Hi everyone. Anderson Cooper is once again coming at us from across the pond, but tonight he's chilling in a studio. We kick things off with the BREAKING NEWS that North Korea has plans to test-fire a long-range missile that is capable of hitting the U.S. A crazy dictator about to shoot a missile at us should probably make me nervous, but it seems like Kim Jong-Il is always pulling this kind of crap when he's not getting enough attention. Me thinks someone's jealous about not being invited to the G-20 summit.
We quickly leave the little dictator and move on to the horrible story of the shooting that occurred today in Binghamton, New York. Another shooting. T.S. Eliot once wrote that "April is the cruelest month." Over the years I've begun to believe this to be true, and it seems to especially be true when it comes to massacres by gun. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Now Birghamton. And April has just begun. There may not be any more shooting, but I fear there may be more cruelty in store.
In a Randi Kaye piece, we learn that the shooting occurred at the American Civic Association while people were taking a citizenship test. The perpetrator, Jiverly Voong, walked into the building, shot two receptionists and then continued on with his spree. When the four hour ordeal was over, 14 people were dead, including Voong himself--killed by his own hand. Four were critically wounded. Awful.
After Randi's piece, Anderson has an interview with Anay Osorio, a woman whose mother was hiding in the center during the ordeal and kept in contact via cell phone. This was what I refer to as a "pulling-teeth" interview and I have to say that Anderson's framing of the questions didn't help much. He's obviously expecting her to elaborate and she's only answering exactly what she's being asked. For example, from Anderson: "Everyone must have been incredibly frightened." I mean, that's not even a question. "Yes," Anay replies. Our anchor catches on pretty quick though and starts asking things that require more than a couple words to answer. So...there's that.
Then we go to the requisite segment with the "experts" to help us try to understand what happened. We're joined by forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie, and former senior FBI hostage negotiator Byron Sage. I'm not recapping this. What's the point? How many times have we gone through this? All these shootings...maybe we're just not asking the right questions.
Transitioning to the goings-on in Europe, we get a clip of Obama doing a town hall with an audience of mostly French and German students. That's actually pretty awesome. The last guy wouldn't even talk to Americans
who weren't pre-screened. Although I could understand him not wanting to talk to our foreign friends, given their tendency to sometimes, um, burn him effigy. But they loves them their Obama. As for our prez, he's trying to get NATO countries to pony up more troops for Afghanistan. That's probably not going to work out so well.
Hey, have you been feeling a little shaky lately? Like something was missing in your life? Well, sillies, it's because we've gone a few days without our Gerg! But that is being rectified right now, as we're joined by David Gergen for his take on how the G-20 went down. Tonally, the Gerg gives Obama a big thumbs up, but as far as actually getting stuff like troops and stimulus money? Not so much. Anderson points out that all the world leaders want to be seen with our prez, yet they're not helping him. Kinda reminds me of Eric Cantor, who rails against Obama on any cable show that will have him, then turns into a fanboy in the man's presence. Anyway, the Gerg deems this trip a success, so that's good enough for me.
On now to the news that the Iowa State Supreme Court just decided that gay marriage is protected by the Constitution. That's right, Iowa
just legalized gay marriage. Iowa! New York, do you feel shame-faced? For discussion of the decision, we're joined by Ben Smith of Politico
, and I'm a little bitter about that. I don't know, I don't really have anything huge against them per se, but I'm very suspicious of their Drudge-like quality and the media's seeming reliance on them. I would have rather seen someone from, you know, Iowa.
But anyway, Anderson points out that the whole "liberal activist judges" argument pretty much falls by the wayside here because the decision went down in a red state by a court made up of mostly Republican appointees. In a few weeks gay couples can start getting married. Also, Iowa is not like California, in that the legislature is not going to mess with the decision for at least this cycle and possibly longer, depending on who's elected. By that time gay marriage will be even more accepted, so I think this decision is a keeper. Didn't think I'd ever say this, but go Iowa!
Transitioning back to the case of the school shooting, we go to Susan Candiotti who is live in Binghamton and soaked by rain. She does some recapping and tells us a bit about the shooter. Apparently he had a valid permit for the guns. Sigh.
Next up, we have a Joe Johns piece on Madonna's attempted adoption. The Malawi judge has said, "no kid for you!" Okay, he wasn't that mean about it. The whole deal is that instead of meeting the 18 month residency requirement, the singer just flew in on her private jet. They're afraid breaking the rules for her could open the door to child trafficking or things of that nature. The Madonna camp will appeal. I think Madonna is an out-of-touch diva, but I can also see both sides of this. Hopefully whatever is best for the kid (and no one can really know what that is) will end up happening.
Time for our Michelle Obama portion of the evening. In an Erica Hill piece, we learn that she met fellow fashionista, French First Lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy. And oh my, how people talked! This whole piece was literally about what the women were wearing. Good lord. It's noted that Michelle likes to keep it real in some J. Crew and after her piece, Erica tells us that Oscar de la Renta had some words to say about that, specifically: "You don't go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater." Well! Sounds like someone is jealous.
Back to Anderson in the studio now and suddenly Richard Quest just pops out of nowhere. Well, okay, not nowhere. He was sitting next to him, but seeing as though up until this point I thought Anderson was back in the states, it was a little jarring. Like the last two days, Richard again brings his papers, and amusing-yet-hard-to-decipher accent. The gist of all this is that the British lurve the Obamas, especially Michelle. The next thing I know, Richard is berating Anderson for not being able to identify "kitten heels." Truth be told, I'd never heard that term either, and now I'm afraid they're going to take away my girlie card.
Richard hilariously never gives Anderson an answer, but apparently they are small heels. See, I always try to wear flats, because me plus heels equals disaster waiting to happen. Anyhoo! After commercial, Anderson does some pimping of Richard's Twitter
, at the request of the Brit himself. You might remember that he has the goal of totally crushing Rick Sanchez, who let's face it, could afford to be taken down a notch or two. Last night I noted I would be holding off on following Richard due to some of my current tweets. Ahem.
Well, today I checked my Twitter
replies and guess who tweeted me? Yep. Richard! "Too late--I am now following you!" he said. Bwah! My first reaction was a WTF kind of confusion. Then I laughed for a good five minutes. So I went ahead and followed him. Well played, Mr. Quest. Very well played. Come on, everybody. Follow Richard. There's a Sanchez that needs crushing.
The "shot" tonight is a guy who proposes to his girlfriend on the Brooklyn Bridge. Aw, romantic. But oh, there's a twist: he drops the ring! No joke. He had to going running through cars, a suicide prevention van was called, the works. In the end though, he got the ring and the girl. And now we're back to "aw." Erica talks a bit about her own engagement, leading Anderson to rest his head on his hand and shoot us a look of faux whimsy. "Tell us about your moment you got your engagement ring. We have time," he says. Kinda reminds me of Jon Stewart, who pulls the two-handed version of that move all the time. Anyway, very cute and you can see the whole thing here
. The proposal reminds me of the video "best man ruins wedding.
" When I first clicked on it I thought, "how could one guy ruin a wedding?" But then I watched and now I know. Poor bride.
The show tonight was okay. We had a lot of fun this week, but also a lot of fluff. I'm assuming they're going to be in studio next week and I'll be interested to see which way they go. I'm hoping for some harder news (hello! war coverage?), but one of the producers tweeted something about that bluezones longevity site (which they've actually done before), so that might not be in the cards. Maybe we'll get both. Anyhoo, that does it for me. Cheerio!