Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio.


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Jaanza said...

Tuesday's lead story was the special election in Georgia's 6th district for the House seat vacated by Tom Price, Trump's HHS Secretary. The other election today in South Carolina for the House seat formerly occupied by Mike Mulvaney, Trump's OMB Director, was not considered all that interesting and received far less coverage. John King was at the Magic Map and explained the numbers and the voters of the GA district choosing between John Ossoff (D) and Karen Handel (R). Next topic was "Unanswered Questions At The White House" focusing on Press Secretary Sean Spicer weaseling out of or just blatantly not answering reporters questions. Anderson had several clips of this and talked to Jeff Zeleny for the details. Zeleny went through some legal theories as to why there's no definite answers from the Trump administration. He also covered the GOP healthcare bil,. Zeleny also covered Spicer probably leaving his job, what the job is like and who Trump would choose as a replacement. Next up was Manu Raju reporting no Special Counsel Mueller meeting with House Intelligence Committee members and the state of the Russia investigation. Last was Anderson's interview with Sen. Angus King on all of these topics plus whether Mike Flynn will testify.

John King and his Magic Map covered the new numbers out of Georgia at the start of the second segment. The rest of the segment was a panel discussion with Gloria Borger, Dana Bash, Mark Preston and David Challian. I didn't pay much attention.

Anderson showed a clip of Trump commenting on Otto Warmbier's death in North Korea and Miguel Marquez had a report on the death, whether there would be an autopsy (probably not) and the international political ramifications. Anderson talked to David Gergen and retired Rear Adm. John Riley about Warmbier, what Obama could have done, what Trump should do, the three other Americans still detained and what does the U.S. do about North Korea now?

I was glad to see the GOP healthcare bill get a decent amount of coverage. Phil Mattingly reported on the bill, the possible vote next Thursday, its secrecy and the demands for its transparency. However, there were updates on the Georgia election beginning and ending this segment.

The police dash-cam video of the traffic stop and shooting of Philandro Castile was released today. Ryan Young reported on what is showed and later had a Q&A with Anderson.

I could not get into Tuesday's 360. Some news was new - Georgia election and the Castile dashcm video - but too much of the rest felt like the same old babble even the GOP healthcare bill segment. Maybe I should stop watching CNN in the afternoon so when 360 starts it's more likely to be news I haven't seen a few times already..

Anonymous said...

I'm probably in the minority here, but I can't get that worked up over Otto Warmbier's death. Don't get me wrong, I don't wish death on anyone and the North Korean regime is very evil and dangerous. However, Mr. Warmbeir and his family knew those things when he decided to travel to that country. There is no U.S. Embassy in North Korea so you are traveling at your own risk. There are State Department Travel Advisories warning against traveling to North Korea. IMO if you chose to go to such a country, you can't suddenly expect the U.S. government to come to your rescue if you encounter problems. People must take responsibility for their actions. The punditry about what The Obama Administration should have done or what the Trump Administration should do now regarding the three other Americans held in North Korea is just stupid. Do we get in a war because of a few independent citizens made bad choices? Again, don't get me wrong, I feel bad for the young man and his family, but I don't blame the U.S. Government for his death nor do I think our government should change policies over a single individual.

I'm also tired of the punditry reading so much into the special elections and the problems for the Democratic Party and how it's in such disarray. Given the districts in the Special Elections, the Dem candidates made some major inroads. I'm watching districts where Repubs have run unopposed suddenly have 2 or 3 Dems declare candidacy for 2018. There is a ground swell at the grassroots level in my area that I've never seen before, not even when President Obama was elected in 2008. And gerrymandering is being looked at in the courts. Many of the R districts were created by gerrymandering. 2018 and especially 2020 could look very different. I'm not saying there isn't some discussion going on in the Dem party, but I wouldn't count us dead yet, as so many of the AC360 punditry seems to want to do.

Interesting about the taxidermy bear belonging to Gloria's father.

Jenn

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH YOU JENN. OTTO KNEW THE RISK HE WAS TAKING AND SO DID HIS PARENTS.....BUT IF THE
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING FOR A VACATION.....?
YES, THE DEMS DID MAKE AN INROAD IN GEORGIA. NOW IF THEY CAN ONLY FIND AN ELECTABLE CANDIDATE
WE MIGHT BE GETTING SOME WHERE.
OUTRAGEOUS THAT TRUMP BLAMES ALL HIS PROBLEMS IN ADMINISTRATION, ON OBAMA. WHEN IS HE GOING TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY? WARMBIER'S DEATH TOOK PLACE UNDER HIS WATCH. NOT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. I CAN'T STAND TO WATCH HIM MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE PRESIDENCY!
OF COURSE CNN CLAIMED VICTORY FOR TRUMP IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RACE. NO, PEOPLE DON'T PULL THE LEVERS AND SAY "I HATE TRUMP," SO I'LL VOTE DEMOCRATIC. THAT'S RIDICULOUS. THEY CONSISTENTLY VOTE THEIR POCKETBOOKS, WHEN THEY VOTE AT ALL.

Jaanza said...

@Jenn - I agree with both your points.

Some people, don't know if Otto Warmbier was one of them, have a "challenge" mentality. They want to go places where they shouldn't be whether it be Mount Everest or North Korea. It's a challenge or it's different and exciting or they want to be one of the firsts to do it. I don't see the appeal myself, it's challenging enough for me to get to Paris.
And yes, if you do go somewhere you shouldn't don't expect swift rescue either on Mount Everest or North Korea. I learned even back in high school that you have to obey the laws of the country you visit and if drinking a beer out in public is okay in Las Vegas that doesn't mean you can do it in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. If you break a law in the country you're visiting you will be punished according to their system not ours. Warmbier allegedly took a poster off of a wall. Not a big deal here and probably not in Saudi Arabia either but it's North Korea.
Am I blaming a victim? In a large part - Yes. Don't go to North Korea. Go to Paris instead.

One of the reason Trump picked who he picked for his administration and these House seats opened up was the fact they were easily winnable seats for the GOP to retain. It sucks that the Democrats lost four in a row but hopefully the gerrymandering lawsuits at SCOTUS will help in the future.