Friday, July 22, 2011

Anderson Cooper & Angelina Jolie Part 5

This is the final installment of the AC360 Special, Angelina Jolie: Her Mission & Motherhood. Anderson completes his interview with Angelina Jolie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the medical crisis facing refugees. We hope you have enjoyed this special series this week.

Cambodia's history is one of violence, genocide, and war. It's taken its toll. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia. About half the children are malnourished, and one out of every eight kids dies before the age of 5. ...This is where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's son, Maddox, was born. He was 7 months old when he was adopted. Too young to remember the poverty, too young to truly understand the impact he's had on his mother's life.

COOPER: Well, those countries are just a fraction of the more than 160 nations where 15 million displaced people come from. Many get by without even the most basic health care, a problem that's really getting worse by the day. Angelina Jolie says that stopping it can be simple. She came to the realization, she says, when she was about to give birth. ...Well, for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the solution was that simple. After giving birth to Shiloh, she and Mr. Pitt donated $300,000 to two state-run hospitals in Namibia so they could buy those ultrasound machines and the kind of medical equipment that, well, frankly, most of us here take for granted. It is that kind of aid that saves lives.

But when disaster strikes, keeping refugees alive is often a race against time. No matter how fast the aid pours in. 360 M.D. Dr. Sanjay Gupta experienced it firsthand last year.

Well, we've shown you some phone numbers over the last two hours, but we want to do it one more time in case you want to help. You can go to the UNHCR Web site at You can also call U.S.A. for UNHCR at the toll-free number 1-800-770-1100. That's 1-800-770-1100. For our international viewers, you can contact UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland at this number -- 41 22 739 8111.

Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, will continue her missions around the world for the U.N. We're glad she chose to talk to us about her work with refugees and about her growing family on this special edition of 360.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed this series. I liked how AC360 mixed Anderson's interview with Angelina Jolie with reports from CNN correspondents. I found it brought the "story" to life vs. just a straight interview.

I really enjoyed seeing Anderson's reporting from Niger. It was some of his best work, in my opinion. The story of Aminu breaks my heart, every time I see it, and to think his family didn't even have a photo to remember him by. And I enjoyed the bit of his Channel One coverage -- illustrating the an ongoing problem refugees/famine over years of struggle for those effected.

I totally disagree with the comment the other day about this being the beginning of Anderson going "celebrity" and now leaving hard news for daytime. This interview and special was to tell the story of refugees for UNICEF's National Refugee Day. And let's face it, a celebrity spokesman for a cause generates more attention.

There was a time when CNN covered stories like the current famine in Africa in depth, but unfortunately, that time has past. It's not a reflection on Anderson, but a reflection on our society. People seem to lose interest in such stories quickly these days, unless it affects them personally. Sensational stories pull in ratings -- look at the Casey Anthony Trial. If people hadn't tuned in to watch day in and day out, the media would have stopped the coverage and Casey would not end up with a book deal and probably interview and movie deals as well.

All one has to do is look at the ratings for hard news vs. sensational news to see why the sensational stories get covered. The evening news cast is far from what it used to be when I was growing up in the days of Walter Cronkite -- and it's not just CNN and Anderson/AC360.

I think Anderson's move into daytime is to be able to do some of the things he's no longer able to do on CNN/AC360 and even 60Minutes -- tell in-depth stories. I, also, think he realizes his program is going to need to be a mix if it is to succeed. I don't think this is a reflection on Anderson, but on television viewership these days. Anderson has acknowledged this himself lately.

I wish Anderson success in his daytime adventure, but daytime is hard and looking at daytime offerings across the board, there are few intelligent daytime offerings. Hopefully he can fill that niche.