Back to blather on CNN

Posted in journalism trends by Diane on January 21, 2010

Today was another bad day in Haiti — a strong aftershock rattled the country further and medical supplies remained scarce in the face of overwhelming need. Yet CNN kept spending far more time dissecting Scott Brown’s Senate win yesterday in Massachusetts than on the devastation in the Caribbean.

Anderson Cooper, who has once again done remarkable work covering a disaster, has been squeezed to the margins. And for what: More endless punditry overseen by Wolf “I’ve got a Situation Room” Blitzer.

It’s frustrating as a viewer. It must be exceedingly frustrating for Cooper and the rest of the CNN team in Haiti, where citizens are dying for lack of basic medical care more than a week after the original temblor. The situation has been so dire that Cooper and medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, among other journalists, have all dropped their observer pose to help ailing Haitians.

But CNN thinks we want endless speculation about the Democrats’ loss of its super majority in the Senate. Guess again.

To watch CNN footage of Cooper’s rescue depicted above, click here.


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  1. Ann said, on January 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I’ve loved AC since he totally lost his shit live on air to Mary Ladrieu during Katrina.

    • Diane said, on January 21, 2010 at 11:34 am

      His show sometimes gets on my nerves. But mein Gott there’s no one better in the field. CNN should find a better way to harness that.

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