I´m torn with the idea of Anderson Cooper covering the conflict. Penhaul and the CNN international crew has done such an extraordinary job. Reporting with no BS, nor official spins.
I can already make the rundown of his coverage.
1. Anderson is going to be as partial and bias as with the Lebannon war becoming the mouth piece of the Israeli Government.
2. Anderson will focus and focus and focus about the Hamas Rockets and will Ignore, Ignore and IGNORE the Cluster Bombs with uranium and the White Phosphorus gas that is being used by the IDF - which by the way are illegal -.
Caption: It landed right here
Anderson Cooper examines the damage in an Israeli marketplace where a rocket launched by Hamas landed.
3. Will Anderson Cooper call the thousands of harmed and hundreds of death - particularly children - part of the Hamas proganda staging?
4. Will he even bother interview one of his supposed favorite charities Doctors Without Borders about how they can't reach Gaza?
5. Sure there will be a 3 minute "Reporters Notebook" of how innocent animals - like dogs and cats - are being used as shields by Hamas ( I'm being way cynical here!! but actually a Boston newspaper just did it! ) or how humane Israel is towards the wounded pets injured by Hamas rockets ... it made me sick!
Over a year ago The Jerusalem Post published a letter from Mordechai Eliyahu to Olmet -in which he states: "If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand," "And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop."
The core of the issue was presented by the israeli general Moshe Dayan: "The declaration of the State of Israel in 1948 was at the expense of ethnically cleansing 513 Palestinian villages, creating over 700,000 Palestinian refugees and expropriating their lands, homes and businesses in 78% of Palestine … There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former (Palestinian) population."
I doubt that Anderson Cooper might present the crisis in a balanced context. I doubt that he won't even be capable of not inserting himself in the story, making it as always, all about him and the photo ops. In this time of economic crisis and massive lay offs - including CNN -, he should have stayed in NY and just read the teleprompter and save the travel expenses. There are better and more capable reporters from CNN already in the area.
This is a time of No spin, No bias, No bull.