February 20th, 2008
03:59 PM ET

Anderson's View: Live Blogging

Last night was another exciting political night, and I’ve woken up with a political hangover, already jonesing for another primary. I keep thinking at some point this is going to get boring, but I gotta tell you, I find it more and more fascinating. 

I was on Conan O'Brien last night, and I’ve gotten a couple of emails from viewers who were offended by some joking comments I made about live blogging. Conan was asking me about the difficulties of live blogging during the commercial breaks, and as a way to get to a story about a Conan stalker I encountered, I said the live blog was a chance for all my stalkers to be in one place at one time. Now, some folks took that to mean that I believed all the people on the live blog are stalkers. That is certainly not the case.  99.9% of the people I chat with every night on the blog are great. The comments are interesting, funny, smart – the whole spectrum.  I think live blogging ads a nice element to the program, and I enjoy the interaction with our regular viewers. 

As most of you know, there is a big difference between being a fan, or a regular viewer and being a stalker. What’s the difference?  Well if you have to ask yourself that question, that’s probably not a good sign. But here’s a handy guide in case you are…well…confused.

1. If you’ve been contacted by authorities and asked not to attempt to contact me further… but you still do, there’s a good chance you’ve crossed the line. 

2. If you’ve attempted to gain entry to my apartment under false pretenses, and can’t imagine why that might be inappropriate, that’s another red flag. 

3. If you believe I am secretly communicating to you online, or with the clothes I wear, or by telepathy through your radiator, that’s a problem as well.

4. If you have read the last three items and laughed, or said, “wow, that’s weird” you are not a stalker. 

5. If you have read items 1-3 and notice they apply to you, but then tell yourself they actually don’t apply to you. Well, that’s not good. 

Just for the record, I really enjoy the live blogging, and I look forward to talking with all of you again tonite.

-Anderson Cooper 

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