Friday, December 26, 2008

A Most Excellent 360

I really had no intention of blogging Friday’s AC360. After all Anderson Cooper was officially on vacation and unofficially so was I. But I had the program on in the background while packing for my official vacation and found it too good to ignore.
Erica Hill was at the helm, which for me is always enjoyable. Lucky for us whoever produced Friday’s AC360 got all the politics, economy and bail out news out of the way early and gave us some extras that made it a great program.Tom Foreman gave us the skinny on holiday spending….the percentages of what was up (not much) and what was down (most everything).Joe John’s covered the bailout. (Are you beginning to see the 360 formula....economy, bailout, transition of power. Every night, same old…same old.) Ed Henry covered the transition…including the Blago situation, and then both men were joined by The Gerg to further hash out the non-events of the day. Gotta love David for saying if it wasn’t such a quiet news day no one would be discussing the Blago story. There was a light moment at the end of the panel when Erica showed Ed on Waikiki beach on Christmas Day.

Thelma Gutierrez filed a report on the horrific story from California about the holiday massacre that killed 9 people and Chad Myers gave us the news on the severe winter weather that much of the nation is experiencing. There was also a story on the Presidential and Vice Presidential dogs (I'm so over this) and Randi Kaye did the 360 Bulletin.

It’s been forever since we’ve had news on our troops in the Middle East and although we didn’t get much of it in Nic Robertson's report he did catch us up on the situation between India and Pakistan. Here is the clip:

After Nic’s report we were lucky enough to get Peter Bergen’s perspective on the situation in a special Strategy Session (note to AC360 time to come up with some new catch phrases…..Strategy Session, Transition of Power, etc. is so last year).

And somewhere in the middle of the program was vintage Anderson and a look back at the tsunami of 2004 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. How long have we been waiting for a follow up on this tragic event and others? I really, really appreciated this 360 Dispatch.

Some odds and ends to squeeze in as 2008 comes to an end:
I have finished ATA's 2009 calendar. It features photos of Anderson Cooper from this year's political conventions, debates and the Election Center. To download your free calendar just follow the link.

We will be live blogging during the NYE broadcast on Wednesday night. Our live blog event will begin around 10 PM Eastern and run into the wee hours of the morning. If you miss the live broadcast but want to watch the repeat we will still be posting comments.

While on the topic of NYE we want to thank Kristien, who sent us this from AC's Facebook page.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host live coverage of the New Year’s Eve celebration at New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 11 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (ET).For “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin,” which will air in HD, CNN anchors and correspondents will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world.
•Anderson Cooper 360 co-anchor Erica Hill joins Cooper in New York’s Times Square.
•CNN correspondent Gary Tuchman is live from Central Park in New York for the annual Midnight Run.
•Correspondent Sean Callebs reports from New Orleans, Louisiana
•CNN correspondent John Zarrella from Key West, Florida
•HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight” Hollywood co-host Brooke Anderson from “Club CNN” in Las Vegas
•Musical performances include: Lil Wayne from Atlanta, Georgia; Lynyrd Skynyrd from Pikeville, Kentucky; My Morning Jacket from New York; Coolio from Las Vegas; 3 Doors Down from Duluth, Georgia; and Hinder from Dayton, Ohio.
•CNN will solicit viewers to “Show Us Your Party” using iReport contributions from its global audience.
•CNN will post and broadcast video, images and other submissions about celebrations around the world

This will be my last night blogging for a while. My family and I are heading North to spend some time in the frozen tundra. Isn't it funny that so many of you who live in cold weather climates long for a vacation somewhere warm, while we who live in the desert seek out the cold? We have a beautiful A-frame home near the slopes to enjoy for the week and the young among us plan on skiing and snowboarding. We're taking the Flexible Flyer for some sledding and I may even venture out on the snowmobile once or twice. There is no Internet or cell phone service at the 'cabin' so I'll be ATA-less for the week. But we do have satellite television so I shouldn't miss Anderson, Erica and Kathy on NYE. I leave you in the good hands of the ATA team and hope to be back blogging on January 6th (if I return in one piece). Happy New Year everybody. ~ Phebe

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Phebe wrap up snug. Erica did well tonight; it was worth watching. I was going to give it a miss as well.
Moley Willows

ACAnderFan said...

Erica did a great job last nite. I reall wish she could anchor more often.

The stores want tax free shopping days, but really are you going to save that much??? Where I live tax is 6 cents on the dollar so if you spend $100 you'll save $6. I'm sorry but $6 is not alot of money and you had to spend $100 just to save that $6. You don't really save anything with the sales tax.

I loved when Erica showed how Ed's Christmas day was. Wouldn't be nice if your Christmas was like his on a nice beautiful beach.

Anderson's 360 DIspatach was great. He needs to do reporting from the field more often. He's so good at it and totally in his element.

Kristien, thnaks for finding all that infor about NYE. The music for NYE sucks. They really could do better.

Enjoy your vacation Phebe!

Kristien said...

I wish the 360 Dispatch could have been a bit longer, I like seeing "vintage" Anderson clips.

Always nice to see Peter Bergen and Nic Roberts, eventhough they usually have not so very cheerful things to talk about. (Peter's hair is getting long, I like it!)

Phebe, have a great vacation and see you in the new year! (don't break any bones!)

Anonymous said...

Erica is not worth watching. I am sorry that Anderson and others feel that she is capable and worthy of even being in the studio with Anderson much less subbing for him.

After last night, AC360 has permanently lost of viewer of 7 years.

I do want to give credit to Phebe for such a nice site here.

Nebraska Fan said...

Have a great vacation, Phebe, you deserve it. We'll miss you on NYE but will think of you with your family having all that fun!

Anonymous said...

@anon 6:29 AM: I am no Erica fan, but to say she is "not worth watching," is very harsh. I agree that Soledad is better, but this time of year she must be busy.
Each anchor has there own style and she is young, and I don't think the entire AC viewership really appreciates her youthful vitality. Personally, she can sub for him any time, as long as she just subs. Last nite was just fine.

Anonymous said...

I went back to the live blog posts from last night,AFTER the show,and someone wrote in with a comment:

stating said that Anderson was in California.

Well,does this person know that for certain?
They have no way of knowing at all.

NO ONE knows for sure where he is,unless they work for him,so they should not speculate about his whereabouts,or put it on the blog, like they KNOW his every move!

Anonymous said...

I hope you have a fun vacation.....
I am glad you are taking break.... But I miss you on the blog....Anyway, Erica Hill was great job fill-in for Anderson... I saw Ed Henry wore best short with Santa Claus hat!!! LOL I like it.... He was having fun time on the beach! I enjoy Ed's humor. Hope you have fun Christmas Day!
I can't wait see Anderson and Kathy to join party Happy New Year Eve next Wednesday on CNN TV... Yes, I have facebook too... Happy Vacation Phebe!
Also Happy New Year 2009 to bloggers and crew!

QuotidianEditorialist said...

Was just watching TBS Funniest Commercials of the Year and they played the old CNN ad of Anderson "I'm a reporter, that's my job" from CNN at Your Command.

What a great flashback! I checked the website, but it is not on the website.

Just wanted to let you know should they repeat the show later.

Enjoy your vaca Phebe.

Anonymous said...

How do I get to play the 'nth before Christmas'' clip WITHOUT downloading another thing to play it on?


IS there another way to play it,
Windows Media Player, Quick Time, OR ANYTHING?


Phebe said...

@anonymous 9:43, the 'night before Christmas' Nth is not in our ATA archives. We are at the mercy of the server it is stored on. Sorry but there is nothing we can do to help you.

Anonymous said...

It really bothers me when CNN/AC360 report situation in other country when either the US has some interest in it or Anderson has some personal interest in the region or story. Why is it that only now we heard about the situation in India-Pakistan without them even bothering to mention the developments that happened over the last few days ? Like no word about that one surviving attacker who asked for Pakistan's help in a letter.

Anonymous said...

anon 6:48 PM: That Friday night he was trying to get a flight out and spent the entire weekend getting a flight - Erica's webcam mic was left on during the entire program apparently unbeknownst to Anderson. He said stuff about where he was going to be an such, with Toobin and all

Anonymous said...

Let's hope 2009 AC360 claims its journalism
independence along with the rest of CNN.
I hope in the future CNN goes with someone
like TJ Holmes for the 7pm hour, Erica Hill
for the 8pm hour , Larry King at 9 until he
retires and than Anderson and Team 360
finishing up for the night. CNN needs to
get some 20 and 30 somethings in the
mix. Jon Stewart is right, someone needs to
do the news.

Anonymous said...

anon 3:36 PM Uh, Erica Hill will never get her own program at 8:00 PM - not on CNN. They need someone who can pull in the ratings, and others who are more seasoned than her have not been able to do it.