Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lots of Breaking News

Not only was Monday's AC360 full of breaking Iraq news but we here at ATA also uncovered breaking Anderson Cooper news.

• Anderson's website has been nominated for a Webby Award for best celebrity/fan site. That's the good news. The bad news is he's in 3rd place in the voting. Please take a minute (that's really all it takes) to register and vote. Voting closes on April 27th (Friday).

Harper Collins announced on its website that Anderson will be appearing on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' on Friday, May 4th to promote the paperback release of 'Dispatches from the Edge'.

• CNN announced “CNN Heroes,” ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary deeds, will kick off May 1st. Anderson, along with an array of notable co-hosts, will present the winners of awards during a special live global broadcast on CNN/U.S. and CNN International on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET). The gala will include musical performances and documentary tributes to those being honored as well as to their accomplishments and continued work.

• CNN also announced the rescheduling of Larry King's anniversary celebration for next week. It was originally supposed to air last week but was postponed due to the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Anderson and Ryan Seacrest will be hosting a two-hour special 'Larry King - 50 Years of Pop Culture' on Thursday, May 3rd beginning at 9 PM (ET). The wonderful PR people at CNN Atlanta were kind enough to forward this promotion picture to us. Enjoy, I know we did! How does AC keep it all straight? I have no idea. Maybe that's what he was working on so intently with his laptop Monday night? One thing I do know, he wasn't emailing me!
I had to stay off caffeine (that includes chocolate!) all day on Monday because of some tests I'm having run today. So since I didn't consume my usual gallons of Diet Pepsi I had a little trouble focusing on the show Monday night. I tried, but I kept switching to 'Dancing with the Stars' and forgetting to switch back. I planned on watching the show when I was doing the screencaps, but without that caffeine jolt I can't keep my eyes open. So I'll leave you tonight with some caps of the show and a promise that by Tuesday night I'll be running on full octane. I plan on hitting every 7-11 on my way home from the doctors for refills of my Big Gulp!

PS: I've hotlinked this post to death but I'm adding one more because I love when someone agrees with me. This article from today's Advertising Age addresses the little whirling logo that appears in the bottom corner of 360. They found it particularly annoying during the coverage from VT. I find it particularly annoying all the time.


ACAnderFan said...

I liked last nites 360. I thought it was really good. It was nice to have a normal 360 with different kinds of news.

With that said, is it me or did Andy seem distracted. Like he was distant and had something more pressing on his mind. I don't know how to explain it, but he just seemed like his mind on other things. And I've never seen him on that laptop so much. Something is going on.

FanGirl moment: Andy looked so good last nite. Very very very handsome. I loved the suit/shirt/tie. And his hair looked so very soft.

Roonie said...

Darnit, I missed the show. Stupid homework again.

I am totally voting for the Webby award and really hope that he surpasses the other two, whoever they may be.

That picture of Ryan, Anderson and Larry is TOO CUTE!! They looked like they had a lot of fun during that photo shoot :)

So, Anderson is going to be a guest on R&K and not hosting for a change? I hope so, b/c that would be a nice change of pace.

I really wish he went on a larger book tour around the country!! I've never been to a book signing before.

Lastly, I agree with you Phebe about the animated logos. I emailed them a while back to make the logos smaller b/c they seriously took up half the screen and I couldn't see any of the "Raw Data" graphs. Sure enough, shortly there after, they became smaller! I think we should keep the emails going and maybe they'll do something.

swmpratt said...

Phebe - that is a great picture of Anderson with Larry and Ryan. They ALL look really great.

I liked the variety of news tonight. Too bad the news from Iraq was so bad.

I voted for the AC's website. Hope he gets more votes and wins!

copperfish said...

Yep, I've cast my precious vote. I hope the site wins in the category.

I knew nothing about publications of books, but does it always follow that after the hardbound editions there should always be the paperback versions? Or because there is such a demand for it? I'd be appreciative for any insights.

The PR people of CNN Atlanta sent the picture to us, does that mean that they are also reading this site. Uuumm..just curious to know. I loved the picture they sent. The trio looked adorable in their black tops. I was thinking how tall RS is coz he's shorter than the two.

@Phebe, as far as I'm concerned that whirling logo doesn't bother me a bit. But as you said you loved it when someone agrees with you so there you go, who else but the Advertising Age does. :-)

Anonymous said...

Last night's show was great as usual but it seems as if Anderson was very tired; he kept just blanking out... it was kinda funny :)
The most memorable part of the show for me, was when Anderson was talking to Sheryl Crow and the other lady in New Orleans and she (the lady with Sheryl Crow) wouldn't let him or her get a word in edge ways; you can tell she is very passionate about this! haha

PS: The swooshing was particularly annoying and noticeable last night, and the stupid logo takes up like half the screen!

Anonymous said...

Love to see Michael Ware back again. I throughly enjoyed the Raw Politic segment, but I was disappointed when I did not get to see Peter & Nic. Maybe today. Andy looked rested last night. Hopefully he will stay through month of April, before trotting out to another part of the world.

snooks said...

Bit of Trivia - in today's New York Times crossword puzzle clue 40 down "Anderson Cooper's channel"

ACAnderFan said...

@nardeenaa, I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that Andy seemed out of it last nite. He did seem tired. And he seemed like he had something very heavy on his mind. He just didn't seem like himself at all. I hope everything is OK. I worry about him. Lately he seems like something is really bothering him or upsetting him.

Anonymous said...

The whirling logo bothers me a lot. I emailed them a while back and told them it was distracting and annoying and the sound effects remind me of a creaky door in an old Boris Karloff movie! Didn't do any good, but maybe if enough of us complain, they will cut it out. Who knows?

Anonymous said...

New York Times crossword puzzle clue 40 down "Anderson Cooper's channel"
CNN! Right? CNN?

Cindy said...

The show was good last night but Anderson looked very, very tired. He looked as if he could barely make it and didn't want to be there. Plus they had him caked with makeup to hide his big bags under his eyes...which it didn't do by the way!

He needs to get some rest! Big time!! When he has time off he really needs to take that time off instead of working. He is working WAY too much. He is running himself into the ground IMO. If he doesn't ease up soon he's going to hit rock bottom HARD!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know how others feel, but I did not care for the interview last night on 360 with Suze Orman. She seemed to be blaming women for receiving less pay than men. She seems like an angry, unhappy person. I was disappointed that Anderson did not challenge her or propose another point of view. The problem goes far beyond the lack of aggressive behavior in many women, as Orman seems to believe.

sydney said...

Did anyone else download the podcast for last night's show? What was up w/ those "facial exercises" Anderson was doing at the beginning? LOL! That's really the only way I can describe it. He suddenly goes from almost a grimace to a very large dimply grin. It's almost like he either didn't know he was on, or someone offscreen made a joke. Either way, you'd think they would've cut it out, but I'm glad they didn't because it's cute!

I liked what I saw on the podcast, especially Gary Tuchman's report from VT - he's the only one who seems to really rival Anderson as far as showing such compassion. Can't wait to see the rest!

Anonymous said...

11:20: regarding your comment about Suze Orman, perhaps Anderson didn't challenge her is because perhaps he didn't feel he was well-versed enough on the subject to challenge her? To me, the wage difference between men and women seemed like a new topic for him. I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

acanderfan: I noticed also that Anderson seemed distant or distracted last night and he just couldn't get to that laptop fast enough, very intent on it. Like he was waiting for an e-mail back or something. Seemed like an appointment book he had up on his screen.

Anonymous said...

I am just going to go with my thoughts.

Do we only get to vote once per email address for the Webby awards? Because if that is the case I will register with my second email address to vote again :P

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the photo of Anderson/Larry/Ryan. What and amazing photo. I can't wait until next Thursday to finally see the LK tribute.

Anderson as a guest on R&K - fantastic, thanks for the heads up. I love when Anderson gets to host/guest on talk shows cause he is so funny.

I know Anderson has various versions of the "YR" tie but that tie has a new meaning for me so it is up there are my favoutite tie. So I am going to fangirl and say Anderson looked fabolous.

Michael Ware.....I love him but he looked so tired last night. It looked like he hadn't slept in a while but he is still awesome :) I loved his bedhead hair last night.

The Virginia Tech ceromony was very simple and nice. It still is so raw to everyone.

Raw Politics - great as usual. The John Edwards $400 haircut makes me laugh everytime :P

Carl Rove freaked out cause Sheryl Crow wanted to talk to him......dude needs to take a chill pill

Rick Sanchez piece was very intriging. I am always very cautious when I travel. I don't want to get locked up in some foriegn prison for 30 years. And this guy from the sounds of it didn't do it.

Oh how I have missed "The Shot" it's been like almost 2 weeks without it. Things are slowly getting back to normal. All is getting right with the world again.

The whole men/women pay thing. I work for the government so everyone's job is classified at levels and all get paid the same depending on the level whether male or female. I work in an office of like 17 people and there are only 2 guys. So I don't really have much to add to this debate.

The skater getting kicked in the head - can we all say ouch......That had to hurt cause it hurt me watching it

I love how Anderson says see you tomorrow or have a good night it just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling (hehe)

Anderson blogged again.....maybe he will get into the habit of doing it more often again :)

Sorry this was long but I wanted to try and get evrything in on one post.

Anonymous said...

For one who has been in the work world and had to deal with the gender pay gap issue early on in her career, I, unfortunately, agree with what Suze Orman is saying. Women are generally "too nice" and don't speak out in comparison to men in the workplace.

And, god forbid, if they did, what happens? They get labeled with the b-word (rhymes with witch). It's really a double-edged sword.

What is unfortunate here is that the solution shouldn't be put all on the woman's shoulders to speak out or demand a raise. In this day and age, the equality of pay should not be an issue at all. I'm glad AC covered this topic last night. Would have been more interesting if he had a panel on rather than just Suze Orman though.

Anonymous said...

@sydney..the facial impressions on the podcast were classic..he kind of looked like he had new contacts in or something..that is if he wears contacts. I would think he could afford Lasik but who knows! I also loved the way Michael Ware said "Mary"land..so cute.

sydney said...

Finally got to watch the show. Megan, I'm in the same boat as you so I guess we are very fortunate to not have to deal with this pay gap. DH was watching w/ me and said "to make it even worse, the women are probably working twice as hard, too." - is it any wonder I love him? :-)

And those skaters, YIKES! Whoever stitched her up did a good job, she looks great. It must be really hard to jump back on that horse.

Unknown said...

I partially agree with Suze. We, as woman, do not ask for what we deserve. We do need to stand up for ourselves and most of us are 'too nice'. But at the same time we are taken advantage of. We wouldn't have to stand up and demand higher wages if we just got what we deserved to begin with.

I worked as a manager at Ross for awhile and one night I saw a list of everyone's salary on the desk in the office and ALL the men made way more than the woman. I didn't think that attitude exsisted but I was wrong. Not only that but some of guys that were underneath me made almost as much as I did! It was sickening. But I have to admit I didn't say anything about it. I just found another job. I really should have asked for more money. In my current job I probably should be making more, but it's scary because you fear loosing your job if you ask for more.

swmpratt said...

I didn't agree with Suze. When I worked I was in a technical/mgmt. position. I had 3 degrees (one a masters), over 15 years of experience, and was considered a critical resource in my department. But the men who worked for me made 15 to 20 percent more than I did, and I was a level higher. I went to my boss, his boss, and HR about it. HR had made the pay scale so complicated and based on so many factors that there was no way you could ever understand it, much less argue it; you were told to be grateful you EVEN had a job (they were starting to lay off so that was a consideration); and that the men who worked for me had been with the company a lot longer than I had. Well, that one I could argue - another woman who had the same sort of position I had in another group also made 15 to 20 percent less and she had been there as long as her crew and my crew. HR just said they couldn't discuss with me anyone else's circumstances but my own.

It resolved itself in time - they outsourced all the jobs to India so now the men make the same as I do - ZERO.

Asking, being aggressive, etc. as Suze recommended may work in smaller shops who have a hard time getting workers, but it does not work for big corporations where people are lining up to work for them because they are big, they pay more than other places, and they have superior benefits. While they want you to be aggressive on your work, they will let you go if you are aggressive about your pay. I watched it for 20 years; it never changed and was the same from one company to another. And the funny thing was that the companies couldn't understand why their people were not loyal to them!!