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February 11th, 2010
04:25 PM ET
Discussing Haiti with Angelina Jolie
Discussing Haiti with Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie tells me about meeting Haitians injured and displaced in the earthquake for this week’s show.  She told me she was hit hardest an by injured boy in the street. She talks talks about it on our Friday show at 2100 CET and this weekend on CNN in the U.S. at 2pm EST & 5pm EST.


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  1. Dee

    How is she able to be so involved in her UNHCR work and raise six kids. And how does what shesees on her missions affect her home life? I really love the work she does and am proud to be her fan.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  2. Lucky

    It is such a fatal disaster felt by all

    February 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  3. It wil b gud 4 julie 2 visit, 2 relief there pains,nd 2 feel tears of a passionate joy,nd also show i concern support she cn render.Jeffery Rome

    I pray dat God shld c d wrld tru,nd touch d rich 2 aid dem.i dat God shld also touch there hearts of pains in there feelins abot de lost one's,my word 4 dem,"Today is today,but there ar many 2morows",2morows of great leaders,of great spokesmen,president,Governors,ministers b strng.

    February 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  4. Tess

    Been a fan ever since I was a troubled teenager watching Foxfire, later on I picked up her book Notes From My Travels making me a more aware person. Same here, damn proud to be a fan.

    February 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  5. Kufre

    I fil a touch of site 4 d HAITIANS 4 Angelina Jolie wud certainly add sme sensd of belongin & k.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  6. debra

    I am such a fan of her. I love her dedication to her family and her causes. Traveling for a few days will not disrupt her home life. After all her children have 2 parents. not one.

    Can't wait to see this interview featuring 2 of my most admired women. Please support the SOS Villages and sponsor a child. Angie has inspired me to do so.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  7. Evans

    Wow,its realy fantastic 2 get u involved Angel.its realy unfortunate these wondaful people would have 2 go through all these.MAY GOD BLESS U N MAY HE HELP THEM

    February 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  8. isthisthebestucando

    Words cannot genuinely express how relieved I am that Angelina Jolie is on top of the situation there in Haiti....

    February 12, 2010 at 12:52 am | Reply
  9. wondering

    Are only positive comments making it on here ?

    February 12, 2010 at 1:12 am | Reply
  10. FD

    Angelina Jolie on CNN? I can see that CNN has officially jumped the shark to have her on talking about issues. Angelina seems to be more conversant in where her next hit is coming from.

    February 12, 2010 at 1:45 am | Reply
  11. Haitienne

    Dear Christiane,

    I'm really disappointed to hear that you are taking part in the dumbing down of society by interviewing someone that has no added value expect to promote herself.

    Why not interview Paul Farmer? He has been living among the people of Haiti and working tirelessly there for years before the disaster hit. The last thing Haiti needs right now is a drive by "humanitarian" who's only purpose is to get her picture taken with the wretched of the world.

    I have nothing against actors helping others, but George Clooney organized and help (along with a lot of other stars) raised $58 million dollars to rebuild the country. Now, that's what I would call using fame effectively.

    I really respect and admire you, but I won't be watching this show, no thanks.

    RSG

    February 12, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  12. Karen

    What exactly is her purpose? If it's to raise awarwness then she must think we all live under a rock. Whenever we see Jolie on these trips there are always plenty of pictures of her front and center. i would much rather see an interview from someone that has been there from the beginning who was in the trenches. Angelina flies in for a few days and writes in her notebook. Then she alone gets airtime and acculades.

    February 12, 2010 at 2:23 am | Reply
  13. Maria

    Angelina's humanitarian work is impressive, being far away I can only say thanks to her and all the people from so many countries helping and giving to Haiti and its people. I've also read her book Notes from my Travels and she made me realize what a great human being she is.

    February 12, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply
  14. Mubarak Abu sabe

    Jolie you are grate girl over the world.

    February 12, 2010 at 6:34 am | Reply
  15. Karen

    Very disapointed cnn is choosing to interview AJ instead of many of the other people really making a differance. I don't admire her at all or care what she has to say, no respect for drug abusers and liars.

    February 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  16. Carlo

    I won't be watching cnn tonight!

    February 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  17. Disgusted in Manhattan

    I see Jolie is using her stock expression # 7: concerned despair.

    I find it insulting that this uneducated media manipulator is supposed to be educating me. Get a real expert on, not some phony actress who needs to rebuild her reputation.

    February 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  18. Rooha Ghaznavi

    Thanks Jolie, for all your kind work.

    February 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  19. vittoria33

    Christiane Amanpour has always been the woman I most look up to. I find her fearless, brilliant and not afraid to miss a bath in the name of the greater good. In a word........AMAZING!
    I have always had the greatest respect and always will. I just have one question. Why? Why? Why?
    Almost no one wants to hear what that actress has to say. Seriously, this is self-serving tripe. Please get it over with quickly and get back to the fantastic stories for which we all adore Christiane Amanpour!

    February 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  20. Bette

    Christiane I hold you in high regard for your intelligence and fearless reporting in dangerous situations. But why are you stooping so low to interview a media junkie like actress Angelina Jolie who flew in for a quick trip for some photo ops and then was gone. And while in Haiti diverted personnel away from more important things just to protect and guide her. What a waste of time and resources. I and much of the public would rather hear about the situation in Haiti from someone credible, intelligent, someone who's been there from the get go and has been in the trenches so to speak and actually making a difference. A REAL tangible difference.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  21. Thanks but no thanks.

    I will NOT be watching the interview. I heard my neighbor's apartment just got painted and I am going over there to watch it dry.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  22. Blaise okafor

    i think dats v.examplery taking care of d injured. Thats an embodiment of late magret Tatcher.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  23. Paul

    Angelina already gave with donation 50 million ,
    Please before saying some thing ,if it informs first

    For Karen
    Are you help somebody?

    Haitienne

    Are you help somebody? because is easy to look errors of the others and to hide the yours.

    I work as volunteer with lot of children and people around the world .I know Angie is a angel.

    February 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  24. Julia

    Not sure where this uninformed criticism is coming from. A telethon is nice but comparing it with Ms Jolie's work is almost incomprehensible. Ms. Jolie has unquestionably been committing herself on many levels to the plight of refugees all over the world for almost 10 years now. In so doing she indeed gained the expertise and ability to report on and inform decision and policy makers not on the ground as well as the general public who will pay attention to someone of her stature.
    She has performed her job as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) effectively in the areas of fundraising, diplomacy between the UNHCR and the various powers that affect its ability to provide services, as well as shining light on the realities of the refugees themselves and their needs as they struggle to survive and claim a home. All this in addition to her now long history of effective philanthropy with her very generous financial contributions, which in turn beget more contributions,
    Amanpour is one of the smartest people in media and she knows who is doing what in the international field and she can tell the real thing when she sees it.

    February 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  25. Loren

    I usually enjoy Ms Amanpours work and interviews especially with
    Angelina Jolie. Your reporters seem to address tabloid stories (which they didn't in the past) I was disappointed that CA felt it necessary to ask AJ if she was going to adopt when she has already stated that she is there to bring awareness (in her now almost 10yr involvement) as a UN Ambassador

    February 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  26. Nina

    People have become so cynical and hateful that they are blinded by it. Angelina has worked tirelessly for years to bring attention to refugees & the plight of children all over the world. She does not need the attention, she is doing just fine professionally thank you. Some of the comments imply this is the only way to get media attention. If it was, why aren't other actors taking the time to go to places that aren't vacation hotspots? There are easier & more comfortable ways to get attention. And why is she being interviewed instead of a "normal" person in the trenches? Because she CAN bring attention to Haiti that a normal person in the trenches can't. Let's be real, you say you would rather hear from someone who is not a movie star, but yet this got your attention enough to write a response.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  27. Chris

    This comment comes from South Africa. Just listened to excellent Amanpour interview with Jolie. One problem showed through. Jolie shows excellent understanding of long term problem while Amanpour wanted short term solutions (which are also very necessary) and never once picked up on Jolie's instistence on "registration." If there is an actual situation where births, deaths and everything in Haiti is unregistered, then children are deeply at risk, now and in the future. Here in South africa we have so much experience. Absolute necessity, therefore, to use the current enormous crisis to put in palce systems of civil registration, starting with children. I can give you so many reasons why this is urgent. TV presenters and personalities cannot be expecetd to understand these fundamenals, however honest and genuine they are.

    February 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  28. sue

    Why is Angelina Jolie getting to interview with CNN's Christina Amanpour? Has America lost it's mind? How come everytime she gets bad press she's out doing her humanitarian schtick? Wow, I really don't need a Hollywood actress with a bad reputation to inform me about the happenings in Haiti.
    Another poster mentioned George Clooney's special that raised rediculous amounts of money! Where was Angelina Jolie then? Did she not want to share the lime light? Somethings off with her and I don't buy the act.

    February 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  29. Ataner

    Two very intelligent women trying to keep the focus on Haiti tragedy when people already start to forget. This is a longterm problem that will not be solved easily. Bravo Amanpour! This was a great interview!

    February 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  30. KAT

    LOL what a joke. A third rate junkie who flew in for a photo op and sold her kids to the tabloids for her uh FRAUDATION of a foundation.

    CNN what a joke. Nothing new. Guess this is your attempt to pull ratings during the Olympics tonight. I would rather just stab myself in the eye thank you very much.

    WHY IS CNN REMOVING NEGATIVE COMMENTS? DOES THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS, CENSOR?

    February 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  31. vicky

    I commend Angelina Jolie for the work she has done in Haiti even before this disaster. Comment from HAITIENNE is very much ill-informed. Forget that this woman is an Actress, she has used her celebrity to bring attention to the plight of desperate people all over the world.

    Thank you CNN

    February 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  32. wening

    I admire Angie so much.... Keep focus on your humanitarian work Angie, and just IGNORE shallow people who criticise and TALK much.....

    February 13, 2010 at 12:42 am | Reply
  33. winkler mildred

    I've been following CNN for many years and completely trust your reporting especially Ms. Amanpour who I respect so much. But for God's sake, to interview a high school dropout like Jolie, what can we learn from her that we did not know from your regular reporting? You underestimate the intelligence of your viewers. This is a joke.

    February 13, 2010 at 12:54 am | Reply
  34. Haitienne

    The people who need Jolie to "inform" them are too busy thinking about how "beautiful/powerful/sexual" she is to even care.

    When I watch CNN, especially the brilliant Amanpour, I expect to get in depth news and information from trained professionals, not some figurehead.

    February 13, 2010 at 1:41 am | Reply
  35. wondering

    This was well beyond your standard Christiane.

    February 13, 2010 at 4:43 am | Reply
  36. Freya

    Just finished watching your video interviewing Angelina Jolie. Great interview! Thank you.

    Angelina is growing in her job as goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR. It's also clear how passionate she is about what she does. I have no doubt that she and her partner will go on helping the people of Haiti.

    I hope you and Angelina will go on reminding the world of the need to go on helping this poor country. People have a short attention span.

    February 13, 2010 at 5:38 am | Reply
    • Dollar

      Hi Raggedy ~~ I was blue also, so either we didn't tell all the truth or we are just wrfedonul people. Gladyou liked the Quiz, I enjoyed it andlooked at it over 3 or 4 days beforeI checked the answers, coming up on Friday. Take care, Merle.

      July 9, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
  37. Amaku jnr

    I bliv in Angelina shes really an Angle and am her greatest fan. God bless her to continue helping the needy Haitans Amen

    February 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  38. irina

    Angelina Jolie and Amanpour two wonderful womens! I admire and I Like them so much.

    February 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  39. Fanny

    U are out there critizing AJ,dont u think is wise to ask urself what u have contributed postively to the Haiti.Christaina,i respest u for bringing AJ here.God bless u

    February 14, 2010 at 5:45 am | Reply
  40. Rodelene-Haitienne

    Christianne,
    How come you did not correct Angelina after she says all those things about Haiti,like before the earthquake they did not have schools, or birth certificate. Angelina, I am Haitian and I have birth certificate and they are all archives , they maybe lost now after the earthquake we have free university, free public school before the earthquake , I myself when to university of Law in Haiti and paid just for my registration fee no monthly payment, we have death certificate. Angelina don't know crap , she should have done some research before insulting Haitians like this.
    Christianne, please make a correction. I respect all your shows please do not lower it to ignorance like such of Angelina Jolie.

    February 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  41. ackeegrl

    AJ is a liar. My friends from Haiti have birth certificates. How can a government make 250,000 death certificates. Katrina had people looking for adults so what do you expect with children? It took some a month to find others and it's years later and people are still displaced in the US.? What an idiot.How arrogant is she to think she can solve a problem the whole world created by allowing the FRENCH government to rape the Haitians financially for 200 years with the help by the American goverment who monitored the payments, who went in and changed their law of not allowing non-haitians to buy land there, and restricted any trade to that country. At least cuba had China and Russia for help when the rest of the world ignored it by listening to the US. The French owes haiti 20 billion dollars for taking 75% of their wealth over the last 200 years and should be the ones rebuilding that country. Just like slavery was accepted so was the public raping of a country accepted and ignored. The truth need to be told. The French need to be held accountable for keeping that government in bondage.

    February 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  42. Esther

    So disturbing the kind of hatred in the world. You may not like Angelina, for whatever the reasons (mostly from unsubstantiated press reports), but I admire this woman greatly, because she has chosen to use her celebrity for something good. How is it possible that so many individuals can look past that fact and go straight for the juggular. She is admirable and caring and is keeping the focus on victims in Haiti, most importantly the children.

    I consider her a great humanitarian. She is not simply talking about the problems, she is actually getting up and doing something to help. For those of you critical of Ms. Amanpour for this interview, too bad you have such a narrow field of view. Narrow minds and hatred is what we need less of. What Angie and Brad contribute to the world is what we need more of. The kind of comments I see posted here, remind me very much of what so many people did to another giving figure - Michael Jackson. We don't appreciate goodness. We seem more at home with hatred. Sad, sad, sad.

    February 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  43. Dakota55

    Thank you, Julia, I do not understand all of the criticism of Angie. She has been at this a long time. Did it ever occur to any that help is not "always on the groung" No doubt, she came to access the situation and channel funds where they are most needed. That's why she was taking notes. Haiti is going to need a tremendous amount of help for a long time. As far as her family is concerned, they are accessible to her, and well taken care. After all, with her money and the ability to raise it, she hops in and out of private planes the way we hop in and out of cars. She has the ability to "move and shake" a lot more than most. Please allow her to do so, without critizing!

    February 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  44. Cassie Rice

    I'm not a rabid fan of Angelina Jolie, but in this case I must jump on the band wagon with those who are speaking out in her defense. Did you watch the interview? Ms Jolie was well informed about the circumstances, aware of the myriad problems of relief coordination, and deeply concerned about the future of the children who are separated from family, and possibly orphaned. My primary kudos, however, go to Ms Jolie's mention of, and support of, SOS Children's Villages in Haiti. She has been a long time supporters of SOS Villages (as am I).

    February 16, 2010 at 12:15 am | Reply
  45. spellman

    Angelina Jolie has been doing this exact work for close to 10 years. She has more direct experience in displaced persons than most, and no college degree or classroom learning can equal it. Based on what she has seen in other countries, the organizations she has worked with and the people in the UN, govts, NGOs, etc, she has met with, she is the perfect person to assess the situation in Haiti, prioritize the needs there and report back to the UN (the organization that sent her there for this very purpose). If people took a time out from their irrational hate and tabloid reading and actually watched the interview, they would see for themselves Angelina's competence on these issues, her sincere concern about what will happen to Haiti, particularly the children, and will learn about matters that have not been highlighted before - registrations, reuniting families, aftercare (especially for children with growing limbs that will need extra attention for their amputations), SOS villages to care for children for life, among other things. This lady knows what she is talking about. Unfortunately some of the commenters here do not.

    February 16, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  46. NANCY

    This is a REAL low for CNN. Unbelievable....I watched the video out curiousity, and now there are 8 mins of my life I'll never get back.

    February 16, 2010 at 3:51 am | Reply
    • Fabiola

      I was green! Hmmmmmmmm, along with Donald Trump and Martha Stewart? NO!!!! No way. I can't stand either one-so I must rellay be a PITA too then. LOLOLOLOLI've seen your comments on several blogs this morning so I felt compelled to stop by yours.Have a great day–Love your 4th of July post below too.

      July 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  47. Rodelene-

    Spellman-You must be part of Angelina Jolie staff, I appreciate her trying to clean up her image by being a member of U. N and actually give 2% of her money to charity but that do not excuse her ignorance of talking about a country she knows nothing of. I am not sure if she was confusing Haiti with someplace else but she owes an apology for stating that Haitians before the earthquake do not have birth certificate, schools and all the nonsense she mentioned, I am sure she will not appreciate if an ignorant says that Americans don't have birth certificate etc. RESPECT. That's all I am saying.She should have done some research.

    February 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  48. spellman

    Excuse me, Rodelene, I am not on Angelina's ""staff."" I am not aware that she has a "staff" and I will not make any assumptions about any "staff"or "trying to clean up her image." Because that would be ingnorant. Ten years of work with the UN on these matters is a long time - ten years of personal visits to countries, meetings at the UN, mobilizing resources and preparing reports on all of it - to simply be about image. If it were all about image, we would not continue to rely on her and she would have quit a long time ago. THere is a lot of respect for Angelina at the UN because she is smart, dedicated, hard working and gets things done. I'm sorry that does not comport with your preconceived and unfounded notions of who Angelina is and what she is doing, but your opinion on Angelina phrased as a fact is completely inaccurate and unfair. And please do your own research on Haiti. The registration problem is real, the education problem is real, the human trafficking problem is real, among other problems. These problems existed before the earthquake and they exist in a bigger way now, and the solutions will be complex - which is exactly what Angelina said in the interview.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:09 am | Reply
  49. binet

    Why can't she just do good things and shut up about it already? Countless actresses have worked with the UN and donated millions of their own money to good causes, without having a PR company working overtime to make them out to be the next Mother Theresa. We don't hear so much about them because they don't turn every charitable act into a personal photo op. Enough with the celebrity worship.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:21 am | Reply
  50. Rodelene-

    Spellman- I lived in Haiti for 22 years of my life, I went to school in Haiti, I went to High school and Pulbic University of Law and Economics may I add is was free, most wealthy countries don't even have free Universities for their people, why don't we talk about that? I have a birth certificate, and there is a national archives in Haiti. and the dead people in Haiti all have death certificate. I understand there are problems now after the earthquake but this notion of Haiti not having documents on its people is INCORRECT.-DEAD WRONG All I am saying is that, someone in the public figure should not talk about something they know nothing of, stop focusing on your love for Angelina and understand the point of view. If she wants to help that's fine but don't go around minimizing people to make yourself look good. that's not fair.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply

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