January 18th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/18/10

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Tonight, live from Haiti, gunfire in the streets as looters target a store in Port-au-Prince. Plus, the medical crisis. Dr. Gupta steps in to perform surgery on a 12-year-old girl and when doctors abandoned their patients. Plus, there's still hope that survivors will be found in the rubble.

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  1. Ramy

    Thank you to CNN and crew for coverage and making me feel like i'm there. I left Haiti almost 20 years ago, I was 12, I've never been back since but never before have I ever had such urge to go back like now. The coverage is like I'm there and seeing it makes you do nothing but cry sometimes or think of people in your old neighborhood who are sleeping out side every night. I look at those people thinking that could have been me, only by Gods grace and mercy I'm not any special than they are.
    My mom spoke with husband who is there (we're from Cana Pevert) and their house came down of course, he said even those with houses still standing are sleeping outside with fear of the house coming down on them if they go back in side. He said they still had some after shock as of yesterday morning around 3:39am. Is that true Anderson?

    AC360 is doing a heck of a job. I use to think Anderson got his exposure with Catrina, it was just a reporting opportunity. I tell you what after this one, yes you're doing your job as a reporter, but the sincere human side does come out and you could have been like some of the other reporters and leave. I say all that to say AWESOME job!
    And you asked the right question and orphan folks should not get mad at you, How the heck the governor from Pen. can land and other airplanes with more important purpose can not land or is being diverted? Anderson and the rest of the CNN team from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU and be safe.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  2. Steve

    There are about 60 real Urban search and rescue teams in the world. Why are there only 30 there. USA has 30 more teams waiting for the call. AC please ask that question.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Mary

    What is the water supply, and infrastructure to support medical help...Will there be a chance to FLY pts to DR....etc.

    Could someone develop a DATABASE of public health workers to input monthly their availability for disaster assistance stateside, etc if need be?

    Shoot...we have ViSta system through the VA...Can SOMEONE put it to GOOD use???????????

    Thanks again and GB....
    Will come once someone says I should get shots ...passport is ready, documentation done, etc

    January 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  4. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  5. martine

    Thank you CNN; Anderson Cooper; Dr. Gupta and all the reporters who courageously report the disaster in Haiti. The questions you ask regarding the delay in aid are warrented and you are a voice for the victims of Haiti! May God continue to bless you and protect you while you are abroad!

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Hope things get a little bit better for the Haitian people.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Merry

    Anderson, thank you for asking the tough questions. It is horrifiying to see how little help is reaching the people who so desperately need it. Are they wanting folks to riot? Is that what they need? How can so many people be on the ground to assist and not be assisting? Is the airport still not controlled? I thought our air force was running the airport? People need, food, water and medical aid four days ago. So upsetting, I don't understand what is happening. I appreciate you and Sanjay doing what you are doing to help and really demanding some answers. Keep it up!!!!! Merry

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  8. Ms. Jones

    Anderson, thank you for picking up that boy, who got hit with the rock and passing him over, I felt that! You are humble I know. My God, you not only bring it to us here at home but we can see you care. no cost not even of a camera is worth a life. God be with you. Anderson Anderson, I can hear, feel and see your heart and the truth that is raw and there. Thank you!

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  9. Sara

    If the US has control over the airport, what office would that be and how can we contact them to get the DWB plane?

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson, Gary, and Sanjay. Sleep well, but continue to be vigilant.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  11. lee Bowman

    Anderson needs to get all of the facts before he goes on his "rants" > While it is unfathumable as to why Doctors without Borders has not been able to land their planes in Port au Prince, the Gov. Rendell mission to rescue orphans is incredibily admirable. From the reports i've read the Rendell plane was only allowed on the grounf in Haiti for 2 hours. And the plane DID bring medicle supplies that where off loaded before the orphans were loaded. Also, Anderson keeps talking about how the orphans were safe. That is not the case. When people would bring supplies to the orphanage , neighbours would then try to rob the orphanage. Private security was not able to be found. So the orphans were not "safe"< not to mention the fact that they had diahrea , which is very serious in an infant. Also, Anderson was saying earlier in his show "why don't people just load up a truck and deliver food?" It seems that Gov. Rendell did just that- only with a plane.. Andeson needs to attack the proper people. Lee

    January 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  12. Jeffrey D

    Anderson, it seems that you might need to GO TO THE AIRPORT and find out WHY the Doctors/Planes are being refused. It would be worth your time and effort to uncover why these choices are being made and change what is happening. I think it would be an effective use or your limited time.Thank you for your reporting.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  13. LisaL - Canada

    the far-reaching impact of this naturally occurring event is just mind-boggling. SPOT ON.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  14. retta

    Cooper, I hope you receive the highest award possible for the compassion and honest reporting. Surely you are 1 in a million and for the reporting of Hailti alone, I greatly respect you, thank you and love you.

    CNN, Thank you for allowing Cooper to bring us wonderful reporting.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  15. Jessica

    A.C. et al.: Thank you so much 1) for asking about why Gov Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania was able to fly in with a plan today while Drs without Borders had to wait yesterday to get much needed surgical equipment in. 2) Thanks so much also for highlighting observations in regards to some instances of differential presence of rescue teams last week Thursday between the posh hotels (much international, rescue presence) and the "regular" sites on the streets (none to sparse).

    January 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thanks for coming tonight, And your comment!!!!!! 🙂
    Good night Anderson, Megan, Jessica Y, Ed Henry, David Gergen, Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀

    We are praying for you long time...... Keep going take your time and let us know for update from Haiti. We missed you.... Please come home safe home from Haiti! HUGS! from fans. 😀

    January 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  17. Lori

    Anderson, Sanjay, and CNN:

    Stay safe. We love you and look forward to your safe return to the U.S.
    Goodnite and sweet dreams.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  18. Nicole Engel

    Anderson, i am watching your show as i am writing this. And i agree with you that it is outrages that Doctors Without Borders got send away again! WTH??? yes these orphans need help, too, but sending a plain away again?!

    Please find out who is responsible for decisions that can cost peoples live by the minute.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  19. Kathy Redford CA

    I so much admire Anderson's reporting from Haiti. Have watched all day on Twitter and CNN. He exudes compassion and professionalism. Thank you Anderson and CNN!

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  20. Barry Moon

    You go Anderson! Give em hell! You are doing an awesome job reporting in Haiti,...can't believe or understand how one can maintain in a situation like the one your in,..I know you don't read these ,....but maybe someone will tell you about all the positive comments your getting! Be safe,...! America loves you,...

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  21. Glenda Cockrum

    I know you all are frutrated... please realize that Gov Rendells plane also brought medical and other supplies when they flew in! not an "empty" plane.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  22. Tracy Frye

    I am Watching Anderson Cooper – they could have flown in the supplies and doctors from Doctors Without Borders and taken the orphans out on that same plane when it left.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I appreciate the coverage. It's informative and educational. I prefer that reporters don't get emotionally involved and become part of the story but I understand how that happens, especially when you are immersed in the story.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  24. Debbie

    I will keep both you and Dr. Sanjay in my prayers. Keep up the great work.God Bless You Both!

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  25. Tanisha

    When the riot that broke out in Haiti from as a result of devastating earthquake it really hit me hard.I couldn't bvelieve.And the part that touch me the most was that teenager was involved in the midst of it.Anderson, if your reading this I wanna say great job on your courage. You picked him up, you risk your life and I truly respect you for that. I know your job isn't easy but when I saw it I said 'Oh my God!' Is this real ?' I couldnot controll my emotions, I mean seeing image make me cry.Poor boy hit so hard just because of the effects for the desperation.Haiti is our neighbour.I am around 300 miles away, from Jamaica.I'm watching the program right now I'm still a bit shaken.Anderson , thank you for helping to save, to cover these powerful stories and let us all be aware. I tune in every night to get the latest.Thanks to everybody at CNN .We love you all from Jamaica.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  26. Tom Crozier

    You crossed the line between reporting the story and being part of the story a long time ago. Carry that theme forward and, with your talent, inspire others to do the same.

    Tom Crozier
    Granada, Nicaragua

    January 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
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