Anderson Cooper closed his Tuesday show live at Ground Zero by saying he wanted the public to turn from Osama Bin Laden to the victims of 9/11.
Bin Laden coverage has been blanketing the news since his killing on Sunday, but Cooper said he hopes that will change soon, and that Bin Laden will be all but banished from the national discourse:
Someday, however, in the not too distant future, I hope we no longer give bin Laden the satisfaction of ever speaking his name or even remembering him in our nightmares. ...This man who terrorized so many for so long has simply disappeared. The ocean is a very big place and in the end, Osama bin Laden was a very small man. ...We cannot, nor should we ever forget the horror that he unleashed, but as the months and years pass, I hope that his name is hardly ever uttered and I hope his picture disappears, as well. As the years pass in the years ahead, I hope it's not the wasted life of this mass murderer we remember. I hope instead we recall the lives of those we lost.
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