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CNN's Anderson Cooper apologizes for "teabagging" crack

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Ghandi.
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In light of yesterday's big tax revolt in California, this is especially enjoyable:

CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke at UCLA Sunday as part of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series, and was asked about his "teabagging" comment last month during the Q&A portion.

Calling it a "stupid, silly, one-line aside," he touched on the attention it received. "I think it's an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests," said Cooper. "I don't think it's my job to disparage, or encourage, which oddly other networks seemed to be doing. Protest is the great right of all Americans, and it's not my job in any way to make fun of people or disparage what they're doing."

Cooper said he regretted making the comment. "If people took offense to that and felt that I was disparaging their legitimate right to protest, and what they were doing, then that is something I truly regret, because I don't believe in doing that," he said. "Having this discussion just takes away from the real story."

Video of Cooper's original "it's hard to talk when you're teabagging" crack, as well as his apology, can be found here.


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Comments (13)

Its hard to be humble when ... (Below threshold)
914:

Its hard to be humble when your haircuts are 500 dollars and your paid for spewing Jac ass Cafferty style truism all over the airwaves.

Ali Velshi needs to stop polishing his bowling ball so much and wipe the shit eating grin off His kisser.

Too late, Anderson.... (Below threshold)
Occam's Beard:

Too late, Anderson.

Another pretend apology.</p... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Another pretend apology.

Way overrdue to make it mea... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Way overrdue to make it meaningless.

He's right, the comment was... (Below threshold)
glenn:

He's right, the comment was silly and stupid, that's because Mr Cooper is silly and stupid. he just thinks he's smart and that's what makes him dangerous.

Nice to see him called on t... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Nice to see him called on the comment.
Interesting in that when I tried to view the video, it's already been pulled.

I wonder if he would have apologized if not for the setting.

Gee, 5 weeks late and only ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Gee, 5 weeks late and only after pressed for a response, color me unimpressed.

Let me know when he does it on air. In the meantime to hell with him.

It's wasn't an "I'm sorry f... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

It's wasn't an "I'm sorry for something I said"...it was an "I'm sorry you feel that way".

For example,
"I'm sorry but Anderson Cooper is a douchebag." is also not an apology.

"I think it's an i... (Below threshold)
"I think it's an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests," said Cooper.

And I think Anderson Cooper is an arrogant, out-of-touch, incompetent, overpaid hack who wouldn't know a good story if it bit him on the ass.

But I think it's an incorrect statement to say I am, in any way, trying to disparage Mr. Cooper's journalism skills or personal integrity.

The ratings for Anderson Co... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The ratings for Anderson Cooper 369 are down and that's the reason for the pretend apology.

I think the big problem is ... (Below threshold)
cirby:

I think the big problem is that a lot of news people caught onto the "teabagging" meme, knew it was an insult, and didn't know the ACTUAL meaning of the word.

So, weeks later, someone finally said, "hey Anderson, you DO know what that means, right?" When he gave the wrong answer, some expendable junior intern was sent in to tell him, delicately, what he'd been saying for the last few weeks.

So, weeks later, someone... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

So, weeks later, someone finally said, "hey Anderson, you DO know what that means, right?" When he gave the wrong answer, some expendable junior intern was sent in to tell him, delicately, what he'd been saying for the last few weeks.

I doubt it. I bet Anderson Cooper knows exactly what teabagging is, and if he doesn't, has a boyfriend who will show him.

Oregon.. you almost have it... (Below threshold)
Mark S.:

Oregon.. you almost have it right in your comment..

"I think it's an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests," said Cooper...

If I'm reading this right... he admits in the first line, it was a "one-liner" (according to him), so he knows it was a disparaging remark.

Then he say he doesn't disparage "Legitimate Protests"... so obviously he didn't consider the Tea Party protests as "legitimate".

Or am I reading this wrong?




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