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Why Is This Man Smiling?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:54 pm - January 21, 2007.
Filed under: Media Bias,Movies/Film & TV,Post 9-11 America

 

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You would too if you were now raking in $4 million.

I remember the good old days when top-notch journalists truly were “one of the people.”   I don’t begrudge Anderson for any of his success.

I just scoff at the faux blue-collar values that the American news media pretends to have while looking down on those of us who don’t make a million dollars a year… or in a lifetime.

Congrats Anderson….. from ABC’s Mole-hill to CNN’s Mountain.  (Lies about Katrina devastation notwithstanding.)

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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33 Comments

  1. Newsmedia, like government, has become an elitist institution. Becoming a “journalist” at a major network or large newspaper usually requires spending a year or more as an unpaid intern living in New York or Washington, two of the most expensive cities in America. Working class families can’t afford that. That leaves only the affluent. Most journalists have no experience at being anything except a journalist, and many politicians have no experience as anything other than politicians.

    This is why “journalists” in general have absolutely no understanding of the working class. (And tend to view them the way elites do… as poor dears who need to be taken care of by their enlightened social betters.)

    Comment by V the K — January 21, 2007 @ 7:08 pm - January 21, 2007

  2. Considering that the ‘Coop doesn’t have to work in the first place due to his Vanderbilt and Cooper family-money; he should be lauded for trying to make a difference, not pilloried for accepting “pieces of silver” for doing-so.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 21, 2007 @ 8:20 pm - January 21, 2007

  3. Thomas Roberts is much hotter than Anderson Cooper.

    Two pretty gay men…………..

    Comment by ShermanStreet — January 21, 2007 @ 8:35 pm - January 21, 2007

  4. I’ve always admired Anderson Cooper. Glad to hear he’s doing well.

    Comment by Asher Abrams — January 21, 2007 @ 9:14 pm - January 21, 2007

  5. Bill Hemmer beats them both. (refresh for more pics)

    Comment by John in IL — January 21, 2007 @ 10:34 pm - January 21, 2007

  6. Anderson Cooper is such a screamer. Open his mouth and a purse falls out. Prada, of course.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 21, 2007 @ 11:52 pm - January 21, 2007

  7. Sure he makes the big bucks. He got his militia buddies in Iraq to send him footage of our soldiers being killed. He also went down on Hizbollah as well.

    Screw Cooper sideways.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 21, 2007 @ 11:58 pm - January 21, 2007

  8. I like Cooper and his fellow opinionists (network journalism died long ago) because they have unintentionally spawned the New Media, just as Clinton gave us the first Republican House of Representatives in 40 years.

    I expect that Cooper will continue to be successful due to his provenance (he has certainly milked his familial ties and brother’s suicide, hasn’t he?), his physical appearance, and his politics. However, he also appears (when I have seen him on the tube) to be smart enough to realize that he cannot reveal his bias too frequently nor too strongly. (I didn’t see his Katrina coverage, so I can’t comment.)

    Liberals go to college, they graduate (well, usually) and go into law, news/opinion, or the public sector. This is why we have the current 9th Circuit, a virtual liberal monopoly in the Media Industrial Complex, and voter’s pamphlets across the nation filled with young, attractive liberal candidates running unopposed or against old, crabby religious zealots.

    Conservatives go to college, graduate and go into the sciences, technology, or business.

    (Now, any of you accuse me of making generalizations and I’ll smack you!)

    Comment by HardHobbit — January 22, 2007 @ 3:02 am - January 22, 2007

  9. wow..great theme you’ve caught on – let’s attack rich liberals. You did it by “exposing” Edwards as a multi-millionaire and now Cooper (of course you really missed the boat by not exposing the fact that Cooper is a member of the Vanderbilt family). You also mistakenly portray these people as some kind of revolutionary socialists who should give away their money to everyone in their liberal causes; wrong. Much like multi-millionaires such as Andrew Carnegie over a century ago, folks like Edwards and even Cooper use their money to actually help others.

    How about exposing a few rich republicans, like Bill Frist? Republicans loved to portray him like some kind of benign, country doctor yet his family actually has a gigantic fortune in HCA. The only doctoring Frist and his family seemed to do was on the company’s books with regard to fraudulent Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare cases. (Tricare, by the way, is the government medical program for US military and their families). The case was mounted against them by the FBI and the Justice Department for 10 years, yet the Bush administration shut it down (imagine that). Time and time again, Frist assisted himself and large medical/pharmecutical organizations in ways that ravaged the health care system for millions of Americans.

    So who has faux blue-collar values now?

    Comment by Kevin — January 22, 2007 @ 8:11 am - January 22, 2007

  10. Does Bill Hemmer wear his glasses in bed?
    Just saying……

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 22, 2007 @ 1:17 pm - January 22, 2007

  11. #9 – Ted, Bill Hemmer is so hot I don’t care WHAT he wears to bed! ;-p

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 22, 2007 @ 1:27 pm - January 22, 2007

  12. In our gay community here in Ann Arbor, we refer to Anderson Cooper as Mr 180… it seems each time someone asks him about his responsibility to come out of the closet and live an open, proud life, he turns 180 and runs from the question… and those legendary blue eyes turn a steely, menacing grey. Watch out, the man has back. But to continue to sell out his inner self in order to make a buck… hey, didn’t the GayLeft tar Capitol Hill GOP gay staffers for that recently? Hmmm.

    Most viewers of CNN don’t know jack about the true Mr 180… they watch him read the prompter at night ’cause he’s eye candy for the temporally impaired. And so it will continue as long as he stays de-gayed.

    I still love the classic Mr 180 story… he once said that his Mother was so unpredictable that when his stepfather was trying to get him into an elitist NYC prep school (Dalton School), Mr 180 hoped “Mother” wouldn’t show up at the interview with the Dean. Alas, she came swooping in late, dressed in an outrageously dramatic evening wear ensemble and smoking from an extremely long 1920’s Tiffany-made, jewel encrusted silver cigarette holder, arms flailing about at the most inappropriate times –“playing the part of Gloria Vanderbilt to a hilt”. He shrunk down in his chair and prayed for the interview to end but it went on and on, the Dean playing the good sport to “Mother”.

    No wonder the guy wants to be Mr Blue Collar… I heard that for the recent Niger famine stint, he had CNN fly in his own pallet of GlaciaNova bottled water and, when parting, offered the leftovers to a hospital. How blue collar is that? The de-gayed and phony Mr 180 deserves nothing less than sainthood for that act of charity… then I bet he’d get a pair of those PopeBene16 red Prada dressing slippers for everyday wear; he’s been lusting after those forever.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — January 22, 2007 @ 2:17 pm - January 22, 2007

  13. What a lame post. You attack a reporter because essentially his reports are critical of Republican policy not because of anything else. Please find me a conservative commentator and/or journalist who’s truly “one of the people.” Do you think that the talking heads on Fox News eschew multi-million dollar contracts to protect their “journalistic integrity?” That when they do land the big one, they immediately turn it around for charity work? You criticize someone who comes from money but advocates for the poor and needy while praising individuals who come from meager circumstances that promote greed for themselves and others as a way of life?

    For example, in 2004, Rush Limbaugh’s income was around $30 million, Sean Hannity signed a 5-year, $25 million contract with ABC Radio, and as of 2006 the 700 Club retained $252,694,791 in assets after program expenses for the year. All well in excess of Mr. Anderson’s measly $4 mil (like he needed it in the first place). Are they giving it away to charity? Starting foundations for education?

    Apparently in your world it’s only OK to have money when you don’t do something to help those less fortunate, right?

    Comment by Just A Question — January 22, 2007 @ 3:49 pm - January 22, 2007

  14. “Apparently in your world it’s only OK to have money when you don’t do something to help those less fortunate, right?”

    Okay, JAQ – like the Kennedys, Clintons, Pelosis, Boxers et al who preach “do as I say, not as I do?”

    Try again.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 22, 2007 @ 4:06 pm - January 22, 2007

  15. The “rich liberals” argument is the flipside of the “chickenhawk” argument, and is just about as valid.

    Comment by vaara — January 22, 2007 @ 4:32 pm - January 22, 2007

  16. Vaara, do you prefer the term “champagne socialists” instead? More alliterative and just as apt.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 22, 2007 @ 4:36 pm - January 22, 2007

  17. Well, it does rather contradict the *other* popular stereotype about liberals, which is that we’re all patchouli-drenched, dope-smoking, flea-infested, worthless unemployable hippies.

    Comment by vaara — January 22, 2007 @ 4:49 pm - January 22, 2007

  18. Actually, the best description of a liberal combines both yours and mine. To wit: just check out the average shopper at Whole Foods Market.

    Trust me, I’m too poor to be THAT liberal.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 22, 2007 @ 4:59 pm - January 22, 2007

  19. Well, you should shop at Trader Joe’s. They’re cheaper than Safeway and their stuff is better! And their shopping bags have “God” on them. (Really.)

    Comment by vaara — January 22, 2007 @ 5:07 pm - January 22, 2007

  20. Sorry, we don’t have Trader Joe’s in Houston. I prefer going to Fiesta (Hispanic owned-and-operated; freshest produce available, straight from the undocumented migrant workers). They’re very Catholic and for a while didn’t sell OTC birth control devices until someone went ballistic on them.

    There’s also Randall’s (so conservative that until recently they didn’t sell alcohol or distribute free papers because they advertised same-sex dating, i.e. “Men Seeking Men” and “Women Seeking Women.”). They got all sorts of flak about that last one so they had to change their policies.

    Interestingly enough, both retailers have stores in the gay section of town, and I bet you nobody realized that they were contributing to the vast right-wing conspiracy by shopping there. So much for “voting with their pocketbooks.”

    Of course, me being me, I always love to tweak the libs by pointing this stuff out. ;-P

    Regards and happy shopping,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 22, 2007 @ 5:17 pm - January 22, 2007

  21. I have no misconceptions that there are a lot of wealthy Democrats, but in general they do seem to advocate, if not sponsor, programs designed to bring people up rather than ignoring the less fortunate. Even when conservatives do have some sort of charity, it seems more a sham to support pet projects or nepotism than those in need.

    Comment by Just A Question — January 22, 2007 @ 5:18 pm - January 22, 2007

  22. The real issue here is #3…Thomas Roberts is gay? That man is blindingly beautiful…and to think that he is not going to waste…it gives me hope for Western civilization.

    Comment by EssEm — January 22, 2007 @ 7:49 pm - January 22, 2007

  23. “I have no misconceptions that there are a lot of wealthy Democrats, but in general they do seem to advocate, if not sponsor, programs designed to bring people up rather than ignoring the less fortunate.”

    Okay, JAQ – name one. And I’m not talking about anything they’re trying to pass in Congress. Name ONE program that a liberal Dhimmicrat created that runs without government funding, is wholly subsidized by his/her personal fortune, and has name recognition.

    We’re waiting.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 22, 2007 @ 9:08 pm - January 22, 2007

  24. President Clinton, through his private HIV-AIDS Initiative foundation, began helping AIDS victims in China as well as lower drug prices for patients in the country in 2004.

    Your hated George Soros gives away millions a year of his own money.

    Oprah, whom Bill O’Reilly sneers as a “secular progressive,” heads her Angel Network which has a 4 star rating with Charity Navigator. She covers all administrative costs personally and to date has raised over $51 million for non-profit organizations around the world.

    Heard of Warren Buffet? The Democrat signing over $37 billion of his fortune to charity?

    Bill Gates, another one of those secular progressive who while not technically a Democrat is certainly a liberal and we know of he and his wife’s charitable fund.

    Gordon and Betty Moore?

    Ted Kennedy heads the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation, along with Eunice Shriver, and he also donated the net proceeds of his children’s book to charity.

    Even Cooper himself donated part of the proceeds from a 2005 book deal to charity.

    You’re kidding right?

    Comment by Just A Question — January 22, 2007 @ 11:04 pm - January 22, 2007

  25. Okay, while we’re on the subject of gay or possibly gay news anchors, does anyone know whether John Stossel likes dick? I really dig his mustache…

    Comment by Throbert McGee — January 23, 2007 @ 12:18 am - January 23, 2007

  26. EssEm: To answer your question, Thomas Roberts has been out since September.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — January 23, 2007 @ 12:22 am - January 23, 2007

  27. #23 – Exactly. These zillionaire Democrats stand for spending other people’s money – usually the money of middle- and upper-middle-class folks who might rise to threaten their power.

    And no, JAQ, their programs don’t help people. It’s been shown time and time again that the War on Poverty has kept poor people down, destroyed their family structures, etc.

    You’re 0-for-2!

    Comment by Calarato — January 23, 2007 @ 1:18 am - January 23, 2007

  28. #13
    Please find me a conservative commentator and/or journalist who’s truly “one of the people.

    For that matter, please find me a conservative commentator and/or journalist in the MSM.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 23, 2007 @ 1:22 am - January 23, 2007

  29. #28:

    John Stossel.
    Glenn Beck.
    George F. Will.
    William Safire.
    Rush Limbaugh (if the most popular radio commentator in the country isn’t “mainstream,” I don’t know who is).
    Heck, even the über-ultra-super-duper FemoDemoMarxoMexoHomoLiberal San Francisco Chronicle has a resident “libertarian” columnist, Debra Saunders, whose viewpoints have a curious way to aligning precisely with whatever the latest RNC blast-fax says.

    The so-called “liberal” media is far more tolerant of opposing viewpoints than the conservative media is.

    Comment by vaara — January 23, 2007 @ 2:12 am - January 23, 2007

  30. vaara writes: “The so-called “liberal” media is far more tolerant of opposing viewpoints than the conservative media is.” I really, really doubt that… and if YOU believe that bunk, you need to put down the Advocate magazine and read more.

    However, that is a lesson the GayLeft ought to learn when embracing their gay brothers on the Right or gays who declare themselves to be religious or patriotic or pro-military or Republican…. or all of the above.

    But of course, as well proven here, it’s better to demean, belittle and try to revoke their GayCard… so much for that living, loving compassionate liberal meanstreak called the GayLeft. Right vaara, the liberal media is oh so tolerant of conservatives… almost as much as university elites.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — January 23, 2007 @ 9:40 am - January 23, 2007

  31. #29 illustrates the MSM concept of balance. If you include one moderate conservative columnist or commentator for every 1,000 left-liberal commentators, columnists, editors, reporters, and anchors, that’s “balance”

    And, in terms of intellectual throw-weight, that may be right.

    Comment by V the K — January 24, 2007 @ 12:04 pm - January 24, 2007

  32. It looks like Fox News finally took off the kid gloves when dealing with Andrea Cooper’s lies and distortions. This is priceless!

    http://newsbusters.org/node/10364

    I suggest we start calling Cooper “Paris” from this time forth.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 24, 2007 @ 3:49 pm - January 24, 2007

  33. What I find amusing is how vaara, in attempting to prove that the intolerant left isn’t, makes this statement:

    Heck, even the über-ultra-super-duper FemoDemoMarxoMexoHomoLiberal San Francisco Chronicle has a resident “libertarian” columnist, Debra Saunders, whose viewpoints have a curious way to aligning precisely with whatever the latest RNC blast-fax says.

    Sort of like the KKK saying, “We’re not racist because we hired a black accountant, even though we believe he’s an incompetent moron who can’t think for himself like all other black people.”

    Pointing out that Debra Saunders works at the Chronicle is negated and turned upside-down by the fact that you belittle and mock her in the same sentence, vaara.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 25, 2007 @ 12:16 pm - January 25, 2007

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