Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Anderson Cooper 360, Tuesday 1/28/14

In case you missed it CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper lead the network’s live, coverage of President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address tonight. Guests included Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.  Also scheduled to participate were Candy Crowley, chief political analyst Gloria Borger; and Crossfire hosts Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S. E. Cupp and Van Jones. On the magic wall, chief national correspondent John King illustrated the possible balance of power shifts with the 2014 midterm and gubernatorial elections. Senior White House correspondents Jim Acosta and Brianna Keilar joined the coverage from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., along with chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash from the halls of the U.S. Capitol.
CNN’s chief national correspondent Jim Sciutto also was on tap with exclusive reports from Tehran as Iran begins to implement the U.S. nuclear agreement. Correspondent Tom Foreman, live from the virtual studio, puts the president’s claims on income inequality to a Reality Check using advanced statistical analysis and state-of-the-art data visualization. Furthermore, national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group from Des Moines, IA, where registered voters provide real-time reaction during the speech. 
(Credit for this recap goes must be attributed to CNN's pre-SOTU press release.  Tonight's blogger watched the address but skipped the pundits and the rehash.)

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Anonymous said...

I must confess, I watched the SOTU on NBC. I tried to watch CNN's early coverage but when Newt Gingerich's face appeared and he started with his usual delusional commentary, I couldn't take it and changed the channel.

I don't think Anderson likes moderating the giant panels and while he tries to keep control, it's hard with so many big egos in the room. My Twitter lit up with some creepy reference that Alex Catellano made to the speech being like sex (can't believe CNN still has him on) and Jake Tapper getting a sit down interview with POTUS. Too bad no one will be watching Tapper's interview given CNN's ratings problems. Then again, Tapper is not a good interviewer so there's that.

Overall I enjoyed POTUS's speech and thought he covered good points. I saw a CNN poll (shown on local news) this morning that the majority of people responded very positively or somewhat positively to the SOTU address; I'm sure those figures were hard for Wolf Blitzer to choke out, if in fact he did. CNN needs to quit leaning Republican if they expect me to tune in on big political speech nights.


Anonymous said...

I too watched the SOTU and I did watch on CNN simply because I did not intend to hear what anyone had to say afterwards.
My question is: When did Joe Biden get a full head of hair?
Wasn't it just yesterday that he had hair plugs and now he looks younger than he ever did.
When did this happen? I know the POTUS likes to keep him locked up, so as not to put his large foot in his mouth, but when we last saw him, wasn't his hair sparse?
And that abnormal wide grin, behind Obama, shaking his head up and down. SNL will certainly have a take on this, this week if it is live.