Saturday, April 16, 2011


The Special featuring Anderson's interview with the four New York Times journalists captured in Libya that was supposed to air last Friday (and was pre-empted by the two hour special edition of AC360 due to the budget battle) aired this Friday in the 11pmET hour. There was a technical difficulty with that airing, but the 2pmET repeat was fine. Here is Anderson's interview with Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell and Tyler Hicks in it's entirety ~

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And we leave you tonight with a couple of quotes from the interview ~

COOPER: I want to read something that -- that you wrote about that moment. You said, "At that moment, though, none of us thought we were going to live. Steve tried to keep eye contact until they pulled the trigger. The rest of us felt the powerlessness of resignation. You feel empty when you know that it's almost over."


COOPER: You must get this question a lot. Why do you do this? What is it -- why do you feel it's important? All of you are incredibly experienced in incredibly difficult circumstances. You've all risked your lives numerous times. You've had two kidnappings. You, I believe, had one in Iraq. You've all been in jams. What is it that drives you to do it?

SHADID: You know, I think there are some stories worth taking risks for. You know, I think back to the decisions I've had to make over the years, staying in Baghdad in 2003 or covering a war in Lebanon in 2006, Ramallah in 2002. These stories, you do have that sense, and it is a little bit of a cliche, but there is some meaning to it.

And unless you're there covering it, no one is going to know about it. Unless you're there trying to bring meaning to it, bring a certain depth to it, it won't be done otherwise. I think that's the question I've been struggling with, is that the case in Ajdabiya before we got abducted? You know, would that story have not been told otherwise, and I don't know the answer to that, to be honest.

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ACAnderFan said...

Thanks for posting the clips from the special. I am glad 360 finally aired it. Its a great special and one of 360's best. Anderson did a wonderful job interviewing the journalists. He is a great interview, its his strong point, and this interview really shows that. I especially liked the last segment where Anderson spoke to the loved ones. That was very touching and moving.

Anonymous said...

OT don't now if this was ever posted but AC has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for his 60 Minute segment on Jose Andres. The award ceremony is May 11, 2011. If you'e never heard of James Beard he was a famous chef and food writer.

K said...

I can only see CNN international and I'm beginning to feel like a second class citizen. Why won't CNN allow its international audience to see this?

All weekend we have been shown African Voices and reruns of the chaos in Japan and Libya. Probably interesting stuff, but I would rather see this interview. Thanks for the transcript. Without this blog I wouldn't know half of what was going on at 360. Why do I bother watching CNN anyway?

Unfortunately my mobile broadband would use far too much MB if I should play the videos so I guess I'll live without. Grumble.