Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Look Back at AC360 in Haiti: "It's Not Normal & It's Not Okay" ~ Anderson Cooper

"Where ever you are watching this broadcast, throughout the world, I hope you can hug a loved one close and thank God you are not in Port-au-Prince tonight. But the Haitian people who are here want you to hear their stories." ~Anderson Cooper

"The Camera Lens Is Too Small To Capture What Is Really Happening Here" ~ Anderson Cooper

'I can't imagine being anywhere else'...“I feel privileged to be here, lucky to be here. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. There are things that are extraordinarily horrific and signs of extraordinary strength, and that’s important for people to know.” ~ Anderson Cooper

The AC360 Reporters: Ivan Watson, Gary Tuchman, Dr. Sanjay Gupta & Anderson Cooper

"I will always wonder why this girl had to suffer so much before she died. And I will always ask myself whether there was something more we could have done to help her live." ~ Ivan Watson

"And I was reminded of what people have told me in situations like this, that you got to put medicine in front of guns. You got to make sure that people get care. Because if you take care of people, they're not as likely to be as desperate."~ Dr. Sanjay Gupta

"What will also always stay in my mind is a nursing home we visited. The nursing home was destroyed. Six residents of the nursing home were killed, 64 survived. The 64 are now living outside."~Gary Tuchman

Anderson's Reporter's Notebooks:

January 14th

January 22nd

February 12th

And a Tribute Video to Anderson's Reporting:

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ACAnderFan said...

I am probably the only one that feels this way but I can't stand Anderson in Haiti. After the blatant disrespect and disregard he had for the dead by showing dead bodies being dumped into a pit I lost all respect for him as a reporter. Showing that makes him no better than the horrible people who actually did the dumping.What I saw was a very cold hearted man. I don't like feeling that way about him but I do not think its appropriate to show what he showed. The dead need to be respected.

360 will probably be OK as long as we aren't subjected to too much Anderson. I am looking forward to reports by Sanjay, Ivan, Gary and anyone else 360 has there. I'll just ignore Anderson. Though maybe he'll redeem himself for his awful behavior the last time he was there.

Hopefully when Anderson is done in Haiti he'll go back to the studio where he belongs.

ACAnderFan said...

Forgot the mention the tribute video which was put together nicely.

judy said...

@ACAnderFan: You are not alone in your feelings about AC's return to Haiti. For you it was "the disrespect shown for the dead," and for me it was that "Geraldo moment," "of macho man" carrying the bleeding child through the rubble with the cameras rolling. I know that some aren't bothered by this type of "altruistic display of human kindness," but I was, and journalists at other networks objected to it as well. It was NOT one of AC's more shining moments. He never would or could have done that on 60 Minutes.

Having said that, I am looking forward to his return to Haiti in general. Rehashing the oil catastrophe and chastising BP, became too redundant.
And all those other correspondents in the last photos, should have received a President's Award as well. He did not do this alone. It indeed took a village.

Wonz said...

While watching many clips of Anderson's reporting from Haiti in preperation for this post and the video; I must say I feel he earned the awards bestowed upon him. I think he is humble enough to know that he didn't do it himself and has acknowledged the efforts of his co-workers in his acceptance speech. (I think it's important for us to remember that Anderson does not bestow awards on himself and it not uncommon for the lead reporter, singer, actor, etc. to earn an award. Nobody does it alone, there is always a team, and it is no different with Anderson Cooper.)

His reporting was excellent under some very difficult circumstances. He was the first on the ground - and as far as reporters, one of the last to leave. He remained dedicated and engaged in telling the stories of the people of Haiti.

Some people may not like that he showed dead bodies and some people may not like that he saw a child in need and rescued him while the cameras are rolling; but I see a reporter who was compelled to tell the stories of what was happening in Haiti and did so in a very effective and moving way. (Was Anderson not supposed to help the child in need because there were cameras rolling? Perhaps is was CNN's decision to air the footage and not his?)

It is apparent that the whole AC360 team was effected by what they witnessed in Haiti and I feel that came through in their reporting. I for one am looking forward to their return to Haiti to update us on what, if anything, has changed in the last six months.

newtobloggin said...

I think I agree with Wonz here..

1) It is not wrong to rescue a child in distress and if the cameras happened to be rolling at that time and CNN decided to air the same, I don't think we should blame AC for it..(maybe repeated airing did put some viewers off but I don't think it was Anderson's intent to toot his horn)

2) As far as showing disrespect to the dead, if he didn't show it we wouldn't even know that the dead were being dumped that way. That brings us to the point, did we need to see it? Absolutely, with hope that this kind of coverage would deter the people from doing something like that again. Also, it must have been incredibly hard for him and his team to cover that. So nothing cold hearted there..

I look fwd to watching 360 this week and hoping it will be good..

Anonymous said...

I would like to say that the Haiti earthquake happen 2 days before my 30th wedding aniversery. That was when I noticed Anderson for the first time and was glued to my TV. I just want to say that the reporting he did in Haiti was the best of any station around.

As for helping that boy who was hurt, I hope anyone would have done the samething.

As for the dead bodies, the way they were treated and just dumped was so disrespectful. I think that the story had to be told.

I for one cannot wait till tonight. I miss Anderson.

also, thank you for videos.

Cherisa said...

Like Wonz, I think Anderson's reporting in Haiti was excellent and engaging. I'm looking forward to seeing the team back in Haiti; it sounds like little has changed.

VeganCore said...

How someone can criticize a person for helping another person is disgusting. Sure, maybe CNN shouldn't of aired it (didn't bother me), but how people can put him down for helping someone in need is beyond my comprehension. It is pretty pathetic if you stop and think about it. You would think it would say more about AC in a positive light, but sometimes I forget about the society I am a part of at times.

And about the whole dead bodies thing: I think it was one of many stories that was developing down there. I don't think anyone would want the reporters for 360 to go down to Haiti and to sugarcoat what they are seeing. But something tells me that their might of been stuff going on down there that no network would report to their audiences. And Anderson is known for his field reporting, not for sitting in a studio. The field is where he belongs.

ACAnderFan said...

@newtobloggin, I totally respect your opinion, but he could have told us not was going on. Instead he stoops to the level of those dumping the bodies and shows us. After that I just see Anderson as a very cold hearted individual and I don't think anything will change that. Haiti totally changed the way I see Anderson and it wasn't for the better.

Anonymous said...

I think that most of us don't fault Anderson for saving the boy, instead we fault CNN for capitalizing on it and showing it again and again. To me it was just used as a ratings ploy after the initial airing and that makes not only AC look bad but the entire network. AC did it because he is that kind of person, but to use it as a way of getting ratings is another thing.

ACAnderFan said...

@VeganCore, I don't expect Anderson to sugrcoat things, but I do expect him to be a decent human being and have some respect for the dead.

I cannot wait for AC to reutun to the studio. I think he's a bad fied reporter. He is desenstized to everything.

VeganCore said...

@ACAnderFan: How would have you liked for Anderson to report that?? If he would of just said what was going on and not showing us, people that were not in Haiti wouldn't of believed that. And by not showing that and ignoring to report on it is sugarcoating the story. It was not a pretty sight, but I am happy that they showed it. We at least deserved to have known how the dead were being treated.

And I have to say I am not sure how you can consider yourself a fan of Anderson's and think he is a bad field reporter. That makes no sense to me. It makes me think you might only be watching him for one reason. When people think of Anderson, people think of him in the field, that is where he shines, not in the studio. Honestly, Anderson in the studio is a dime a dozen. But outside of that studio is where he separates himself from other journalist's.

Tedi B said...

I just wanted to add that Anderson has shown us a lot of things we didn't want to see or that were hard to see. I don't believe 360's choice to show the dead bodies was for sensationalism. In places like Haiti and Africa, governments and the public either don't care or ignore the situation. But when they understand what the truth is, what the government allows to go on they public can react and it can create change.

People don't want to see dead bodies strewn across the battlefield or dying children but we can't sugar coat the reality of a situation. Seeing these horrible things with our own eyes makes us feel... feel hate, disgust, sickness. These feelings are how things get fixed, get changed in the world.

If 360 and other shows don't show the reality how will anyone know how truly horrible something is? Words are not enough sometimes. No one likes the truth (dead bodies, dying children etc) but if it's not shown then it will continue.

One of the reasons that turned the public against the Vietnam was because they saw, for the first time the reality of war on TV. It wasn't pretty but it created outrage.

I know Anderson has discussed this before and I believe that 360 showed it for those reasons, not to be sensational.

Anonymous said...

@ACAnderFan: I believe the dead bodies were shown by CNN in a far more respectful way than they were being treated by those in charge of removing them. It is also not the first time Anderson has shown dead bodies in a report so not sure why it would be this particular instance that would make you lose respect for him. I also don't understand why you would watch him do reports if you don't respect him. He's on Regis and Kelly often enough if fluff is your preference.

@judy: While CNN did their best to capitalize on it, if Anderson rescued that boy for the ratings, he did a terrible job. He didn't shoot the kid with his own camera and none of the other cameramen seemed to realize it was happening until he was already out of the fray. All the cameras missed him actually racing in and scooping up the kid. They just got the aftermath.

I'm sure someone more opportunistic would have made sure the shot was perfect. Journalists who objected to his involvement would have let a child die in front of them and patted themselves on the back for their objectivity. Good for them!

I'm glad Anderson showed us the real story even if was hard to watch. And I'm glad he put his camera down and helped a kid.

ACAnderFan said...

@Vegan Core, I like Anderson in the studio, he shines at that and is good at the one on one interview. I used to like him in the field, but Haiti chnaged all that and I will never like nor respect him as a field reporter.

I think he could have told us about how the bodies were being treated without stooping to such a low level and with the right description I don't think it would be sugar coating it.

@anonymous 1:54pm, I don't prefer the fulff. I wouuld like him to behave like a decent human being. I just prefer him in a studio. I think his strengths are there and I like the one on one interviews we get in the studio.

aries moon said...

Anderson and the 360 team's reporting shined a much needed light on the tragic events that resulted from the quake. My immediate thoughts as I watched AC rescue the child or show the dead bodies in the dumpster didn't center on how he was "exploiting" or capitalizing on those moments for his own gain, but instead on how truly frightening, out of control and horrific the whole situation in Haiti actually was--as others here have said, the impact of seeing these types of events with your own eyes is much greater than a reporter, no matter how gifted, simply describing them. This was standout reporting and it's no surprise to me that Anderson's field work from Haiti would be lauded in the manner it was. Looking forward to the updates on the situation in Haiti.

Anonymous said...

I must agree with Wonz. Anderson is the best field reporter I have seen. I considered him to be a sensitive, caring human being. We are lucky to have him reporting on the horrible things going on in this world. How else would we know?

judy said...

FOLKS: Anderson DIDN'T have to relay the message that he bravely helped the child on R&K. HE did that. I heard it myself! It was shocking and I couldnt believe the self promotion. CNN didn't do it. HE did it on a different show with an attitude as well.
@Vegancore: I would refrain from the word "digusting," to describe another bloggers opinion. What's disgusting is self promotion and USING a horrendous event for gratuitous purposes. You can rationalize all you want. "The Wrap" got it right. Good for them.

Cate said...

You supposed fans disgust me. I wish I could scream right in your face right now. How DARE you criticize Anderson's reporting in Haiti??? What if NO ONE had recorded the Jews being bulldozed during the holocaust? Anderson's job is to show what IS happening. He didn't make it happen. The fact that people were being dumped into pits IS the story, to not show it is to lie about it by being silent. HE wasn't disrespecting anyone, which is why he is an award winning journalist and you're not. Move on, please, go watch Fox News if you want deceit, leave the reporting to Anderson. Thank God there are still reporters out there willing to NOT be politically correct and to report the freakin' TRUTH.