Showing posts with label Anderson Cooper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anderson Cooper. Show all posts

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Watch CNN's Anderson Cooper take on Texas Republican lawmaker over the GOP's embrace of reparative therapy.

Courtesy of The New Civil Rights Movement:  

Cooper spoke with state Rep. Bryan Hughes, who has voted for the platform that for years has contained vicious anti-gay rhetoric. Hughes explained that the Texas GOP added support for “ex-gay” therapy after one delegate’s neighbor expressed concern lawmakers might make it illegal. 

“The language is in the platform because we want to make sure that people have rights,” Hughes offers as a reason to support ineffective and harmful “reparative” therapy. “We heard from people who wanted access to that kind of counseling, that kind of therapy, and so we believe in free speech, in free choice.” (Unless of course that free choice means they will choose to be gay, in which case Texas will counsel the crap out of them until they claim to like the opposite sex again.)

“This is about giving people choices,” Hughes claims. “If they want this, it should be available to them.” No discussion of access to abortion services came up. 

Hughes tried to claim there is “medical literature on both sides of the issue,” which Cooper blasted. 

“It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided,” Cooper said. “I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors’ Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured.” 

Cooper even slammed Hughes’ claim that people on both sides testified before the platform committee as “not true.” Hughes could not state who testified against the plank. 

“Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?” Cooper asked Hughes. 

“No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are,” Hughes told Cooper, in response to a clip of former Exodus International president Alan Chambers’ disavowal of “ex-gay” therapy. “There’s nothing in the platform about that. No one is trying to take that position. Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we’re not proud of. God loves each one of us, and he offers us a way for us to deal with sin and bad choices. But I do strongly disagree with what he said about God not loving people.” 

“The fact that you view being gay — or you characterize it — as a ‘mistake,’ or something that should be changed really kind of maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say,” Cooper pointed out.

You know with the possible exception of Rachel Maddow or Ellen Degeneres, I don't think I would rather see ANYBODY take apart homophobic Republicans more than Anderson Cooper.

He is so very professional as he picks apart their argument and all but calls them hate mongering bullies.

And personally I think the fact that he is openly gay just makes that much more effective. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I don't watch CNN that much anymore, but this segment of Anderson Cooper responding to a bunch of Texas female talk show hosts arguing about the Michael Sam kiss is pretty darn good.

Nicely done.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New survey of newscasters finds Chris Matthews to be the least likeable. Yeah, I can see that.

Courtesy of The Wrap: 

Pelley's 19 Positive Q Score, which measures likeability, helped him just beat the No. 2 guy, CNN's Anderson Cooper, who had an 18. Cooper's 56 Recognizability score places him among the highest on this list. 

“Hardball” host Chris Matthews struck out with the lowest likeability score of all. 

To create Q Scores, executive vice president Henry Schafer and his team provides a personality's name and a brief description to more than 1,800 viewers. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person, and how they feel about him or her. 

Compared to other TV personalities — from late-night hosts to morning hosts — newscasters tend to be less recognizable and less liked. 

While I am gratified to see that Rachel Maddow,  Tamron Hall, and Thomas Roberts from MSNBC all placed higher than anybody from Fox I am very displeased to see Lara Logan at number three.

Didn't anybody see her disastrous Benghazi debacle?

I think her entire likeability factor is based on the fact that horny men are fantasizing about having sex with her. Buncha pigs!

And as much as I want to come to the defense of my MSNBC brothers and sisters I simply CANNOT disagree with placing tweety at the bottom of the pile.

The man simply cannot stop interrupting his guests and making stupid comments.

Matthews has done some great reporting, and was called out a number of politicians on their crap, but he is incredibly hard to watch sometimes. Though I would still watch him over Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity ANY day.

Actually if you are looking for the most annoying MSNBC host, that honor should go to Ronan Farrow. I am not even exaggerating that he is the only MSNBC personality who has irritated me enough that I have switched to Fox News instead. True story.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Zimmerman juror eagerly claims her fifteen minutes of fame, even while trying to protect her identity.

Courtesy of the Atlantic: 

One of the six jurors who decided to acquit George Zimmerman of the charges against him for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin spoke to Anderson Cooper on Monday evening. In short, the juror more or less completely believed Zimmerman's version of events. It was Zimmerman's voice screaming for help heard over the 911 call, she told Cooper. And she does not believe that race played a role in Zimmerman's assessment of Martin. Overall, her take on Zimmerman himself was very sympathetic. 

Juror B37 sat across from Anderson Cooper, with her face in darkness. She told Cooper that she hadn't been following the trial, or story, "at all" before become one of the six jurors in the trial. During her interview, she referred to George Zimmerman as "George," and Trayvon Martin as "Trayvon." Overall, she found the evidence presented more interesting than the testimony. 

The first vote during deliberations among the 6-woman jury on the verdict, the juror said, was 3 not guilty; 2 manslaughter; 1 second-degree murder. The juror was one of the three not guilty votes. The juror said that she initially found the law surrounding the case "very confusing," specifically referring to the last-minute addition of manslaughter to the charges they were to consider against Zimmerman. "there was a couple in there who wanted to find him guilty of something," she said, but that neither of the options on the table, second-degree murder or manslaughter, were feasibly options given the way they read state law. 

This juror, number B37, is also the one that had, at least temporarily, a book deal.

Here are a few nuggets that came out of this interview.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Newly out of the closet teen meets his idol, George Takei.

Just a few days ago Jacob Rudolph had come out to his class while accepting an award as best "class actor" in front of his classmates:  

When Jacob Rudolph received the award for "class actor" at his high school, the New Jersey teenager took the opportunity to make a real-life announcement. "I've been acting every single day of my life," he said. "You see me acting the part of 'straight' Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT." He then defined the acronym, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Jacob's father says Jacob is still exploring whether he's exclusively attracted to one sex and used that acronym out of solidarity. Jacob's classmates gave him a standing ovation, and his father — who helped edit his speech before posting the video to YouTube — said it took "more guts than anything I've ever attempted in my life." 

The other day when being interviewed by Anderson Cooper Jacob  received the surprise of his life.

You know we have to always remind ourselves that we are not just fighting for equal rights for ourselves and our loved ones, we are also acting as role models for those who will carry on the fight going forward.

What was improbable yesterday, is possible today, and ubiquitous tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Anderson Cooper calls Bristol Palin a "genius" for faking her rehearsal meltdown. I could NOT have heard that right!

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Of course then both he and Deborah Norville make fun of the fact that Bristol tweets during her "meltdown" and that she has had so much plastic surgery that her face does not register any emotion, so that totally redeems Anderson in my eyes.

However for future reference NOBODY should ever use the name "Bristol Palin" and "genius" together in the same sentence. Ever!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Anderson Cooper "The fact is I'm gay."

Courtesy of Andrew Sullivan:  

I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand. 

The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud. 

I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don't give that up by being a journalist.

This CANNOT come as much of surprise to most people, but I am still impressed that Cooper has decided to simply announce the obvious, get the whole thing behind him, and then focus on doing what he does best, report the news.

Personally I think that Anderson Cooper is possibly the best thing that CNN still has going for them, especially after they made that dramatic shift to the Right in order to attract Fox viewers. (Which of course is ridiculous since most of them are not allowed to change the station on the dayroom television in their old folks home/mental health facility.)

Well now that Anderson Cooper is out I wonder who will be next?

I'm looking at you Shepherd Smith. Come on buddy! You can do it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In middle of GOP debate Mitt Romney and Rick Perry suddenly get all pre-school on each other's ass!

Now before I start getting complaints just let me say that, yes I am aware that preschoolers are far more respectful of each other, and that they demonstrate higher functioning social skills than either Perry or Romney, but it was just the best term I could come up with that seemed to fit the pathetic cry-baby antics I was watching.

Though to be fair I thought that Mitt won that exchange even though he did not respect little Rickie's personal space. At least he tried to use his inside voice, and did tell an adult (Anderson Cooper) that Perry was acting like a butthead.

(H/T to Mediaite.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bill Maher: "Republicanism has become a religion." I have to say that makes perfect sense to me.

Courtesy of Raw Story:

HBO’s Bill Maher told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Tuesday that “as a sane person,” it was tough to watch the Republican presidential candidates debate.

“Republicanism has — it’s really become a religion,” he noted. “And when I say religion, I mean they just have a series of baseless assertions that they cleave to, you know, and it’s like, if there was just one sane person in that room to give perspective, but there wasn’t.”

You know thinking about the Republican party in this way suddenly makes every crazy thing they do make sense.

This is why the Republicans are constantly talking about faith and values.  They are not talking about Christian faith and values, they are talking about the Church of Republicanism's faith and values.

Which apparently simply refers to an ability to suspend intellectual thought, ignore the suffering of the less fortunate, put the needs of the unborn before the needs of the living, and embrace a level of hypocrisy that would make Jesus weep.

I would imagine that the deity they worship is no longer the God of the Old Testament, but rather a mythologized version of Ronald Reagan.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Anderson Cooper reminds Christine O'Donnell that if she is going to run on her expertise concerning the Constitution, that indeed that "expertise" ought to actually exist.

It seems to me that ALL of these Teabaggers are running on their "bring America back to its Constitutional roots" platform when I would be willing to bet that almost every one of them is as ignorant of that particular document as Christine O'Donnell has demonstrated herself to be.

I think that every candidate running on this theme needs to be asked, on camera, questions about their understanding of the Constitution and which amendments they would like to see repealed.

That sounds fair to me. Don't you agree?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Okay this "terror babies" lunacy is spreading like wildfire through Texas right now. I wonder when Palin will catch the bug?

I didn't know that Orly Taitz had a sister living in Texas?

Now remember kids. 'If they are over here illegally, they are not here legally!"

You might want to write that down so that you don't forget it.

I know I made fun of Texas the last time one of these nutjobs was on Anderson Cooper, but now I just feel really bad for all of you who have to live there.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Screw Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the real threat to this country is going to come from babies!

From TPM:

Last night, Anderson Cooper hosted none other than Rep.Louie Gohmert (R-TX), the main propagator in Congress of the "terror babies" conspiracy theory -- an alleged diabolical 20- to 30-year plot by terrorists to have babies born in the United States, then taken abroad and trained as terrorists before eventually returning here as U.S. citizens (thanks to birthright citizenship) to commit heinous crimes.

Gohmert previously went to the House floor in June and warned about this evil plan, saying he had heard about it from an unnamed former FBI agent. Then on Wednesday night this week, Cooper hosted an actual former FBI official, who explained that there are no reports of this at all.

Boy somebody had more than their allotted amount of Koo Koo Puffs this morning!

For the complete serving of crazy you can watch the entire interview here:

What exactly is in the water in Texas?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Birther in military refuses to deploy with Kenyan in the White House, and then cowers behind his attorney when scary Anderson Cooper asks him to explain his stupidity.

This guy is an embarrassment to the US Army and I hope they court martial his ass.

Now ask yourself if there is any chance in hell that this guy would refuse to deploy to Afghanistan if the President had a little less pigment in his skin.

I have stopped watching CNN lately but Anderson Cooper does a great job in this interview.  Go get'em Coop!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Anderson Cooper on Rachel Maddow: "yelling's been replaced by sarcasm and snark- iness."

This year we saw the rise of Rachel Maddow and Campbell Brown -- very opinionated. You haven't succumbed too much. Do you have plans to?

I have no plans to, no. I think those people are really good at what they do. Rachel Maddow is an incredible talent -- she's funny, and smart, obviously well researched on subjects. I'm just not interested as a viewer in listening to anchors' opinions. It seems like there's an awful lot of yelling, and this year yelling's been replaced by sarcasm and snark- iness.

Well personally I LOVE snark-iness. Hell without snark-iness this blog wouldn't even exist!

However I would have to take exception with Cooper's contention that Rachel Maddow's show is all about snark. I don't find that true at all.

Sure she often points out the absurdity of a story, but she also demonstrates a great deal of compassion and concern about many stories that the MSM really does a poor job of covering. After all it was Rachel who kept the light shining on Sarah Palin and Alaska election questions long after every other network had packed up and moved on.

In my opinion Anderson Cooper is just getting his tight fitting jeans in a bunch because he is jealous of the ratings that MSNBC has received lately, and the attention they have garnered from other media outlets. When was the last time that Anderson was parodied by SNL? But Ben Affleck skewered Keith Olbermann just a few weekends ago. Now that is fame buddy.

And let us not forget that Cooper's show replaced the infinitely more talented, but far less telegenic, Aaron Brown. Aaron Brown who did such an admirably job during and after 9-11, lost his job for no other reason then that he was not as pretty as Anderson Cooper, who garnered world wide attention by crying at the devastation of Katrina. (I am sure Mr. Brown shed a tear as well, he just did not have the dainty features to look sexy while doing it on camera.)

By the way Mr. Cooper do you see the sentence above this one? That my friend is snark. And damn good snark at that!

Now I have to go and prepare myself for the angry responses in my e-mail and comments section from the many women and gay men who adore the androgynous Anderson Cooper.