CNN’s primetime host thought he was hitting all the rights notes (because that’s what they always think at that network, no matter how cookie cutter and disturbing recalcitrant they have become over the years to real political reporting) in this screed last night.
(The video you can view here.)
From 50 seconds on, it was a total trainwreck, made a disaster by Cooper and his network’s truest downfall: "False equivalency disease."
We all know and exasperate when we see that full sad condition time and time again, pushed by every strategist and politician on the nutty party’s side, from the asylum unit throughout Capital Hill to "Take any order" slime snakes like Ron Christe always on the "The Ed Show" whenever, wherever.
That disease however is worse on Time Warner’s beloved news channel, exhibited fully by their 10 PM darling last evening.
In his (of all the titles in the world) "Should Be About The Truth" commentary moment, Cooper didn’t care about that truth and in labeling just how someone on the left was just as terrible and video manipulating like our "insane clown of the year candidate."
"And that’s how ideologues think, both on the left and the right," said our journalism man of our times! "Andrew Breitbart is conservative, but as I said, there are liberals online and on TV who do the exact same thing. They cherry pick the facts to prove their argument, not the facts that reveal the truth."
"Those hypocrite liberals" is probably what one causally political independent was saying last night watching, believing that Cooper is the most trusted voice in cable TV because he doesn’t at all seem like an ideologue and he hosts everyone! Yet Cooper gave them the typical "Oh, it’s the left too" that we know and love without even bothering to list just one, ONE, example of ANY prominent left site doing anywhere near what Freightfart did.
Not the Huffington Post, not TPM, not Media Matters, not FDL, and finally, not the Daily Kos. None.
Not a single left site that Cooper indicts so freely and recklessly to some politically casual worshipping viewer of his last night could he name.
What makes it so sad is that Anderson Cooper truly believes in his heart that he and his colleagues at CNN are quality journalists. And he most likely also feels, when he sees Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann’s success leap MSNBC Primetime (and only MSNBC primetime) past his sorry network, that both rivals cable networks primetime lineup is filled with ideologues instead of actual "factism" as he says.
Ironically, he got that "Factism" term in his self-righteous screed last night willingly from David Frum of all lying enablers. But I guess he didn’t bother to do his "fact checking" on that one either I guess.
The tired, banal excuse of lumping the left with the likes of Andrew Freightfart despite no concrete evidence to fully exhibit that isn’t the main problem with neo-CNN. It is the fact that they, just like Cooper, fully believe that they still practice world class appropriately journalism, figuring what they do is the ideal way to go!
So, until their numbers and credibility continue to proportionally go down where it finally makes them break (or some celebrity publicly calls them out on their network with 3 times the damage of what Michael Moore did Wolf Blitzer and Dr Sanjay Gupta in the run up to his "Sicko" film), they will continue to believe that their "journalism" is thee journalism on cable TV.
They will continue to have John "Milquetoast" King give the "wonderful likes" of Erick Erickson the same platform as the incomparable Amy Goodman because of their arrogant indolence. And they will also be proud of King saying something like "Breitbart sparks debate on racism" while continuing to believe they are fine and dandy journalists. (Note: After getting slammed on Twitter , they altered the title to "Breitbart Post Ignites Race Debate.")
Most importantly, they will continue to have Mr. AC360, whether in the studio, in the gulf, or anywhere else he thinks he should be, go around and slam those imaginary evil video docketed people on the left, just like their ideological opposite Mr. Freightfart.
Our Jokenalism 2010, because it sure isn’t journalism.