Thursday, November 06, 2014

Anderson Cooper 360 - The RidicuList: She's Back!

Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio and ended the program with a RidicuList ~

Jon Stewart did a segment on cable news coverage of election night and had a little fun with John King and the Magic Wall on Wednesday night's The Daily Show ~

AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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Anonymous said...

As much as I didn't want to see a whole hour of politics on AC360, I wasn't happy that the Boehner/McConnell op ed in the WAPO was barely a bulletin mention. Erin Burnett had a good segment. Dana Bash asked Boehner a question at his presser about repealing ACA/Obamacare and he said that's what the people wanted. She went on to point out the polls that shows the people want the parties to work together to make it better, not repeal it. Guess Boehner/McConnell and the Repubs aren't about working together or working to govern for the people, but rather for their own personal agendas and what they think will get them re-elected. I guess I really didn't expect anything more. It's business as usual for Boehner, McConnell, the Repubs. I hope President Obama has a lot of ink in his veto pen!

Jaanza said...

Thursday's lead story was the Navy SEAL, Robert O'Neal, who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden even though there are conflicting accounts about exactly what happened. Anderson covered this story with Peter Bergman and Jonathan Gillman. I did not watch the complete segment; Hayes was covering Boehner's speech/press conference, analyzing it with Rep. Hollen (D-MD). This was more riviting to me simply because Boehner is still talking about repealing ACA.

In the second segment, Hayes expanded on the topic of the ACA and how the issue affected the midterm elections; he focused on the states of Arkansas, Kentcky and West Virginia which went red even though the ACA has been a resounding success in those states.
Anderson reported on ISIS and attempts to get Iran on our side against ISIS. He talked to Jim Sciutto, Phillip Mudd and another guy whose name I didn't get.

So far I've written a lot about Hayes. That's because Hayes had the better news stories I wanted to hear about. If Anderson, in 360's first half-hour, had a segment on stupid things Boehner has been saying, I would have watched 360.

Same goes for the next segment. Hayes blasted Sen. Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for his poor record on protecting the environment and lack of concern for climate change.
Anderson had a report by and a talk with Jason Carroll on how Eric Frein survived six weeks in the woods. I want to see a show of hands: who gave a flying fig about Frein's survival skills?

Next was a pretty good segment on an American journalist being held in Iran. The guy appeared in Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" episode on Iran; 360 had a clip of that. Then Anderson interviewed Bourdain and the journalist's brother. The only thing missing from the segment was putting the journalist's name clearly and boldly on the screen. Even the brother's name flashed by in a nanosecond. Apparently, the journalist is named Jason or Yegi. I can say that only because the big title on the screen showed a website address.
This might be my own personal peeve.. I need names stated clearly enough (especially foreign names) and/or shown boldly on screen (an honor reserved soley for phone interviewees).

Anderson previewed the upcoming segment on the Ray Rice investigation. But I missed the start and when I got to 360 the report by Randi Kaye was mostly on sexual harassment in the FBI. Kaye spoke with a former FBI agent, a woman whose name never appeared on screen while I watched. This is tangently related to Ray Rice because one of the bad guys here is/was involved in the FBI investigation into Rice and/or the NFL.

I HATED the Ridiculist. It was nothing more than an advertisement for an HBO show Anderson likes. Were those honestly the funniest clips Anderson could get? 'Pee Pocket'? That looked like a commercial parody from SNL's worst years. I've never seen 'The Comeback' and the Ridiculist didn't make me ever want to watch it.

Although there was a good variety in 360's news content, the content could have been better. I make no apologies for watching Hayes when two (maybe three) of 360's reports felt like filler.

aries moon said...

Now that the Republicans control the Senate and the House, it will be interesting to see if 360 will be as tough on them as they have been with President Obama or will they just be an echo chamber for whatever anti-Obama claptrap McConnell and Co put out there. Will they report HONESTLY on what the Republicans are up to? I don't have much confidence that they will.

I read about Dana Bash grilling Boehner, I wish I'd seen the segment--she actually asked him how he expects the President to work with him or trust him when he's already saying that he wants to repeal Obamacare--I'm not a big admirer of Bash, but I have to give her credit for asking a non-softball question to a Republican.

Anonymous said...

Anderson Cooper is on the cover of Men's vogue. Now I can't find it. He looked great!

Anonymous said...

The RidicuList was really funny. I love Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback! Am I the only one who noticed that Anderson was wearing an Atlas Social Club t-shirt in the clip that was shot in his office? I thought that was pretty cute.

Anonymous said...

@12:22PM: I too loved "The Comeback" and thought it was done well and Lisa Kudrow was over looked in real life at the time,
by Jennifer "Whatsherface."
Now it's Kudrow's turn to be in the limelight and shine.