Anderson Cooper gets beat up by mob in Egypt! Bastards!

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    Feb 02, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7118J620110202
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    Feb 02, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    (Reuters) - CNN's Anderson Cooper said he and his crew were punched and kicked in Cairo on Wednesday by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, but that they escaped with just scratches as anti-government protests turned deadly.

    The incident occurred as supporters of Mubarak rushed a crowd of his detractors, charging on horses and camels and wielding sticks and petrol bombs. The anti-Mubarak protesters fought back by throwing rocks at their attackers.

    Cooper told Reuters in a phone interview from Egypt that he and his CNN crew were walking through a crowd of Mubarak supporters heading toward the melee, when a man tried to grab their camera.

    Members of the crowd punched and kicked Cooper in the head and body, and set upon the rest of the crew, including female producer Maryanne Fox, he said.

    "We were moving quickly and a bunch of guys who hit us were also on the move, a lot of it was sort of glancing blows," Cooper said.
    The TV journalist said he and his crew escaped with just scratches, but that the crowd tried to tear off Fox's clothes.

    "There was some thought that maybe someone in the crowd recognized me, but I couldn't know for sure," Cooper said. "I think anyone with a camera is under threat in that crowd."

    Escorted by some of the protesters, the journalists were able to get away to a building where they ascended several stories and described the melee in a broadcast on CNN.

    Separately, ABC journalist Christiane Amanpour said in a statement that she and her crew also were confronted on Wednesday in Cairo by protesters.
    "An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car, shouting that they hate America," Amanpour said. "They kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away."

    Egyptian state television reported at least one death from Wednesday's protest, along with more than 400 people wounded. The clashes followed recent days of relatively calm protests in Egypt where anti-government demonstrators are calling for Mubarak to resign.

    Mubarak, 82, declared on Tuesday that he would not stand in elections scheduled for September, but protesters continue to deride the president and demand that he step down immediately.

    (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
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    Feb 02, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Did he expect an angry mob to treat him with kid gloves?
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    Feb 02, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    Not really surprised to be honest.
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    Feb 02, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    A really stupid tactic by Mubarak. He's gonna end up being lynched, if he doesn't manage to escape the country, probably to Saudi Arabia or some other Islamic nation. He's just digging the hole deeper & deeper.

    At the same time, it's amazing how many of these despots manage to land on their feet, to live a life in luxurious exile. There's something to be said for being an autocrat, since you seldom pay the price for any crimes you commit.
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    Feb 02, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    unfounded7 saidDid he expect an angry mob to treat him with kid gloves?


    Do you expect my mouse to treat you with kid gloves?
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    Feb 02, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidDo you expect my mouse to treat you with kid gloves?


    I'm still waiting for him to come out of his hole!
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    Feb 02, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    NOT COOP icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 02, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I read on Perezhilton.com that the mob were tearing at his clothes.....

    I couldn't help thinking of him dressed head-to-toe in Prada and Ralph Lauren and somebody like Kathy Griffin thinking that this was the real reason he was being accosted; it's hard times out there for Egyptian gay fashionistas! Dem bitches don't play!


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    (sidenote: i'm sure the silver fox and crew will be ok. He's gd ppl. Not that the two are anyway related =/)
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    Feb 03, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
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    AvadaKedavra saidDo you expect my mouse to treat you with kid gloves?


    I'm still waiting for him to come out of his hole!


    He only hours from hole to hole so unless you have another hole her can run into...
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    Notice that its the protesters against Mubarak are the more peaceful group, they want coverage by the media because it helps their cause for democratic freedoms. The backers of the despot Mubarak don't want the truth to get out, they want the status quo. Israel is in that boat too, hell with the masses who suffer under the despot, What a shame, and for too long the Obama Administration backed this idiocy for status quo, which was a sham cover for democracy.


    I'm hoping that by the weeks end Mubarak is run off !!!! don't care where, just let those people have a true democracy based on their wishes, not Israels or the US "INTERESTS", our "interests" have fucked up enough country's already, its time the imperialism be stopped before we're so hated in the middle east that we never recover good relations in the middle east.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Well given the situation there I am not surprised. People are angry, mad, confused and ready to do anything. But didn't they see how cute he is icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra said
    unfounded7 said
    AvadaKedavra saidDo you expect my mouse to treat you with kid gloves?


    I'm still waiting for him to come out of his hole!


    He only hours from hole to hole so unless you have another hole her can run into...


    From the days when Anderson used to hang at Uncle Charlies in NYC , he is pretty street smart. He can handle himself.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    OMG my husband! is he ok?
  • MisterT

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    Feb 03, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    Not a fan of Mr Cooper, but that still sucks. Part of the life as a reporter though, they know it's a possibility.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    The U.S. should stay out of this Egyptian thing, but if they hurt Anderson Cooper, call in the air craft carriers and bring in the troops -- This is WAR! icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe U.S. should stay out of this Egyptian thing, but if they hurt Anderson Cooper, call in the air craft carriers and bring in the troops -- This is WAR! icon_lol.gif


    THIS we can agree on!
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    Hey look, I think Anderson Cooper is great and all. But when you put yourself in harm's way, why the surprise over something like this?

    Suggest Mr Cooper spend the rest of his time on RJ, where he will be safely adored.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Mrnomoreswag said OMG my husband! is he ok?


    Your husband?!? Have I been fooling around with a married guy? Again? LOL
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    oh they best not hurt anderson.

    he's a national treasure.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    On Yahoo news today it's reported that foreign journalists are now being rounded up.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/egyptian-army-starts-rounding-journalists-possibly-own-protection-20110203-041809-592.html
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    Feb 04, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    BREAKING NEWS:





    Too soon?.............. Nope. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 04, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    PLEASE, NOT HIS FACE!!!! icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 04, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    It is noteworthy that he was attacked by Mubarak who has stayed in power by brute force; we have funded their army. There have been elections where he decided who could run. IF that isn't dictatorship, I don't know what is. I don't know that is happening on the ground, but I have heard a number of Egyptian commentators say that these guys were hired by Mubarak. I don't what outcome will be best for us, but that isn't what this about. The Egyptian people deserve a system of governance which is best for them. We may not like it, but we fought a revolution to have a system of government which was best for us. Some days I think our system needs to be changed, hopefully by peaceful means.
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    Feb 04, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    doyoulikebass saidoh they best not hurt anderson.

    he's a national treasure.



    national treasure ... ? icon_smile.gif