Yesterday I reported that Anderson Cooper had been attacked outside the Cairo Museum and hit ten times in the head by pro-Mubarak protesters. Now we learn from Anderson’s Twitter account that the A-list CNN news personality has been attacked a second time in Egypt.
Anderson Cooper just tweeted (minutes ago): “Situation on ground in #egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in attacked. My window smashed. All ok.” [Source: Anderson Cooper Twitter account, 2/3/11, at: http://twitter.com/andersoncooper/statuses/33218381100482560]
Clearly Anderson Cooper’s definition of “ok” differs from mine. While we have to assume that he arrived at a safe location before tweeting, it sounds like violent protesters attacked his vehicle. It’s hard to smash a window in, but that just happened in Anderson’s vehicle.
Note also that Anderson Cooper tends to under-report the danger he is in. Yesterday he tweeted that he had been attacked by protesters, but it wasn’t until Steve Brusk (a producer) tweeted that we learned that Anderson “was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration.” [Source: “Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt,” HollywoodReporter.com, 2/2/11, downloaded from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/anderson-cooper-attacked-mob-egypt-95628]
There is no question that Anderson Cooper is earning his reputation as a fearless reporter right now, but we have to hope that he does not go too far toward earning that reputation. Cairo sounds like it is completely out of control right now, and Anderson seems to be seeking out the hot spots. Despite the relatively calm tone of his tweets, there is no question that he and his crew are in real danger.
You have to wonder if, at some point, CNN has an ethical duty to demand that its reporters leave the city. There is not much more they can tell us about the rioting. We know that people are kicking and punching and hurting each other. We know there are pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak factions. Now it might just be time for all Americans – including reporters – to get out of there.
Here’s hoping that Anderson Cooper and his crew stay safe while they stay in Cairo and get out before any more vehicles have their windows smashed in.
“Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt,” HollywoodReporter.com, 2/2/11, downloaded from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/anderson-cooper-attacked-mob-egypt-95628
Anderson Cooper Twitter account, 2/3/11, at: http://twitter.com/andersoncooper/statuses/33218381100482560