Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anderson Cooper & A Local Reporter In Ottawa

The is reporting:

Anderson Cooper aghast when reporter asks him to take selfie near Ottawa shooting scene

Anderson Cooper scolded a young Sun News contributor for asking him to take a “selfie” near the scene of the Ottawa shooting Wednesday night.

The CNN host flew into Canada’s capital yesterday to report from the National War Memorial where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot dead while serving as an honour guard.

When Cooper took a break from his live coverage, Vandon Gene, who has worked for the Sun News Network for the past six months, asked the American journalist to take a photo with him.

Cooper refused. When Gene continued to urge him to take a picture, an aghast Cooper scolded the young reporter and told him to “have a little respect for what happened here today.”

“No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed,” Cooper said. “It seems wildly inappropriate.”

Shortly after the incident, Gene posted a video of the exchange on YouTube.


Gene took to Twitter, Anderson replied a couple of times and later Gene removed the tweets, but it was too late.  It appears Gene's employer saw the tweets and video and Gene is no longer in their employ.  You can read more about the event by clicking here .   Other outlets picked up the story, but this seemed to be the most comprehensive account.

More photos from social media.  Some appear to be taken last night and others today while Anderson was out and about in Canada.   Also - Anderson will be helping anchor The Situation Room today.

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aries moon said...

You don't get into a public spat with Anderson if you don't want to embarrass yourself and/or get fired. I think that Ottawa reporter learned a hard lesson. Nice pics on this post.

Anonymous said...

That "reporter" is a massive idiot and his reaction to Anderson's refusal to indulge his inappropriate demand for a selfie was completely juvenile. Now that he has lost his job over this, I hope he has learned his lesson. His actions are especially baffling considering the fact that this man calls himself an aspiring journalist. How stupid can he be???

Anonymous said...

What I don't get is this blog posted a picture last night of Anderson at the scene with a fan (Pascal) but when this reporter asked for one he was told by Cooper to respect what happened. So why was Pascal being respectful and the reporter not? Seems a double standard to me.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Pascal waited until after the live broadcast and was not inside the reporter area. I may be wrong, but I have a feeling Mr. Gene used his press credentials to get to Anderson and was somewhat bothering him during his live broadcast. According to the article Mr. Gene was persistent and wouldn't take a polite no the first time. Mr. Gene also posted a "selfie" of himself as shown in the link and then took to Twitter to bash Anderson after he was told no a second time.

Anderson has posed a lot of times with fans, but I think they wait until after the broadcast is over instead of during a broadcast.

Anonymous said...

"You don't get into a public fight with Anderson."
Anderson has been known to "pick and choose the persons he takes photos with.
There was an incident on a plane and Anderson was none too polite in his refusal.
In this incident, the 'supposed' journo was looking for publicity.
Was he wrong to approach Anderson, probably, but I know someone who is always seeking for publicity....I wonder who that could be?

Anonymous said...

The apologists around here for Mr Gene, the rude "aspiring" journalist who demanded that AC pose for a selfie with him really surprise me. I think Anderson is by no means obligated to indulge people's requests for pics, so yes he's perfectly allowed to pick and choose the person he takes photos with depending on the context of the situation, there's nothing wrong with that. He isn't obligated to indulge everyone's need for attention and instant gratification at all times. He went to Ottawa to WORK, not as a tourist enjoying some down time, so if he didn't feel like having his pic taken with Mr Gene at the time of his request, then the proper response should have been for Mr Gene to let it go instead of making things worse by insisting rudely that he obliged like a spoiled kid who didn't get his candy. I'm glad Mr Gene seems to have now realized how wildly inappropriate his reaction and handling of the situation was, and that he has apologized to Anderson twice on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

If Anderson is standing around looking at his ipod and doing nothing than that would seem the time to approach him.
He gave many photos of himself in Haiti where hundreds died.
In my HO, is there any end to self promotion??
Just asking.