Anderson Cooper ended Thursday’s latest CNN coronavirus town hall with an emotion-driven, hypocritical, and sophomoric rant complaining about “the phony online outrage machine” after CNN received widespread blowback for having climate change activist Greta Thunberg as a guest. This was despite the town hall’s billing of facts, science, and part of the show title having the phrase Facts and Fears.
In a world ransacked by the coronavirus pandemic, CNN seems to think its viewers want to hear radical lefty teen climate activist Greta Thunberg’s opinion on the matter. CNN sent out a tweet May 13 announcing the news: “Former acting CDC director Richard Besser, former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius and activist Greta Thunberg join @AndersonCooper & @DrSanjayGupta for a live #CNNTownHall. Coronavirus - Facts and Fears, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.” The ratio that tweet got was glorious.
Friday afternoon, CNN melted down into a panel of juvenile performance artists, spending over 15 minutes screeching President Trump’s remarks Thursday and a Friday follow-up about disinfectants and sunlight as a “dangerous,” “double speak,” “idiotic,” “ludicrous,” “Soviet fashion,” and “a waste of time” (even though CNN was harping on it hourly).
This Thursday’s edition of CNN’s coronavirus town hall turned into a Democratic Party campaign event when co-hosts Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta invited former Vice President Joe Biden onto the show to rip President Trump, and opine about how he would do things differently. And while there were frivolous campaign questions asked, neither of the co-hosts had the integrity to question Biden on the sexual assault claims made against him by former Senate staffer Tara Reade.
Hell hath no fury than a journalist confronted with his own hypocrisy. That was evident Monday evening into Tuesday morning as just about every CNN host and correspondent raged at President Trump for playing a video during Monday’s coronavirus task force briefing that called out the media for their hypocritical coverage of COVID-19.
A pro-Trump troll pranked CNN hard on Thursday night during their "global town hall" on coronavirus "facts and fears" with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Someone in the CNN control room isn't familiar with conservative terms like Trump Derangement Syndrome. When the audience was asked to send questions for Dr. James Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, one that managed to make it on air was: “Is Stage-4 TDS considered an underlying morbidity?”
There was a disturbing trend that popped up on ABC’s World News Tonight and CNN’s coronavirus town hall (the latter hosted by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday). Both ABC and Cooper marveled in amazement at the mobilization communist China’s mass surveillance state to track their citizens and monitor for their coronavirus. Cooper seemed to go slack-jawed after hearing about a required tracking app and called it “incredible.”
At Townhall on Tuesday, writer and radio host Larry O’Connor perfectly captured what’s wrong with the liberal media’s attitude about press briefings. They’re supposed to provide information for the American people, but the press thinks it’s all about them, and their feelings. He cited CNN host Anderson Cooper, who opened his show Monday night with one of those pompous CNN-baked commentaries.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, CNN has shown an inability to shy away from framing the pandemic through the lens of attacking President Trump. Another tic has been their continued refusal to describe frequent guest Dr. Leana Wen as a former president of Planned Parenthood. Since our first post about Wen on March 16, the Media Research Center kept tabs on Wen’s appearances and calculated her total airtime from March 2-April 2 as 150 minutes and 27 seconds across 44 appearances as a guest or soundbite.
Since Tuesday, liberal journalists on CNN and MSNBC have been teaming up with elected Democrats to shoot down the notion that their collective obsession with impeaching President Trump slowed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The biased coverage argued the “talking point” was “dangerous” and predicted that it would not “pick up much traction.”
CNN hosts have done a terrible job of fact-checking guests when they imply President Trump said the coronavirus was a “hoax” – not that the Democrats created the “hoax” that Trump is an imcompetent boob who should be fully blamed for the spread in America. It happened again on Wednesday when Anderson Cooper interviewed CNN analyst Carl Bernstein, who claimed insiders told him Trump was "in a kind of meltdown," claiming enemies were "foisting this hoax on the nation."
It’s been nearly a week since a former Joe Biden staffer leveled disturbing accusations of sexual misconduct against the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and yet ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN haven’t said a single word about them. In that same time period, CNN, MSNBC and NBC have hosted Biden for a total of three interviews (including an hour-long town hall on CNN), and no host asked even a single question about these new charges.