Supplemental: The Houses of Anderson Cooper County!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Incompetence has its rewards:
We’ll give you this:

Except to the NFL kingpin himself, it doesn’t much matter if Roger Goodell keeps or loses his job.

Nothing much turns on Goodell’s job status, except the joy of the chase.

That said, we’re not sure when we’ve seen a dumber performance than the one turned in by Anderson Cooper and the CNN team as they’ve staged their dimwitted rampage against Goodell over the past two weeks.

How dumb has the CNN gaggle been? Just try them:

When they read Don Van Natta’s report for ESPN, they didn’t notice that none of Van Natta’s “sources” were said to have attended the June 16 meeting they said they were describing.

When Goodell said that he’d been misled at the June 16 meeting, they couldn’t imagine what he possibly could have meant. Their cluelessness persisted even as their own reporter, Miguel Marquez, kept hitting them over the head with the obvious possibilities.

In the ultimate tour de force, Erin Burnett said she couldn’t see the difference between dueling claims that Rice had possibly “slapped” or “hit” his fiancée, as opposed to having “punched” her. In the world of Erin Burnett (and others), those words are all the same.

You really have to be dumb as a rock to turn in the work this gang has produced. Either that or you have to be faking.

We’ll guess it has worked both ways.

On the brighter side, incompetence has its rewards! Cooper has staged a classic “outrage event” over the course of the past two weeks.

We’ll guess the suits have been well pleased. After all, CNN is a big profit-chasing corporate entity, not unlike the NFL. Except CNN is much worse!

At any rate, it certainly hasn’t been all furrowed brows for CNN’s Silver Fox! In June, he added Litchfield County’s historic Rye House to The Houses of Cooper County!

The New York Post got there first. Emily Smith delivered the good for Page Six.

We can’t swear this is all accurate:
SMITH (6/21/14): Anderson Cooper and his partner, Benjamin Maisani, will be relaxing in historic splendor in Connecticut’s affluent Litchfield County this summer. Multiple sources tell us the CNN anchor has splurged on a massive, 10,127-square-foot Tudor revival stone mansion, called Rye House, for the mid-to-high seven figures.

The tony estate—sold by Karen Shaw, a former Miss Connecticut who starred on “Dallas” and “The A Team,” and her husband, Marc—was built in 1908 and designed by Wilson Eyre, a founder of House & Garden magazine. The home includes an Olympic-size swimming pool and tennis court, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Its 18 rooms feature original chestnut wood paneling, limestone fireplaces and a hand-carved marble staircase. There’s also a private four-bedroom guest wing.
The 280-acre grounds boast Japanese pagoda trees, wisteria, magnolias, a walkway with stone pillars and a grape arbor.

...Depending on which local you ask, Cooper bought the property in leafy Litchfield for anywhere between $5 million and $9 million.
It’s only 280 acres, but the place is just for weekends and summering. According to Smith, Cooper’s New York crib is a Greenwich Village firehouse he bought in 2010 for $4.3 million.

Remember when Cooper was helping us ask if the Clintons have too much money?

By July, the picture was darkening. Yahoo Homes reported the underside of the Rye House acquisition. Apparently to help swing the deal, “Coop” was selling his side-by-side waterfront homes in or near the Hamptons. Combined asking price: $6.2 million.

For your best tour of the new Cooper manse, we’ll suggest that you click over to Curbed. The big old drafty mausoleum doesn’t look inviting to us. But you know our motto in such affairs:

You can only be in one room at a time.

(“Sell your clothes but keep your thoughts.” We believe Abraham Lincoln said that!)

You can count this as an addition to our award-winning series, The Houses of Journalist County. The series resumes next week.

Remember—there’s nothing “wrong” with being wealthy and owning strings of drafty old homes.

There's nothing “wrong” with any of that! We’re only asking a basic question as our award-winning series proceeds:

Could journalism ever emerge from the fabulous mansions of Journalist County? If you watched Cooper’s insulting performance the past two weeks, you may have received your answer.

Our award-winning series resumes on Monday with The Houses of Nantucket, Mass. What emerged from the chase for those “cottages,” tucked among the swells as they are?

Do we hear the war in Iraq? We’re not sure that answer is wrong!

Correction: It wasn't Abraham Lincoln at all! It was Thoreau. Click here.

35 comments:

  1. I apologize for posting off topic. In a comment a few days ago, I was mocked for suggesting that, if definitions are parallel, then women frequently rape men. I was righter than I imagined, Time Magazine reported:

    Nearly 7 percent of men, however, reported that at some point in their lives, they were “made to penetrate” another person—usually in reference to vaginal intercourse, receiving oral sex, or performing oral sex on a woman. This was not classified [by the CDC] as rape, but as “other sexual violence.”

    And now the real surprise: when asked about experiences in the last 12 months, men reported being “made to penetrate”—either by physical force or due to intoxication—at virtually the same rates as women reported rape (both 1.1 percent in 2010, and 1.7 and 1.6 respectively in 2011).

    In other words, if being made to penetrate someone was counted as rape—and why shouldn’t it be?—then the headlines could have focused on a truly sensational CDC finding: that women rape men as often as men rape women.

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    1. David, do you know the difference between an opinion piece published on the magazine's Web site, and an actual news article published in the magazine itself?

      And I am certain you have no idea who Cathy Young is, or her rather strange philosophy that she calls "pro-equality feminism" but is anything but.

      But like Somerby who comes in handy for right-wingers needed to cite a "liberal" who completely agrees with them, so with Young when they need a "feminist."

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    2. Good try, anon 6:40. Young is a conservative pundit. However, this opinion piece is based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

      Here's a question for you to ponder: Why haven't liberal pundits made these surprising statistics known to the liberal public?

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    3. No, they are not based on CDC numbers. Look, a person who actually believes that men are forcibly raped by women as often as women are forcibly raped by men hasn't even been taught the birds and the bees, let alone basic logic.

      And no, David. You are even wrong to call Young a "conservative" columnist. She's way out there on her own planet as she pretends to be a cross between Ayn Rand and Gloria Steinem.

      She is, however, a living example of the Information Age in which even the looniest ideas receive a hearing.

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    4. Once again, like the dutiful troll that he is, Dinky hijacks the combox with a comment having nothing to do with the post and commenters give this moron credence by feeding him with something other than "buzz off."

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    5. Yes, he should have buzzed off so we could seriously discuss the critical issue of how a Vanderbilt air got to live in a nice home, typical of journalists today.

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    6. Typing phonetically this morning. "A Vanderbilt heir" of course.

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  2. What BOB doesn't seem to fathom is that Anderson is the scion of Jacqueline Onassis and may have inherited the money to buy that fabulous house which has little or nothing to do with and bears no resemblance to journalism.

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    1. The question isn't where he got his money or what he does with it. It is whether he can do good investigative journalism while hanging around with the rich, while being a member of the monied class.

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    2. Yes indeed @ 9:50. That Cooper fellow truly taints his journalism hanging around with other descendants of the 19th century robber barons from whom he inherited his wealth.

      http://gawker.com/5880987/anderson-cooper-threw-a-big-gay-party-in-his-fire-house-of-love

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    3. He's Gloria Vanderbilt's son. And, yes he inherited some money. He also used to host a nighttime gameshow on ABC back in the early aughts.

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  3. The scion has so much to lose if he were to step out of line. His interests and values are one in the same as the plutocrat.

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    1. Oh, I get it. Thos is a gay thing. Liberal hypocrite.

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    2. He is either saying Anderson C got his money through genes or looks good in Jeans.

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  4. I'm quite sure these uber-wealthy types are superb "journalists."

    So what if they what they don't know is exceeded only by what they pretend?

    But I have nothing to say because there's no mention of Gore here.

    KoZhole

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    1. We had nothing to say here because it is another boring description of a house and a few real estate transactions cut and pasted from someone else's work. At least this time BOB is focusing on someone who from time to time poses as a current journalist instead of someone who gave up that line of work before Al Gore's second failed Presidential bid.

      We offered our comments when BOB did allude to Gore in a post centering on Anderson Cooper a few hours earlier. You know the one IQ Anon, it ended like this:

      "All over the cable dial, people like Cooper have played it dumb in the current cable chase. They did the same thing during Campaign 2000, in a much more dangerous context.

      People are dead all over the world because of the game they played in that instance. Now, we’re gearing up to go over there again!"

      We will take this invitation from you as an chance to note BOB's silence on the run up to a second Iraq war in preference to fancy house coverage and microscopic coverage of NFL nonsense.

      Rachel Maddow has been focusing lately on issues related to something involving people dying in that part of the world. BOB hasn't.

      Speaking of Rachel, we noticed when we dissected BOB's coverage of her on the 77 cent issue, and compared it to cable coverage he criticized in th NFL matter, you had nothing to say in response.

      We also noticed you had nothing to say when it was noted BOB seemed to say cable news should have covered if Janay Palmer Rice might have spit on her man Ray, or that Roger Goodell perhaps thought it might have been an open handed slap that knocked her out.

      We also noticed you had nothing to say when we noted BOB used to be better than he is now.

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    2. We amend our comment. >2Points just responded to our 77 cents comment with his 2cent worth. We applauded the effort where he made it!

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    3. Just curious, how is the MSNBC crowd covering Iraq III? I know they weren't much bothered over all the NAPA goings on in recent years. I take it they're on board?

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    4. You take it wrong.

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  5. Lib here, Anderson Cooper is living proof good breeding produces quality journalism. When I want the scoop I go to Coop!

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