on the ground

Anderson Cooper Stops Being a Journalist, Starts Being a Haitian Rescuer

CNN, the oldest of the cable news networks, is having some troubles lately. Namely, nobody is tuning in to watch their network. Instead, viewers are opting for the partisan banter on either Fox News or MSNBC, which is a shame, because CNN has been all over this Haiti thing. And its star Anderson Cooper is a lifesaving hero.

With reporters roving through Haiti’s rubble, we’re now getting stories back about the “looting” that’s taking place. It’s Hurricane Katrina all over again: People of color loot; everyone else is just borrowing supplies to stay live. And it’s that phenomenon, where Haitians find themselves without basic food staples, that led the bloody scene Cooper showcased last night.