CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is known for his neutrality-first approach, but couldn’t help but be shaken up during a segment on Orlando. Reporting about the tragedy the anchor was unable to hide his emotions: “We begin tonight with their names, the names of the 48 out of 49 people that have so far been identified, victims of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, a shooting in a gay nightclub a block from where I’m standing two nights ago. There’s one name you will not hear in the broadcast, one picture of a person you won’t see. We will not say the gunman’s name or show his photographer, it has been shown far too much already”, he said crying out loud.
“Over the next two hours, we will tell you about the investigation, the latest, what we know drove the shooter to do the unthinkable. In the next two hours, we want to keep the focus where it belongs, on people whose lives were cut short, we’re going to start by honouring them. There are more than a list of names, they’re a people that were loved, people with families, friends, dreams. The truth is we don’t know much about some of them. We want you to hear their names in a little bit about who they were,” an openly gay news host continued. Thgan he started to read the list of victims, adding how amazing these people were. It was his pain. A pain of each of us.