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Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats

Anderson Cooper was so great just now on CNN. He laced into Sen. Mary Landrieu saying people who have witnessed the devastation don't want to hear politicans congratulating other politicians for how they've responded.

He was yelling, basically, "Don't you get it yet?" He mentioned seeing a woman's body on the ground being eaten by rats. Landrieu told Anderson she understood what he was saying and then thanked the President again.

Update: Crooks and Liars has the video, you have to watch this, it's one of few truly raw moments on television. I've always liked Anderson Cooper, but he absolutely shines tonight.

Update: Think Progess has the transcript.

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    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:00 PM EST
    Cooper is a real light on all this sorrow and madness.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:00 PM EST
    Maybe you haven't worked in an organization where cooperation is valuable. Ask yourself - say the senator agreed with Cooper, and spent the interview blaming the administration for this, that, and the other thing. Now, posit that it's two years later, and the senator wants something that requires the help of other senators and the president. Think they are going to be bending over backwards to help? It's not unlike a corporate situation, where you think that the (insert misbehaving group here) group has been a problem. Say you decide to publicly berate said group. You think that's going to gain you allies, or get you a label that says "loose cannon"?

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    James Robertson, are you serious!? HER FIRST PRIORITY SHOULD BE SAVING LIVES, NOT ENSURING POLITICAL EASE IN HER CAREER!

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    deleted for language

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    James Robertson you sound just like Bush. Why worry about today's problem when we should worry about long term ramifications? People are dying and they are now dying because of the disaster Katrina brought. That disaster is named Bush. Our leader once again fell asleep at the helm and ignored the warnings of an upcoming catastrophic event just to turn around and respond once it is to late. August - Vacation on the Ranch - Warnings of something dangerous coming to America - Delayed response once it all does happen. It is just like 2001 all over again. The only exception is that this catastrophe was caused by mother nature originally and made worse by our commander in grief. Jamie http://intoxination.blogspot.com

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#7)
    by wishful on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    Maybe you haven't worked in an organization where cooperation is valuable.
    I think maybe a more accurate statement is: maybe you have never worked in the Bush regime. Think about all of the firings and resignations just because someone actually presented an objectively true rendition of a situation, albeit very respectfully, and clearly in the interest of a better America. Gone...all gone. Bushies can't handle the truth.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    Maybe you haven't worked in an organization where cooperation is valuable. Ask yourself - say the senator agreed with Cooper, and spent the interview blaming the administration for this, that, and the other thing. Now, posit that it's two years later, and the senator wants something that requires the help of other senators and the president. Think they are going to be bending over backwards to help?
    Maybe that's where the rest of us, who are not as beholden to the powers that be in D.C. come in. But answer me this. There is, indeed, a time for cooperation. But there is also a time to speak truth to power. Else, what are our voices for?

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#10)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    James, you're floridly insane. The only "cooperation" I see amounts to a tacit agreement to delay transporation and aid for those stranded (largely the poor and the inform) until as many people as possible die. Europe must be having a ball over this.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#11)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    Damned typos! The only "cooperation" I see amounts to a tacit agreement to delay transportation and aid for those stranded (largely the poor and the infirm) until as many people as possible die. I can imagine the European reaction: this is what happens when you abandon socialism.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#12)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    James, might you be any relation to Pat, because that was one of the most loony things I think I have ever been witness to. Do you really think this is about sucking up to your boss so he will throw you some scraps from the table? Becasue you see Mary Landrieu isn't beholden to Dumbya, she is beholden to her real boss, and that just happens to be the citizenry of the state of Louisiana. The wingnuts have truly lost there grip on reality when it is more important to score brownie points with a frat boy coke head than to save lives. James Robertson and all those lunatics out there that think they are "conservatives" make me F$#@*NG SICK!

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    Et al Ė You guys are just so full of BS. Where, oh where, do I begin? IntoxiNation - writes:
    made worse by our commander in grief.
    The problem now is all the people who didnít leave, made much worse by criminals who are shooting at the rescue folks. Bush had nothing to do with any of that. Would you have preferred he dispatched the National Guard to make them leave? I can just hear it now. Gasp, gasp!!! He is destroying our civil liberties! BTW Ė You name yourself well. Shortwave writes Ö.
    until as many people as possible die.
    Yours is not the most ridiculous statement I have read today, but it is in the top five. Hazelip Ė It isnít political ease, it is trying to get people, who donít have to, do something for you. And yes, I know it feels just so golly gee whiz good to pee all over someoneís shoes, but the fact is a smile and thank you goes a long, long way. As for Cooper Anderson, if he canít stand the heat he should get out of the kitchen. I wonder if tried to run the rats off, or just made sure they got pictures? Kind of a Peter Arnett two days later.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#14)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:01 PM EST
    PPJ, you are a disgrace to America and humanity in general. You would really blame poor people for not having the means to escape from the path of Katrina and then chastise people for calling our leaders on their horrible response time and failure to adequately prepare for just such a tragedy as this one? You really are a nutter. You had better hope there isn't a God, PPJ. Because if there is then you might just have to account for not heeding the saying about doing good unto the lowliest so you do unto Him. P.S. The looters are very convenient for closet racists like you to use as a scapegoat for tacitly approving of the suffering of the majority of the poor and/or black folks who couldn't get out of New Orleans. And you dare call yourself an American? Please.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#15)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    PPJ believes that the poor and infirm had the means to evaculate:
    The problem now is all the people who didnít leave
    Yup, it's their fault. Yours IS among the four most fatuous statements I've heard today.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#16)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    Make that "As you do unto the lowliest of your brethren so you do unto me". Catholic school was good for something.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#17)
    by aw on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    CNN could redeem itself if it shows more like this. They could do well by doing good. I saw Cooper today and he could be the one to make us feel some national shame at how these people have been treated, how slow the response has been.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#18)
    by DonS on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    I have said it before. Jeralyn needs to be open to the proposition of a fundraiser to buy PPJ off this forum, or open the forum to a more "earthy" format that would banish the likes of the oh so genteel, though obviously less than compassionate, PPJ. Face it, PPJ couldn't hang without Jeralyn's indulgence. And, BTW, your sorry ass ain't worth the attention.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#19)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    I couldn't agree more, DonS.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#20)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    Last post for me. Must go and try to find out if my ex got out of New Orleans in time. But for good news: Fats Domino is ALIVE!

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#21)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    DonS and ShemBuck, having PPJ fend for himself in the blogosphere would be poetic justice, but then, what would the poor guy have to live for, if not whinging in these forums? Where else can he go to insist, out of the right side of his mouth, that it was the fault of the poor and infirm that they didn't leave when they were told (that goes double for the ones on life support), and then insist, out of the left side of his mouth, that leaving them to fend for themselves isn't anyone's intention.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#22)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    How can I get there to drive one of those f***ing buses in that the other cowards are too scared to drive? This is just sick. Cooper is finally demonstrating (along with Cafferty) what the media SHOULD be doing. Landreiu should be on the first bus in there. But her makeup looked great. Where are the guard troops to escort these buses that are sitting on the outskirts of NO?

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#23)
    by roger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    Within 12 hours of Andrew, out of town cops and firefighters showed up. Within 24 hours, the Nat'l Guard had pretty much stopped looting and the Rd Cross was feeding people. Within about 48 hours, we had FEMA. Within 72 hours, the Guard had housing set up. What a difference, and just not because of the flooding. BTW- ask the Dutch about how to prevent flooding. They smoke pot, but they're not stupid.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#26)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    "Et al Ė You guys are just so full of BS." Why isn't Jim on the four post yet? Oh, wait, maybe there's a reason he changes names with every comment...

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#27)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    I just got home and I'm so proud of the TL posters who called the James Robertsons and his ilk on the carpet that I'm not going to tinker with the comments. Thanks, everyone.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#28)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    My husband is there right now for FEMA and I am watching the news constantly. What shocks me is that when they interviewed people who were wanting to tell people that they were alive and well, they were ALL white. What would the difference have been if this hurricane would have hit a wealthy, white area? It seems to me that we are once again failing a community that does consist of tax-paying citizens. Where is the help? Why aren't there hundreds of Red Cross tents? Where is our leadership? Do our politicians not watch the desperation, suffering and death on the news? I am more sick about the lack of response and the number of people who will die needlessly because we failed to respond. Is this a matter of class? Race? Do we really care about our poor?

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#29)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    TL, They are barely worth the bandwidth.

    Re: Anderson Cooper Sees Body Eaten by Rats (none / 0) (#30)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    And while the President was doing a photo op with a country rock star on Wednesday, Condi was CATCHING A COMEDY ON BROADWAY!! When will the Bush supporters have the courage to admit that he's incompetent, out of touch, and in over his head?