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Anderson Cooper: Katrina “Reaffirmed My Belief In Reporting”

In today’s Times-Picayune, TV critic Dave Walker has a great column recapping Mardi Gras coverage on network television. Here’s an excerpt:

 Impassioned post-Katrina coverage supercharged Anderson Cooper‘s stock at CNN.

Many news-biz observers saw his work, as well as the prickly work of several other correspondents who came here to cover the post-K mess, as a revival of hard-nosed telejournalism.

I asked Cooper about that. Had Katrina changed his life as much as it changed lives here?

“How has it changed me?” he said. “It has reaffirmed my belief in reporting, and has reaffirmed my belief in keeping people honest and accountable for their words and their actions.

“In a very stark sense, we saw the importance of doing that, of asking questions and getting answers. It’s frankly a very simple thing, and you shouldn’t need a revival of that.

“Frankly it doesn’t feel like I’m doing anything different. Maybe more people are noticing.”

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