In August 2010, Anderson spoke with Christopher Hitchens about his cancer diagnosis. Yesterday he died from from complications related to the illness. The famed journalist was one of the most prolific writers of our time. Look back at the raw and fascinating conversation in this extended clip.
Mike McQueary, the star witness in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal gives his clearest and most graphic account yet of what he saw Jerry Sandusky do in the football team’s shower. How does his new testimony stand up to his past statements? Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
2011 was indeed a RidicuList year. With your votes, AC360° is counting down the Top 10! Cast your vote, send the poll to your friends and family, and tune in to see the winners each night at 8 and 10 p.m. ET starting Monday, Dec. 19.
Which will it be? Fountain Lady, Dennis Kucinich's Lawsuit, Sleepy Joe Biden, Stephen Colbert, Michaele Salahi, Faux-tox Mom, Texting at the Movies, William Tapley, Romance Haters (Courtney Stodden), Romance Haters (Again), Anyone Who Messes with Matt Damon, Ander-Cat, Gerard Depardieu, Turtleman's Makeover, or Ed Schultz?
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Reporter's Note: I write to the Commander in Chief every day.
Dear Mr. President,
Just as you have, I do not want to let the week pass without noting the official end of our war in Iraq. As we lower our flag there and head out, a lot is being written about what we gained or lost; whether it was worth it or not; and on and on.
I’m pretty sure that a lot of those questions will not be answered anytime soon, maybe not for years, and perhaps never. Wars are messy, painful, and full of murkiness.
That said, I hope that people all over our country can take one simple truth to heart: The young Americans who served there went because our elected leaders told them to. They did their jobs. Despite some difficulties and some scandals, as terribly as they may be, the vast number of troops served with honor, decency, and patriotism.
Now they deserve our respect and help as they try to rejoin all of us on the home front. They will need jobs, education, and job training. Some may need financial or medical help. All will need to be included in our communities, schools, churches, workplaces, clubs, and more. Not just for a few weeks, but perhaps for years.
Whatever difficulties we have faced here at home with the troubled economy, odds are that most of them are facing it too, and in a more complicated, difficult way.
And it is not just the soldiers. Military families all over the nation have struggled to support the mission in Iraq for years; running households with a parent gone, getting by on limited military pay while civilian careers went on indefinite hold, and in the worst cases, hearing a knock at the door and the news that a loved one has been lost.
They too, need and deserve our assistance.
It is easy when a war drags on or grows unpopular, for civilians to start scorning the people who are fighting it. It is just as easy when such a war is over, for societies to quickly start resenting the responsibilities owed to soldiers. But we do owe them, and I hope during this holiday season we can pledge to be true to our commitments long after the echoes of that distant war have faded into dust.
Author, journalist and literary critic Christopher Hitchens died yesterday after battling esophageal cancer since his June 2010 diagnosis. In August 2010, Anderson spoke with him about his life, illness and God. We're looking back on that powerful conversation and Hitchens's legacy. Watch part of the interview and tune in to AC360 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
Anderson Cooper recently sat down with eight of CNN's foreign correspondents to talk about their experiences covering the conflicts in the Middle East and the natural disaster that struck Japan–stories that changed the world this year. Arwa Damon, Matthew Chance, Nic Robertson, Hala Gorani, Ben Wedeman, Sara Sidner, Ivan Watson and Kyung Lah shared their experiences with Anderson, who also recounted his experiences in Egypt while covering the uprising, and in Japan, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. These seasoned journalists shared their stories of being attacked and beaten by pro-Mubarak thugs in Egypt; of being virtually imprisoned with other journalists by Moammar Gadhafi's regime; of witnessing the fall of Tripoli; and of dealing with radiation concerns in Japan. They also talked candidly about how they recover from seeing death and devastation, up close and all too frequently.
It was quite a feat getting them in the same room since they are usually reporting from all over the globe. It's a fascinating discussion,. Don't miss the full hour when it airs.
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