Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio.  At the end of a segment on Donald Trump, Anderson teased information on the cause of a fire at a black church in South Carolina as being arson and said there would be information on that and other church fires.  The reality was there was a blip in a bulletin that lightening may have caused the fire at the black church in South Carolina last night and there was no information on several other fires at black churches throughout the South in the past two weeks.  See video below for the Trump segment and the strange tease.  

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The RidicuList:  Fresh Prince of Jeopardy:

Programming Note:  CNN is scheuduled go to taped programming after Erin Burnett Out Front on Friday, so there will be no AC360.

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Jaanza said...

Wednesday's 360 started out with a couple minutes on severe weather in Kansas. Mixed feelings about this. When there is an almost-tornado in my area, I turn to the local news channels for information, not CNN. However, the videos from Kansas were wicked cool.
Then right into the latest on the two NY escaped convicts because David Sweat is spiling details about the escape, being on the run and Joyce Mitchell. At the start of Jason Carroll's report, I changed the channel. Hayes was reporting on Bernie Sanders' huge crowds at his campaign stops and what this means. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think 360 has done any reporting on Sanders.

The second segment's focus was the prison Sweat and Matt escaped from. Nope, more Hayes.

The next segment on Donald Trump was pretty good and I liked hearing from the two new guys, James Rendell and Ryan Lizza, in the panel. However, I wish they had spent more time analyzing the poll numbers in the middle showing Hillary Clinton soundly beating both Trump and Jeb Bush.

Next up was a report on the Justice Department investigating arilines for price fixing. Rene Marsh had the details. The Bulletin was at the end of the segment.
Blip #3 of the Bulletin was on a recent fire at the Mount Zion AME Church in South Carolina which was determined to have been caused by lightening. As ATA pointed out, news of the (at least) seven other fires at black churches was not mentioned. I did not see the preview/teaser about this story but have often seen in the past a teaser about a news story which turns out to be just a blip in the Bulletin. It happens to often. For the record, Hayes had a full segment on this topic and he included the other churches.

Another shark attack off the North Carolina coast? It must be big important news to some people but I changed the channel.

The Ridiculist is back! It was an okay topic: Alex Trebek on 'Jeopardy' rapping. However, it reminded me of a bit Conan did a few times on his show; taking Trebek's words, mixing them up and making incredibly silly and funny 'answers'. And Trebek came on his show to call him out on it (but he was a good sport about the whole thing). I stil don't understand how Wolf Blitzer got included in this Ridiculest. Not one of Anderson's Top 10 Ridiculists.

@Aries Moon - yesterday you were disappointed there was no follow-up report about the Texas county clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Today Hayes interviewed a Casey Cty KY clerk named Casey Davis who is doing the same thing. Hayes had no news on Sweat and Matt. It makes me wonder what news Anderson would cover if Sweat and Matt never escaped from prison.
Content. It's all about content.

aries moon said...

Disappointed that 360 didn't expand on the black church fires--this disturbing story deserves more than a brief bulletin mention.

Haven't seen the Ridiculist in a while and enjoyed the Trebek/Blitzer/AC rap theme.

aries moon said...

@Jaanza, yes, the Sweat and Matt saga seems to take top priority on 360 and they don't seem to want to lessen the coverage or let it go--hopefully it's winding down and they can focus on something else--probably more crime reports! I did hear that the Texas county clerk that 360 was supposed to follow up on (Katie Lang) has decided to allow her staff to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples now--the 'religious freedom' crowd has pretty much run out of options--can't say I feel bad for them!

Anonymous said...

The story selection on AC360 is about the worst I've ever seen it and I've been watching a long time. If they won't to do a quick update if there is some new "news" on the prison break story that's one thing, but to do multiple reports that are loosely related to the story is just over the top and lazy.

While I was happy to see AC360 give good coverage to the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality, I'm disappointed there was little if any mention of the other SCOTUS decisions, upholding the ACA and fair housing especially. There was no mention of the fast track approval for President Obama's trade negotiating authority or President Obama's announcement of re-establishing dipolmatic ties with Cuba. And the blip in the bulletin about the black church being due to lightening has not been confirmed. I saw some stuff from CBS and another major news outlet that while lightening is suspected, the fire is still under investigation and the cause has not been determined.

I guess we'll get a nightly report on the stupid things Trump since he's apparently the only one running for president according to AC360's coverage?

I like Anderson, but it's getting harder and harder to watch him anchor a dumb downed/tabloid type news program. He appears to be phoning it in most of the time, so something tells me he's given up - either done fighting the powers that be or just doesn't want to be there any more, but he has a contract to fulfill.

I hope that when AC360 comes back after the 4th of July holiday weekend, that maybe the staff has read a newspaper, watched a network broadcast or looked at Twitter to see what's happening in the world these days and builds their program around "news"!