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Anderson Cooper is today's Edward R. Murrow

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 25th 2008 8:33AM
Anderson Cooper1Don't tell Keith Olbermann -- he of the Countdown special commentaries -- but CNN's Anderson Cooper is the Edward R. Murrow of our era. That's according to Lisa DePaulo of Elle, but the popularity and proliferation of Cooper, from CNN to CBS's 60 Minutes to anchoring Times' Square on New Year's Eve and filling in for Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly, backs up her assertion.

"He is our generation's Edward R. Murrow; that is, if Murrow were this good-looking and had lived in a world with Gawker and TMZ," DePaulo writes. "This is not just because of Cooper's exacting standards of journalism-hard work, legwork, no-divaness. He's a purist, really-like Murrow."

Olbermann does follow Murrow's tradition of advocacy journalism. That's what his commentaries are all about. If you saw Good Night and Good Luck, or if you've seen clips of Murrow, you know that he inserted his opinions into his reporting. That's Olbermann.

Anderson Cooper is like Murrow in that he does news, especially going to cover stories around the globe, as well as popular news entertainment. Murrow's interview show, Person to Person, was all about interviewing celebrities in their homes. It was something very different from his news reporting. On Thursday, November 27 -- Thanksgiving -- Cooper wlll host a celebration of everyday heroes, for instance, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.

I interviewed Anderson Cooper last year and he really impressed me with his dedication to the craft. He told me his vacation time from CNN was spent doing stories for 60 Minutes. But he wasn't complaining. He loves it all. "I'm fortunate now to be at 60 Minutes that is also a place where they are obviously incredibly talented. I'm learning different ways of interviewing people and different styles of shooting there, so it's like exercising different muscles, including those in your brain. I do think it's important to keep growing and to keep getting better."

It may be true, then, that he is our generation's Edward R. Murrow.

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RT

Yeah, let's see... Cooper hosted a reality show (The Mole) and never paid dues since he's Gloria Vanderbilt's son. He's simply another product of network nepotism and wouldn't even have a job without connections. To compare him to Murrow is an insult to real reporters.

October 27 2008 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
audrey

Neither men are near what Mr.Morrow was There is no comparison.

October 25 2008 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

I have no respect for Cooper because he continues to cower in the closet at CNN. He was out before they hired him; now he's a full-on Closet Case. A man who writes a book about his personal life (his family, early years, mother, reaction to his brother's death, etc.) but doesn't put in one word about his relationships or sexual orientation is a coward. Whatever greatness he may achieve as a journalist, he's still that coward.

October 25 2008 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Anderson Cooper is not Edward R Murrow. Murrow is most know for advocacy journalism which he took down Joseph McCarthy. Anderson don't believe in advocacy journalism because he hardly if ever inject his opinions on his show or anywhere.

"The whole thing about being a reporter is that you're supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you're in, and I don't want to do anything that threatens that."

Anderson Cooper

October 25 2008 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie

I think you meant to write Good NIGHT and Good Luck. Switched the order

October 25 2008 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

No one is close to Murrow, end of story.

October 25 2008 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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edward m.

right on. cooper wouldn't make a pimple on murrows ?

October 26 2008 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

Olbermann is the BoBo the clown of our generation. Ok, I'm sorry, i shouldn't have insulted BoBo like that. He has too much journalistic integrity to be compared to a douchebag like Keith.

October 25 2008 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chadwick hansford

Keith Olbermann is not one inch of Edward Murrow. Don't insult Mr. Murrow like that. Cooper is a respected journalist who presents himself with class. Olbermann speaks with hate and the first post which I totally forgot about says it all. I do not have any respect for anyone who praises this ignorants.

October 25 2008 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
No1Dad

"If you saw Good Luck and Good Night, or if you've seen clips of Murrow, you know that he inserted his opinions into his reporting. That's Olbermann."

Unlike Olbermann, Murrow wasn't batshit crazy. Murrow didn't say things like "Republicans are the bigger threat to America than Al Queda" or "Fox News is worse than the KKK" (actual Olby quotes). Murrow is spinning in his grave.

October 25 2008 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

Right, Olbermann is batshit crazy, because you disagree with his viewpoint.

Unlike you, I can disagree with people, and yet still say they have a good head on their shoulders. Brit Hume, Bill O'Reilly (he very rarely lets his innate intelligence show on his programs, but he is a smart guy at heart), Mike Murphy, David Brooks,... There are intelligent guys on both sides, but Olbermann is one of the most intelligent pundits on television. If you can't grasp that fact, even if you disagree with him, than I feel sorry for you.

October 25 2008 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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