Monday, February 07, 2011

Focus on Egypt

"Good evening everyone. We are devoting the entire hour tonight to what is happening there, to what is happening right now in Egypt. Because it is a matter of life and death. This is what Liberation Square looks like tonight, anti Mubarak protesters still occupying it. Surrounded by solders they are refusing to leave, they are standing their ground. Now in some ways it's more dangerous right now for those protesters. More dangerous because as reporters leave the world turns its attention elsewhere they (protesters) become more vulnerable. More easy to arrest, more easy to torture, more easy to kill."

KEEPING THEM HONEST, Lies, Double Talk & Deceit: A report focusing on the Egyptian government by Anderson Cooper

EGYPTIAN STANDOFF: Cooper questions Mohamed ElBaradei

FOLLOW UP: Ben Wedeman, Ivan Watson and in the 360 studio Professor Fouad Ajami.

MURDER IN THE STREETS OF ALEXANDRIA: Nic Robertson reported on an unprovoked murder by Egyptian secret police that was videotaped by residents of the neighborhood.

CAREFUL WHITE HOUSE TONE ON EGYPT, Message shifts through crisis: David Gergen and Jill Doughtery discuss

360 BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
If you were listening closely you hear Anderson tell Isha he didn't watch Sunday's Super Bowl.
"I didn't watch it. I have a headache so I haven't been watching stuff," said Cooper.

EGYPTIAN ACTOR JOINS PROTEST, Star of 'The Kite Runner' wants Mubarak out: Cooper interviews Khalid Abdalla

The Ridiculist: B.O.B.

It was reported here on Sunday night's post that AC would be a guest on Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday night. It was advertised as a 'lengthy interview'. The interview didn't happen and we're not sure why. We've asked if it has been rescheduled and we'll let you know if we get an answer. They did have a little exchange at the top of AC360 and here's the clip:


The New York Post had an article on Monday about Erica Hill's meteoric rise at CBS News. Anderson is quoted in the article about his chemistry with Erica:

"Frankly, I didn't know who she was until she was on the show one night," Cooper said last week.

"I knew she had a show on HLN [CNN's sister channel], but I really hadn't seen her.

"I can't remember what she said, but she started poking fun at me. And it took me a second to realize what she was doing.

"I would catch out of the corner of my eye -- she was rolling her eyes at me," he says. "It became a nightly thing."

"You get a read on people," says Hill, sitting in her half-painted "Early Show" office three blocks east of her old job. "And I was just testing the water.

"Then," she says, "we just kind of started giving it back and forth to each other."

"Chemistry is a hard thing to put your finger on," Cooper says. "It's not something that shows up on a resume.

"Erica is able to find chemistry very quickly with other people, and that's a rare, rare thing.

"When she left, I was incredibly sad," he says.

This Sunday Anderson Cooper's interview with Lady Gaga airs on 60 Minutes. Here's a sneak peak:

AC360 Transcript

AC360 Podcast

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ACAnderFan said...

360 was good monday nite. Actually I thought it was much better and more informative than when he was in Egypt last week. I really enjoyed last nite.

The RidicuList was too funny! Love hearing Anderson complain about being on planes.

The Lady GaGa interview looks pretty good. Can't wait to see it.

judy said...

AC might have returned to have a medical check up for his head injury, just to make certain he is well. Just speculating.
He also gave the impression that Egyptian security and check points were getting increasingly dangerous and CNN probably didn't want him to be in an insecure situation. I don't blame them.
Loved the piece in the Post on AC and Erica. I know some think he has the same chemistry with Isha, but it is not the same.
Those of us who watched the two of them together, over the years knew he was really sad to see Erica go,
and it SHOWED.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post. I wanted to say that last week when you were showing all the interviews that Anderson did but things were moving so fast.

When he said he had headaches over the weekend and that he was seeing a doctor to get checked out tomorrow could it mean he has a concussion?

aries moon said...

It is disturbing that there are fewer news organizations covering the protests and that is what Mubarak is banking on--I hope the protesters stay strong and that there won't be a total blackout of coverage. Nic Robertson's report of the man being murdered in the street was frightening--how awful for his family and I fear for the two women who filmed it, I hope they'll be safe.

AC was pretty fired up Monday and that's understandable--hopefully he'll get a clean bill of health from the doctor on Tuesday, but the headaches are a concern.

Anonymous said...

Erica has a much better job with CBS. I have to wonder, though, that Erica must have left for a reason. That person at CBS was able to lure her away, I guess better hours for her family and maybe more air time and responsibility. With 360 she was essentially just a newsreader with no additional responsibilities. She knew she could not be a co-anchor with Anderson (seemed he didn't want one) so even Anderson couldn't stop her from leaving as much as he said he was sad to see her go.

Anonymous said...

I am just wondering if the video of the events in Egypt, as reported via AC, is being quashed?