Anderson Cooper fan
With all the brave Canadian reporting out of Haiti, it seems unpatriotic to compliment a U.S. journalist but I've wanted to laud CNN's Anderson Cooper for some time (and certainly not because he's Gloria Vanderbilt's son). Besides, I don't think the Haiti earthquake is the kind of story where people keep score (or I hope it's not). Cooper stood out in the coverage of Hurricane Katrina because he was the first broadcast journalist to angrily criticize the lack of help for New Orleans. He stood there, facing the camera, incredulous it was happening in the United States of America and saying so from his heart. It was as if he'd seen his country for the first time and he reacted like a normal person. His humanity showed.
It's been the same thing since he landed in Port-au-Prince a week ago, arriving so quickly due to CNN's immense resources and contacts. He was the first journalist I saw to get across the immensity of the tragedy of human beings being tossed in mass graves to remain anonymous, as if they had never existed. These are human beings, he said more than once. Simple but enough said. Sometimes he stumbles around, seemingly bewildered, but it's a sea change from his colleagues, all the brash and polished graduates of broadcast school. What he has can't be taught and I hope he never loses it. Here's a taste of how he reacts: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/01/18/anderson-in-the-midst-of-looting-chaos/