPLICATED TO REPLACE.
@ARIES MOON: YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT AND THE REPUBLICANS COULD CARE LESS ABOUT SAVING THE POOR AND MAKING THE COUNTRY SOLVENT.
THEY WANT TO DESTROY THE PRESIDENT'S LEGACY ANYWAY THEY CAN.
THAT'S WHY DRUMPF CAN DO AND SAY ANYTHING HE WANTS, INCLUDING LYING ABOUT WIRETAPPING THAT WASN'T, AND CALLING PRESIDENT OBAMA "SICK" IN HIS TWEET... AND.GET AWAY WITH IT!
ISN'T LYING ABOUT ONE PRESIDENT FROM ANOTHER, AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE? IF THE ACT HAD BEEN REVERSED, YOU BET THAT OBAMA WOULD HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO.
ANDERSON ASKED THE "PANEL" IF TRUMP SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO OBAMA, AND ALL THE SURROGATE 'TWITS' TRIED TO "EXPLAIN AWAY" WHY THERE SHOULD BE NO APOLOGY. WHAT TRUMP DID IS UNCONSCIONABLE!

aries moon said...

@Cappy, you're right, the GOP (and the media) would've had their knives out demanding an apology from President Obama if he had made outrageous false accusations about Trump if the siuation were reversed. Trump owes President Obama a HUGE apology for all of the lies he's told over the years about him but Trump is a person of ZERO character and principles.