Anderson Cooper gets emotional on CNN reading names of Orlando shooting victims


Obviously, the role of the news is to provide an upfront, honest view of the stories of the day, but at times it is hard to separate the facts from the humanity of the situation. This is certainly happening now in the wake of the unspeakable tragedy that took place in Orlando, Florida over the course of this past weekend.

Ultimately, it’s understandable that you would see people in the news industry break down while reporting about the deceased; it shows their humanity, and how difficult it is for even the most professional of people, who have seen suffering and tragedy before, to stomach it. In the video below, you can see specifically Anderson Cooper of CNN struggle to read off the names of those who died at the nightclub Pulse, with him specifically saying the following:

“They’re more than a list of names. They were people who loved, and were loved. They were people who had families and friends and dreams… [We] don’t know much about some of them. We want you to hear their names and a little bit about who they were [now and over time].”

We know that there are going to be many different headlines that come out over the next few weeks on this subject, but we’re not quite sure it will ever be easier to think about or hear.

As we have said, our heart continues to go out to some who are struggling with this news, and the families and friends of all of those who were lost. This subject in particular is difficult to report on since we like to think of this site as a fun place to talk about TV escapism, but this is a huge part of our culture now, and its impact on the medium at present cannot and should not be ignored.

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