Anderson Cooper: 360 HERO
New mommy and Hollywood hottie Angelina Jolie gave her first interview after returning from giving birth in Africa. My childhood TV friend Anderson Cooper, originally from Channel 1 News, scored the interview and a chance to talk to the nation for two hours about global injustices. Both Anderson and Angelina care deeply about global human rights and teamed up to educate the public on Wold Refugee Day.
A good hour and a half of the interview consisted of Anderson's commentary and special reports on the genocide and the many displaced in Darfur, the rapes in Congo, and the maimings and killings in Sierra Leone.
Since I first met Anderson Cooper when I was in junior high school, I liked him. He never talked about his high profile mother or his fame of being raised in a famous family. Instead, he took on risky assignments and sought out to find the truth. In a recent column in Details Magazine, he said "Bad news makes good news. That's a fact. "
And the bad news always leads - Sept. 11, Katrina, Iraq, murders, house fires, child abuse, you name it... and as they say in the biz 'if it bleeds, it leads'.
Both Cooper and Jolie are very smart when it comes to message. They crafted the interview with alterior intentions. They wanted to talk about human rights, not just Hollywood. I will be honest, I tuned in because I wanted to hear the good gossip. I wanted to know how Brad looked in the delivery room, learn the details of their intimate moments, and hear it from AJ's lips.
Yes, she's famous and yes, their child will be gosh darn beautiful. Yes, adopting a Cambodian baby is cute and Mad's mo-hawk is very stylish. But the message was clear. Everyone needs to be involved in the fight for global human rights. It can't be a one woman army that will change the world. And our Congress won't do it without our pressure.
The issue isn't about money and it isn't about party lines. It is about children's welfare and providing safe homes, nutrition, education, and healthcare for everyone.
Angelina is right. "Our priorities are quite strange". We spend billions on war that saves no one. We throw money and rhetoric around and hardly think about how many children are suffering.
Anderson is a conscience and concerned journalist. These days, those are very hard to find.