AC360 Tuesday 8p

Ferry crew members answered questions about why more life rafts were not deployed. Tonight on AC360, the latest from South Korea on the effort to reach victims.
May 23rd, 2012
11:35 PM ET

Church member defends pastor Worley

Anderson Cooper speaks with a member of Pastor Charles Worley's church who defends his anti-gay sermon.

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Filed under: 360° Interview • Religion
May 23rd, 2012
10:47 PM ET

RidicuList: The 'Fresh Prince' of Wales?

He's got two turntables and he's heir to the throne. Prince Charles' DJ skills make the RidicuList.

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May 23rd, 2012
10:33 PM ET

Gay mom saddened by pastor's sermon

Gary Tuchman speaks with a woman who wants to remain anonymous. She is gay and has attended Pastor Worley's services over the years.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Religion
May 23rd, 2012
10:10 PM ET

KTH: AC360 report prompts Senate to act

Millions raised for the disabled veterans national foundation. Not one dime  though  has gone directly to vets. Now a Senate committee is investigating after seeing our Keeping Them Honest reports.

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May 23rd, 2012
10:04 PM ET

New documents in FAMU hazing death

George Howell reports on new documents released Wednesday in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.

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May 23rd, 2012
09:56 PM ET

Did Romney create jobs when he was Gov.?

Anderson Cooper examines Mitt Romney's claims about the jobless rate when he was governor of Massachusetts.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney
May 23rd, 2012
09:51 PM ET

Man who helped find OBL lands jail time

A tribal court sentenced a Pakistani doctor to 33 years in jail for treason for helping the U.S. find Osama bin Laden.

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May 23rd, 2012
09:46 PM ET

Crowley: Candidates are selling hope

Gloria Borger and Candy Crowley discuss what voters want to hear from the candidates about job creation solutions.

May 23rd, 2012
08:20 PM ET

AC360 report on veterans charity prompts Senate investigation

After seeing Drew Griffin's report on AC360, Sen. Max Baucus will investigate a charity that raised millions, but gave little to disabled veterans.

May 23rd, 2012
08:18 PM ET

Letters to the President #1220: 'Complicity'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is rapidly being wrapped in the sturm and drang of the election, which is already an awful lot about blame…

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve had a number of conversations lately with your political brethren (from both parties) who have invoked a pair of criticisms which are much in vogue.

First, they talk about false equivalency. They rightly complain that sometimes we journalists say things such as, “30 Congress members from one party pushed for pork projects that wasted tax money, and 2 from the other party did the same, so both parties are to blame.” The suggestion of “equal fault,” these critics say, is disingenuous and unfair.

I can’t argue. Too often we journalists take the easy road, rather than being brave and simply saying that facts show one side is more to blame than the other.

But then, these critics move on to their second point, and my agreeable nature takes a turn for the worse. As sure as I admit that Party X is more at fault on some issue, the folks from Party Y immediately insist that then absolves their crew from any complicity! This is especially troubling when the calamity or malfeasance in question could not have occurred without all that support…including the minority party’s contribution.

Look at it like this: Imagine Party X spends a whole day filling a barn with old rags and cans of gasoline. Then Party Y walks by and tosses in a match. Arguably, Party X is more to blame because they worked for hours to set up a dangerous tableau; but the catastrophe itself was caused by Party Y’s final action. So how can Party Y argue innocence?

I’m all for addressing this issue of false equivalency. But I think we need to also address the question of what I call “false innocence” which both parties periodically try to claim; because the guy who drives the getaway car is still part of the bank robbery…even if he doesn’t have a gun.

Hope all is well. Give a call if you have a moment. I’m around.

Regards,
Tom

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