Monday, April 04, 2011

Anderson Cooper's Exclusive Interview with Eman al-Obeidy

ALLEGED LIBYAN RAPE VICTIM SPEAKS OUT, 'I refuse to be silent about what happened to me': Anderson Cooper's exclusive interview with Eman al-Obeidy

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ACAnderFan said...

Anderson's interview with Eman al-Obeidy was very good, he did a good job with it, and much respect to her for telling her story. I'm just not necessarily sure that a man should have been conducting the interview.

Dumping radioactive water in the ocean is wrong. I know its not alot of water and its a small amount compared to all the water in the ocean and it'll be diluted in all the water, it just doesn't seem right. TEPCO seems shady. What are they hiding that they don't want family members talking to the press.

judy said...

It is unfortunate that AC could not positively verify, whether he was actually speaking with Eman al Obeidy.
He did say that several sources said that she was in fact, the victim of rape, but there remained a lingering doubt.
We'd all like to think so, but if she was still in harms way, as her family seems to think, would she be able to speak to foreign reporters so exclusively about her ordeal?
It was good to hear that the Japanese dog, which was found abandoned on Friday was reunited with her family. Just wish AC had elaborated a bit more about the story.
TEPCO is no different than British Petroleum, who had the audacity to announce not only bonuses for its CEO's, but an outstanding safety record as well, after distroying most of our Gulf this past summer!
Will Corperate injustice ever end??

Anonymous said...

I think the interview with Eman Al-Obeidy was very strong. I find it believable that it's actually her, though I agree with judy that it's a problem. I'm actually bothered with something else; I feel that AC is captured by the romantic idea of the uprisings in the Middle East, in a way that prevents him somehow from looking at the bigger picture, or the other aspects of the story. I miss the AC who was able to expose Hezbollah, when all other foreign correspondents fell for their PR tricks. What this woman describes is horrible, and I believe her when she says that she and her friends are just every day civilians, moderate, peaceful people looking for freedom and basic human rights. The sad fact is that extreme groups are exploiting the situation for their benefit. It was already confirmed by the US forces (I guess from the CIA on the ground) that there are Al Qaeda and Hezbollah people in Libya now. Remember when Egypt was the news and it was all they talked about in 360? well, the heroic days of Tahrir square are over, and it seems that the Egyptian revolution is taking a turn towards the direction many people were afraid of (extremists are rising, there's seems to be less religious tolerance and the peace with Israel is in danger), but we don't hear about it. I understand That AC approach to news is to explore the human side, the face behind the big story, but I feel that lately he is missing the actual story and falling into some romantic movie type of reporting.
@judy - funny how corporate injustice doesn't only never end, but it's also cross cultural, can't escape it. Sarah

Anonymous said...

Judy,I don't think a woman who was raped is the situation to question her on tv. Maybe you research about her behind the scenes. You do not want to make her a victim again by the U.S. media.I thought he did a great job.
I think his reporting is limited right now because he is stuck in N.Y. he is dependent on those who are reporting from the field.

Jennifer said...

I really enjoyed the interview with Eman al Obeidy. I love when AC does such personal interviews. It reminded me why I watch the show to being with. He always manages to show the humanity behind the tragedy.

However, I was annoyed that he had to qualify the interview by saying it might not be her and her story may not even be true. Either the story is true and you stand by it or the story may not be true so you don't air it until you are sure. It's a news show and I expect facts, not hyperbole.

The entire time she was talking I was sitting there wondering if she knew that underneath her name it said she was an "alleged" victim. It always bothers me that the news takes special care to give rapists the benefit of the doubt, but I (sort of) understand that for US citizens. This crime happened halfway across the world and I don't see the need to protect criminals by publicly casting doubt on the story of the victim. She has a big enough credibility problem in her own country without CNN basically saying they didn't believe her either.

Anonymous said...

I guess Anderson or cnn was able to get her mother on the phone so she could talk to her mom. Some on the internet say Anderson is to emotional and should let this one woman's story go. I think the opposite. If you do not care about one woman trying to get basic human rights, than none of it matters.

Anonymous said...

@Sarah and Jennifer: I agree with you both. Strong arguments from each of you.