February 10th, 2011
12:08 AM ET

KTH: Debunking Mubarak's propaganda

New York (CNN) – CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that his continued focus on the protests in Egypt and the Egyptian government’s response is not a personal vendetta.

After spending a week in Cairo covering the protests and coming under attack twice during that time by individuals supporting Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak, Cooper has dedicated nearly all of his airtime since then to the situation in the Middle Eastern country.

“Now I’ve seen some emails suggesting that the reason we on this program are calling out the Mubarak regime for their lies – trying every night to point out these lies - is that it’s somehow personal,” Cooper said Wednesday night, “that because I and my team was attacked by thugs on two occasions, that somehow I’ve lost objectivity.”

“This is not personal,” Cooper added, “This is not to insult Egypt. This is about the truth. And all of the reporters on the ground and, frankly, all of the people in [Cairo’s Tahrir Square] and most of the people around the world have seen the truth in Egypt. You have seen peaceful protesters attacked by uniformed police and then by mobs. And, having seen the truth, it is our obligation, I believe, to continue to bear witness to it.”

At the beginning of his broadcast Wednesday, Cooper also noted that he continues to invite representatives of the Egyptian government to appear on AC360° in order to have the opportunity to provide evidence supporting any of their many claims relating to the protests. “They continue to decline,” he said, adding “the invitation is an open one.”

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. carolyn fant

    Thank you for your unbiased reports on egypt. I am 61 now but in my 30's I was a bellydancer in san francisco. I married. An egyptian musician and ev en though it didk't work out I have a great 23 year. Old son. Unfortunately he got involved. In drugs and got deported . My son does not have any contact with him. But I can tell you being involved with arabs for many years the egyptians are lovely people. It is verysad to see that arrogant mubarak won,t leave and all his lies. I fear there will be violence on his Part and our hearts go out to the people and pray thay get the freedom that we enjoy. You are doing a fantastic job, keep it up.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Fayrall

    CNN/AC360 and the Media in general share a disturbing characteristic: host and pundits find it easy to define what separates Mankind(mostly after the fact), but difficult or reluctant to define a solution that unites Mankind. Where was CNN/AC360 and the Media before the crisis in Egypt? CNN/AC360 and the Media in general are quick to offer opinions about a problem but fall silent, for questionable reasons, when a specific opinion is essential for a solution. In other words you offer a thesis and an antithesis, bot no synthesis. The crisis in Egypt reveals a terrible dilemma: should we recognize a Muslim state and save Israel, whatever the cost(lives and resources), or should we prevent a Muslim state, whatever the cost(lives and resources), to save Israel. Courage is a virtue; hard to find in Politics, Religion and the "news". But hope is the legacy of despair. Maybe, like Diogenes' "search for an honest man", we can find a courageous and wise person to liberate us from just one of many dilemmas. Good luck!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  3. James - Canada

    Anderson, I used to like your journalistic entegrity, but no more after what you guys are doing to the Egyptian story. Your agenda and the network you work for is really pothatic. I used to also love CNN, that has come to an end after your agenda journalism. What happened to being objective. Why not show us the other side of the Egytian revolution. What about the people who are against the protestors. Why not shoe them so we can get the whole story. How would you like it if someone tries to push thier agenda against your will.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  4. Diana Cleaveland

    Might the "de facto" VP be willing to reveal, in writing, to the Egyptian public, those specifics and sections in actual wording of the Egyptian Constitution to be amended, and to visibly show to the people in writing how every stage of this process is to occur, while also openly sharing this information through all the world media outlets, as soon as possible, and before Friday, when the odds of violence are likely to increase?
    Written proof via world media would either confirm to the people what many already fear and know to be the regime's past and present insincere intent, or it might reveal some kind of acceptable evidence to the people of a new trend of "sincerity" toward the effort toward Constitutional change supposedly stated by Mubarak today. As Christiane Amanpour's interview with Pres. Mubarak revealed last week, the Constitution will need to be changed in order to allow for future free elections; yet at this point the people of Egypt must SEE the Constitutional lines of change as well as specifics in visible evidence.

    Any further speeches mean nothing; the only act that might prevent violence and perhaps even somehow allow for a safe transition seems to be that of the VP showing written proof to the Egyptian people and to the world, outlining the specifics in this supposed transition, as well as penning a written promise to the people that they will be intrinsically involved in the creation of their own new Constitution, and throughout the transition.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  5. Lisa Wong

    Anderson, Continue to do your good reporting.The world need to hear from journalists from all over the world to expose this Police State and Dictatorship in Eqypt.So the self elected president wish to hang on to his power till the last minute.Wonder what he is doing behind the scene to rob his people and do more damage before his departure.40% of his people live under $2.00 a day, and his networth I hear is about 70 billion?! That is criminal!
    I live in Toronto Canada,and many Torontonians are watching this event closely.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  6. pen

    " Why are we raising funds for elections, we can use those hard earned tax dollars for health care reform. The 2012 election should be a fait accompli for Pres Obama. The Gop will only attract BLUE HAIRS who will only elect another GW BUSH. Please do not use our hard earned tax dollars to put another BUSH in office for reasons such as weapons of mass destruction. BUSH created and left a massive mess. They will always be frustrated and only display scowls on their faces."

    February 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  7. doris enow

    I am not sure I understand why Anderson Cooper gave the impression that he is outraged why Mubarak isn't stepping down. And I am not sure why CNN said all day , that they are waiting for the speech of Mumbarak telling the folks he is stepping down. And I am not sure why the CIA who is never informed almost claimed that he will stepp down...I am just a little old lady 74 years old, and I know that it is just a matter of time, that Egypt will embrace Islam and the reindroduction of sharia law...now it doesn't take a brain to see that....also there must be forces that would like to see the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel broken....since Israel didn't work toward peace at all over the decades, it doesn't take a scholar to see that......why reporters don't report these days anymore and inject their own opinions....is beyond me....Anderson Cooper is a prime example...

    February 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  8. cicly

    we are aware miricles don't happen often. this would have been a miricle; the president listening to the country- we were all waiting, weren't we? breath held, almost.but reality slaps us again- corruption and power- and the closer individuals are to it- knows no true humanity, only more corruption... and the suffering continues.

    February 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  9. Ayman

    just transferring the power to Suliemn for the time being portending he is out of the pictures, and then sulieman keep mangling around with none sense, things get calm, and the thugs get back to business. as nothing had happened.

    The Reason that made belive this is the case, the Egyptian mbassoer cal to Mr.wolf. makes it looks like Mubark doing everything as the people wants.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  10. Ayman


    Just to confirm your point of view regarding Mubark lies and his government. The Egyptian Ambassador had call mr.Wolf this afternoon to say that Mubark had transfer all the power to the V.P Sulieman. this a true act of deceiving because he can get back this power from Suliemn at anytime. just to end this uprising and then everything get back to normal again.
    Mubark also referred for the emergency law would be left in the future and then he talked about terourist law which almost the same.
    we asked mubark to makes effort towrdes change

    Please be carful when you anlyize what he said cause what he does still lying and trying to deceive the whole world

    February 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  11. Marc

    Suleiman was blunt and pointblank in telling the demonstrators to go home. So neither him, Mubarak or the regime would stepdown. therefor, we would march down and kick Mubarak and his regime thugs and put them on trial for all to see.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  12. greg

    Last time I check Anderson you were a reporter and not an analyst. Your bias is so obvious and you fail to seperate yourself immotionally. I understand it could be difficult. Wolf is pretty good at reporting. Zakaria is pathetic but I don't expect much from him. You on the other hand can have done a good job in the past.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  13. Tilo Febres-Cordero

    Hello Anderson, I have been watching very closely your excellent coverage of the Egypt crisis, from where I returned this past January 15th. I can assure you the people of Egypt are very appreciative of your honest and understanding reporting.

    Contrary to the statements made by the VP of Egypt, the truth is the people of Egypt are more than ready for democracy, they are DEFINING IT. You must understand, though, that the only people that are not ready for democracy in Egypt are Mubarak and his government.

    This defiance from Mubarak will cause bloodshed. True love of his people, I guess he also practices the socialism of the 21rst century.....

    February 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  14. Marc

    Anderson Cooper, We value your honesty and charisma of reporing the news on Egypt. We should see more people like you, CNN should be proud and honored to have you.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  15. muhammed Al-Fawakhiri

    open letter to president Obama:
    Dear Mr. President,
    in defiance of his own people, the Egyptian president ignored the #1 demand of the free people of Egypt, which is the end of his regimen and his dictatorship. After 30 years of emergency law (translation: police state), he is setting his VP to threaten the demonstrators with "doing all they can to guard the security of Egypt".
    He clearly also defied the will of the free world, USA included, that stand by the principles of democracy.
    Do not cut aid to Egypt, just suspend it.
    Please, though, freeze the assets owned personally by Mubarak and his family in the US, and declare their value to the world. the Egyptian president said that the economy is getting tough for ordinary Egyptians due to the demonstrations, let the world know how much he and his family have siphoned and squeezed out of Egypt.
    Please do not stand by while the wall can and should be torn down.
    please do not let the real-politique be more important than founding principles, among the first of is democracy.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  16. Ron

    Bravo Anderson! You are doing some good reporting. Thank you for being on the people's side in the middle east.

    February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Tony

    I hope your adherence to the truth stays with you once you get back here to the US and the Tea Party expresses its peaceful message, as well.

    All to often it appears you do not recognize the patronization, arrogance and smugness that comes from this White House toward the American people when we wanted our voices heard, but you are crystal clear about it when the Egyptian people do the same thing. The next time this President makes remarks about "people waving teabags around" or tells us "we need to stop all the complaining and get out of the way so he can fix things", or that would should "turn off that cable chatter", I would love for you to recognize the arrogance or patronization then. Unfortunately, I assume I will be waiting for quite some time.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  18. Yehia Kamel

    If the western world really believe in democracy, then make your position clear and support the people of Egypt in their pursue of freedom against the tyrant Mubarak who was backed for 30 years by the USA and Israel.
    Thanks Mr. Cooper for your honest coverage.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  19. Marc

    The thug Mubarak speach is Pathetic, and he should be put to death for his blatant words that he will continue his reign over Egypt.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  20. Marc

    The whole world knows who is Hussni Mubarak and and refuses to take the side of freedom and democracy.. I wonder why the world is turning a blind eyes and letting Mubarak continues his oppression and dictatorship of the Egyptian people????

    February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  21. John Wright

    This can be no possiblilty that Mubarak did not know the people would react this way. It's for the people he is staying (wink) and now will be able to use the control he desires.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  22. Bruce Mockridge

    I believe the United States Government needs to announce that the funds we send will be halted until the Crisis in Egypt complies with the peoples demands.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  23. Marc

    Egyptians should now take action immedialtely and attack the presidential palace. Freedom and Democracy are taken and not given. So the whole world now is watching the Murderer Mubarak continues his Massacre and Slaughter of innocent lives.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  24. Marc

    Anderson Cooper.... I admire ur courage and honesty for reporting the truth about Egypt.. I bow to you in respect.

    February 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  25. Redd

    Anderson, I commend you on a job well done in your Egypt’s crisis coverage, I found it to be presented with courage and with integrity, many thanks and respect, please ...please keep up the pressure don’t falter no matter how long it will take for that nation to reach the reform they’re looking for, Thank you and God Bless.

    February 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  26. saad

    we more information that Mubarak he is on air now to Arab country, and we heard that big fighting between the head of the army and Omar solemn

    February 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  27. Islander

    First, I want to say to you, great work Anderson! Nice job! The same goes for Ivan, Hala and Ben and everyone else there who has been covering this story. This includes all of your crews! Job well done! It's appreciated more than you will ever know.

    I prayed for your safety every night. Still do.

    When Anderson and his crew were attacked, we all were afraid for your safety and wellbeing.

    Now, why is it that the Egyptians won't accept Anderson's offer to appear on AC360? Well, it's because they are afraid of the truth. They've been found out, live and in living color and it went global! That's why!

    The only person who might speak to you is the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States. I suggest you try to contact him. He's been worried about his youngest son, who has been protecting the family home in Egypt, like everyone else over there.

    I've watched him on other shows and he seems to be a very nice man. Soft spoke, cultured.

    Anyway, welcome home Anderson!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  28. Linda

    Hi Anderson, so happy that you are safe.
    Idon't know what there is to say to this regime other than to tell them to get out!
    It is unfathomable to me how the U.S. can support this horrid regime in any way,form or fashion. They are animals Anderson, and they are hiding behind the skirt of the U.S.
    The U.S. is so concerned about their future relationship with this regime,they should be worried and concerned about the future of all of the people who are so oppressed there.
    Again Anderson I am glad that you and your crew are safe, God Bless.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  29. Mona

    Thank you for honesty, Thank you for all your effort( WE THE EGYPTIANS )thank you, we love you,God bless you.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
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