Anderson Cooper speaks with Salon.com reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who has been covering the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, and Jordan Ghawi, whose sister was killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. Ghawi was targeted by conspiracy theorists days after Jessica died.
Seitz-Wald researched conspiracy theories in the U.S. and found most followers are "inclined to believe the government is out to get them" and is collaborating with the media. "They have this confirmation bias, as psychologists call it, to look for only evidence that supports their theories and disregard anything that says otherwise," he says.
Daniel Coyle, Roger Cossack and Juliet Macur discuss the risks and motivation behind Lance Armstrong talking to Oprah.
"This is a perfect lens into the way Lance's brain works," says Coyle. "He's really good at figuring out complex situations...at this point he figured the best path forward was to go to Oprah."
If Armstrong does admit to cheating in the interview, why was he compelled to come forward now? He's spent years aggressively denying accusations, and he could have avoided being banished for life when the USADA invited him to confess and help restore the integrity of the sport.
Macur says it boils down to what has always been his main focus: competing. She points out, "the difference between several months ago and now is that he's had several months of no competition, and for a guy like Lance Armstrong, that must be torture."
A tenured associate professor is making outrageous claims that the Sandy Hook shooting massacre did not happen the way it was reported and may not have happened at all. Families who lost loved ones and residents in Newtown have been inundated with hateful messages by people who believe they are part of a government and media conspiracy related to a gun control agenda. One family had to remove the Facebook memorial page created for their little girl because it was bombarded with negative and offensive comments. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
Reporter's Note: President Obama’s Democrats…and some Republicans…were arguing in Congress today about an emergency funding measure for Superstorm Sandy.
Dear Mr. President,
I spent pretty much the whole afternoon listening to the torrent of arguments in the House over this emergency aid bill for the communities hit by that big storm, Sandy. I must say it was enlightening. I’ve covered plenty of things like this before, but I was struck by how clearly I could hear both sides talking past each other. Over and over again they launched versions of competing views as if utterly deaf to what the other side had just said.
From the Republicans: “This bill should be solely about direct, emergency aid to the communities that were hit. Future funding may be needed. Future funding may even be wise. But Democrats can not use an emergency spending measure as a stalking horse to sneak funding to all sorts of pet projects. For example, money to improve the government’s hurricane predication capability should absolutely not be included.”
From the Democrats and Republicans who live in the storm area: “This bill should be about a comprehensive, long term recovery plan. Sure, some of these measures may not seem to be directly connected to the disaster, but they really are. For example, money to improve the government’s hurricane prediction capability should absolutely be included.”
Both sides, I firmly believe, have great majorities of members who care about what happened to the people when that storm hit, and who care about the recovery of their communities. Both sides had impassioned, clearly intelligent speakers. Both sides, seemingly, could have recognized the other’s concern and addressed it… reasonably …fairly. But neither side did. In the end, it came down to a vote, and the money was approved. There were winners and losers, but I think the public at large lost …because serious issues on both sides that deserved serious consideration once again were swept up in posturing that probably, in the long run, serves nobody well.
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Danielle Vabner, the sister of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner, says talking about him has helped her family cope with their loss.
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