Thursday, August 16, 2007
All Access: Covering the collapsed mine
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Gary Tuchman takes you behind the scenes of the media coverage of the Utah mine collapse. (Click image at left to play video)
Posted By CNN: 2:40 PM ET
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It was interesting to see behind the scenes. An awful lot of work goes into keeping us informed. I just hope the outcome will be one of good news. As long as the families have hope, we should too.
Until they are found, we just can't comprehend what is possible.
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 3:19 PM ET
Dear Gary,

Thanks for the great behind the scenes look at shooting on location! It helps the viewers to appreciate what it takes to shoot on location and how many people are really involved in getting the final reports on the air.

Funny, it is not as glamorous as I imagined, but it does look exciting!

Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 3:25 PM ET
Gary,
Thanks for the all access look into how you'll work on location. Seems to be quite a time consuming job! Glad to see that you are still there sticking it out to bring us the latest on this horrible story. I hope and pray that it has a happy ending for all of the families involved!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 4:47 PM ET
Thanks Gary for showing us what all it takes to bring this story to us. I really like the CNN Access podcasts - all behind the scene stuff - I've seen the one now on the youtube debate and the one Jack Cafferty did. Both those and this one show just how much work you guys put into what seems like a seamless show in the end. Thanks for sharing and hope it continues!
Posted By Annie Kate, Birmingham AL : 8:22 PM ET
I appreciate Gary Tuchman covering the Utah mining story. I hope the out come is better than what most people are thinking.

My prayers are with the miners and their families.

Jennifer - From Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 9:15 PM ET
I appreciate Anderson Cooper not showing footage that could lead to individual victims being identified by family members and not giving victims' names prior to their being released officially. These are examples of responsible journalism. Anderson's program is enlightening us all to the dangers of mining work and rescue and the bravery and dedication of those on the rescue teams!
Posted By Julia from Orlando FL : 11:41 PM ET
Now we know why so many of the rescuers refused to stay yesterday...
Posted By Lisa, from Kentucky : 1:47 AM ET
I have been watching Anderson Cooper since 12:34 a.m.
Honestly, the miners and families in Utah are suffering..that should be fairly obvious.
CNN shows the same tape footage over and over and over. Ask the same questions over and over and over. At this point it is really showing their lack of human understanding. How many times can a family member, fellow work, etc. say that they are suffering to CNN before CNN actually hears them.
There are wars in the world, children being abused, people in the US starving and dying at the hands of drug dealers. Where is CNN in all these current situations?
Give the viewer a break...A "bump" at 6:39 local Utah time is exactly that. No matter how many times we are shown the charts it never changes.
Get on with the news, leave these folks alone and let them grieve.
Get the cameras out of the ambulance windows.
I ask Anderson Cooper, what if this was your family member?
Would you want a camera in your face while you are grieving??
Posted By Linda Elba Alabama : 3:24 AM ET
I think the Utah governor is over-stepping his authority when he asks coal miners to violate their conscience and Christian ethic by asking for "no more injuries." Their faith says, "No greater love has a man than he that lays down his life for his friend," and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," while their conscience says, "No man left behind!" Try asking a Marine to leave a comrade behind in harm's way, for his own safety's sake. Obviously, the governor has never personally been in such a situation himself. Personal sacrifice (with the possibility of injury and possible death) for a noble cause has always been basic to American heroism. Miners have the option to secure their own safety; others will choose to be heros. Let them! Let them be the answered prayer to the 6 coal miners still trapped behind.
-Rev. David Kirschke
Hungerford, Texas
Posted By David Kirschke, Hungerford, TX : 4:10 AM ET
Do union coal mines have a better record of safety vs. non union coal mines?
Posted By Robert Thomas Costa Mesa, Ca : 6:18 AM ET
I have a question, why can't the rescue efforts be focused on drilled a bigger hole vertically that would allow them to pull the trapped miners out that way instead of going horizontally?
Posted By Tamara Reddy : 12:00 PM ET
Do you know if the large rig with the rescue cage is on site or at least on the way? Looks like the only way to the back side of the blockage will require it. Do you know if these big rigs are owned by the federal govt. and are they positioned for fast deployment?
We all know that retreat mining is a trade off of safety for increase profits. America has come a long way from the mining practices that still exist in China, but we still need to improve.
Posted By Bill Jones Wichita, KS : 3:02 PM ET
Mr. Cooper;

I am an ER-Trauma nurse from Ohio, and I watched your coverage from the mine rescuer collapse on 8/16. Sir, you are to be commended for the ethical manner in which you handled the relay of information. You were very sensitive and humane, not just trying to be the first with the biggest story. As a nurse who could observe and know what what taking place I was impressed with your integrity.

Thank-you for being a human being with a conscience.
Posted By Diane : 3:57 PM ET
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