Just in case you haven't heard, People magazine, owned by Time Warner, won an auction among other celebrity tabloids to publish the first photos of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt. She, in case you've been living in a cave, is the first daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and was born in Namibia, where the couple went to get away from the paparazzi and have some private time before the birth of their baby. Of course, that prompted a frenzy of celebrity journalism around just what the couple was doing, shielded from the eyes of the world. One of Watercooler's favorite quotes from all that coverage was one from a "friend" explaining how very private Angelina Jolie is.
But we do have to admire how this retiring flower of a woman has managed to use her celebrity to shine a light on some very dismal parts of the world. And when you think of empathetic coverage of dismal suffering, what journalist immediately springs to mind? Anderson Cooper, naturally.
The reported $4 million paid by People for the photos, some are now saying, also included the demand that CNN get the first interview. Somehow, Watercooler doesn't quite believe that. Given how in-demand the photos were, why would Time Warner have been in any position to demand that either of the parents would also have to agree to a sit-down interview? Clearly, the folks in the position of doing the demanding were not the editors staying up all night to submit bids for the baby pictures.
More likely, it seems, Angelina Jolie saw Cooper as an interviewer who would go beyond the new-mama chat to let her talk about her U.N. role. But bravo for Time Warner for getting both the pics and the sit-down.