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Anderson Cooper's Advice to Children: "Don't Be a Blowhard"


CNN's silver fox stopped by a Bay Ridge school on Friday to talk about being a reporter, and how much he doesn't like to hear himself talk. For someone who is on the news every goddamn night, Cooper sure made it a point to mention twice while talking to these kids how much he doesn't like to hear himself talk. Oh well, guess it's always good to teach them early to be humble, right?

He spoke about being shot at for the first time, and told students considering a career as a news anchor to ???try to resist becoming a blowhard.???

"Hey kids, when you come from Vanderbilt blood, attend Dalton, and then go to Yale for college, it's always good to keep it real. Thug Life. Don't be a blowhard." I imagine then Cooper dropped the mic, said "Coop, out!" and left the stage.

Comments (15)
No. 1 · Mark D

I guess in Anderson's defense, he should have said "try not to resist blow{ing} me." That is, if you're under 25, latino, live in Chelsea, wear tight tee-shirts, and don't mind walking two steps behind me whenever a camera is around. Oh, and pretend you don't know me if we run into each other at Equinox.

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · Nate

Anderson doesn't flaunt his Vanderbilt background and is actually pretty low key about it. The only people who want to jump on him for something he can't do anything about are smartass bloggers. And why does every discussion about Anderson have trigger comments about his sexuality?

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · Dorothy

Your blog sucks as usual!

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 4 · Mark D

In all honesty, I still think he's hot as hell. I'd jump his bones any day.

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 5 · MG

"For someone who is on the news every goddamn night, Cooper sure made it a point to mention twice while talking to these kids how much he doesn't like to hear himself talk."

Drew, have you watched many other cable news shows? Anderson's lack of theatrical speeches, opining, yelling and bullying make him comparatively a very quiet and unassuming cable presence.

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 6 · Carl

Telling kids to get into this business should be a crime. But, get a Journalism degree so you don't have to take Algebra, Science, and Economics is a reason why we have a shortage of engineers, scientists, and doctors.

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 7 · anon

@Nate: I think Anderson requires his boys to be 3 steps behind him at airports.

Posted: Feb 11, 2009 at 9:38 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 8 · Mark D

No, he just requires them to fly coach while he flies first class.

Posted: Feb 11, 2009 at 10:24 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 9 · anon

I'd go with him no matter where he made me walk or sit. Anderson's probably a pretty good sugar daddy - worth putting up with being treated like second class.

Posted: Feb 11, 2009 at 11:18 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 10 · Anonymous

@anon: You 'think' he does?
@Mark D: And Page Six reports the truth now? And if so, how do you even know the guy was his boyfriend?
Don't give rumors as reasons to put someone down, it's nasty.

Posted: Feb 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 11 · Nate

I think Anderson requires his boys to be 3 steps behind him at airports.

He's supposed to be out in his private life and it's hard to imagine him "requiring" something like this or that anyone he's involved with would go along with it.

Posted: Feb 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 12 · anon

@Nate: Unless you (anyone) knows him, we don't know who he is out to or what he asks of his friends.

Posted: Feb 12, 2009 at 6:40 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 13 · Mark D

True. But when you hear the same things reported day after day, it makes you wonder. That being said, I'd be AC's boo any day. Those eyes just drive me crazy!

Posted: Feb 12, 2009 at 7:07 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 14 · anon

Line forms to the left, Mark.

Posted: Feb 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 15 · anon

Never seem to hear of Julio Cesar or any other date attending events like the Vanity Fair party with Anderson. If they do, he certainly never walks in with Anderson.

Posted: Feb 19, 2009 at 10:59 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
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