Anderson Cooper checks in, via his CNN blog, to offer some insight into why Angelina Jolie would agree to have her first post-Shiloh interview be with him. The interview airs Tuesday night, and will surely become the fodder of Daily Show, blogs, and Best Week Ever, the likes of which Britney Spears didn’t get from Dateline. But, why Anderson Cooper? He offers some words on the subject:
I have no idea what People Magazine did or did not pay for those photos of the Jolie-Pitt family. It’s been reported they paid as much as $4 million, which was donated to a variety of charities in Africa, but I have no way of knowing if that is true or not. What I do know is that CNN did not pay anything — directly or indirectly — to get Angelina Jolie to sit down for an interview.
So why did she do it? And why talk to me?
Both are valid questions. I’m sure there were plenty of news programs requesting interviews with Angelina Jolie. The truth is, mine wasn’t one of them. They called us. I was told that they were aware of my interest in Africa and knew that as a broadcast we have devoted a lot of time to reporting stories from the continent.
Tuesday is World Refugee Day. Angelina Jolie was interested in discussing the plight of refugees, so we sat down to talk about what she has seen and learned in refugee camps around the world. She had no movie to promote, no product she was pitching. In fact, I have no idea what her next movie is and we did not discuss any upcoming films. There were no ground rules. I was free to ask whatever I wanted.