Friday, March 16, 2007

The mysterious Anderson Cooper Blog entry: From snow to Southeast Asia

Maybe it got confused with the Bermuda Triangle and it dissapeared... and
I bet no one checks the right column news tickers or cares... probably I need to get a better use for that column.

Friday, March 16, 2007

From snow to Southeast Asia

New Yorkers awoke this morning to a fresh blanket of snow. It was admittedly somewhat jarring. (Remember when you were a kid and snow was so exciting, at what age does it become annoying?)

I'm heading to Southeast Asia tomorrow morning, so there's always a lot of last minute stuff I have to do, and trudging through the snow just makes it that much harder. I've been getting shots for things I'd never even heard of, who knew you need a vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis? For years I never got shot when I traveled. I figured it wasn't worth the hassle. Considering my cameraman Neil was hospitalized after our recent Brazil trip (he'd been bitten by a spider according to one doctor) and my other cameraman Phil had some bug lay eggs inside him, I've decided to get all the shots I can, and I've promised myself I will actually take my malaria medicine with me this time.

We'll be in Southeast Asia next week broadcasting from a variety of locations. I went to school in Vietnam in the early 1990's but I've only been back to the region once since then. I went for the elections in Cambodia, and I'm looking forward to returning to see how the region has changed. We'll be reporting on environmental issues for our "Planet in Peril" series, but we'll also be looking at sex trafficking, in particular the trafficking of children, which is particularly bad in Cambodia.

We had our morning call earlier today, and there are a number of stories we are following for tonight's broadcast. The morning call is always interesting, folks call in from home or the gym or wherever they are to talk about what's happening today. You can usually hear a couple of kids in the background as producers try to maximize time with their families and get work done at the same time.

Plastered in the middle of our newsroom is this dry-erase board. It's where we lay out the day's show. The words "Ask Believe Receive" are written on the top. I think someone put it up there as a joke when we did a segment on "The Secret." No one's bothered to erase it yet.

Anyway, we were just meeting in front of what we call the "big board." And for now, it's a work in progress. That's okay, it's early. Usually, whatever we put on the board now gets changed later anyway. Still, there are some stories that will definitely make the cut.

One of them is Valerie Plame Wilson. The former CIA operative testified before Congress today and blamed the White House for blowing her cover. But is that true? The Washington Post had put out an editorial several years ago saying, Plame's husband was actually responsible for what happened to her career. I asked him about that a couple of weeks ago and he categorically denied it. We'll look at the facts and find out what exactly she was doing over at the agency.

Jeff Koinange has a fascinating profile about the very strange President of Gambia. This guy has no formal medical training, but he claims he can cure people of AIDS. Actually he claims he can only do it on certain days of the week. He says the treatment came to him in a dream.

From there, things get really bizarre. It's a really interesting story, the kind you won't see anywhere else.

That's it for now. I'm off to take another look at the big board.

Ask. Believe Receive. Sure, why not?

Posted By Anderson Cooper: 2:32 PM ET
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10 comentarios:

max said...

wow, that post reads sort of weird.... it's like he drank three Red Bulls and then posted.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Max, he never gives that much information about what's going on in the studio. It's weird. Maybe he is just excited!And now the post has dissapeared from the 360blog.

Why would he need malaria medication? Is't he suppose to have built defenses against it or something. He had malaria when he was young...

Anonymous said...

I like it when Anderson blogs. You get the feeling that he's talking to you directly. But I guess he IS excited as he said, he's only visited the region again once after he stayed in Vietnam during the 90's. I'm from the Philippines, it's exciting to know he'll be coming on our side of the globe. So near, yet so far for me. I'm an Anderfan so I guess you know how I feel.


Anonymous said...

Wow where did Anderson's blog disappear to? I was beginning to think I'd imagined it. Why would they do that anyway. Maybe is was too soon to say anything

max said...

the post is back up on the 360 blog. i wonder why they took it down. oh they put a new paragraph in the middle of it. maybe they think we wouldnt notice.

you know what is really funny is my word verification is 'scexubsi'. if you say that outloud its "see sex you busi' lol

marie said...

max said...

you know what is really funny is my word verification is 'scexubsi'. if you say that outloud its "see sex you busi' lol

3/17/2007 9:36 AM

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ivy said...

@sharla, I agree, it does not sound like him at all. When was the last time he wrote anything as behind-the-scenes on his blog? This post is the wierdest thing I've seen on 360 blog in a while.

a fascinating profile about the very strange President of Gambia

I can't believe he could write that. Shouldn't it be a "profile of"? And calling a president of a country "strange" out of context is sort of strange for a news journalist.

Anonymous said...

It must have been one of the surviving interns.

max said...

I forgot to mention how glad I am that you've got those "news tickers" on the right side of this blog. If not for those, you wouldn't have been able to snatch this post and put it up here for us to read (before they put it back up, anyway).


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