Asked what it’s like for him out in Baltimore, AC360 news anchor Anderson Cooper responded:
“As you see on television, it’s obviously an extremely stressful time for people here. Tensions are high. There’s a huge variety of people here. We’ve seen, particularly in the last 24 to 36 hours, large numbers of community groups and pastors, moms, dads and men in the community who’ve come out to try to tamp down the violence and who have been very effective in standing between police and some of the crowds. I think that’s made a huge difference. Certainly today is very different than yesterday and yesterday is very different than it was the day before. It’s hard to describe. People are coming at this from a lot of different perspectives and a lot of different experiences. But there’s certainly a lot of tension, there’s a lot of anger and it’s understandable.”
When asked a question about Cooper would say to those who claim that when things got bad in Baltimore, the journalists were dining at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he replied:
“I didn’t go the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. I went once 10 years ago and vowed never to go back. It’s not my kind of thing. That being said, it’s simply untrue to say that CNN has not been covering the death of Freddie Gray. From the moment the video was released, I’ve been leading off my broadcast on many nights with it. To say that nothing was done until Monday night when the violence erupted is simply not true… I certainly understand the frustration of people who maybe wanted to tune in Saturday and ended up seeing the White House Correspondents’ Dinner but I don’t have a hand in those decisions. I don’t have the logistics of how those decisions are made.”
Coop, for his part, was at an event in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was speaking about race.
You can read the Q&A at The Wrap.