Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Anderson Cooper 360 from Washington, DC Tuesday 9/17/13

Remembering the victims:

Tonight's AC360 focused first on the victims and then on the apparent mental illness of the shooter.  Both the 8:00 and 10:00 PM hours were anchored live with similar segments in both hours. Guests included Deb Feyerick, Gary Tuchman, Mary Ellen O'Toole, John King, Drew Griffin, Fran Townsend, Shawn Henry, Benita Bell, Joe Johns and Terrie Durham.
Kyung Lah again reported on the flooding in Colorado at the end of the program.

EXTRAS: Pictures posted from DC on social media:


Ciji Thomas:


AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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Jaanza said...

Of course the DC Naval Yards shooting was still the big story. I did watch Hayes for a while in the first segment because I was intrigued by his report and panel about NRA lobbying efforts.

When I got back to 360, Gary Tuchman was in front of a 90-year-old woman's house, didn't catch who she was. Tuchman said a few times "she's not talking" but they knew she was in there because they saw her get the newspaper and the mail. It felt so stalker-esque. I know it helps some family members to talk to the media but if it's obvious a person won't say anything to them, they should just pack up and go away. The media isn't endearing themselves to you or anyone else by camping out in front of your house.

Anderson had a good talk with Mary Ellen O'Toole the FBI profiler, with John King about how Alexis got the gun into the yard and with Drew Griffin about Alexis' military history and past disciplinary action in the navy.

In the panel with Fran Townsend and Shawn Henry I did not like Townsend's attitude of 'these people should have done that' or 'those people should have done this' and the 'but still...' Everyone is an armchair quarterback, hindsight vision is 20/20, yada yada yada.

The interview with Douglass Gaarde and his daughter Jessica was good; Anderson's an expert at compassionate questions for the victim's family. However, I also liked Hayes monologue on gun deaths and senseless violence, "It's a tragedy, it's senseless because if we try to make sense of it we won't like what we find." I'd love it if Anderson had this kind of monologue or Reporter's Notebook or just a minute or two to express his own thoughts.

Kyung Lah did another great job reporting from Colorado on the floods. I just wish they'd put up a map so we non-Coloradans can get an idea of where this is happening, how close to the Rockies, how many rivers/streams involved. Of course I could look it up myself but I'd like to believe that geography is important for all viewers.

Thanks for posting the extra photos. The last two made me wonder why Anderson was standing on a box; couldn't they simply lower the camera?

aries moon said...

The interview with the father and daughter of one of the victims was very sad--it always feels wrong to me to watch these types of interviews so soon after a tragedy has taken place, but as AC said, some people want to tell their stories and he always handles these types of interviews sensitively.

After listening to some of 360's reports on how many ways and times the shooter slipped through the cracks, it doesn't leave you with much confidence that it won't happen again.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed that the Navy shooter still was the main story, did we forget about Syria?
Also for those interested Anderson Cooper was in last night's Daily show twice