Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Anderson Cooper Reports from Haiti

Anderson Cooper was on CNN in the 10 AM ET hour live from Haiti. He spoke with Heidi Collins about his inital impressions about what he was seeing and hearing and the difficulities of travel into the country.






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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will always admire journalists like Anderson for their strength and ability to find the right words when what they see would make anyone speechless and hopeless...

MichellenLomita said...

I was emotionally moved just listening to Anderson's reporting from Haiti. He is outstanding in the field. Do we even need to mention that this is his true calling? There are enough crises around the globe for him to anchor on a mission from the field every night. When will CNN recognize this?

Phebe said...

Dear Anonymous whose comments I didn't post. I appreciate your frustration, but you have to understand mine. We disallowed anonymous comments for a few months because of attacks on our regulars and their opinions. When someone comes here every day and takes the time to not only read but post their opinion we do not like to subject them to criticism from those who don't participate as a known identity regularly. Also in light of the Haiti news it also just doesn’t seem to be the time to get into inconsequential discussions. I really hope you will understand and next time you want to start a dialog please do it with your Blogger identity so we all know whose opinion we're reading. Thank you for your understanding.

Tedi B said...

Thanks for posting this Phebe. It should be an interesting show tonight.

Parker said...

Anderson has been on with updates almost every hour since 10.00 am EST up on his arrival in Port au Prince this morning. His eyewitness accounts and descriptions of what is taking place on the ground are absolutely breathtaking. Just by his descriptions of each of the scenes he approached, the tone in his voice, the absolute anguish in which he is describing the various environments he has encountered bring back so many sad memories of the numerous disasters that he has previously reported on. I can not being to tell you what it fells like when you come on such utter helplessness as much as you may want to help, you find yourself caught in a situation where you question with every fibre of your being, how much the human spirit can take when it comes to witnessing such devastation & destruction.

I’ve been through such encounters while I was in Africa and the Far East, and I’ve got to tell when you come away from an experience like this, your life is forever changed. You take heart in the small blessings - like when you are able to save a young child life or gain access to an elder person unable to fend of himself or herself, but your perspective of life, change at your very core.

I also found it extraordinary over the last several hours as Anderson reported from there, all the CNN Reporters at the Anchor desks both in Atlanta and New York who’ve introduced his reports as they continue coverage each hour have referred to Anderson as “Leading the CNN Team of Reporters in this coverage of Haiti”. CNN have such a dynamic team of Reporters and Journalists who are the most mindful Journalists I’ve come across in a long, long time. They are always thorough, painstakingly conscientious and comprehensive in their Reporting. Thus far we’ve heard from Anderson and Ian Watson, I do hope we get a chance to hear from Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Karl Penhaul who’ve both spent a significant time Reporting on Haiti over the years.

I wish them all Godspeed.

Jacq said...

MichellenLomita- you put into words the exact feelings I was having while listening to Anderson's reports. This is his calling and his ability to give exact info along with expressing how people are feeling and the sights is just amazing. He is in his element. He will bring to light this unfortuate situation for the world to see and hopefully the rest of the world will want to help out as quickly as possible. AC and his reports are helping those poor souls more than he will even realize.

As far as the business at CNN goes I can't believe the leadership doesn't get it. Maybe after Anderson's reporting in Haiti they will finally see it. It's sad on one hand to say, but I bet the ratings go through the roof. On the positive side more aid will probably be sent because of his report. CNN has a treasure in AC and his crew- use them well.

judy said...

Anderson must take care, in his relentless endeavors, which we all have come to appreciate but his near miss when he referred to the mid-air collision, is troubling at best.
While this "may be his calling," we still want him to stay safe.

Lynn said...

I agree with Judy. Anderson is great at this kind of reporting but its also really dangerous. Not only dangerous to Anderson but other reporters and journalist too. That's not to say though that I don't appreciate what they do. Because I most definitely do. I think its really brave of them to go to places like this to report.