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Vincent
04-20-2009, 08:43 AM
We all know CNN and their inability to provide us with any semblance of objective news coverage. Many have come to accept that CNN will live down to their expectations. Their “coverage” of the tea parties was their usual leftist mockery of anything that takes a view contrary to their own. But they charted new territory this time. I won’t go into most of it – its all “out there” to see for yourself. Rather, I will focus on a comment that anderson cooper made that dwarfs the Imus incident and resulting firestorm.

CNN's anderson cooper insulted the grass-roots Tea Parties that blanketed the United States this week by making a lewd joke about the protesters. His exact words, in response to a guest who said Republicans are still searching for a voice to address the nation's economy, were, "It's hard to talk when you're tea-bagging." The comment parallels the "tea-bagging" term commonly used in the homosexual community to describe a sex act in which testicles are inserted in someone's mouth. The comment can be heard at .50 in this video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I64Ed5iLu4M

Of course, no “mainstream” media source will cover the remark or comment on it, and the thread in New Republic has been pulled. So here’s some “coverage” to prove I didn’t just make this up…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/15/anderson-cooper-its-hard_n_187318.html

http://beltwayblips.dailyradar.com/story/cnn_s_anderson_cooper_it_s_hard_to_talk_when_you_r e/

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/04/anderson_cooper_its_hard_to_ta.html

http://www.wikio.com/video/1023402?start=15&count=15&sort=0

You get the idea.

IMHO, this warrants a response from Americans not only for the vulgarity, but for the unrestrained attack of Americans merely expressing their opinions. Don’t let them get away with it. Contact CNN @

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form.sound.off.html

And express your opinion. I did…

CNN needs to fire anderson cooper. Your network redefines the term bias, and most don't watch as a result. But cooper consistently charts new territory. The "tea bagging" remark was purposeful and disqualifies him from further "journalistic" credibility. If CNN actually seeks to present news as news with any shred of credibility, they need to jettison those incapable of doing so. Imus was fired for a lesser "offense".

“Thanks for listening”.

GBMelBlount
04-20-2009, 09:20 AM
Done.

And since the cat is out of the bag, I will take this opportunity to apologize to patriot for initiating our recent exchange about the patriots fans having massive teabagging parties during their football games......

(not that there is anything wrong with that :chuckle:)

revefsreleets
04-20-2009, 10:30 AM
This is simply a large-scale, well organized ad hominem attack from the left. Since they have absolutely no leg to stand on regarding attacking the argument, they must resort to attacking the arguers.

The Tea Parties message was simple: We are over-taxed and under-represented. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who REALLY disagrees with that sentiment. They legally assembled. There was no violence and nobody "yelled fire in a crowded theater".

But the Tea Parties were everywhere. They had to be reported (The liberal mainstream press can't just IGNORE something that big). So the approach they decided on was to attack the people who attended these events, and try and discredit them.

So, instead of doing their job and reporting the event and what it stood for, they culled out a few weirdo's, half-assed the message, and did their best to taint everyone involved as right wing kooks. Nice job MSNBC, CNN and all the other Olbermanesque left-wing news outlets.

Dino 6 Rings
04-20-2009, 12:30 PM
How is CNN doing in the ratings again?

Oh right...getting killed by Fox.

trauben
04-20-2009, 01:51 PM
CNN is trying to kill the YouTube video showing them with egg on their face.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95525

Crushzilla
04-20-2009, 04:19 PM
Do we agree that CNN is interested more in their own liberal agenda, and FoxNews is interested more in it's own conservative agenda?

I just want to see where everyone stands.

Vincent
04-20-2009, 04:25 PM
Do we agree that CNN is interested more in their own liberal agenda, and FoxNews is interested more in it's own conservative agenda?

I just want to see where everyone stands.

I agree with the former. Honestly, I don't see it at Fox. I know the rhetoric on both sides and Fox seems closer to the middle. I think they seem conservative when contrasted to the MSM. But the MSM is so far over the edge that such comparisons don't work.

70% of the staff at Fox News are dems and vote accordingly.

Hammer67
04-20-2009, 04:35 PM
This is what ad driven media is reduced to. Because Fox is trouncing every network, they feel like they have to resort to this behaviour.

I would expect this behavior from a commentator, like a Hannity or Anderson Cooper, but not from a reporter or journalists delivering supposedly "hard" news coverage. How anyone can spin this away from left wing bias is beyond me.

People are speaking, and just because it doesn't fall into the progressive ideology, the media are trying to ignore it.

Crushzilla
04-20-2009, 05:11 PM
I gotta say...

... I'm all for "tea-bagging" jokes, but it was a totally tasteless display.

People have a right to assemble
People have a right to disagree with the assembly

But this was not the time or the venue.

tony hipchest
04-20-2009, 05:19 PM
I gotta say...

... I'm all for "tea-bagging" jokes, but it was a totally tasteless display.

.no pun intended? :noidea:

i thought it was pretty funny and bold, but definitely tacky and low brow. i can see the outrage on this one.

:shout: -OUTRAGE!

Crushzilla
04-20-2009, 05:23 PM
no pun intended? :noidea:

i thought it was pretty funny and bold, but definitely tacky and low brow. i can see the outrage on this one.

:shout: -OUTRAGE!

Don't get me wrong... I was dying the first time I heard it.

I thought it was a mistake. Then I realized it wasn't and thought it was even more funny.

Then I wondered how a news agency can even get away with that?

Hammer67
04-20-2009, 05:28 PM
All I can say is, if the shoe was on the other foot and Fox had done some shows and made comments like that...the liberal press and CNN would have been going (wait for it) NUTS!

Vincent
04-20-2009, 05:45 PM
All I can say is, if the shoe was on the other foot and Fox had done some shows and made comments like that...the liberal press and CNN would have been going (wait for it) NUTS!

We would already be in the 4th day of senate hearings.

lilyoder6
04-20-2009, 06:21 PM
i think it's funny... but agree bout the fox ordeal

ShutDown24
04-20-2009, 06:38 PM
You mean people actually watch that dimwit? That's news to me.

Godfather
04-20-2009, 10:40 PM
Do we agree that CNN is interested more in their own liberal agenda, and FoxNews is interested more in it's own conservative agenda?

I just want to see where everyone stands.

I have to disagree. I personally sent tips to "Keeping Them Honest" regarding the inefficiency and outright graft in Mississippi's hurricane recovery and CNN blew it off. If they wanted to shill for the left, what better way than undermining the myth of Mississippi's great (GOP-led) recovery?

devilsdancefloor
04-20-2009, 11:47 PM
We would already be in the 4th day of senate hearings.

with barny fwank leading the charge

SteelersinCA
04-21-2009, 02:16 AM
I love how she isn't introduced as a comedienne, maybe cause she was never funny. Regardless, is it not funny how she calls the "racists" rednecks? I guess one good bigoted term deserves another.

GBMelBlount
04-21-2009, 08:51 AM
It is not uncommon for people to start name calling and flame baiting like this when they can't make a rational or convincing argument to support their beliefs......

revefsreleets
04-21-2009, 09:10 AM
I got through 30 seconds of that and had to shut it down.

OK, why DON'T we be "very honest what this is about". This is about bashing and discrediting the people who participated in the Tea Parties because the left cannot actually attack the message. They are trying to undermine the cause by undermining the participants.

It's weak, wrong, and actually pretty transparent. When "Elite intellectuals" (puke...George Will takes dumps that have more intellect than these two douchebags combined) put their heads together, this is the kind of ignorant garbage that results.

I am ashamed and embarrassed for these types of people...

Dino 6 Rings
04-21-2009, 09:17 AM
"Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that... They are now dependent upon immigrant bashing, and hating the black guy in the White House. Will people act on that? It's not new, but Fox doesn't mind fomenting it. Michelle Bachman doesn't mind fomenting it. Glen Beck doesn't mind fomenting it... but what have they got if they don't have this?" ~Janeane Garaofalo, 4/16 MSNBC.

"Note to Rupert Murdoch: Janeane Garofalo your d-lister on "24" needs to have her mouth washed out with soap, she should be spanked, and her parents should be called to take her home early today. She has slandered your broadcast network, doesn't seem to understand the difference between your news operation and the entertainment company that writes her paycheck, and is perhaps one of the more vile human beings to ever call herself an American.

But enough with her best qualities."

"The angry and ignorant woman slandered the more than 1 million plus people who took part in the planning of, the carrying out of, and the participation of the Tea Parties that have sent the message with clarity and boldness to Washington DC that the taxation and spending will stop. In addition to that she lies a lot.

A lot...

Of the Americans who gathered, made signs and protested the new spending policies of both the current and previous administration, and additionally the new tax policies of the current one, Garofalo brazenly stated, that such protests were racist. Which certainly explains the large number of ethnicities present in the Tea Parties across the nation last Wednesday.

Beyond that Garofalo continued with the sort of inexplicable obsessive commentary carried exclusively on MSNBC that continually referred to the sexual act of dipping testicles into one's mouth. The act, known as tea-bagging, was banter for MSNBC host Rachel Maddow--who seems to prefer women, as well as the femininely challenged Garofalo among others.

But liberal media and pop culture icons were not to be outdone by actual representatives elected to office in the People's House. Nancy Pelosi labeled the grassroots that put the 2800+ rallies together as "astroturf." Illinois lawmaker Jan Shakowsky slandered the Chicagoans who participated (in addition to the rest of the nation) as "despicable" and "shameful."

CNN and MSNBC attempted to pretend that the tea parties weren't happening. The White House lied to the American people saying the President was completely unaware of them. And some elected officials who were the worst offenders, tried unpersuasive methods of labeling the tea party events as organized by Fox News, big corporate interests, or even most laughably the GOP.

CNN was eventually labeled as irresponsible for not providing coverage of the events, by Howard Kurtz as well as Lou Dobbs two of its leading voices. On the actual day Fox News scored a ratings coup by leveraging 200,000 more viewers than all the rest of the cable news universe combined. One last joke with the numbers, the AP and other national liberal media attempted to put the nationwide turnout at less than 250,000.

Pajamas Media (PJTV) was able to get "citizen cams" at only some of the events and had turn-out estimates from their coverage alone at more than 500,000. Yet PJTV was unable to cover even half the total number of 2800+ events that were organized."

Dino 6 Rings
04-21-2009, 09:17 AM
And before the day had been completed, new dates for additional tea parties had begun being planned. The next most immediate one taking place on April 20th at Bowling Green State University in Ohio - 3-6pm. Another national tea party day has been moved into the works for July 4th, and additional action is being spoken of for September 12th.

So what has Democratic party leaders, the President of the United States, liberal congressional power brokers, two failed Air-America man hating talk show hosts, and the national liberal media so bent out of shape?

The fact that they can't do anything to stop it...

Americans began taking their nation back from bad policies in both political parties this last week. How were they rewarded for it? With veiled threats and intimidations from Janet Napolitano and the armed goons she now commands! Accusing, then not apologizing, and then accusing again gun owners, pro-life people of faith, the 80% of Americans that believe marriage should not be redefined, and even our returning service men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan as "potential terrorists", the party in power wishes to silence the opposition.

Those who organized, not from corporate board rooms, or Fox News studios, but in living rooms, church basements, and local high school gyms, the events of the tea parties to date have reminded all Americans that while we may be a troubled nation and not what we once were, we certainly are under no compulsion to become what this diabolical dagger society of the progressive left wishes us to become.

Out of all of this has emerged a denunciation of both Republican and Democrat elected leaders. In the streets Democrats and Republicans walked arm in arm speaking out, holding signs, and telling the radical federal government, "It stops now."

The panic on the left is real. The television ratings, the organized attempts to systematically under report the turn out, and the down right vulgar and dishonest lies from people like Garofalo tell it all.

Keep at it America. We are not slaves to their leftist vision of what America would become.

Just keep in mind that the more we win on substance the more they will scream like stuck pigs.

Then again some pulled pork on July 4th does sound mighty tasty!"

http://townhall.com/columnists/KevinMcCullough/2009/04/19/why_liberals_despise_american_patriots?page=1

trauben
04-21-2009, 09:31 AM
I also heard (I'm thinking on Glenn Beck's show), that another day for Tea Parties is going to be Independence Day.

Because the 4th of July is on a Saturday this year and that means no missed day from work? If they have a Tea Party here again I'll be attending with the teenage daughter to give our support.

revefsreleets
04-21-2009, 09:38 AM
Again, I have yet to hear a single liberal/Democrat actually attack the real MESSAGE of the tea parties. They just keep thumping away at the protestors themselves...

Hammer67
04-21-2009, 10:43 AM
Again, I have yet to hear a single liberal/Democrat actually attack the real MESSAGE of the tea parties. They just keep thumping away at the protestors themselves...

Did you expect any less? It's the same thing with Fox News. Everyone loves the catchy "Fox News is biased!" chants but you never hear the why or the how. The left focuses on the messanger, not the message.

That is why the liberal media can't compete with Fox News and is getting trounced. THey don't get it.

fansince'76
04-21-2009, 11:37 AM
"Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that... They are now dependent upon immigrant bashing, and hating the black guy in the White House. Will people act on that? It's not new, but Fox doesn't mind fomenting it. Michelle Bachman doesn't mind fomenting it. Glen Beck doesn't mind fomenting it... but what have they got if they don't have this?" ~Janeane Garaofalo, 4/16 MSNBC.

So I guess all Democrats are limp-wristed, America-hating, treasonous, pie-in-the-sky Utopian, Socialist/Communist surrender monkeys?

Grossly exaggerated blanket generalizations are fun! :jammin: :party: :chicken: :banana: :chicken: :party: :jammin:

tony hipchest
04-21-2009, 11:40 AM
"...who is the MOLE?" :chuckle:

X-Terminator
04-21-2009, 12:13 PM
The sad part about it is that there are more than enough idiots in this country who will honestly believe this BS that protesting excessive taxation and overspending = racist. Well then, I must be racist too, even though I'm black myself, because I sure as hell believe we are overtaxed and spending is out of control. These tea parties had absolutely NOTHING to do with Obama being black. NOTHING. The thing is that Garofalo and the rest of her ilk knows this...the media knows this...but yet, they still perpetuate this myth that it is.

I also don't like this sentiment that if you protest anything about the Obama administration, that it's simply because he's black. That is complete bullshit. And many of them wonder why we still have problems with racism in this country? How does that possibly help matters?

Dino 6 Rings
04-21-2009, 12:21 PM
I agree X Terminator.

Had B.O. Come in and started with Real Tax Cuts (not the 8 dollars a week BULLSHIIT) and cut Capital Gains Tax, Cut Federal Income Tax, cut the Gas Tax, cut taxes for Everyone, not just those who don't pay taxes at all, (50% of this country's wage earners pay ZERO Federal Tax Dollars) then I think these Tea Parties don't happen.

Instead he pushes through the Stimulus, which was really just a Gigantic Spending Bill, on top of Bush's TARP, and then his budget numbers come out and people start adding it together and see 12 Trillion Dollars as the Deficit in 2012, and People get nervous and anxious and think...WTF?

That's what the Tea Parties were about, not his color, not his speeches, not the Dems or Republicans, they weren't about CNN or FOX, they were about people adding numbers together, looking at their paychecks and seeing that By April, of this year, they have already spent Thousands of dollars in Taxes off their Income, not including Sales Taxes that they are paying for every item they buy.

revefsreleets
04-21-2009, 12:55 PM
If this IS about race, does that mean that all the black people at the Tea Parties.......hate themselves?

Godfather
04-21-2009, 01:09 PM
(50% of this country's wage earners pay ZERO Federal Tax Dollars)

Sloght correction--you're talking about federal INCOME tax. Social Security and Medicare are a huge burden on the working class--they pay from the first dollar and the employer has to match. Then you add on costs like workers' comp and unemployment tax. With all that taken into consideration, the gap between what you take home and what it costs your employer is close to 20% before you even get to state taxes :banging:

And if you're middle to upper middle class and pay federal income tax you get shafted even worse.

Vincent
04-21-2009, 05:14 PM
Again, I have yet to hear a single liberal/Democrat actually attack the real MESSAGE of the tea parties. They just keep thumping away at the protestors themselves...

I've not seen or heard a liberal that had the intellect to attack a message, any message. That is why we watch them flail at the messengers.

Dino 6 Rings
04-21-2009, 06:01 PM
Sloght correction--you're talking about federal INCOME tax. Social Security and Medicare are a huge burden on the working class--they pay from the first dollar and the employer has to match. Then you add on costs like workers' comp and unemployment tax. With all that taken into consideration, the gap between what you take home and what it costs your employer is close to 20% before you even get to state taxes :banging:

And if you're middle to upper middle class and pay federal income tax you get shafted even worse.

Correct, I should have clearly stated Federal income Tax when making my reference to only 50% paying it.

Does anyone actually look at their taxes anymore? Seriously...its April, how much money in Taxes have you paid already? I'm already a couple thousand down.

fansince'76
04-21-2009, 06:59 PM
Does anyone actually look at their taxes anymore? Seriously...its April, how much money in Taxes have you paid already? I'm already a couple thousand down.

Just over 4 grand as of April 10. That includes federal income, OASDI, Medicare and Colorado state tax. That extrapolates out to about 20 grand by the end of the year. Could be worse - I could still be living back East where they take even more in state and local taxes than they do here.

SteelCurtain7
04-21-2009, 07:08 PM
I've not seen or heard a liberal that had the intellect to attack a message, any message. That is why we watch them flail at the messengers.

+1. Lib ad hominems = Epic Fail.