We’ll look at him from both sides now: Anderson Cooper wants you to know that he can play the cosmic fool too—just in case you hadn’t noticed from watching his CNN program.
On CNN, Cooper gets an hour. In August, large chunks of that time were devoted to “tot mom” down in Florida. Recently, he has been all tangled up with the latest missing person in Aruba.
Now, Anderson Cooper wants you to know that he can be even dumber! In this morning’s New York Times, we learn about his other side—the side of himself he’ll let us see on his syndicated, daytime program. The stupid new program starts this week, with Snooki as an hour-long guest.
Bill Carter does the report about this new side to Cooper:
CARTER (9/12/11): Beyond Snooki, Mr. Cooper’s first-week lineup includes an interview with Sarah Jessica Parker about her new movie, a chat with the cast of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in the wake of the suicide of one of the husbands, and, in his opening episode on Monday, an interview with the family of the recently deceased pop singer Amy Winehouse.We do think there’s something wrong with it. In fairness, Cooper will be augmenting his $10 million CNN salary, Carter reports. That’s an important consideration in these difficult times.
These topics are not likely to be addressed on his CNN program, and that is one of the reasons Mr. Cooper wanted to expand into daytime talk. “Everybody has different sides to them,” he said in an interview by phone. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to work different jobs that show different sides of you.”
The down side? Presumably, Cooper will be even less well prepared to conduct intelligent discussions on his CNN program.
Cooper has a major platform in news. He still wants to spend an hour with Snooki. The sheer stupidity—and the greed—define the death of the culture.