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Anderson Cooper Says "Teabagging" Comment Was "Stupid, Silly"

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posted on May, 19 2009 @ 06:58 PM
Bottom line is that his comments (intentional or not) DID disparage what was a legit protest. This is a half-apology at best. CNN as a network should have issued a public apology for this comment and the Susan Roesgen incident.

Overall, their coverage of the Tea Parties was a disgrace, and hardly worthy of the self-proclaimed "most trusted name in news".

Reading Anderson's lame excuse does not do it justice you have to listen to the sarcastic way he says it and the accompanying laughter from the audience. There wasn't an ounce of sincerity in that so-called apology.

CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke at UCLA Sunday as part of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series, and was asked about his "teabagging" comment last month during the Q&A portion.

Here is a video of his response, taken by an audience member.

Calling it a "stupid, silly, one-line aside," he touched on the attention it received. "I think it's an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests," said Cooper. "I don't think it's my job to disparage, or encourage, which oddly other networks seemed to be doing. Protest is the great right of all Americans, and it's not my job in any way to make fun of people or disparage what they're doing."

Cooper said he regretted making the comment. "If people took offense to that and felt that I was disparaging their legitimate right to protest, and what they were doing, then that is something I truly regret, because I don't believe in doing that," he said. "Having this discussion just takes away from the real story."

Anderson scolds the protestors for using a "phrase" that has an "alternate meaning." Although Anderson may have "tea bagging" on his mind, the protestors did not refer to themselves as "tea bagging people," but the error was lost on those idiots at the lecture.

Of course Anderson knew that he could get away with a multitude of sins at UCLA because he was preaching to the choir.


posted on May, 19 2009 @ 11:35 PM
yea Anderson Cooper is about as fair as Keith Olbermann. I cant stand CNN and cant watch it for more than a few min before i turn the channel

posted on May, 19 2009 @ 11:38 PM
I really don't like Keith. That stupid, fake concern eye squint look is almost as annoying as his passive schilling.

Edit, haha I mean anderson, not keith. Same thing different face, although when olbermann gets mad it's pretty good/true.

[edit on 19-5-2009 by depth om]

posted on May, 19 2009 @ 11:51 PM
reply to post by depth om

reply to post by Conservatron

The entire Immelt-GE-NBC cabal are being 'outed' by their blatant undeniable bias. Their commentary and news staff are virtually indistinguishable, led by the prince A.C.(D.C.), in their Obama worship.

His fake 'apology' is disgusting in its insincerity.

stars for you X2.


posted on May, 19 2009 @ 11:56 PM
Sure he's sorry now...CNN's ratings are tanking faster than our economy.

posted on May, 20 2009 @ 12:09 AM
he only apologized because anderson is a hypocrit calling other people tea baggers. talk about pot calling kettle black

posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:38 AM

Originally posted by Conservatron
he only apologized because anderson is a hypocrit calling other people tea baggers. talk about pot calling kettle black

Unfortunately, there are many lib/dem/progressives who've latched onto
'teabagging' (pun absolutely intended) who have no other way to discredit anti-tax, anti- big government and anti-socialist protesters.

Instead of offering an issue-driven rebuttal to criticism of the Obama agenda, the engage in snickering ad hominem attacks.

Many of these attitudes have infiltrated ATS threads as you might expect. Do an ATS search for the term, and see just how many mice/children follow the Obama/pied piper music.

The backlash is coming, but will it be too late?

deny ignorance


[edit on 20-5-2009 by jdub297]

posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:55 AM
Well, it didn't matter what news station you watched.... They were either promoting the "tea party" demonstrations or disparaging it. Fox, despite what they claim, was certainly trying to promote it, and CNN, MSNBC, et cetera, were disparaging it.

People like Anderson Cooper become entranced by the hive mentality. What did you expect him to say. He certainly isn't going to say anything contrary to what his producers believe.

posted on May, 20 2009 @ 11:39 AM
reply to post by SpeakerofTruth

Regardless of media support or denigration, the "tea party" movement has a genesis and life all its own.

When the MSM realizes (or have they already?) that people are generally disgusted by the BHO admin. lies and agenda, they will do what they can to play to their audience.

Best bet? Ignore MSM and follow your conscience.

Cooper's beliefs and preferences are out of the closet for those who can see.

deny ignorance


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