CNN’s Anderson Cooper responds to Korina Sanchez. (VIDEO)

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The comments made by Korina Sanchez had reached Anderson Cooper who, felt compelled to straighten out the accusations made by the award-winning Philippine journalist.

This is what Korina said: “Itong si Anderson Cooper, sabi wala daw government presence sa Tacloban. Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya.” (It seems that Anderson Cooper isn’t aware of what he’s saying on his broadcast.)

Anderson Cooper was on the ground in Tacloban a few days later reporting about the situation there after Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) made landfall.

When he heard the news about Korina Sanchez’s comments, he responded:

“A radio broadcaster named Korina Sanchez has been taking issue with some of my reporting.”

“She’s also not just a radio broadcaster, she is actually the wife of the Interior Minister, who’s overseeing the relief effort on the ground.”

“Miss Sanchez is welcome to go there and I would I urge her to go there.”

“I don’t know if she has… But her husband is the Interior Minister, I’m sure she could arrange a flight.”
“Miss Sanchez seemed to be under the mistaken impression that I said I saw no presence of the Philippine government on the ground in Tacloban.”

“I never said that.”

“Obviously, I’ve been on the ground in Tacloban for days.”

“And, I’ve in fact interviewed a very heroic Philippine Navy captain, Captain Santiago, who’s going out and helping people.”

“I’ve seen the work that’s being done and the work that’s not being done.”

“As for who exactly is in charge of the Philippine side of operation, that is not really clear.”

“I am just surprised.”

“I expected on this Day Five, I thought I may have gotten here very late, that things will be well in hand—it does not seem like that.”

“People are desperate, they do not have any place for shelter.”

“It’s very difficult for people to get food, neighbors are helping out neighbors, water is in short supply.”

“It is a very very bad situation here.”

“The doctors there said they did not have enough food.”

“They did not have enough water for the hundreds of people they were seeing every day.”

“They didn’t have enough medical supply.”

“That’s a clinic at the airport.”

“If any clinic in the entire disaster zone should be able to receive aid quickly and easily, it’s the clinic at the airport.”

“And they were not getting it.”

“I don’t know what the situation there is today, but I certainly pray to God that it is a better situation than it was even two days ago.”

“If you’ve been watching the coverage over the past week, you know that we’ve been on the ground in Tacloban and elsewhere, trying to be accurate as possible.”

“Accuracy is what we care most about here at CNN.”

“We’re giving information that might actually help people on the ground, and help the relief effort in some way, to become more efficient.”

“In our reporting, it seems, out here in the Philippines, it has become something of a political issue at times.”

“The President of the Philippines has also counseled foreign journalists that they should be accurate in their reports, and I certainly appreciate that counsel.”

“Acurracy is what we strive for.”

“I read in the paper today… this is the first time I was able read the news.”

“The president also said in his speech that the media should ‘use your role to uplift the spirits of the Filipino people—to find stories of resilience, hope and faith, and show the world just how strong the Filipino people are.”

“I would actually say that.”

“In every report we’ve done, we’ve shown how strong the Filipino people are.”

“The Filipino people, the people of Tacloban, in Samar, in Cebu, and all these places where so many have died, they’re strong not just to survive this storm.”

“They’re strong to have survived the aftermath of the storm.”

Anderson became emotional when he said:

“They’ve survived for a week now, often with very little food, with very little water, with very little medical attention.”

“Can you imagine the strength it takes to be living in a shack, to be living, sleeping on the streets next to the body of your dead children?”

“Can you imagine that strength?

“I can’t, but I see that strength day in and day out here in the Philippines, and we honor them in every broadcast that we do.”

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2 Comments on "CNN’s Anderson Cooper responds to Korina Sanchez. (VIDEO)"

  1. UnMundoFeliz | November 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

    I’m a fairly educated Filipino. Instinctively, I wanted to take Ms. Korina Sanchez’s
    side, but something about her criticism on Mr. Anderson Cooper screams
    “SHE’S WRONG!” Ms. Sanchez made strong allegations that Mr. Cooper
    was reporting the Philippine government’s inaction to the emergency situation. Mr.
    Cooper did not make reference to or mention anything about the Philippine
    government’s handling of situation. What he did was merely describing the
    observable things around him and the people’s behavior, and this is what
    anybody in his right mind would have done, whether he’s a reporter or a man on
    the street.

    Somebody has got to counsel Ms. Sanchez. If I were her manager, I’d coach her that a public apology is necessary. It’s simply a matter of judgment call. She seems to have lost it. She should know when to zip her lips, especially realizing that international help was on the way. I never want to see any of her TV reporting again. I’m beginning to doubt how she earned those accolades listed on her Wiki page. Really.

    Oh I see, she dropped out of college. Never completed a degree. Hmmm. Isn’t that something that can be said about the companies who hired her. And so now they’re paying the price of shame for the lost of credibility.

  2. I refer to Pnoy’s speech that the media should use their role to uplift the Filipino spirits to find stories of resilience, hope and faith….

    This, I strongly believe that he’s asking the Philippine Media in which I agree with Pnoy! Phillipine Media have become very political and at that…TV Patrol from ABS CBN and other big networks (you know who you are) should changed their Anchors as they don’t deliver responsible journalism! As a Filipino, I stand by the Aquino Government as they put the country to become an emerging market with strong economy if not because of these calamities attacking the country one after another. Let us stay together and help this government and the country! God bless the Philippines and the International Community in helping Filipinos overcome this catastrophe.

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