Cnn Reporter Anderson Cooper Responds To Korina Sanchez’s Statement Against HimKorina Sanchez is without a doubt one of the most hated personalities across the local social media these days. She could probably be next to pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles if the hatred meter by netizens would be considered. It seems that she is becoming a shock absorber, taking in all the rage by most Filipinos who are disappointed about how the Philippine government handles the crisis in the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan).
What could have brought her to this unlikely situation? Blame her tactlessness. On Wednesday, Korina criticized CNN news reporter Anderson Cooper over her daily morning radio program at DZMM, ABS-CBN’s AM radio station.
Anderson came to the Philippines from the US to cover the typhoon devastation in Tacloban City and other areas in the Visayas. Most of his reports were aired at his own CNN program ‘Anderson 360.’ Korina might have overheard from unreliable sources that Anderson allegedly stated in his reports that he did not see the Philippine government doing action to aid the calamity victims. Here's a video:
Filipino netizens react
That could have been the issue that prompted Korina to criticize Anderson on Wednesday morning. She told her listeners that Anderson Cooper did not know what he was talking about. In an instant, many netizens across Twitter and Facebook reacted to her statement. They have pointed out that Anderson was far a more credible news source than her.
Some netizens even pointed out that Anderson was merely reporting what he personally saw on the sites of the calamity. In comparison, Korina was sitting comfortably in her ABS-CBN radio booth and reporting at the network’s news studio, where she does not personally see and experience what is going on in the Visayas, particularly the hardest hit city of Tacloban in Leyte.
As if proving her detractors wrong, Korina went to Ormoc on Thursday and reported to TV Patrol directly from there. But many netizens found it insufficient because Ormoc was not the hardest hit. She is yet to issue any statement regarding the controversy she made and how it was blown out of proportion. It did not help that she is wife to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, who is among those blamed for the insufficient government action in the region.
On Friday, November 15, on his CNN show ‘Anderson 360,’ Anderson mentioned Korina and justified his reports. His message was clear: he reported what he saw and experienced in Tacloban. He even urged Korina to drop by the devastated city to personally see its situation first hand.
Anderson reiterated that he was amused how even in times like these, some people put political colors even to the actual facts. Anderson even emphasized that he did not say he did not see any Philippine government presence in the area. He then replayed that report to prove his statement.
He even read a statement released by President Noynoy Aquino as published in a broadsheet that day. President Aquino was urging the media to highlight the positive events and focus on the strength of the Filipinos in facing such a crisis. To this, Anderson clarified that since Day 1, he and the rest of CNN reporters have been highlighting the extraordinary strength of the Filipino people.
Anderson said he could not imagine having the same strength to sleep in shanties next to the cold and decaying remains of his family and children. Anderson reiterated that his reports and CNN have always been particular about accuracy and truth. To that, Korina’s credibility, if there is any, was instantly shattered into pieces. We also overheard that ABS-CBN News is abruptly reorganizing to fix an internal issue. Could that be related to this?