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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On_Love_Street_With_Jim_Morrison said...

360 was pretty good last nite. The Andrew Shirvell story just gets more and more bizarre. I think he needs to be fired. He's not even acting like a professional.

The story of the college kid who killed himself because of the video that was released online was so sad. Something needs to be done about this bullying. It seems like and epidemic lately. I am looking forward to 360 focusing on bullying all next week.

Last nite was the best 360 of the week. Good selection of stories.

Tedi B said...

I'm glad to see Anderson and others taking up the story of bullying. I dealt with it in 4th grade and begged my mom to have me transfered out of that class. After some serious talks between the school and my parents the kid suddenly stopped bugging me. I think about that guy today and wonder where he is. I have a feeling he's probably not in a good place. Anyway, I'm sure most of us have dealt with it at one time or another. It just seems worse now, than ever.

I'm just glad it's being focused on.

judy said...

I too believe that this a good topic for both AC and Ellen to tackle. But in doing so, let us not forget that adults bully each other as well, and it's called ENTERTAINMENT.
Just the other day in the NYPost, the wonderful and remarkably crude personality chef, Gordon Ramsey, had a second suicide from a former owner of a resturant that he publically humiliated because he was in debt running his resturant...this we look at folks as ENTERTAINMENT.
I shall go on: OVC had scheduled an appearance from this oh so talented chef, and then cancelled his television appearances. He was allowed to promote himself, however online.
If we as adults, look at shows which demoralize others to the point of suicide, then we certainly are not good role models and neither are the producers, directors, and audience participants, or show hosts.

Anonymous said...

I was watching yesterday, AC360 was cut short by Breaking News on CNN Intl. That's it. But it was still on in the US. And what does it mean by "domestic distributor"? The daytime show gonna be on in the US only? :( Conclusion: AC belongs to the US, not us, which is perfectly bad to me :(

EmmKay said...

@judy While the behavior Gordon Ramsay displays on TV certainly models bullying, most people who have worked with him or been on the show found that behavior to be played up for the cameras and found him to be kind and fun. So unless you know Joseph Cerniglia personally, I think you are making an unfair leap to link his suicide to a show he appeared on 3 years ago simply because that's all you happen to know about him. Those who do know him have said that the show was a great experience for him and that he enjoyed working with Ramsay. Adult suicide, in most cases, is tied to a mental illness like depression which is very misunderstood in our society.

That said, I'm glad that CNN is going to look at bullying and hope they offer concrete tips for parents. I do agree with Judy that too often we find bullies entertaining on TV (not just reality tv, but politicians and pundits too), but worse than TV are the parents who model bullying behavior at home - towards neighbors, friends and coworkers. I hope people of all ages learn from these tragic lessons in recent weeks and take care to demonstrate kind, understanding and accepting behavior.

Anonymous said...

Is it certain that he has renewed with 60 Minutes this year? How would we know unless he airs a report?

Also, one of the articles I read said he renewed with CNN for an unspecified period of time. Don't they normally say how long the contract is?

To me, that says he renewed until his new program starts.

Anonymous said...

Really great show last night. Hopefully shining a spotlight on bullying will help some of those being bullied.

I feel so sad for the family of the college kid who killed himself. It is hard enough to be in college and dealing with life.


aries moon said...

Where was Tyler Clementi's support system? He didn't seem to have anyone to talk to about what happened--there are no guarantees that speaking with a good friend might've prevented him from taking his life, but it's possible it could've helped him get through this sad situation. I hope those involved in exposing his private moments are sufficiently punished--it doesn't seem as if the schools or authorities take bullying very seriously, whatever its form. Rick Sanchez was trying to be dismissive about the term bullying or characterizing someone as a bully--he said something about how it's just a "media term"--and for that reason I'm glad AC360 named one of its reports "Clearly A Bully" because that's exactly right.

I liked seeing the woman from Sanjay's medical mystery report in the studio with him and AC--she really looked radiant and healthy. I thought last night's show had a quick pace and an energetic feel to it--it wasn't stagnant. I could've done without Dana Loesch and Roland Martin, but other than that, no complaints.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't watch last night, just a few comments:

Judging from the screencaps, Anderson was wearing a nice suit and shoes to match.

Where was the second part of Sanjay's interview with Michael J. Fox (that was previewed on Wednesday)?

Judy, I read a little bit about Joseph Cerniglia - apparently he was heavily in debt and maybe had marital trouible. So there was more problems than just Gordon Ramsay.


Anonymous said...

I bet Anderson's new contract only takes him to the start of his new show.

Anonymous said...

Chi - I don't think it has been announced what network Anderson's daytime show will air on. I would think it's safe to day it won't be CNN, but who knows. Hopefully it will be a network with a sister relationship to an international TV network so that it will air in different countries. (If it's a ratings hit, I'd bet it would be more plausble to be aired internationaly)

I guess we will have to wait and see for more info to come out.

judy said...

@EmmKay: No, I do not know Gordon Ramsey personally, but the former participant who asked for his business help and then jumped off the George Washington Bridge, was in fact, given the suggestion, which is on tape, that, that "is where his business was headed." Nice those who DO know him...and this is the SECOND SUICIDE, associated with this particular host and program. Let the lawsuits begin.
This is a matter of "public record," and the source is the NYPost. The power of negative suggestion for the purpose of ratings is a totally inadequate defense.

Anonymous said...

Why is Tyler Clementi's suicide being discussed as an example of gay bullying? Yes, he was gay, but it's been made clear the roommate was surprised by it. So the roommate just invaded his privacy via webcam, not because Tyler was known to be gay, but because the roommate was a typical immature college student.

EmmKay said...

@judy I didn't ask if you knew Gordon Ramsay personally. I asked if you knew Joseph Cerniglia personally because the people who do know him say he loved his time on the show. Also, research has been done and there are over a dozen suicides/attempts from reality show contestants which suggests that people who gravitate to the shows likely have other issues.