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On Wednesday, Fox News popinjay Greta Van Susteren picked a fight with on-air foe Al Sharpton over the reverend’s supposed ditching of her show Tuesday night, less than two hours before he was supposed to appear, to go on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 because Barack Obama’s campaign supposedly asked him to. Now, because we paid attention the first time around, we must also chronicle what happened next. Namely, a round of he-said-she-said. CONTINUED »
Proverbial reverend Al Sharpton insists he did not out Anderson Cooper.
Sharpton appeared on Cooper???s CNN show Wednesday to discuss James Dobson???s attack on Barack Obama, who Dobson claims is ???distorting??? the bible. Arguing against Dobson, Sharpton said, ???I may have some very conservative personal feelings, but I feel you have the right to live your life differently. I may think that what you do Anderson is gonna put you in Hell, but I???m gonna defend your right to get there.??? Loads of people took this to be an unintentional ???outing.???
Sharpton, however, claims he???s clueless to Cooper???s carnality.
Seven hundred sixty-five comments later, it’s still unclear whether, ahem, Barack Obama’s campaign is booking for CNN. That’s what Fox News host Greta Van Susteren was asking on her blog GretaWire yesterday when the Rev. Al Sharpton pulled out of a 10pm appearance on her show less than two hours before he was supposed to go on, so he could instead pop up on Anderson Cooper 360. His excuse? The senator’s campaign asked him to appear on CNN on his behalf.
Nevermind that this is sort of a non-item — guests cancel segments all the time (bookers do too!) for one reason or another, and a phone call from Obama’s camp, which Sharpton vehemently supports, isn’t a light request. But our favorite part of Greta’s complaint is the set up, where she gets away with planting an item out of her duty to viewers: “I debated whether to tell you this or not???but I did promise behind the scenes information here on GretaWire???.so here it is.” (Not that we’re complaining about any addition to a gossip war.)
Let’s not forget, however, than Ms. Susteren and Mr. Sharpton haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. CONTINUED »
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper found himself the center of attention on his eponymous show last night.
The silver fox had invited Focus On The Family???s Tony Perkins, journo Roland Martin and Reverend Al Sharpton, whom we were surprisingly happy to see you. Well, we weren???t happy to see him, but we were tickled pink when, while discussing James Dobson???s blasting of Barack Obama, Sharpton kinda, sorta outed Cooper: ???I may have some very conservative personal feelings but I feel you have the right to live your life differently. I may think that what you do Anderson is gonna put you in Hell, but I???m gonna defend your right to get there.???
Cooper blushed before thanking Sharpton for his concern and insisting that he personally is ???not that concerned??? about his afterlife. And, really, why would he?
Watch the video, after the jump!
In addition to having his page include the phrase “Raw Politics,” Anderson Cooper’s newly redesigned website features this lovely contextual advertisement: “Better Than Bare.”
He managed to include a HUGE photo of himself and the word “raw” on the homepage! [AC360]
We never bothered trying to watch CNN live from the network’s website. And it wasn’t because we had to install a special plug-in to catch the live stream. We just never noticed the option before. (Or noticed that it was free.)
So during a commercial break for MTV’s new Legally Blonde reality series, we tuned in to CNN on the TV. It was in the middle of a commercial break.
But on CNN.com’s live webcam stream, we got Anderson Cooper! Live! From the backside!
CNN’s Jessica Yellin, who on Anderson Cooper’s show last night revealed she had felt pressure from above to “patriotize” her news reports when covering the Bush White House and the Iraq war, has now clarified her remarks as promised. For one, she clears up that she was talking about ABC, where she used to work, but MSNBC, of all places, where she “worked as a segment producer, overnight anchor, field reporter, and briefly covered the White House, the Pentagon, and general Washington stories.” And also: It wasn’t like Jeff Immelt was ringing her extension to tell her to draw hearts around Bush’s photos. CONTINUED »
CNN’s Jessica Yellin will explain, in a blog post, what she really meant last night when she told Anderson Cooper there was pressure from top network execs, at her old ABC job, to play nice with the Bush administration during the beginning of the Iraq war. [TVN, earlier] Did somebody shit where she didn’t mean to?
Surprise! When that little war in Iraq was beginning, television news execs pressured producers not to air stories critical of the Bush administration. That was always sort of known, but like Fight Club, never talked about.
And then last night, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, who used to get a paycheck from ABC News, told Anderson Cooper all about it: “The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings.”
Responded Cooper in exasperation (that she’d admit to it?): “You had pressure from news executives to put on positive stories about the president?” Video below. CONTINUED »
On this morning’s Today show, Matt Lauer teased that Katie Couric would be showing up tomorrow to make a “major announcement.”
Whatever could it be?!?!
That she’s leaving the CBS Evening News? That she’s returning to the Today show? That she regrets ever leaving her morning perch? That these three possibilities are not mutually exclusive?
Or how about one rumor we’ve been hearing that involves Katie and a certain blue-eyed anchor? CONTINUED »
Hillary Clinton supporter Lanny Davis is soooo not going to appear on CNN again anytime soon. [Calderone]
When you superimpose an Anderson Cooper 360 news report over this adorable footage of two bears in their natural habitat, you finally have a formula that’ll launch Blue Eyes’ ratings ahead of Greta Van Susteren.
When we were at the airport bookstore and saw Anderson Cooper on the cover of Outside, we thought, “Great, another throwaway interview with CNN’s boytoy.” But someone else actually picked up the magazine and read the words, rather than just stare into his baby blues. So they found the answer to the question “Did you get biter about life (in New York City)?”: “Not bitter, just more confused. It made it harder to fit in. I stopped going to parties. I remember coming back from Rwanda during the genocide, and going directly to a dinner party and not being able to converse with anyone. I just had nothing to say. I remember being very negative: They were talking about stupid stuff. But you can’t exist like that forever. You have to come to some sort of understanding in your own head.” Meanwhile, at a recent event where we saw Cooper, he could be overheard discussing the tailored cut of his suit, so, uh, glad he got over that social anxiety.
It’s a sad day when Anderson Cooper’s Regis & Kelly guest co-hosting duties earn him more acclaim than, say, hosting Anderson Cooper 360. But that’s why he has a stalker, and you don’t.
David Beckham’s bulge increased sales of Emporio Armani underwear by 30 percent. But his foot also appeared in just five Los Angeles Galaxy soccer games, inviting reporters to speculate he’s past his prime. Is he just a washed up endorsement deal? Let Anderson Cooper do what he does best: get to the bottom of things. (We’re here all night!)
The CNN anchor’s hyped 60 Minutes segment aired last night, and the only thing tighter than Cooper’s T-shirt was Beckham’s shot at the net … which Anderson volunteered to stand in front of and risk getting nailed. (Ba-duh-bum!) CONTINUED »
Be sure to tune your TV to 60 Minutes on Sunday, when cancer survivor Anderson Cooper will drool over David Beckham as he hits the soccer field to discuss the footy’s lucrative Los Angeles Galaxy contract and the option for him to buy his own Major League Soccer team.