Monday, September 25, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, September 25, 2017

Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair from the NYC studio in the 8pmET hour.  A health care town hall was held in the 9pmET hour.

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1 comment:

Jaanza said...

In my comment yesterday (seen on ATA's Thursday post) I said I hoped Anderson would cover the Trump vs NFL players ruction. At that time I thought Anderson would cover it but it would be a shorter segment later in the first hour. Bigger news like the GOP healthcare bill or North Korea would of course get the lead. I was wrong.

At the very start of Monday's 360 Anderson mentioned the healthcare bill and Puerto Rico would be coming up but the first story was Trump and the NFL players protest. It was not only the lead story but took up the first 2/3 of the show (no second hour). That was too much. Stories like North Korea believing Trump declared war on them and news of Jared Kushner, Ivanka and four other White House advisers using private email servers for government business were not covered.

Anderson introduced the NFL story with clips from Trump, Sarah Sanders and a Q&A with Jim Acosta about all elements of the fracas between Trump and the players. Anderson also interviewed Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks. Anderson then reported on the Golden State Warriors championship team deciding not to do the traditional White House visit and had a long clip of LeBron James of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers explaining his point of view.
It would have been okay if 360's coverage of this story stopped here but that's not what happened. Bakeri Sellers - taking the side for equality, freedom of expression and the right to protest discrimination - and Paris Dennard - taking Trump's side - came on for a panel discussion. They debated for the rest of the first segment (which lasted until :29) and all of the second segment (up until the :39 mark).

Bill Weir had a good report on the situation in Puerto Rico which is bad and could easily get a whole lot worse. This was followed by a Q&A with Anderson and included a clip from Sarah Sanders who insisted Trump is not giving all of his attention to the NFL players and is directing help to Puerto Rico. The segment ended with Anderson's interview with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello who said some help did arrive but so much more is needed.

I missed the start of the last segment featuring Rick Santorum and Kirsten Powers talking about the GOP healthcare bill. They discussed the 3 GOPers who plan to vote against it, what's in the bill, bipartisanship and if this is the end to all GOP attempts to repeal the ACA.

The usual second hour of 360 was instead a debate about the GOP healthcare bill with Sen. Graham, Sen. Cassidy, Sen. Sanders and Sen. Klobuchar. That's Amy Klobuchar, the Senator from my state who's not Al Franken. I may watch the repeat later but during prime-time I watched Maddow who had an excellent segment on North Korea and why it's important.