International news anchor Anderson Cooper has addressed Korina Sanchez's allegations on his CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360º. The report was aired today, November 15.
On November 14, Korina Sanchez criticized Anderson on her dZMM radio program, Rated Korina.
“Itong si Anderson Cooper, sabi wala daw government presence sa Tacloban. Mukhang hindi niya alam ang sinasabi niya (Anderson Cooper said there's no government presence in Tacloban. It seems like he doesn't know what he's saying),” the broadcaster was quoted by PEP.ph as saying.
On November 15, Anderson addressed this report by saying that he was misunderstood.
“Miss Sanchez used to be under the mistaken impression that I said I saw no presence of Philippine government on the ground in Tacloban. I never said that. Obviously, I’ve been on the ground in Tacloban for days. And, in fact, I've interviewed a very heroic Philippine Navy captain, Captain Santiago, who’s going out and helping people. I’ve seen the work being done and the work that’s not being done,” he said on-air.
To prove this, he relayed a video footage of his report, which was aired on November 13.
“As for who exactly is in charge of the Philippine side of this operation, that is not really clear. I am just surprised. I expected on this Day Five, I thought I may have gotten here very late, that things will be well in hand—it does not seem like that. People are desperate, they do not have any place for shelter. It’s very difficult for people to get food, neighbors are helping out neighbors, water is in short supply. It is a very very bad situation here,” he said.
“Accuracy is what we care most about here at CNN. We’re giving information that might actually help people on the ground, and help the relief effort in some way, to become more efficient. In our reporting, it seems, out here in the Philippines, it has become something of a political issue at times,” the news anchor later on added.
“In every report we’ve done, we’ve shown how strong the Filipino people are. The Filipino people, the people of Tacloban, in Samar, in Cebu, and all these places where so many have died, they’re strong not just to survive this storm. They’re strong to have survived the aftermath of the storm. They’ve survived for a week now, often with very little food, with very little water, with very little medical attention. Can you imagine the strength it takes to be living in a shack, to be living, sleeping on the streets next to the body of your dead children? Can you imagine that strength? I can’t, but I see that strength day in and day out here in the Philippines, and we honor them in every broadcast that we do,” an emotional Anderson concluded.
(Screencap via YouTube)