Thursday, May 26, 2011

Joplin, Libya & The Kardashians

Anderson Cooper opened AC360 with amazing new video taken of the tornado's immediate aftermath as a man searched for his sister and the latest updates out of Joplin.

NEW STEP TO IDENTIFY TORNADO VICTIMS, Coroner: Joplin morgue to be open to some families: Anderson spoke with Gary Tuchman in Joplin

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 126 IN JOPLIN, Federal govt. will help ID victims: Anderson's interview with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon



GADHAFI TROOPS ACCUSED OF MASS RAPES, Videos reportedly show attacks as a tool of war: Anderson's interview with Marie Colvin (by phone from Misrata)

NOT FIT TO STAND TRIAL, Insanity defense vs. mentally incompetent to stand trial: Anderson, Jeff Toobin & Sanjay Gupta (in a box) discuss Loughner's hearing today

360 BULLETIN: Joe Johns

The RidicuList: The Kardashian Sisters



A new promotional photo for Anderson - The Talk Show (please click to enlarge) ~

The following article appeared in Wednesday's edition of USA Today ~

under the page two sub-headline - "Daytime devotees will be facing a 'major disruption' ~

From - AC361: 'It's always shocking' ~

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reflects on covering tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, and offers a glimpse into his reporting process


A new photo from the Facebook page ~

AC and our producers spent some time today (Tuesday) in Joplin, MO with the Oklahoma search and rescue team and their dog Jagger.

And an AC361 blog post about Tuesday night's broadcast ~

Tense moments behind the camera as warning sirens sounded
Joplin, Missouri (CNN) - The sirens started to wail just as we began to broadcast.

Lightning and thunder had begun an hour earlier, and the entire town of Joplin was under lockdown.

"That means one has touched down," Melisa Carriger, whose husband had narrowly survived the Joplin tornado, nervously told me. By “one,” Carriger meant another tornado.

We knew severe weather was expected again in Joplin during AC360°'s live hour of broadcasting Tuesday night, but the sirens still put everyone on edge.

We had scouted out the safest location for the show and built contingency plans in case another tornado hit, but it was hard to know what was happening.

We were already on-air; Anderson told one guest in Joplin who had joined us by phone to head down to her basement for shelter, while producer Susan Chun talked directly with our control room back in New York City to get the latest from CNN's Weather Center.

I turned to Chris Carriger, who was about to talk with Anderson about how he narrowly survived the tornado in his bathtub, clinging to the faucets as his roof ripped off and his body lifted into the air. A police detective and National Guard vet who served four combat tours in Iraq, Carriger wore his combat name tag, "Lawdawg," the one memento he found after the tornado. He used his police radio to find out whether a tornado had touched down.

It turned out we weren't in a tornado’s path, but extreme weather was moving in fast. As we neared the end of the broadcast, it began to rain with 75 mile per hour winds. We quickly wrapped the end of the show and threw all of the gear in our cars.

Related: Rotating storm avoids Joplin

Moments of Tuesday's broadcast were frightening, but none came remotely close to the horror experienced by Joplin's residents.

Since we arrived Monday, we have seen first hand the destruction, but none of us can ever know what it really feels like to have lived through the tornado and, worse, to cope with all that it has taken.

Wednesday, search and rescue efforts turned to recovery. Many people here still hold out hope for news of their missing loved ones. Desperate for any information at all, they’re combing regional hospitals and posting messages online.

This is especially true for Mike Hare, who said he would be driving Wednesday night to hospitals across the state to search for his 16-year-old son Lantz.

Related: 'I gotta keep searching,' father says

It's true for Christina, Robert and Caleb Hayward, three siblings waiting for any news of their mother, who disappeared while out shopping for food.

Related: Kids searching for missing mom

And, it's true for Will Norton's family, who continues to search for him. His aunt Tracey Presslor told us Wednesday that she hopes even if Will is not found alive, they can at least find his body and bring him home.

Related: Family still searching for missing teen

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On_Love_Street_With_Jim_Morrison said...

So sad to hear that Lantz Hare is dead. I was hoping they'd find him alive somewhere. And it is beyond ridiculous that people will have to wait 2 weeks to see if their loved one is in the morgue. There is absolutely no excuse for that.

Anderson's interview with Sarah and Aaron Cox was really good. Nice to see a happy story. Love that Aaron's fiancee was able to save her wedding dress!

Another good RidicuList. I guess since Snooki "wrote" a novel everyone thinks they can write one now. Anderson's snark was great and it was good to see the show end on a lighter note.

I like the promotional pic for Anderson's talk show...very nice :)

Anonymous said...

It's heartbreaking about the family of Skylar finding out where he was through unofficial backchannels. 360 and CNN should keep badgering local officials on helping the families and matching up unidentified bodies with names. DNA testing takes too long. For Will Norton's family, why can't they see every unidentified body in the morgue of male caucasian long-dark-hair 6'4" young men? How many bodies could they have that match that description? (Totally leaving out things like tattoos, moles, scars, etc.)

The Q&A with Gov. Nixon was a waste of time. He kept repeating himself, same old blather to nearly every question.

Not sure if the time was right to do a Ridiculist but I appreciated the fact that Anderson feels the same way about the Kardashians as I do. I don't get why they are famous and why I should care about them.


judy said...

Thanks for the reprint of the USA Today article from yesterday.
I read it and it was informative as I mentioned in the post previous.
Yes, they should open the morgues in Joplin to those who can identify their loved ones, but only to those who are on the list of the missing.
Good interview with the Governor of MO. You could tell what AC said to him made an impression.
The K-Dash girls know how to make money. They not only have a reality show, but a successful clothing line. Anyone who can make that kind of money "just being themselves" are not ridiculous, IMHO. Not having a title for their book is a good "gimmick." It's a way to publicize it without going on tour.
Thanks for the extras