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Anderson Cooper Recounts 'Being Pummeled' in Egypt on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 10th 2011 3:42AM
Anderson Cooper, 'Late Show with David Letterman'The media has covered extensively the difficult time Anderson Cooper had while reporting the political uprising in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak. At the heart of the struggle, there have been mobs of pro- and anti-Mubarak supporters on the streets fighting and rioting.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with mobs, things can quickly escalate beyond the actual issues they congregated for. Some people seem to just like the violence of it. Cooper talked candidly about the experience of being "pummelled" on 'Late Show with David Letterman' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

While attempting to talk to some of the pro-Mubarak supporters, Cooper, his cameraman and producer went a little too far into the chaos.

"All of a sudden a guy went to grab our camera and from then it just became a free-for-all," he said. "People came from all around, surrounding us, punching us, kicking us, trying to rip the clothes off my female producer."

The actions toward his producer are indicative of how mob mentality can take a hold of people and turn them into something that perhaps they are not in their everyday lives. It's a powerful force that almost never leads to good, and too often can take away from the good intentions the gathering may have started with. It is also, sadly, human nature.

The three turned around and sought safety, but none of them took it as an indication to back down from the work they were trying to do, or the story they were trying to report in Egypt.

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ronster23

"....trying to rip the clothes off my female producer." He was mad that the men weren't trying to rip his clothes off.

February 10 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Ya gotta luv these folks that whenever (as in every chance) they get...They make the story about themselves! Gotta luv the self-promotion! Shamless.

February 10 2011 at 9:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
edgebysuccess

it looked like water that hit the camera lens. what were they throwing, water balloons?

February 10 2011 at 9:35 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
suz

Couldn't have happened (if it actually did) to a nicer guy.

February 10 2011 at 9:17 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sandman77

Cooper is a sad excuse for a news person and probably got his scratch in a bathhouse

February 10 2011 at 8:50 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
manfrommontana

What he meant to say was "while they were pummeling me and scratching my head I felt like I was back home having another sexual tryst with Lady Gaga". Probably the real reason for the scratched forehead anyway.

February 10 2011 at 8:31 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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edgebysuccess

it wouldn't be from someone whose name begins with "Lady"

February 10 2011 at 9:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
howardfrenkfort

Did he blame his attack on a Palin political ad?

February 10 2011 at 7:39 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
KING ROBERT

Oh goodness. I never saw a scratch on this dudes head. The FOX News guys were bloodied. I don't believe Cooper or anything CNN shovels out!

February 10 2011 at 7:06 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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Sandman77

They all try to act like they are warriors...as for CNN, well you don't have to be too smart to figure them out

February 10 2011 at 8:52 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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