Anderson Cooper: Just Say ‘No’ to Heath Ledger Speculation
January 25, 2008 | Pop Culture
CNN host and dreamy dreamboat for many men and women, Anderson Cooper, put his foot down last night, refusing to cover Heath Ledger’s death until hard facts and/or new, confirmed evidence are uncovered.
“For the last two nights we have reported on actor Heath Ledger. His shocking death is clearly a story a lot of people are interested in, but tonight we will not be reporting more on it. The truth is there is not really anything new to report. The full results of the various tests done on Mr. Ledger will not be ready for perhaps a few weeks and there is very little new information. I have no doubt other networks will spend a lot of time tonight discussing his death and the various rumors about what might have caused it, but I am not a fan of speculation, so unless there is something really new to discuss we probably won’t be covering it anymore anytime soon,” said Anderson.
Also, meteorologists confirm that hell has frozen over, because I actually agree with Star Jones on something: she, too, has pleaded for more sensitive coverage of Heath’s passing, writing a piece for the Huffington Post that noted:
“Might I suggest that we in the media, instead of reporting on the dead based on gossip, rumor, innuendo and anonymous sources, choose to honor this man’s memory based on his talent and the good taste we all should be exercising. My heart goes out to the family of Heath Ledger.”
While “Star Jones” and “good taste” usually go together as well as “Candy” and “broccoli,” I am inclined this time to say, “ditto.”