Thursday, October 10, 2013

Anderson Cooper 360 & AC360 LATER Thursday, 10/10/2013

8:00PM  AC360:
*Government shutdown/debt ceiling - there was an actual meeting/still no deal
*Anderson interviewed Dr. Barry Black, U.S. Senate Chaplin
*Affordable Care Act computer glitches  (Apparently Anderson has never tried to navigate the AC360 website.  It's not very easy to search and has tons of broken links.  Not to mention the link on his Twitter page to the site is broken and background on his page still lists Anderson Live weekdays and the program hasn't been on the air for over a month!)
*More on the motorcycle/SUV story (Please make it go away.)
*Edward Snowden honored
*2013 Top 10 CNN Heroes were announced
*360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN:  Susan Hendricks

10:00PM   AC360 Later:
*Government shut down day 10
*Affordable Care Act website glitches
*Christiane Amanpour's interview with Malala Yousafzai (to air this weekend on CNN)
*Celebrity endorsements / nutrition / food fight against cancer
*What's your story?


Anderson was on New Day during the 8:00AM Hour, first he talked about his interview with the American woman who survived the Kenya mall attack ~

And was back a little later in the hour to announce this year's Top 10 Heroes and how to vote for them.

Anderson was a guest along with Jorge Ramos, of Anna Navvaro's  minority media discussion with a Harvard Institute of Politics class today.  Anderson and Jorge Ramos joined in via Skype ~

CNN put out the following press release today concerning the 2013 Heroes Competition and Ceremony ~

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Hosted By Anderson Cooper, Airs Sunday, December 1 
Collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation will Continue to Provide Hands-On Support to the 2013 Top 10 Heroes

CNN, the worldwide leader in news, announced today the Top 10 Heroes of 2013, recognizing everyday people who are changing the world. The network also announced that online voting for the “CNN Hero of the Year” opened today, October 10 at 8am ET and will run through Sunday, November 17 at 11:59pm PT. Voters can log on to to cast ballots for their favorite Top 10 Heroes once a day, every day. Votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air on Sunday December 1 at 8:00pm ET, and will be simulcast on CNNI and CNN Espanol. Returning to New York City this year and hosted by Anderson Cooper from the American Museum of Natural History, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will honor individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. Since its inception, CNN Heroes has received over 50,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 heroes.

“I've long admired the CNN Heroes tribute, but even more, the heroes themselves. We are proud to share the stories of these 10 exceptional individuals, and to continue one of CNN’s most important traditions,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide.

This year, CNN continues its collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. As part of the prize package, the Annenberg Foundation will provide all of the 2013 Top 10 Heroes, and selected Heroes from previous years, free organizational training through a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program. Alchemy offers practical guidance for nonprofit leaders in fundraising, communications, management of volunteers and strategies to build and keep a strong board of directors.

Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive a $50,000 grant, and one of the honorees, as voted by fans around the globe, will be named the CNN Hero of the Year, receiving an additional $250,000 grant to further aid their cause. Voting for the 2013 honorees can be done at Voters will also be able to view the honorees’ profiles on the site.

The 2013 honorees are: 
· Dale Beatty (Statesville, NC) After Dale Beatty lost his legs in the Iraq War, his community thanked him for his service by helping him build a home. To pay it forward, Beatty co-founded Purple Heart Homes. Since 2008, the nonprofit has modified or helped provide homes for dozens of disabled veterans. 
· Georges Bwelle (Yaound√©, Cameroon) For decades, Georges Bwelle watched his father suffer, unable to get the medical attention he needed. Now a doctor himself, Bwelle travels into the jungles of his native Cameroon nearly every weekend, providing free surgery for those who don't have access to health care. 
· Robin Emmons (Charlotte, NC) More than 72,000 people in Charlotte, North Carolina lack access to fresh produce. When Robin Emmons discovered this problem, she turned her backyard into a garden. Since 2008, she has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables for area residents. 
· Danielle Gletow (Trenton, NJ) Danielle Gletow started One Simple Wish, a nonprofit that helps grant the wishes of foster children. Wishes are posted online, and anyone can pay to make a child's wish come true. Since 2008, the group has helped grant more than 6,500 wishes to children in 42 states. 
· Tawanda Jones (Camden, NJ) Tawanda Jones is using dance to empower the youth of Camden, New Jersey, one of the poorest cities in the country. Through Jones' drill team program, more than 4,000 children have learned discipline, respect and community service -- and all of them have graduated high school. 
· Richard Nares (San Diego, CA) Richard Nares lost his son to leukemia in 2000. Today, his nonprofit, the Emilio Nares Foundation, provides transportation and support for low-income children battling cancer in San Diego. The group gives more than 2,500 free rides each year. 
· Kakenya Ntaiya (Enoosaen, Kenya) Kakenya Ntaiya is inspiring change in her native Kenyan village. After becoming the first woman in the village to attend college in the United States, she returned to open the village's first primary school for girls. Today, Ntaiya helps provide an education -- and much more -- to 155 girls. 
· Chad Pregracke (East Moline, IL) Chad Pregracke has made it his life's work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways. Since 1998, about 70,000 volunteers have helped Pregracke and his nonprofit remove more than seven million pounds of garbage from 22 rivers across the country. 
· Estella Pyfrom (West Palm Beach, FL) Estella Pyfrom used her life savings to create "Estella's Brilliant Bus," a mobile computer lab that provides digital access and tutoring for low-income children and adults in Palm Beach County. Since 2011, thousands of students have benefited from her bus. 
· Laura Stachel (Berkeley, CA) Dr. Laura Stachel co-founded We Care Solar to provide a simple, reliable light and power source to health-care facilities in developing countries. Since 2009, more than 250 "solar suitcases" have been helping to save mothers' and babies' lives in more than 20 countries.

CNN’s Kelly Flynn is the creator and senior executive producer of the CNN Heroes initiative and CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. Said Flynn, “I am thrilled that we are returning this year to our original home in New York and that, after seven years, we continue to bring attention to these amazing people and their very important work. All of us at CNN are humbled and heartened by the difference these Heroes are making.”

For the latest information about the Top 10 CNN Heroes, viewers and online users are encouraged to visit CNN Heroes on Facebook, follow @CNNHeroes on Twitter and use the hashtag #CNNHeroes. Additionally, behind-the-scenes CNN Heroes images can be viewed on CNN Heroes’ Instagram account. Get Glue users can check-in to CNN Heroes weekly for limited-edition CNN Heroes stickers.

About The Annenberg Foundation The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits. Among them are Annenberg Alchemy,, Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, GRoW and the Metabolic Studio. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

About CNN Worldwide CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media. 

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Jaanza said...

I was on the upstairs computer until 7 pm (CST), then came downstairs, where the cable TV is and where my DH was channel-surfing.
"What are you going to watch?" I asked.
"I don't know. What do you want to watch?" he said.
"The news."
"BLAAAAGH! It's always the same!"
But I got the remote and watched the news. Unfortunately for CNN, it was more Hayes and less Anderson.

The first segment started out alright. News on the White House meeting and no deal reached. Anderson talked to Dana Bash and Jim Acosta and then interviewed Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO). After Anderson's questions, none of them approaching the level of his interview with Labrador a few days ago, John King was brought in and he asked Wagner a few questions. Even though she was a Republican, Wagner was a female politician and a new face for 360. Then it was disappointing because Wagner spouted the usual spin and talking points and neither Anderson nor King challenged her enough. Even more disappointing, no Democratic politician was brought on.

At this point I'd like to ask the Anonymous poster at 9:30 PM in yesterday's post what we ATA commentators are in denial about. You stated we are not naive but in denial. Is it because we don't rant enough about the viewpoints of the politicians on a forum for reviewing the quality of a news show? There are plenty of other sites on the internet for that but (AFAIK) only this site to comment on 360. (I'm not counting the comments section on the CNN 360 site.)

Back to Thursday's 360: At the first commercial break I checked out Hayes and came back to it later because Anderson had a panel of John King, Gloria Borger and David Walker. I didn't see much of Walker but liked him more than David Gergen. However, Hayes had a panel of Lashante Austin, who usually works at the Statue of Liberty but without a paycheck now, and Larry Anderson, from a union with a lot of low-level government service workers now out of a job.

What would it take to get Anderson to interview an out of work national parks employee or Social Security data entry employee?

Anderson was just finishing his interview with Rev. Barry Black when I switched back to 360. I also only saw the last portion of the report on the glitches in the Obamacare website. I'd like to point out that the local news have said the statewide health exchange website for Minnesota has been working well and thousands have signed up.

Instead of another segment on the NYC motorcycle gang, I watched Hayes profile another Republican representative. This time Rep. Steve Fincher (R-TN), a guy who received $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the federal government but voted for cuts in food stamps. I did catch the last part of Anderson's interview with Andrew Vecere, lawyer for the helmet-camera biker Kevin Brestoff. Vecere said, "He is not charged with anything, we do not expect him to be charged with anything to do with this attack." Anderson didn't ask why then Brestoff, not expecting any charges, hired a lawyer.

Is anyone still interested in Edward Snowden? Anderson asked Ray McGovern (who is this guy?) questions about Snowden and I hope somebody got something out of this Q & A but I barely paid attention.

The Bulletin was notable for Susan Hendricks' two verbal mishaps. Granted one of them was with the tongue-twister "auto erotic asphyxiation" but you'd think CNN-level news people would be smoother.

Didn't watch the promo for 'CNN Heroes' at the end. It's great that CNN has this program for community do-gooders. But during Anderson's promo, Hayes had a terrific panel on the government shutdown.

aries moon said...

If recent polls haven't convinced AC360/CNN that the public isn't as thrilled with the GOP as they try to convince their viewers they are, I don't know what will. Gloria Borger seems to be getting the message, John King and Dana Bash sort of are (but they still mostly spout GOP talking points as if the party weren't imploding and as though the President is obligated to do their bidding). Didn't bother listening to AC's interview with the conservative politician on 360, there's no point in it. Jeff Toobin, Cornell Belcher and the gentleman who tried to explain to AC why the ACA website's glitches were not as outrageous as he was trying to make it seem, were welcome voices on AC360 Later. Toobin asked a great question to the GOP rep--why not just reopen the government if you really want to end the shutdown? Of course the guy just did a lot of double talking and couldn't give a straight answer. Still no Democratic politicians on either show, but thank goodness for Toobin/Belcher/Begala/Blow.

Anonymous said...

@jaanza: I thought I made it clear:
I said Anderson should be doing the "ranting" and the viewers, such as yourself, should be more than annoyed that he is more than willing to play the CNN Parlor Game, "I Am in The Middle."
If Brian Williams and Chuck Todd at NBC are quoting the low polls for the GOP, and holding Republicans feet to the fire, WHY ISN'T ANDERSON?
You seem to make him the exception and say it his bookers and etc. or maybe mangement that is holding him back.
Reread your comments. No one is holding Anderson back, except Anderson.
Anderson Cooper has Republican leanings and you are in denial.
As always JMO