Category Archives: Anderson Cooper CNN

October 27, 2009

John King sitting in again.  Having trouble with my audio, so no videos today.  Sorry.  In fact, the whole entry is rather skint.  Not a great deal to talk about, I guess.

Keeping them Honest – Drew Griffin

John King was at the Big Wall within 1 minute of the show opening.  He was talking about the tsunami that recently hit American Samoa.

American Samoa

Despite the warning system that was ostensibly in place, to the tune of 13 million since 2003, the residents of American Samoa had no advance warning of the tsunami that hit in September, 2009.

Some of the money, it seems, was spent on plasma screen televisions and leather chairs.  One word to the US govt: oversight.

Watch the money pile up

Raw Politics – James Carville and Kevin Madden

At the wall again

John King was back at the wall talking about campaign funding for governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia.

King asked Carville whether or not he thinks this governor’s race will be a referendum on President Obama.  Madden thinks that this election will give some ideas about what the Republicans can look forward to in 2010 and 2012.

All three

King is certainly more direct than AC.  He pauses less frequently.  He sounds more scripted.

360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

Karzei’s brother has been receiving kickbacks from the CIA

More Americans killed in Afghanistan


Northwest pilots, who were watching laptops, have lost their license

Home prices rise in the USA

Iceland loses McDonald’s — John King tries to joke like Anderson Cooper

H1N1 – Digging Deeper – Erica Hill and Sanjay Gupta

Some schools in the US are reporting double-digit infections.  The first children have received their H1N1 vaccination.  Sanjay talked a bit about swine flu symptoms (which he should be good at since he got it).  Hill posited whether or not it would be better to let children develop a natural immunity by catching the disease, a la chickenpox.  Gupta demurred.  Tamiflu can be given to children if mixed in water or  some sort of cherry syrup.

JK and SG

Crime and Punishment – Dan Simon

In Northern California, a teenaged girl was gangraped for 2.5 hours after a homecoming dance.  At least 15 people watched, and nobody reported.  This is just as sad as Derion Albert.  Charles Ramsey, a member of the school board, couldn’t speak to the reasons behind this tragedy.

The girl left the gym to get picked up by her father.  She was intercepted by a friend who led her to an alley, where friends greeted them with alcohol.  The alley was not monitored and there aren’t any cameras there.  Police have arrested the 15-year-old boy who led the girl into the alley.

The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening in juries.  John King has it right: the stomach just turns.

Where she was attacked

digging a bit deeper

I put that in little letters because they brought Steve Perry on.  I can’t stand this dude.  He carps and whines, but has nothing of substance to contribute to the show or possibly the universe.

Mary Koss, a professor at the University of Arizona, spoke on the bystander effect, which is when people watch a tragedy unfold without doing anything about it.  Nobody has said anything about Derrion Albert yet.  Maybe we’ve already forgotten.  No, Perry brought it up.  He needs to buy  a razor

360 Follow – Gary Tuchman

The family of the victim of the sweat lodge tragedy are trying to bring James Arthur Ray to justice.  They haven’t even had the chance to talk to “his people.”  Ray hasn’t even told the family that he’s sorry, but he put an apologetic note on his Facebook page, so it must be all good.

Gupta came on to explain the death.  Our organs, he said, need a great deal of oxygenated blood.  The conditions in the sweat lodge make achieving this difficult.


360 Bulletin – Erica Hill

In Kabul, a column of smoke rises above a firefight

Andre Agassi used CRYSTAL METH during his career

Aga Meth

Arrests in Uconn murder.  Josh Lomax III is charged in the murder.

A former Letterman writer said she lived in a very sexually tense atmosphere

The Shot

A Romanian strong child.  Then King made a very stupid Schwarzenegger joke.  Youtube video here:

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AC360 10 10 09: GOP Jealous, Inspiring Others Matters, and it’s never easy to be popular in France? ?

Welcome to the daily AC360 recap. News Machine here. (Strange name I know)

First off explanation of the title: The jealous part you get, the “it’s never easy to be popular in France” was a mistake made by Fareed Zakaria when speaking to Anderson Cooper about President Obama’s Nobel Prize win. I think he meant to say “It’s never easy to be popular in the U.S.” But I’m not complaining, I like France. Or maybe Fareed meant to say: “It’s never easy to be popular in France and since Obama is popular there it tells you something”…I just don’t know. So that intrigues me.

Moving on.

I’ll save you the gory details of my personal life but for what it’s worth, I am healed. Hallelujah. God’s healing power healed me so you won’t have to listen to my  boring rants about the way I cough and sneeze.

I’ll also include just a little bit of Anderson Cooper being on Regis & Kelly, the best parts, later on in a new post. We usually don’t do this but I watched R & K and there were some great parts in it. If you want the whole thing, I’ll get you a link.

Moving on.

I’m also glad I got to cover today as the main news is about President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. I always get to cover the things I like…I find this great. I can’t wait to see what the panel has to say about that. Paul Begala is here tonight and I LOVE Paul.  Needless to say, I don’t agree with Nile Gardiner from the Heritage Foundation. He sounds British. I may live in England (for now) and love it, but I so don’t agree with Nile but I respect his Ph.D. (ha ha) Worth mentioning too is that 82% of the British public approves of President Obama against 17% for George Bush so let’s not stereotype all the British people thinking that Nile Gardiner is their spokesperson.

You know about this award? It’s really not about Obama’s achievements but about giving momentum and attention to some causes. It’s a “call to action” as Obama himself said. About how he’s inspired people and put issues on the table that were before avoided. It’s about the fresh way he sees things. How his new style will move the country forward. Something about International Cooperation…remember that one?

The Nobel Peace Prize was never meant to only recognize someone’s achievements per se but to reward those who inspired others and brought causes on the fore front of the political agenda. It’s always easy to critize someone until you walk in their shoes and see the mess they need to deal with. Patience is a virtue.

And although I’m not making this a race issue at all since we’re all human beings and the same, I love covering big stories on Barack Obama as he is a ‘mutt’ like me. (No disrespect to the Multiethnic community,  know this is a derogatory term but here used unoffensively)

OK I’m done talking, on to the pure raw hard core AC360.

PS: I’ll add daily ‘Photo News Galleries’ from now on (I do recaps for Fridays and Mondays)


FIRST UP/360RAW POLITICS President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and Conservatives are Outraged and say he doesn’t deserve it and should give it back.

KEEPING THEM HONEST How easy is it for criminals to buy guns without a background check? A camera video filmed everything

DIGGING DEEPER How really dangerous is the H1N1 virus? 19 American kids have died this past week alone. AC360 talks to Doctor Sanjay Gupta about the vaccine and about being inocluated.

UNCOVERING AMERICA How underground tunnels in Las Vegas have become a home for the homeless.

360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETINS See stories below


First Up/360 RAW POLITICS: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the Conservatives aren't happy

First Up/360 RAW POLITICS: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and the Conservatives aren't happy

Keeping Them Honest: How Easy it is for criminals to buy a gun without a license

Keeping Them Honest: How Easy it is for criminals to buy a gun without a license

Diggin Deeper: How deadly is the H1N1 Virus?

Diggin Deeper: How deadly is the H1N1 Virus?

Uncovering America: The Homless live in underground tunnels in Las Vegas

Uncovering America: The Homless live in underground tunnels in Las Vegas

FIRST UP/360 RAW POLITICS – Fareed Zakaria, Paul Begala, David Gergen and Nile Gardiner


Tom Foreman reports on the reaction of the GOP to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama accepted the prize and said it was a “call to action” to confront the global issues of the 21st century. Some conservative had to ruin it a little for him, saying that he does not deserve this prize and should not accept it. Luckily, President Obama did accept it and said the prize was also about the inspiration you bring and not just the achievements. The Nobel Committee says the prize was awarded because the President has given hope for better world relations and fewer nuclear arms. INSPIRATION MATTERS.

PANEL: Fareed Zakaria, Paul Begala, David Gergen and Nile Gardiner joined Anderson to discuss and said that the world really sees this prize as an award for America more so than for Obama.  The United States’ role in the international community is shifting as President Obama took office, and the foreign policy landscape is making some sharp turns for the best. They explored further whether this prize would make it easier or harder for the President to make foreign policies at home in the U.S. and the effect the award will have on him on an international scale.

Panel discusses Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Fareed, Paul, David & Nigel

Panel discusses Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Fareed, Paul, David & Nile

Anderson & Nile

Anderson & Nile

Anderson & David

Anderson & David

Anderson Cooper & Fareed Zakaria

Anderson Cooper & Fareed Zakaria

Nile on President Obama

Nile on President Obama

FIRST 360 BULLETIN – Erica Hill

1- A deadly suicide attack in Pakistan killed at least 49 people

2- In Haiti 11 died in a UN plane crash

3- A PA mom who brought a loaded gun to her daughter’s soccer game last year was killed by her husband

4- GM signed an agreement to sell Hummer,

5- The mission to crash into the moon to search for water was successful.

Keeping Them Honest – Randi Kaye

Randi Kaye reports on guns being sold without background checks

Randi Kaye reports on guns being sold without background checks

A report on how people and even criminals can buy guns without having their background checked. Sellers at gun shows aren’t required to run background checks but are also not allowed to sell guns to anyone they find suspicious. An undercover video was taken at a gun show showing investigators as buyers admitting to not being able to pass a background check and being sold guns anyway. Mayor Bloomberg called for this investigation to try to encourage Congress to act on two bills that would force a background check on all gun show purchases.

Discussion: John Feinblatt


Anderson speaks with CNN’s chief doctor Sanjay Gupta about the effect of Swine Flu on kids. 76 kids have died from Swine Flu since April and 19 this past week alone. 30% of the kids had been healthy prior to getting the flu. Sanjay said that the vaccine will help to stop the rise in children’s death from the H1N1 virus. Younger kids will need two shots to build up their immune systems. Kids over 10 will only need one. They also talked about the difference between the shot and the spray.


Ted Rowlands reports about underground tunnels in Las Vegas that have become a home for the homeless.Matthew O’Brien, author of the book “Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas” speaks with Ted.

Homeless who live in Las vegas underground tunnels

Homeless who live in Las vegas underground tunnels

Las Vegas Mystery

Las Vegas Mystery


6- The knife was found that was used to attack a UCLA student who is now recovering

7-Flooding and landslides in the Philippines have killed at least 137 people

8-Video of the tsunami that hit American Samoa

9- A former tv host and politician who is accused of ordering killings has surrendered to police

10- Marge Simpson is now on the cover of the November issue of Playboy.

Anderson Cooper & Erica Hill

Anderson Cooper & Erica Hill


Didn’t like either ones.


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Heated Debate: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”…Thanks Anderson

Lots of debating concerning the segment below. I heard lots of people say they did not like Anderson’s style of moderating the discussion. Listen to it to know what I’m talking about. It’s late at night and I don’t have the energy to give you all the tiny details. Or just see last night’s AC369 summary. Don’t be lazy…scroll down 🙂

After listening to this part, I really cannot understand who in their right mind would think Anderson did anything wrong in this segment. I mean, did you hear that woman Elaine speak? She doesn’t need ‘moderating’ but mouth shuting. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about, obviously, and Anderson and Choi’s ‘approach was justified. If I had so many crazy words coming out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds, I’d want someone to put me in check. I have zero tolerance for people like Elaine, she should not even be given a platform. Freedom of speech what? Excuse me. She greatly ANNOYED me and I cannot believe Anderson didn’t shut her up sooner. The LGBT community must be tired of getting discriminated against on a constant basis and be portrayed as savage beasts ready to prey on anything that moves. There is just so much one can take. At some point, some people need to shut up.

Anderson, your approach was GREAT, if you and Choi weren’t so tough on her maybe she would have had the last word but she didn’t…to tell you the truth all I heard coming from her was blah blah blah blah blah after awhile…I cannot believe that it is okay to discriminate against a whole group of people like this and use such nonsensical and old cavemen’s rhetorics.

What happened to respect and tolerance? This is beyond me.

I’m sure Elaine will have a lot of thinking to do after this little encounter on AC360.

Anderson, great that you said:”have you been to Afghanistan”…and you see there lies the sad secret of people who discriminate against others: They will never walk in your shoes yet tell you how to live.

Listening to people like Elaine makes me want to scream…

Feelings. The fact is that after all the facts are said and re-said, people have FEELINGS. You cannot put a fact ahead of someone’s human and normal feelings. (not talking about petty, arrogant or immature feelings here I don’t have time to give you a course in human relations…so don’t start attacking at me).

So much for freedom of speech…people are dying, lives are lost. And all that some people do is talk and talk utter nonsense without any conscience at all for the suffering that’s happening. “As long as I’m right, who cares about the rest because after all I am saying all this to stroke my ego and not to help others

People should stop analysing things so much they lose all touch with their own inner conscience. Intellect is powerful but if you use it to discriminate against others, you are putting God’s gift into bad use.

Anderson, next time just shut her mic, will ya ?

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Still not covering Today’s AC360: So Photo & Video news

Still not feeling well even getting worse actually. Laying on my bed with my Vaio and drinking fluids like crazy in hopes that I get better soon. Was too ill & weak to go the doctor…someone wanted to take me with his car but I don’t feel the energy to get dressed. I have tons of work waiting to be done outside this site. This site doesn’t even feel like ‘work’ as I really enjoy it but trying to focus on the news conversations and analyse what’s being said is a little too much for someone who can barely get up to take a shower (but don’t worry I still took a shower). Good thing someone’s coking for me so I’m not starving myself out too and get even more sick on top of everything else. Ok My three seconds of ‘I’m sick’ fame officially over…and sorry if there are some things in this post that seem off, been taking medication. (Don’t expect shots of naked men running around NYC and buying hot dogs or tachos or whatever else, I’m not that doped up yet.)

I’ll just put some snapshots as a timeline as these are easy and fun to do and help me focus on someting else besides my cough.  I’ve also included the entire podcast for last  night in three parts. That’s the most I can do I’ m afraid…To get all the most recent news of Monday’s AC360, you know the drill yet again: AC360

Too bad, there were TERRIFIC stories last night that I would have given anything to cover…esp. the ‘Why he left the War’ segment of the show. They showed a soldier crying (don’t know if it was a marine or not but probably yes, sorry 1/3 doped up…). I met a lof of marines in my life, a lot of them…very nice guys who are very selfless. Whatever is happening to this marine/soldier is unfair, regardless of the rules. The ‘accordeon’ shot I did not like. Just being honest. AC360 should have put our ‘One Man Band’ video, which also had accordeon and other instruments in it…but well AC360 won’t give me any attention…totally within their rights.




Here are your  NEWS in Photos..


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Not Covering Last Friday

Sorry guys but I’ve been in bed for the past 3 days. Coughing, swollen eyes, weak, sore muscles, headaches. Who gave this to me? I’m going to the doctor on Monday again. Me typing this is a real miracle and I just need all my energy to just drag my fingers through the keyboard.

I had all the shnapshots ready but now I’m not feeling up to it…can’t push myself, sorry.

Monday will get covered if I’m better and the other days for sure since Aaron is doing them.

Until next time, you know the drill: Go to AC360 or CNN  for all the most recent news.

Also, just for your info Anderson didn’t have Swine Flu, he told so to a politics website just recently, either Politico or Daily Kos I don’t remember.



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This is what Anderson Cooper’s Official Site Looks like…

Loads of readers mistook us, ACTJ, for Anderson Cooper. Although we’re really flattered (no really), we all know that Anderson Cooper’s only official site is AC360. That’s how it looks like. See below.

AC360 Anderson Cooper's Official Blog and Site

AC360 Anderson Cooper's Official Blog and Site


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Time Warner Press Release: Anderson Cooper Announces Top Ten 2009 CNN Heroes

Anderson Cooper Announces Top Ten 2009 CNN Heroes October 01, 2009 (picture was added by me)

(Whoever writes press releases at Time Turner, it’s RoSSana Rosado, not RosaNNa Rosado… btw. thanks.)

Beginning at 1 pm ET and continuing hourly through 10 pm on Thursday, October 1, CNN’s Anderson Cooper will announce a Top 10 2009 CNN Hero, culminating in an 11 pm ET special called Change the World, You Vote, CNN Heroes¸ spotlighting all Top 10 CNN Heroes. The Top 10 Heroes announcements will also be featured on, HLN, CNNI, CNN Radio and CNN en Espanol.

Culled from over 9,000 submissions – a new record for the CNN HEROES initiative, which began in 2007 – and selected by an esteemed Blue Ribbon Panel, these Top 10 CNN Heroes will each receive a $25,000 award at CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, airing Thanksgiving, November 26, at 9 pm ET on CNN. One Top 10 CNN Hero will be named CNN HERO OF THE YEAR, as voted upon by the public via, and will be awarded an additional $100,000. Hosted by Anderson Cooper at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the November gala is the only awards show of its kind – featuring celebrities honoring everyday people who have made an extraordinary difference in their communities and beyond. The broadcast will air globally on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year will commence at 11 pm ET on October 1, and continue until 6 am ET on November 19, 2009.

Below is the list of the 2009 Top 10 CNN Heroes. Please note the time at which each Top 10 2009 CNN Hero will be announced; all times are Eastern. The information about each Top 10 CNN Hero is strictly embargoed until the time listed, and may not be posted or reported before then. Please do not report the entire list of Top 10 CNN Heroes until 10 pm ET on October 1.

1pm – JORGE MUNOZ, QUEENS, NY: School bus driver Jorge Munoz is helping hungry New Yorkers make it through tough times. Since 2004, he has handed out more than 70,000 meals from his mobile soup kitchen in Queens — for free.

2pm – JORDAN THOMAS, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE: Jordan Thomas, 20, lost both of his legs in a boating accident in 2005. Since then, his Jordan Thomas Foundation has raised more than $400,000 to provide prosthetics for children in need.

3pm – BUDI SOEHARDI,SINGAPORE: Budi Soehardi founded a children’s home in one of the poorest areas of Indonesia. Today, Roslin Orphanage in West Timor provides food, shelter and education to more than 45 children.

4pm – BETTY MAKONI,ESSEX, ENGLAND: Zimbabwe native Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to provide a haven for young victims of sexual abuse. The organization has rescued more than 35,000 girls since 2001.

5pm – DOC HENDLEY, BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA: Bartender Doc Hendley is providing clean water to communities worldwide. Through creative fundraising, his nonprofit Wine to Water has brought sustainable water systems to 25,000 people in five countries.

6pm – EFREN PENAFLORIDA, THE PHILLIPINES: Efren Peñaflorida gives Filipino youth an alternative to gang membership through education. His Dynamic Teen Company’s 10,000 members have taught basic reading and writing to 1,500 kids living in the slums.

7pm – DERRICK TABB,NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Derrick Tabb started The Roots of Music to give young people an alternative to New Orleans’ streets. His music education program provides free tutoring, instruments and music instruction to more than 100 students.

8pm – ROY FOSTER,WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Army veteran Roy Foster started Stand Down House to help veterans struggling with addiction and homelessness in Florida. Since 2000, his program has provided life-changing services to nearly 900 veterans.

9pm – ANDREA IVORY,MIAMI, FLORIDA: Breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory is bringing early detection to the doorsteps of uninsured women. With mobile mammography vans, her group has provided more than 500 free screenings.

10pm – BRAD BLAUSER,DALLAS, TEXAS: Brad Blauser, currently residing in Baghdad, is providing hope and mobility to disabled children and their families in Iraq. Since 2005, his Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids program has distributed nearly 650 free pediatric wheelchairs to children in need.

This year’s Blue Ribbon Panel includes retired Retired Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner, Shakira, Rossana Rosado, Mariane Pearl, Malaak Compton-Rock, and Sir Elton John, among other humanitarians.

More information, including video of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, links to the Heroes’ organizations, and highlights from previous CNN HEROES programming can be found at To download art of any of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, please visit:

Contact Info:
Janine Iamunno
New York
(917) 224-5417

Shimrit Sheetrit
Los Angeles
(917) 826.4959

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