A truly appalling performance: Last night, cable TV’s biggest waste meat corrected himself on the air.
His brow was furrowed, so you knew that he meant it. Anderson Cooper apologized for getting that tax matter wrong in Tuesday night’s debate (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 10/19/11).
Cooper’s mistake was enormously basic. It took a real waste meat to make it. But it wasn’t Cooper’s only mistake in Tuesday night’s proceedings. Let’s take note of two other key moments where Cooper failed to act.
For one point, we’ll refer you to Kevin Drum. This concerns a claim Herman Cain kept making—a claim Cooper should have been prepared to address:
DRUM (10/19/11): Cain kept claiming that a new report on his website showed that the poor and middle class wouldn't see their taxes go up. That apparently prompted enough excitement to crash his site. When it came back up, I found the report, which doesn't appear to include any kind of distributional analysis at all.Dittos. If Cooper had actually prepared for this important task, he would have reviewed Cain’s bewildering report. For ourselves, we agree with Drum. When we reviewed that report yesterday, we couldn’t find any relevant data either.
You can bet the house that Cooper had no idea what Cain was talking about. Like so mnay others on cable, this big waste meat is paid millions per year—and he hadn’t prepared.
Another failure came in the hour after the debate. Cooper shared this moment of shame with an entire panel.
Coop asked smokin’ hot conservative firebrand Dana Loesch to comment on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Loesch fulfilled her two contractual obligations to CNN. She made outrageous/stupid remarks. She looked good while she did it:
COOPER (10/18/11): Dana, I heard you scoffing when [Occupy Wall Street] was compared to the Tea Party.There are many points to dispute there, but let’s focus on that third major difference: Occupy Wall Street is endorsed by the Nazis! The Tea Party movement is not!
LOESCH: There's a couple of things. There's a couple of things that I have to say. I disagree with the notion that this is anti-greed. Any movement that protests for a living wage, regardless of whether or not you're employed, employed, is the epitome of greed, No. 1.
No. 2, there's no, there's no responsibility given to Washington at all whatsoever. This current administration is propped up by Wall Street. This is the Wall Street president. This president has received more from Goldman Sachs and the very entities that these protesters are out there protesting than any other president.
Three, I think the grassroots element in this has been hijacked already. One of the things that the Tea Party—the Tea Party had to deal with two fronts. The Tea Party fought against Republican establishment. I was very involved in New York 23. Newt Gingrich and I went round and round over Dede Scozzafava. I was—the establishment was not of me; still is not a fan of me.
And we also had to fight against progressives and progressive agenda, where you have the Occupy Wall Street— They have the endorsement of the president. They have the blessing of Nancy Pelosi. They're also endorsed by the Nazi Party of the United States. They're also endorsed by Communists. These are things that we did not see with the Tea Party movement. So there's another difference. I could go on and on and on, but those are the three major differences that I see between both of these movements.
No one batted an eye about this representation. Cooper said nothing, as always—and Donna Brazile simply plowed ahead as if nothing had been said. Cooper is gigantic waste meat; the problem seems to be spreading to his panels. Borger, Fleischer, Gergen and King also took Loesch’s statement in stride.
Cooper stood around tugging his dick Tuesday night when he should have been making Perry and Santorum stop their ridiculous talk-over-everything-Romney-says filibusters. (In one widely-aired clip, note the way he grins and chimps when the camera goes to him.) Hours later, he was still tugging his dick—and the kids at Occupy Wall Street were now in league with the Nazis!
What an absolute piece of meat is Gloria Vanderbilt’s best baby boy! The next afternoon, he was back on TV, doing his tabloid pretend-to-talk show.
Topic: “Are we a germ-obsessed society?” We will be by the time Cooper gets done! Partial synopsis: “Anderson also meets a mother of four who took matters into her own hands after a trip to a fast food restaurant play area revealed various bacteria, bodily fluids and clumps of hair.”
Prediction: In hands like these, your society’s downward spiral will never get undone.
I'n unsure what Bob's objection is to the statement that Occupy Wall Street is endorsed by the Nazis. It is a fact that the American Nazi Party did endorse OWS, and in a typically antisemitic way:ReplyDelete
...After all - JUST WHO - are the WALL STREET BANKERS? The vast majority are JEWS - and the others are SPIRITUAL JEW materialists, who would sell their own mother's gold teeth for a PROFIT. And MORE and MORE people are AWARE of this truth, are not only NOT afraid to TALK ABOUT IT - they're shouting it on WALL STREET!
I urgently URGE all of you to TAKE PART and JOIN IN when these protests hit your neck of the woods....
If Bob's point is the ANP is a tiny fringe group of crackpots to whom no attention should be paid, I agree with him. Guilt by association is wrong.
"David in Cal said...ReplyDelete
I'n unsure what Bob's objection is to the statement that Occupy Wall Street is endorsed by the Nazis....
If Bob's point is the ANP is a tiny fringe group of crackpots to whom no attention should be paid, I agree with him."
The point is that not one of the very well paid pundits on the panel with the propagandist Loesch had the wherewithal to challenge her:
"No one batted an eye about this representation. Cooper said nothing, as always—and Donna Brazile simply plowed ahead as if nothing had been said. Cooper is gigantic waste meat; the problem seems to be spreading to his panels. Borger, Fleischer, Gergen and King also took Loesch’s statement in stride."
Now, how hard was that?
By the way, did you know in 2004 George W. Bush was endorsed by The Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, a faction of al Qaeda?ReplyDelete
"The statement tells American voters that Abu Hafs al-Masri supports the re-election campaign of President Bush: "We are very keen that Bush does not lose the upcoming elections."
"Waste meat...tugging his dick...Gloria's best baby boy...smokin' hot conservative..."ReplyDelete
Bob's clearly doing his best to elevate the discourse and to avoid ad hominem. And I'm going to avoid getting too touchy about Bob's vague innuendo regarding Cooper.
Remember an Iron Rule of The Howler: When Bob does it, it's ok. If the Times were somehow to allow MoDo to use terms like tugging his dick and waste meat....
Is there any chance we might see some form of moderation for comments here?
Also, w/r/t to "waste meat:"
Bob, I have to differ. I know you don't actually regard Cooper, et. al. this way -- In your more circumspect moments, you routinely make clear you understand they are paid well for a service they perform for their masters. No waste there!
(That you sometimes let your emotions too strongly color your language is understandable, if perhaps unwise. Lord knows, it is impossible for me to watch Cooper publicly perform his function without experiencing visceral reaction.)
The issue is that most cable news and most print reporters are contemptible fools, and their corporate masters endorse the criminal incompetence of the chattering classes.ReplyDelete
Anderson Cooper peaked during hurricane Katrina, he been going downhill ever since.
That said, we cannot expect any cable talking head, or even network stars like Bob Schieffer or Brian Williams to host a "debate" when Frank Fahrenkopf and Paul Kirk are around to guarantee that corporate interests will prevail.
These two lobbyists are determined to maintain the two-party tribal system in all perpetuity, thus guaranteeing that Americans remain ignorant and divided, to be easily manipulated by the Masters of the Universe.
Our "debates' are a three-ring circus made up exclusively of clown acts.
Was Anderson really tugging his dick? I missed most of the debate.ReplyDelete
I will give a certain license to people trying to write seriously about the likes of Anderson Cooper. I'm more troubled by the causal profanity seeping into The Howler...ReplyDelete
Bob, I love the Howler, but the references to Anderson Cooper as "waste meat" and the "dick pulling" talk are a bit unsettling.ReplyDelete
I love that anonymous is asking Bob for some moderation --- ie, pruning ---- on an anti tribal site that admirably urges people to hear and engage differing viewpoints.ReplyDelete
Trolling isn't a "viewpoint" -- it's a tactic.ReplyDelete
A repellent, time-wasting one.
"Engaging differing viewpoints?" That's not on your agenda; you run away or change the subject when confronted:
Geoff, What evidence against his thesis did Gene Lyons fail to consider?
Haven't read Lyons. Can't comment on what I haven't read. What I've read about the book, I've found compelling.ReplyDelete
But you did comment on what you hadn't read.ReplyDelete
You dismissed someone's reference to Lyon's book as merely "confirmation bias."
If you've had a change of heart, that's welcome.
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