Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anderson Cooper was in the AC360 anchor chair and opened the program with a recap on the Pakistan School attack by the Taliban:

Anderson ended the program with a RidicuList:  Listen To Your Mother

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Jaanza said...

I really shouldn't be commenting on Tuesday's 360 but I'm doing it anyway even though I didn't see the entire show.
This is a partial rundown on what I saw on 360, an explanation why I didn't see big chunks of the show and a request to 360 producers.

The first segment about the Taliban shooting at a Pakistani school was excellent. Solid reporting and good discussions with Ben Craig (in Islamabad for the Washington Post) and Christiane Amanpour for details and analysis.

Anna Corem reported from Sydney Australia on the aftermath of the cafe hostage and death tragedy. There was also a report about a news cameraman (who's name flashed by in a nanosecond) who helped the police during the siege. That was enough, that was plenty. A Martin Savidge report on SWAT team training in the U.S. was not needed.

Anderson talked to Pamela Brown on Sony, North Korea, hacking and the upcoming movie "The Interview". I think this is the first time this subject was been on 360. The segment ended with a Bulletin.

Next is where I got sidetracked. Anderson covered the news of John Crawford's death at an Ohio Walmart for carrying an air rifle he intended to purchase, the police interrogation of Crawford's girlfriend and the lack of an indictment for the police officer who shot Crawford. This is a good subject and was on Hayes' show yesterday.
Because I was familiar with the story, I checked in on MSNBC and Hayes' substitute, fully intending to quickly come back to 360 to hear legal pundits or police spokesmen or whoever discuss the Crawford case.
But Heavens to Murgatroid there was Al Franken on MSNBC. MY Senator! I've actually met him twice and he signed one of his books for me. Franken was being interviewed on the Location Privacy Bill (Anti-Stalking by cell phone apps) which Franken introduced. There were other topics in the interview and I really enjoyed watching it.

So i didn't get back to 360 until the Ridiculist and I won't apologize. It's not like I'll ever see Anderson interview Franken and I doubt he'll even mention the Location Privacy Bill.

The Ridiculist was equal parts cute and cheesy.

Go ahead and complain about my lack of a complete rundown of 360. Even better, post your own rundown of the show.

aries moon said...

Former cop Harry Houck is just horrible--360 has a history of booking repulsive panelists like Houck and making them regulars. Mark O'Mara is another one of them. I hope both of them disappear from the show just like the repulsive, rude and obnoxious Dana Loesch. Houck could give her a run for her money when it comes to being belligerent and downright nasty.

Anonymous said...

@aries moon I totally agree that former cop Harry Houck is a horrible guest. He embodies the attitude of the cops that give good cops a bad name. Mark O'Mara will always be known as the slick attorney that got George Zimmerman off charges of killing Treyvon Martin. While he was busy in court trying to establish that Treyvon Martin had a bad reputation, he's been awfully silent on Zimmerman's behavior since his release. Neither should be booked on AC360 again, but it seems like AC360 has a horrible track record of booking guests or books them to create controversy.

I wanted Anderson or someone to push back on Houck last night when he said John Crawford was coming around the corner for the gun and that's why the cops shot him. Did Houck pull that out of the air to justify a cop killing? From what I saw Crawford dropped the gun and hit the floor at the end of the aisle. If the cops were talking to him, perhaps he turned around to talk to them. He was not within arm's reach of the gun when he was shot and killed and the cop could just as easily have kicked the gun back instead of shooting to kill. Seems like a lot of cops have itchy trigger fingers and shoot to kill and then ask questions later. What a sad time in our society. What gives me hope is that the peaceful protesters seem to be a mixed crowd and while some live in denial, many's eyes have been opened to police actions and that something needs to stop the aggressive police actions and stop the police from prosecuting or rather not prosecuting their own.

-- Jenn

aries moon said...

@Jenn, you did a far better job of summing up the problems with Harry Houck than I did and the questions you ask about the shooting death of John Crawford are important ones that 360 should've considered asking.

I am with you regarding the power and purpose of the protestors--it's been a wonderful thing to see so many people joined together to raise awareness about the awful pattern in these police shootings.