Thursday, March 17, 2011

Breaking News on Two Fronts

Good evening, I'm Anderson Cooper, live in Tokyo, Japan. Breaking news tonight on two fronts. In Libya, the question of the hour, could the United States, Europe and other parts of the Arab world about to be going to war against the regime of Moummar Gadhafi? That's the question because of a UN Security Counsel vote. A vote which would frankly clears the way not just for a no-fly zone, not just air strikes, but all "necessary measures to protect civilians from Gadhafi." We also have major new developments in the nuclear crisis to our North here in Japan, including this, our first up-close look at the damaged reactor buildings. The destruction, simply incredible. The question, what is going on inside the wreckage, especially, especially with the spent fuel that is not inside inner containment vessels. Workers scrambling to cool the damaged reactors. Struggling for the last 24 hours with that, and with that today...

BREAKING NEWS - DESPERATE EFFORTS IN JAPAN'S NUCLEAR CRISIS, Emergency generator supplying power to units 5 and 6: A report by Anderson Cooper

BREAKING NEWS - DESPERATE EFFORTS IN JAPAN'S NUCLEAR CRISIS, Emergency generator supplying power to units 5 and 6: Anderson's follow-up discussion with Jim Walsh, Michael Friedlander and Tom Foreman

BREAKING NEWS - U.N. APPROVES "ALL NECESSARY MEASURES" IN LIBYA, Security Council vote okays no-fly zone to stop Gadhafi: A report by Anderson Cooper

BREAKING NEWS - U.A. APPROVES "ALL NECESSARY MEASURES" IN LIBYA, Pro-Gadhafi forces 100 miles from Benghazi: Anderson's follow-up discussion with Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon and Gen. Wesley Clark

BREAKING NEWS - 16,600+ DEAD/MISSING IN JAPAN, According to Japanese National Police Agency: A report by Anderson Cooper

BREAKING NEWS - DESPERATE EFFORTS IN JAPAN'S NUCLEAR CRISIS, TEPCO: Radiation levels peaked today "highest registered" so far: Anderson's discussion with Anna Coren, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jim Walsh

BREAKING NEWS - DESPERATE EFFORTS IN JAPAN'S NUCLEAR CRISIS, TEPCO: Radiation levels peaked today "highest registered" so far: Anderson and Sanjay discuss what it means for the workers at the plant

Imagine being one of those workers at that plant. Would you do that? The dedication.... All of Japan... is thinking and praying for the well-being of these people who are sacrificing so much. - Anderson Cooper

To focus on the other story which has frankly gotten lost sometimes in all the focus on the nuclear emergency. The emergency for those who are still living in Northeastern Japan. Half-a-million homeless. Search and rescue crews still going out...: Anderson talks to Brian Todd and Gary Tuchman


BREAKING NEWS - U.N. APPROVES "ALL NECESSARY MEASURES" IN LIBYA, Security Council vote okays no-fly zone to stop Gadhafi: John King is at the "magic wall" to break down what the no-fly zone may look like on the ground

A lot of breaking news tonight. Our coverage continues.... - Anderson Cooper

Anderson "Tweeted" tonight and added the following "Twitpic"~


Two new photos from the AC360 Facebook page ~

Anderson reports live while relocating to a safer place in the wake of a third explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 15, 2011 on the road between Sendai and Akita, Japan.

Anderson reports on a team of relief workers preparing a second batch of water for waiting citizens on March 14, 2011 in Shiogama, Japan.

AC360 posted a "Web Extra" video of Anderson's interview with Patick Fuller of The International Federation of the Red Cross about aid efforts in Japan ~


Last night we posted an article about Anderson traveling to London to be part of CNN's coverage of the Royal Wedding. The source was from New Zealand and the times listed were probably local to New Zealand. (Sorry for the confusion.) So far we have been able to confirm that CNN will air a special live seven-hour broadcast ‘A Royal Wedding’ on April 29, the day of the wedding. And Anderson Cooper will anchor AC360 live from London from Wednesday April 27 through Friday April 29. We will post more details as they become available.

And on a lighter note...

From ~

Every afternoon I stand by a second floor window in the Ed Sullivan Theater and take mediocre photos of guests arriving at the Late Show with David Letterman. In the foreground of each shot is a wad of old gum I noticed on the window ledge. There may be better paparazzi photos on the internet, but this is the only place you'll find the juxtaposition of celebrities and hardened gum. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011Two TV News Guys With White Hair

Anderson Cooper wows the crowd with his spot-on impersonation of Tom Brokaw.

Click on the above link to see "Tom Brokaw shows off his eerily accurate Anderson Cooper impression."

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ACAnderFan said...

I'm really liking Anderson's conversations with Jim Walsh and Tom Foreman, very interesting. My favorite part of the show was Anderson talking to Sanjay, Anna Coren and Jim Walsh. I was glad to see Anna on the program, she's a good anchor, I like watching her on CNNi. My heart goes out to those still in the pant trying to fix everything that is going wrong. They have a tough job to do and deserves everyone's respect.

judy said...

If radiation levels are reaching their highest level, as was reported to AC, as we watched 360 tonite, than it is time for him to leave.
As far as the Japanese government not being transparent, is any gov't absolutely transparent in times of crisis?
@Rachel: I found your comment very enlightening, in the post prior and I too have to say, that 360 often relies on ONE expert and that ONE expert dominates the show for weeks, no matter the issue.
I agree with you that Mr.Walsh is obnoxious at times.
It is interesting to hear what citizens of other countries have to say about 360. You're insiteful
analysis, living in Japan, gives us a much broader and realistic view of the devastation.
Thank You. Please post again.

Anonymous said...

Thursday's 360 was very good, excellent reports all around. I loved it when Jim Walsh said people were e-mailing him with all kinds of suggestions on how to cool down the reactors. Just a minute before I told my DH that snow should be dumped on them and we discussed how feasible that would be (not very unless there are giant piles of snow nearby).

From Egyptian revolutions to earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters to royal weddings - Anderson can do it all. I just hope when he covers the wedding Richard Quest is right next to him and talks so much Piers Morgan can't get a word in edgewise.

Thanks for posting the photos from Facebook.


Anonymous said...

This is Rachel in Tokyo again. (I have to write this because I post as anonymous, anything else and it seems my comment doesn't get through).
@Judy Than you for your comments, I am a bit new to posting on websites but this whole situation has moved me to write long e-mails to friends and family overseas to keep them updates, and to post comments on news blogs. I am glad what I wrote was useful and will post again as this continues, though I must say that I would love to not have a situation to comment on.
Anyway, regarding radiation levels, I am pasting in a link to a website fro Metropolis, a free weekly 'what's-on' guide published in English every Friday (but I don't know if it was published this week). They are going to post the radiation levels in central Tokyo every day. You may be reassured by the consistent low levels today. You may also be interested to know that Roppongi Hills, mentioned as the place where the readings are being takes, is the roundish building over Anderson's shoulder on the left of your screen.
Here's the link:
So please don't worry about Anderson or anyone in Tokyo, we are all safe, at least today!

Anonymous said...

Rachel again.
This was released by the British Embassy today. It may be useful / interesting also:

A second conference call was held at the British Embassy at 4PM this afternoon with the Chief Scientific Advisor to the the UK, to discuss developments regarding the nuclear plant situation in Fukushima.

Asked why the the British government had advised British nationals to "consider leaving" Tokyo, representatives pointed to the cumulative effect of power cuts, food shortages and new developments at Fukushima, including the status of the spent fuel pools at reactor 4. Despite this, the UK still holds that for those outside the exclusion zone set up by the Japanese authorities there is currently no real human health issue that people should be concerned about.

When asked under what circumstances the government would advise that British nationals should actually leave rather than "consider leaving", the response was that such advice would only be given under an "implausible worst case scenario" where a fire or explosion created a plume of radioactive material in conjunction with very strong winds blowing consistently towards Tokyo for 10 days.

The British Embassy has promised to post a transcript of the call as soon as possible

Anonymous said...

Finally, from Rachel:

In one of my comments I recommended a website where a lot of information is being collected, but the link didn't work. Please paste this into your browser:

then click on '2011 earthquake news' and you will find a lot of useful information in English.

If you have any questions about the situation here, please ask and I will do my best to answer.

Anonymous said...

@judy - I don't understand why you think AC should leave because the levels at the plant are at their highest. He has moved to a safe distance and the levels are not anywhere being dangerous in Tokyo. Concern should be directed to the workers and those who are trapped in the evacuation zone.

@Rachel - I appreciate your comments. I don't know anyone who is thrilled with Jim Walsh.

Anonymous said...

Rachel in Tokyo.

I appreciate you sharing your prespective on the blog. I find it interesting and can feel your passion through your writing.

I do want to offer two things you may not be aware of since you don't have acess to CNN Domestic programs. Sadly, Mr. Walsh is a CNN contributor and has been used across many CNN programs, not just AC360. I think many of us realize that Mr. Walsh is sharing his opinion and it's not necessarily a widely held opinion. I think CNN has started to realize this as they have been introducing other nuclear experts onto panels vs. giving Mr. Walsh the sole platform.

Our President is not urging people to leave Tokyo or Japan in general, but rather to evacuate a 50 mile radius of the plant. Our government is assisting US citizens who wish to leave Japan, but is not encouraging leaving at this time.

I think most people are keeping a calm head concerning the nuclear plant issues and we are praying for the people who lost loved ones and are homeless as the result of the tsunami.

I was happy to read Anderson's tweet today saying he would be anchoring 360 from Tokyo again tonight. I loved his field reports on Monday night's program and hope that maybe conditions change so that he can get back to the hardest hit areas and tell those stories.


Anonymous said...

"You're insiteful
analysis ..."

I hope that English is not this writer's native language.

Anonymous said...

@10:45: Is English yours or are just here to correct typos ANONYMOUS?????

Anonymous said...

@L Thank you for telling me about Mr. Walsh and his being on other programs. I continue to be concerned because the more he has opportunities to say these scare-mongering things the more people will become unnecessarily alarmed and friends and relatives of foreign residents in Japan will relay the stress to people here, and as I said before, we don't need that.

Can anyone tell me more about Fouad Ajami? Is he on other CNN programs too? I always have the feeling he has an agenda of some kind, and Anderson never calls him out (or any other favored experts) when he makes claims or accusations.

Finally, if I may, I would like to tell you that today (Saturday) in Tokyo it is a beautiful sunny day, and radiation levels are normal. Since yesterday I have felt the general mood lifting. Everyone I have spoken to feels the situation is getting better regarding the reactors, and we all feel an incredible gratitude to the people working to get everything under control. They are true heroes. We continue to be so concerned about the tsunami victims in Miyagi and hope we can concentrate on them fully very soon.

I can't find the words to tell you just how proud I am of Tokyo, the whole of this great country, and all its citizens.

Rachel in Tokyo

Anonymous said...

@Rachel In Tokyo: It is good to hear that things are upbeat in Japan and radiation levels are normal.
However, it has been reported that traces of radiation have been found off the shores of California.
This was not supposed to happen.
Just read your lastest post and I agree there are cultural differences to take into consideration when watching and listening to Japanese officals.
Enjoying YOUR insiteful analysis.