Friday, June 13, 2014

Flashback Friday: November 30, 2005

We are cleaning out our archives and ran across video from November 30, 2005.  The lead story was progress in Iraq.  Given today's news we thought this may be an interesting look back.

In the first segment Anderson addresses facts on the ground compared to a speech then President George W. Bush had given that day.  Some of the usual correspondents/pundits were brought in for their take/opinion and then Anderson spoke with Michael Ware who had first hand knowledge of the situation.

In the second segment Anderson spoke with both a Democrat and a Republican Congressmen who had two very different takes on the situation.

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Jaanza said...

Wow, what a difference between then and now. A serious fair look at Dubya's "exit strategy" and both Republicans and Democrats given good time. Even David Gergen was making sense.
The biggest surprise was Michael Ware! I miss him so much, why can't he come back to CNN? Ware never minced words, he always stated what was going on in blunt honest terms. 360 needs him back.
In the second segment I was impressed by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), very strong-spoken and at times prescient. Sen. John Warner (R-VA) stated his case well but, in today's light, felt like the proverbial rose-colored glasses viewpoint.
Has 360 and CNN changed simply because of Zucker? Or have there been other causes? Can anyone pinpoint when 360 began leaning right?

Again on Friday, I was a few minutes late to 360. Anderson was talking with Tony, a U.S. contractor in Iraq. Anderson, Barbara Starr and Jim Sciutto discussed the possibility of air strikes, how ISIS grew, the state of the Iraqi army and the possible evacuation of Americans out of Iraq.

Tom Foreman was at the floor map at the start of the second segment, explaining where ISIS was located and the best case and worse case scenarios of what might happen next. Then Anderson talked to Phillip Mudd and Major Gen. James Marks. Marks said air strikes was the best option.
I checked out Hayes. Dr. Leslie Gelb from the Foreign Relations Council told Hayes, "The military option is the simplest solution..." but also the most problematic and with the toughest long-term consequences.
Back on 360, Mudd was fired up and combative towards Marks but I didn't see how that started. Anderson asked about Al Maliki but there was a technical glitch and he had to end the segment.

Hayes came back from commercial break before Anderson did. So I watched him diss CNN over a certain point which I read about earlier on the internet but didn't see addressed on CNN. Recently, on the air and on their website, CNN reported on 74 school shootings since Newtown. A pro-gun group (NRA?) disputed that number, changed the definition of a "school shooting" and stated the number was only 15. So CNN changed the number on their website. Hayes, in an excellent monologue, admonished CNN for caving into their pressure and he advocated for the 74 number.
Therefore, I missed the start of Michelle Kosinski's piece on Obama and Iraq. Overall it wasn't sympathetic to the difficult decisions Obama must make about Iraq and Kosinski felt that the "surprises" of ISIS and even Ukraine were not really surprises since intelligence reports apparently predicted this. Also in this segment was an excellent report on ISIS: their strength, their weapons, their tactics. I didn't catch who made the report, it's possibly from England?

Brian Todd delivered an update on what Donald Sterling's been doing - still a lawsuit in the works, new shenanigans, etc. Jeffrey Toobin and Bobby Samini made up the panel. I liked seeing a new face in the mix but unfortunately Hayes was doing a much more interesting report on FIFA and the World Cup 2014.
Same for the Bergdahl segment.
Anderson's been to Brazil a few times. Wouldn't he want to report on the scandals and successes of the World Cup in Brazil?

aries moon said...

The flashback segments were pretty tough on Pres. Bush (36% approval rating!) even David Gergen was critical of the president and his strategy in Iraq. Michael Ware (what happened to him?) was fired up and adamant about the ineptitude of the Iraqi soldiers (not much has changed there apparently) and Anderson had some challenging questions for all of the guests (I remember the tough-talking John Murtha). The segments were well produced and thorough. I don't think 360 is as concerned about presenting the Democratic view on the program these days as they were in 2005. Thanks for that look back.

Speaking of tough talk, I was glad to see Philip Mudd back on 360 to discuss the current situation in Iraq but sadly they lost communication with him. I appreciate his realistic, cautious tone.