Thursday, October 12, 2006

When tragedy strikes near home, by Anderson Cooper

It's always an odd sensation to be reporting on a tragedy like this in your own city. We've all seen accident scenes before, either up close or on TV. There's a pattern to them, a routine, but it's always a shock to see one up close.I think that's why so many people stand around and stare, watching police and firefighters do the jobs they've trained for.We saw the smoke from our offices, and I jumped in a cab as soon as I could. CNN already had reporters and producers on the scene, and they had found eyewitnesses willing to talk to us on camera.It's raining hard right now and that's driven away most of the curious onlookers. CNN reports two people dead, including Cory Lidle, who owned the crashed plane. Lidle had a wife and a 6-year-old son. Tonight, let's all say a prayer for them and anyone else affected by this accident.

6 comentarios:

ivy said...

it must be especially odd for Anderson to report about an event like this happening in a neighbourhood he once lived in. It's nice that he does not forget about a human tragedy among all the news hype.
What I don't get is how did his program dedicated 1.45 minutes of 2-hour broadcast to an accident -- tragic but no malicious itentions involved. Does North Korea need to test a nuclear bomb 2 days in a row to stay in the news? I guess we can forget about one after 3 days. Either producers have short-term memory problems or real short attention span. There are pills and herbs for that, you know.

marie said...

@ivy
Maybe they spent too much time on this that they forgot about the content for the rest of the program?

ivy said...

@marie --amnesia casued by excitement- )

Jade said...

As long as this story has legs (and it does) you will continue to hear reports. I would expect that tonight's "360" will contain follow-up (15-20 mins coverage), but the focus of the show will not be the Lidle crash.

marie said...

I certainly hope that there will be more variety tonight and not just one story.

ivy said...

It's an important story and raises a lot of queestions but they could have covered it 30 min. in the first hour and 30 min in the second. It's important to have updates when they are there. Guess they'll catch up on other topics today -)

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