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 ~
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.