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Mubarak thugs force Anderson Cooper into hiding

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Friday, February 4, 2011 10:26 EDT
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CNN reporter Anderson Cooper admitted Thursday he was “a little bit scared” for his safety after being repeatedly attacked by supporters of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Cooper and his crew were violently attacked by pro-Mubarak forces Wednesday as they tried to make their way through the streets of Cairo. A number of other journalists have reportedly been attacked by pro-Mubarak mobs as well.

“I can’t tell you where we are, frankly for our own safety,” Cooper said while sitting in a dimly lit room.

“Systematically, we have seen journalists attacked… we would like to be showing you pictures, live pictures, of what’s happening in Liberation Square right now, but we can’t do that because our cameras have systematically been taken down through threats, through intimidation, through actual physical attacks.”

“I don’t mind telling you I am a little bit scared, because we frankly don’t really know what the next few hours will hold,” he added. “And I think there’s a lot of people who are scared tonight in Egypt.”

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour faced similar treatment Wednesday. While trying to talk to Mubarak supporters, she was threatened and told to turn back. Upon retreating, she had the windshield of her car broken with a rock.

“There’s a real anti-Western reporter sentiment there,” ABC’s Robin Roberts noted Thursday. “Is there still that sense?”

“The pro-Mubarak supporters have been against the journalists,” Amanpour replied. “Partly this is because the state television, some of the local press, the state press, has been blaming journalists.

“And a statement from the Foreign Ministry was issued overnight saying, this uprising against Mubarak, is, quote, a foreign conspiracy, led by international journalists. So, those people who been aggressive towards us are not the anti-Mubarak demonstrators. They’re the pro-regime thugs and agitators that have been sent in to disrupt the protests.”

In recent days, reporters have become targets in Egypt. Western journalists have been roughed up by pro-Mubarak demonstrators, and reporters from around the world have been arrested or detained by Egyptian security forces.

As late as Thursday, there were reports that the Egyptian Army had begun to round up journalists, alleging it was for their own protection. Two correspondents from The New York Times were reportedly detained.

The Washington Post also reported having reporters arrested Thursday.

Fox News foreign correspondent Greg Palkot and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were severely beaten by pro-Mubarak supporters Wednesday. Both were hospitalized overnight with severe injuries.

The following video was broadcast on CNN, Feb. 3, 2011 and uploaded by MoxNews.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Ummm… Anderson, I like you, you’re a fairly progressive voice among the sea of insanity that usually survives the scrutiny of multinational corporate controlled news execs. But I gotta say, that’s part of what real reporting used to be.

  • Anonymous

    Oh come on! If we could get away with that here, there would be a line… (the Airplane scene comes to mind).

  • Anonymous

    He should get himself an Unmanned Aerial Drone.

  • enorceht

    “… Fox News foreign correspondent Greg Palkot and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were severely beaten by pro-Mubarak supporters Wednesday. Both were hospitalized overnight with severe injuries. …”

    when they found out that they “shared” the same air waves as glen beck the pro-democracy protesters and the army probably joined in

  • Anonymous

    Where in the world is Richard Engel? He’s the best.

  • Anonymous

    Any chance of Fox and Friends from downtown Cairo?

  • Anonymous

    I guess poor Coop can’t deal with a full AC 360, so I guess he’s gonna have to relaunch with AC 90,see how it goes and maybe bump it up to AC 180 if he can handle it.
    Poor little baby. Guess you didn’t count on reality

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BATQTRSD53GBBRKC2ZELNTTE5I Hardy

    Whatever you do, Coop, DON’T COME OUT THE CLOSET OVER THERE!

  • maritimer

    He’s still there.

  • maritimer

    Notice how Limp-brain retracted his mockery of the kidnapped/beaten NYT journalists when he found out his Fox buddies were in the same boat? Ha

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Anderson, Christine.. it’s not “western press” folks, it’s ALL press. Talk to Aljazeera if you don’t believe me. The TRUTH is a dangerous foe to power elite and they don’t like it!!! And face it, doing Cairo right now is NOT doing the Golden Globes or the Oscars. Wear a helmet and flak jacket, no tuxes or ball gowns.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Yeah his show sucks, but damn people. That’s a bit too far.

  • Anonymous

    Keep him there. Can I put in a request for the FAUX NEWS Ministry of Propanganda?

    Limbaugh Jokes About Detention of NYT Journalists, Until He Learns Fox ‘News’ Reporters Hospitalized

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8338

  • Guest

    “Every time it rains, it rains, pennies from heaven
    Don’t you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
    You’ll find your fortune’s fallin’ all over the town
    Make sure that your umbrella is upside down”

  • Anonymous

    can we stop calling them “pro-mubarak” when we all know damn well thats not what they are?

    its like calling our army, which is invading countries illegally to leave them broken and unable to take care of themselves, “pro-democracy forces”

  • Schmice

    A young Phil Ochs. I went to several of his concerts and heard him play at different anti-war demonstrations. I still listen to his LP’s.

  • Anonymous

    Phil Ochs is good for us.

    And the gift he left in his passing is:

    Yes, the FBI is keeping a file on you, but its nothing to kill yourself over.

    And that’s why he’s my icon.

  • Schmice

    Very true. My sons and I sing: “I am just a student sir, and I only want to learn….” I’m glad my boys know about him. I love coming home and hearing his music coming out of their rooms. It brings back good memories (except for the war itself).

  • Cussin’ Jack

    Can’t feel too bad about the Fox “reporters”.

    That wasn’t very nice now was it.

  • d f bizzle

    You must know something i don’t….are they not pro-mubarak? They are certainly anti-anti-mubarak…which makes them pro-mubarak.

    further, you sound idiodic when you make your 2 passionate generalizations. You’re probably not in egypt so you only know what your imagination tells you based on what on-location reporters are “saying”. And i’m no jingoist but there have been plenty of conflicts (certainly not all, possibly less than half) where the US military was truly an honorable pro-democracy force…WWII par example.

  • d f bizzle

    I could only wish it was Glenn Beck, the red-headed stepchild of TV “news”…Cairo would be flooded with his tears…then Speaker John Boner would start crying for him, and become encased in a frozen DC “tearcicle”

  • Anonymous

    Fond memories of the days back when I went to college only to learn.

    Now my siblings’ kids want none of that.

    Trying to explain why one would want to learn is not easy.

    We were lucky to live through the years we did and it sounds like you did a good job with your kids there.

    Most people think that is a picture of me, or some other stupid crap.

    Man, if I were 20 today, I’m not sure I could make it through again.

    Thank you for the pleasant discourse. You made my day.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my, where oh where will she ever hide? I really do hope she gets back to the USA safely.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4R2P2BMMM5JTCYWGEU4YW6UWQ Dago T

    Very “Rush” of you! :)

  • Anonymous

    Our News reporters are getting almost killed, Millions of people in street and our government doing nothing. If we give the military billions of dollars we demand something in return: GET THE DICTATOR OUT OF THE COUNTRY then get someone not from the military a moderate to take over. We are just reacting, we are not in control. So much incompetence in this government it is amazing how clueless our president is. Just to think that I voted for this change. NEVER AGAIN I WILL VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AGAIN NEVER !!!

  • Anonymous

    She won’t. Too scared.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6KCOVUYDUEIKOEOX4UJG2DBUA Rick Reed

    Keep the wimp.

  • Schmice

    And you have made mine. It is because of the 60′s that I became socially conscious. I think my boys are the better for it. They help feed the homeless and are not ashamed that their old man is a Public Defender. We may not live an opulent lifestyle but we have enough for ourselves and anybody else who might need help. “When I’m Gone” sums it up for us.

    It has been a pleasure talking with you.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You really need to work on your sentence structure, especially those little dots and capital letters.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “I’m scared…Help me get out of this crazy country…They don’t understand I’m from Cable News Nits…Everybody should bow and kiss my feet…” –recorded earlier at CNN headquarter in Ted Turner’s former basement.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    They have police ID cards. They are certainly pro-government if nothing else.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Yeah, where’s Ho’Reilly? He keeps telling us he’s seen battle. I’d love to see him crying for his mommy as the secret police beat the crap out of him.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Did he really? The Australian Maggot stick an electrode up his ass?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Such anger and hate….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    LOL

  • Anonymous

    Cooper, you should be so lucky as to ever be a Ted Koppel or Bernie Sanders.

    Or no chance in hell, an Edward R. Murrow.

  • Anonymous

    A cooper and his sister C amanpour are just government media jerks … stay in hiding

  • Anonymous

    So, what did he kill himself over?

  • Anonymous

    Ho Reilly is getting knocked for a loop, in his 8pm tv spot, by the Judge.

  • Anonymous

    Well, gee, I can’t imagine people being blamed for inciting violence that they did not commit. But, isn’t that what happened in Tucson? Obama seems quite comfortable with that tactic. Sorry to say.

  • Guest

    I have not heard of any civilians shooting each other. It probably would be a lot more exciting if everyone was armed.

  • Mr. Neutron

    The U.S. should tax all foreigners, not living in the U.S., so as to be better able to control events abroad.

  • Anonymous

    Are there any Fox reporters there? If not, why not?

  • Mr. Neutron

    The US didn’t do much for “pro-democracy” in Korea. As soon as WWII was over, the US kicked out the Japanese in power, took over, and picked a strongman puppet, Syngman Rhee (much like Mubarak), to be appointed head of the Korean Government in 1945. He was “elected” “President” (much like Mubarak) from 1948 to 1960.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syngman_Rhee

    After a disputed election ( just like in Egypt last November – http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=mubaraks-party-crushes-islamists-in-disputed-egypt-election-2010-12-01 ) the Rhee presidency ended in resignation (just like Mubarak ?) following popular protests against a disputed election (just like in Egypt ?). He died in exile in Hawaii (like Mubarak ?)

    The US military was willing to ally with the hated socialists in the Soviet Union to beat the more hated capitalists of Germany, but right after that marriage of convenience gave birth to the post WWII peace and American pre-eminence as Europe, the Soviet Union, China and Japan lay in ruins, they turned on the Soviet Union and crushed any dissent in Europe. The whole “pro-democracy” propaganda during WWII was more for motivating Americans than accurately describing US Government foreign policy goals.

    I suppose that is “honorable pro-democracy” action, if your definition of “democracy” is installing a government that has elections, no matter how fraudulent. There is a long history of American “allies” having fraudulent elections, but the elites that run the country are always “working on it” (Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Mexico, etc). Except in Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t even pretend to toe the line (uh, ok, I suppose we can allow elections for dog catcher and crossing guard, if His Majesty can decide who the two candidates will be for each election).

  • Anonymous

    WTF?! And who’s your media “hero?” Glenn Beck..Sean Hannity??

  • Anonymous

    Sorry … posted to the your person!

  • Anonymous

    WTF?! And who’s your media “hero?” Glenn Beck..Sean Hannity??

  • Elim

    Rock throwing is so passe’. Now, machetes, there’s an interesting weapon for riots.

  • Ma’at

    And Faux News and every Right Winger on the planet wants us to support Mubarak. That’s because TeaBaggers want to set up a Mubarak Govt here.

  • Anonymous

    “Fox News foreign correspondent Greg Palkot and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were severely beaten by pro-Mubarak supporters Wednesday. Both were hospitalized overnight with severe injuries.” So yes, they are there and they have been getting their asses kicked just like the real journalists.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    We haven’t exactly had the best PR for the last 70-years.

  • Anonymous

    we all sound idiotic to someone. you, for example, sound idiotic to anyone who knows what they’re talking about… or at least follows more than one news source… and almost all the sources ive checked, especially those on the ground in Egypt, have stated that the thugs calling themselves pro-mubarak have been paid by him.. or are carrying id cards of his police force… this comes from the army who the civilians handed them over to… and since the us army trains that army, why would you question such an honorable force?

    youre probably not in Egypt either.. what exactly is your point? do you have super powers?

    WW2 was as honorable as we claimed it was.. nothing more… to believe there were no secrets.. well.. i dont want you to use your imagination if you dont want to.

  • Anonymous

    they are pro-status quo.

  • Anonymous

    i suppose they were the ones who reported the alleged assassination attempt on the VP… just like real journalists…

  • cannotvote

    A big wake up call for fake reporters – what a wuss! What did you expect standing in the middle of it ‘all’ with a camera and mic., with cnn pasted on it – where did you think you were, in Times square? Or imbedded with the ‘People’ as a viable representative of a valid news source – you must be deranged!

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad Cooper is gone into hiding. It’s best for all of us that he remain hidden from view.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck that CIA punk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    Even Cooper’s plutocrat corporado bosses should be able to buy his way to safety.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    Send their bosses over there too…they need their asses kicked also.

  • Anonymous

    From Cooper’s journal:

    “Day three in hiding, still not safe to venture out. Hair care products growing scarce. If I don’t make it, tell my designer shirts that I loved them. Also, tell Blitzer I think he’s a douche.”

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think of him as the “red-headed stepchild” so much as the “silver gopher”

  • Anonymous

    Another close call Account from a Reporter from the CBC
    Personal Account of Reporting from Egypt
    International journalists are encountering more and more difficulties with protestors on the streets of Cairo as they try and report the events. http://www.newslook.com/videos/288491-personal-account-of-reporting-from-egypt?autoplay=true

  • Anonymous

    Mubarak is a son of bytch, but he is our son of bytch

    Nice video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4MnVHf6c6A

  • Anonymous

    ..

  • Anonymous

    Strangely enough the crawl on the bottom of the Fox News screen says
    “Hosni Mubarak (D) Egypt”
    Obviously just another technical slip up in the master control room at Fox
    (snark)

  • http://SALON WHITE DRAGON

    You’re easy to spot….white crew-cut…not big….talks a lot. Andy…get out!…Today! Air America will help.

  • http://SALON WHITE DRAGON

    …because they’re in Tel Aviv.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Why can’t they force Bill O’Reilly into hiding?

  • Anonymous

    Well,he’s never officially come out of the closet in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Actually,before he stepped down today,was the head of the National Democratic Party of Egypt.Kind of ironic the people want democracy. Leave it to Fox to exploit that though.

  • Anonymous

    He’s too chicken shit to go there.

  • maritimer

    He just announced that he is fleeing. Meanwhile, other journalists, mostly from Egypt and the region, have been arrested, shot, detained, equipment confiscated. I expected this. He is essentially a chicken-shit. He usually has security wherever he goes, guess he didn’t have a good “fixer” in Cairo.
    And before you jump on me, yours truly has had the Italian Carabinieri point a loaded Uzi at me on a street in Naples. And smooth-talked my way out, too ;-)

  • mick

    Lucky he trained with the CIA before he was a journalist .

  • Anonymous

    actually I was making a joke…considering the usual Fox word association games they play regarding political affiliation. Guess maybe I was bit by my own humor

  • Anonymous

    Oh no, it was a funny, ironic too.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the only journalists talked about being in harms way are Americans. Aljazeeras’ bureau chief and a reporter were arrested after their press office was destroyed. Both journalists are still being held and hardly any mention is made by the American press. Aljazeera has faithfully reported from various war arenas around the Middle East with little or no acknowledgment from the US. In fact Aljazeera is banned in the US and yet they are one of the few news reporting networks not to be conned into being embedded in any conflict arena.

  • dk504

    Now, now. Why should he destroy his career? You know, I know, everyone knows, but if he does come out, that it game over.
    Besides, why in the hell did they send pretty boy over there any way? Cover a hurricane, not a revolution.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6KCOVUYDUEIKOEOX4UJG2DBUA Rick Reed

    THIS is STILL NEWS? The celebration should still be GOING! Anderson…crawl back into your little hole. GO ACTUALLY do something worth while in your life…like FEEDING YOURSELF? I’m so sick of these kinds of so called STARS!

  • Anonymous

    CNN hasn’t had reporters for many years, only “embedded” and free roaming propagandists for the oligarchs who own all American mainstream media. Cooper is no exception.

  • Anonymous

    No way. Between this Egypt trip and the Haiti stuff he’s proven his toughness. He could be a gay superhero. People who are uptight about it really dislike the gays who act like sissy boys. I think he would be fine.I wish all the folks who are in the closet would come out at once. So many bigots would be blown away that their favorite actor or athlete was really gay all along their heads would explode.

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