Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday's 360 Took on Bullying

Anderson Cooper opened AC360 with a rundown of tonight's program highlights: 'Clearly a Bully' - should the Michigan Assistant States Attorney be fired? Rutgers Suicide - Dr. Phil to weigh in and Doctor Detectives - a follow up with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

KEEPING THEM HONEST, "CLEARLY A BULLY": A report by Anderson Cooper

MICHIGAN A.G. PRESSED TO FIRE ASST., GOV. SAYS SHE'D HAVE FIRED HIM BY NOW: Follow up discussion with Jeffrey Toobin and Jim Tierney,Columbia School of Law & Former Attorney General of Maine

TO TELL THE TRUTH: Palin "Refudiated" - A discussion of Palin's tweet about Grayson's ad with Dana Loesch, Co-organizer, St. Louis Tea Party Coalition & Roland Martin

360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye

TRAGIC RUTGERS SUICIDE, CYBERBULLIED STUDENT JUMPED OFF BRIDGE: Anderson Cooper's discussion with Dr. Phil McGraw, Host of "The Dr. Phil Show"

DOCTOR DETECTIVES: Replay of Sanjay's report on Sally Massagee and a follow up interview with Sanjay and Sally.

EXTRAS: From Twitter today. Apparently, the taping of the Town Hall on Bullying Special took place today and Crystal Bowersox stuck around the newsroom for a bit and entertained the staff.

Ellen has taken up the bullying cause along with Anderson Cooper and others in the media who hope to make a difference. AC360 aired her impassioned plea to those suffering in Thursday's AC360 and AC added a personal aside. Here's the clip:

Ellen added some links for those who need help in the press release we received:

I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. There is help out there. You can find support in your community. If you need someone to talk to or if you want to get involved, here are some organizations doing great work:
The Trevor Project at 866 4U TREVOR. It's a 24 -hour national help line for gay and questioning teens.
Angels and Doves is a nationwide anti-bullying non profit organization. Their website is

Earlier this week we received a press release about the combined CNN/People Magazine/Cartoon Network anti-bullying campaign that will happen next week.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, PEOPLE Magazine and Cartoon Network Team up for Anti-Bullying Initiative

Town Hall, Special Series Titled Bullying: No Escape AC 360 Special Report

with PEOPLE Magazine and Cartoon Network

As part of a larger commitment to the anti-bullying efforts across various Time Warner divisions, CNN, PEOPLE Magazine and Cartoon Network will team up for a special multi-platform report on the bullying epidemic facing young people in America.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who has covered numerous stories about the rise of bullying, will recognize October’s Bullying Prevention Month by presenting a one-hour special town hall on Anderson Cooper 360°. The town hall, titled Bullying: No Escape; an AC 360 Special Report with PEOPLE Magazine and Cartoon Network, will air Friday, October 8th at 10pm ET on CNN.

The town hall participants will include author and psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, and Rosalind Wiseman, author of the best-selling book “Queen Bees and Wannabees”, which inspired the movie “Mean Girls”. American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox will share how being bullied fueled her creative passion and how she plans to protect her son from experiencing what she did. Also, families struggling with this painful and important issue will discuss how bullying has become so prevalent and what parents and children can do to stop it. Cartoon Network Bullying Prevention Board members Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and Dr. Susan Limber of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University, also will participate with the AC 360 town hall to discuss the latest understandings and response options for bystanders, who represent 75-85% of students in schools considered witnesses to bullying. Cooper will explore who bears the responsibility to stopping bullying.

PEOPLE Magazine has dedicated significant coverage to the bullying epidemic over the last several years. The magazine will run a bullying package in the October 18 issue which hits newsstands on October 8. This special editorial section will feature interviews with residents of South Hadley, MA, Phoebe Prince’s hometown, confessions of a former bully, stories from students who were tormented in school and much more.

Cartoon Network recently announced its long-term commitment to a multi-platform bullying prevention initiative Stop Bullying: Speak Up, scheduled to launch on Monday, Oct. 4 in coordination with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Anti-Defamation League, The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and the U.S. Dept. of HHS’s Health Resource

Service Administration’s “Stop Bullying Now” campaign, on-air PSAs will direct young viewers and parents to visit for key online resources developed in coordination with the network’s recently established Bullying Prevention Advisory Board.

Across the CNN Platforms, programming can also be seen on CNN’s American Morning in a special series, “Back to School=Back to the Bullies”, and on a special section of ( ), iReport, HLN and CNN Student News.

“Anderson Cooper and his team have dedicated time and resources to bring this problem the attention it deserves for several years,” said Jim Walton, President, CNN Worldwide. “We are pleased to be able to join with cartoon Network and PEOPLE Magazine to continue to raise awareness of this issue through our various platforms and networks.”

“After the unprecedented reader response to our Phoebe Prince coverage, we realized that the bullying epidemic has affected most of our 45 million weekly readers in some way,” said Larry Hackett, Managing Editor, PEOPLE. “We were thrilled that our partners at CNN and Cartoon Network agreed to join us in shining a light on this important issue and offering help and resources to our audience.”

“Through more than a year’s work with bullying prevention experts, we learned there are proven tactics that kids as bystanders can use to interrupt and possibly put an end to a bullying situation,” said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operation officer of Cartoon Network. “Our goal, which I know is shared by our CNN and PEOPLE Magazine partners, is to help spread awareness of many resources kids, parents and educators can turn to should they find themselves caught in a bullying situation.”

Leading up to the town hall, Anderson Cooper 360° , in conjunction with PEOPLE Magazine will air a week-long series on bullying, beginning Monday, October 4th at 10 pm ET. The reports will include interviews with Debbie Witsell, the mother of Hope Witsell who killed herself after becoming the victim of sexting bullying. The reporting will look into the world cyber-bullying, how deadly comments on the web can be for some children. Dr Sanjay Gupta will explore the different techniques used to increase empathy to stop bullying amongst kids. The series will also update the latest in the Phoebe Prince case, another teen suicide as a result of bullying. Also, families struggling with this painful and important issue will discuss how bullying has become so prevalent and what parents and children can do to stop it.

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AC Takes on Daytime

Press Release from Telepictues:

Telepictures Productions Signs Deal with Emmy® -Award Winning Television Personality to Produce One-Hour Daily Strip for Daytime Television to be Distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

BURBANK, Calif. (September 30, 2010) -- Anderson Cooper has signed a deal to host a new, one-hour daily daytime strip, set for national syndication launch in Fall 2011, it was announced today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, and Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions.

"Over the course of the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work on a number of daytime programs," said Anderson Cooper. " It's fun and interesting to work in daytime television. The format is unique and you can really go in-depth on a wide range of fascinating and compelling stories. With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way. It's an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself and create something worthwhile and special in daytime."

"There is a great opportunity in the marketplace for this type of show," said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. "Fall '11 begins a transition period when long established franchises are leaving the air and making way for a new generation of shows. Anderson Cooper is one of the most distinctive voices of the next generation of television. His popularity and skills uniquely position him to be the next big syndication franchise."

"The hallmark of Telepictures' success has been attracting iconic talent and building franchises based on their personalities. From my early days working with Rosie through our success with Ellen, we have been able to identify great talent at the right time that fills a void in daytime. Anderson fills that void today, and I'm thrilled that we'll be welcoming him to the Telepictures family. Anderson is one of those rare talents that has a relatable and authentic persona, a keen sense of humor and intelligence and has already demonstrated his ability to resonate with daytime viewers," said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions.

Cooper will bring his passionate voice and personal perspective to a topical daily talk show that will tell the stories that are capturing the daytime audience's attention. The show will have a broad palette that will cover social issues, trends and events, pop culture and celebrity, human interest stories and populist news. Cooper will tap into his compassion and fascination with the human condition and share compelling and provocative personal stories and tackle the issues that will stir debate while bringing his humorous take on what is top of mind for the daytime audience.

Cooper will address water cooler topics and interview the real people, populist newsmakers and celebrities behind these stories. From undercover investigations to hidden camera experiments, the show will give the audience new perspective in an effort to gain insight into relevant issues and social trends affecting women's lives. In addition, Cooper will hold town hall meetings on hot button issues from race to infidelity to Internet predators. When there is breaking news, he will take the audience along with him right into the eye of the storm, as he goes beyond the headlines and into the lives of those affected. The show will feature audience participation both in the studio and live chats with home viewers. Like his predecessors Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue, Anderson Cooper will create a daily destination for multiple generations of women looking to be informed and entertained, gain perspective, and stay connected to each other and the world around them.

Cooper will continue to anchor CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," a provocative alternative to the typical network evening newscast, airing weeknights at 10 p.m. ET. Cooper joined CNN in December 2001 and served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq. In addition to reporting for CNN, Cooper, an award-winning journalist, also provides reports for CBS's "60 Minutes." Dispatches from the Edge, Cooper's memoir about covering the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and other news events, topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and other bestseller charts. Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, "The Mole." He anchored ABC's live, interactive news and interview program, "World News Now," as well as providing reports for "World News Tonight," "20/20" and "20/20 Downtown."

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.

The show will be based in New York City and produced by Telepictures Productions in association with StrongChild Productions and Anderson Cooper will serve as an Executive Producer.

Received this morning from CNN PR:

Jim Walton, President, CNN Worldwide: “I am pleased that Anderson Cooper has extended his relationship with CNN and will be with us for years to come. I am also pleased to congratulate Anderson on his new relationship with Telepictures. We think it will be good for Anderson, good for CNN and good for Time Warner.”

Anderson Cooper: “I remain as committed as ever to my program on CNN, and will be with CNN for years to come.”

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Not Your Average Wednesday

On tonight's Anderson Cooper 360: follow up on yesterday's story of the college student who is being targeted by Michigan's Asst Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, a campaign ad that reenacts a senator's alleged visit with a prostitute, and an interview with Michael J. Fox.


MICH. A.G. CALLS EMPLOYEE'S BLOG 'OFFENSIVE': Discussion with Jeffrey Toobin and Jonathan Turley

SEX, ADS AND POLITICS: Report by Tom Foreman

360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye

BULLYING TRAGEDY: Interview with Amy & David Truong and their advocate

MICHAEL J. FOX'S FIGHT: Sanjay Gupta interview with Michael J. Fox

BISHOP SEX SCANDAL: Details from Anderson Cooper

360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye


Anderson to host his own daytime talk show? An article from the Hollywood Reporter says that negotiations could close as early as Friday on the possible new show. Here's their article:

Exclu: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is close to a deal for a syndicated daytime talk show.

The "Anderson Cooper 360" host is deep in talks with Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a program that would be pitched to stations in the next couple of weeks targeted to launch in fall 2011.

The as-yet-untitled project will not have a hard-news focus, though given Cooper's background, he'll likely bring a more journalistic approach to handling popular topics compared to most daytime fare.

The show is billed as a topical format that will cover everything from celebrities and pop culture to social issues and wide-interest news stories. Using his well-established interview skills, Cooper's show is expected to welcome a broad range of guests and tackle debate-provoking subjects.

Cooper would also serve as an executive producer.

The talk show deal is complex because its being coordinated between Warner Bros., Cooper and Cooper's employers at CNN -- who have an exclusive contract with the newsman. The deal, which has been in talks for more than a month and may close by the end of the week, calls for Cooper to continue hosting "360." With a lot of moving parts at play, however, sources caution the deal is not yet a sure thing.

Warner Bros. hopes to launch Cooper's show next fall, coming into the marketplace just as talk queen Oprah Winfrey exits to launch her cable network OWN. The vacancy has spurred a surge of talk contenders whose projects are in various stages of deployment (including Dr. Oz, Nancy Grace and Jenny McCarthy).

Cooper's show would air in early fringe in a cash-plus-barter deal, counter-programming more celebrity-oriented programs such as "Access Hollywood." It's not yet clear which station group Warners will line up as its first carriage partner to help galvanize further clearances.

Cooper has flirted with becoming a talk show host before. He recently experimented with a talk-style format during his "360" tapings. Last year Cooper was rumored to be under consideration for replacing Regis Philbin on "Live! With Regis and Kelly," a show he's guest hosted several times.

The arrival of Cooper on the syndie scene would represent the rare crossover of a TV personality from serious primetime news into the daytime space. Cooper could draw comparisons to silver-haired daytime legend Phil Donahue, though Donahue originally only hosted morning news and radio programs. "The View" co-hosts Barbara Walters and Meredith Vieira, however, both have extensive news experience.

Also, Anderson moderated a panel today on mobilizing communities in times of crisis. Here's the information posted on

The Ad Council and Google invite you to a fascinating dialogue on engaging and activating the public during times of emergencies or crisis. Moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, this panel of thought leaders will feature the American Red Cross, Special Olympics, Save the Children, Facebook and Google.

WHAT: Whether it’s a natural disaster, looming social crisis or an issue that is suddenly in the public’s eye, is your organization ready to respond? Learn about the latest innovative tools you can use to leverage an unexpected opportunity to engage, advocate and take action.

WHO: Anderson Cooper, Anchor, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Moderator
Peggy Conlon, President and CEO, the Ad Council
Dennis Woodside, Vice President, Americas Operations, Google
Prem Ramaswami, Product Manager, Google
Jana Waterworth-McAndrew, Manager, Online Fundraising, American Red Cross
Tim Shriver, Jr., Co-Founder, ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ Campaign, Special Olympics
Carolyn Miles, Executive Vice President and COO, Save the Children
Randi Zuckerberg, Head of Consumer Marketing & Social Good Initiatives, Facebook

and here's a picture that was tweeted from the event:

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Rough Quarter For The Ratings

Anderson opened 360 with a rundown of tonight's stories: a college student in Michigan has been targeted by a public official, concerns about a new terror threat, and the defense rests on the trial of the home invasion in CT.


MICH. ASST. AG TARGETS OPENLY GAY STUDENT: Interview with Andrew Shirvell

MISH ASST AG TARGETS OPENLY GAY STUDENT: Follow up discussion with Jeffrey Toobin

NEW TERROR THREAT: Discussion with Frances Fragos Townsend and Peter Bergen


360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye

DEADLY HOME INVASION TRIAL: Discussion with Beth Karas and Jeffrey Toobin


360 BULLETIN: Randi Kaye

TV by the Numbers posted a new article today on 360 and their staggering ratings. According to TV by the Numbers' figures, 360's ratings have fallen more than 40% in the Adult 25-54 demographic when compared to the third quarter of 2009.

Here's their article:

New head of CNN US Ken Jautz has his work cut out for him. As CNN’s 10pm flagship Anderson Cooper 360 continues to dive in the ratings.

The third quarter of 2010 was Anderson Cooper 360′s worst ever for both average viewership (age 2+) and the news advertiser target adults 25-54 demographic. The show was down 42% in viewership and 45% in the 25-54 demo vs. the third quarter of 2009.

Here’s a rundown of Anderson Cooper 360′s quarterly numbers since its debut:

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Begalaisms Save the Night

SOURCES:RAHM EMANUEL TO LEAVE W.H., Expected to run for Mayor of Chicago: Paul Begala and Alex Castellanos represent the pundits tonight with John King phoning in information from his sources


You all know how we feel about panels here at ATA but any panel with Begala holds our attention. Tonight we had a few Begalaisms:

• "As a staffer I always prided myself in knowing the difference between the organ grinder and the monkey...... I was just a monkey."
• "Too many voters use the media like a drunk uses a lamp post, you know more for support than illumination."
• quoting De Gualle: The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

SCHOLARSHIP SCANDAL, Rep. Johnson insists she broke no rules: Todd Gillman (Dallas Morning News) and Melanie Sloan (CREW)

TENNESSEE MOSQUE FIGHT, Lawsuit filed: Akbar Ahmed (Chair for Islamic Studies, American U) and Frank Gaffney (Center for Secure Policy) participated in a civil debate, no yelling, just presenting their differing points of view

US SOLDIERS ACCUSED OF MURDER, 5 charged with killing Afghan citizens 'for sport': Drew Griffin, Special Investigative Unit, reporting

360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Randi Kaye (hurry back Isha)

In an interview with the new CNN boss, Ken Jauzt, Georg Szalai asked about Cooper:


Jautz: Extremely. Anderson Cooper is the standard bearer for the type of journalism that CNN has become famous for and that we want to continue to be known for. One of the most memorable stories this year was Haiti, and nobody covered it as comprehensively as CNN, and nobody did as brilliant a job while covering it as Anderson Cooper or Sanjay Gupta and their teams.

We'll title this one: THE CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN:

I'm sure TJ Holmes would never presume to give Anderson Cooper fashion advice (in this case he certainly could) BUT we will. If you are going to wear jeans to work get jeans that are the proper wash to wear with a suit coat and the right fit and length (without rolling them up like you did last week). And loose the tennies. If that is asking too much then stay seated behind a desk, please. The shirt, jacket and tie probably cost more than most of our paychecks but looking put together from the waist up just isn't enough for the face of CNN.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

This Week in SHOTS +

Click to Mix and Solve
We bring you this week's The SHOT and a One Simple Thing from Wednesday night's AC360, and a couple of extras. Enjoy ~

Monday - The SHOT

Tuesday - The SHOT

Wednesday - The SHOT

One Simple Thing

Thursday - The SHOT

And I just happened to have the video of AC on THE GNN Network (Seseame Street)

Friday - The SHOT


Anderson appeared on Friday night's edition of TMZ. The video apparently was taken at the same time the photos on were shot. ~

And these appreared on I Need My Fix today. I'm not convinced they were taken today as someone pointed out to me the weather in the photos doesn't jive with today's weather in NYC.

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