In Part 6 of Anderson's interview with Larry King at the time his book, Dispatches From the Edge, A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival, was released; Anderson talks about his reporting on Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath. (If you missed parts 1thru 5, please click on the link and follow back.)
KING: We're back with Anderson Cooper. The book, "Dispatches from the Edge". Most reporters report, and they sort of sit on the side of the hill and watch the battle. You got angry. Why? Why did you bring that to the screen?
COOPER: It wasn't a conscious choice. And I don't know -- you know, I believe very much in being objective. I don't believe in wearing my politics on my sleeve. I don't take sides. I know it's a popular thing in cable news these days to take sides. I just don't do it; nor will I ever do it. I think it's much more interesting -- viewers are smart enough to make up their own minds. I don't need -- they don't need, you know, an overpaid, blow-dried anchor like me to be telling them what to think or how to think.
But I do think that there are cases when the least -- the least our representatives can do are answer questions. Not give responses to questions, actually give answers to questions.
And I think when you're in a situation where you're being told one thing and yet you're seeing all around you the other, when you're being told every night on TV by politicians that, you know, this is an unprecedented, unpredictable disaster and we are -- I just want to thank everyone for their -- you know, our elected officials are doing a great job and everything's going smoothly and swimmingly.
And yet, you're seeing bodies laying out in the streets still, days later, 48 hours later, I think clearly there's nothing wrong with confronting people with the facts that you are seeing. And that's what I was trying to do.