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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Melts Down, Lies over Donald Trump Jr. Tweet

Anderson Cooper, television personality with CNN, moderates an event to unveil the plans for the new park at the Hudson Yards development, September 14, 2016 in New York City. The Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens is set to open in 2018. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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CNN host Anderson Cooper lied Monday night in an attempt to end criticism he faced over an old photo of him standing in flood waters.

Over the weekend, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out a Breitbart News article (penned by this reporter) showcasing CNN’s latest ratings disaster. In the week of September 3-9, the network fell 41 percent in daytime ratings compared to the same week in 2017. During the primetime hours, CNN dropped another 36 percent compared to last year.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that story along with a photo of Anderson Cooper standing in flood waters up to his waist while his camera crew can be seen standing in much lower waters.

The photo is from Hurricane Ike in 2008 and is not recent as some Twitter users falsely claimed.

“It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make look bad,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

At no point did Trump Jr. say that the photo of Cooper was recent or from Hurricane Florence.

On Monday night, Cooper used his CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360, to conduct a lengthy and self-aggrandizing “rebuttal” of Trump Jr.’s tweet.

During the rebuttal video, Cooper plays the original footage from 2008, claiming that the shot was set up that way to demonstrate how the flood water is deeper in certain areas.

“What are the chances apologizes for lying about me? Im not holding my breath. Check out the video below rebutting his false claim,” Cooper tweeted.

The only problem? Cooper lied to defend himself, making up the fake news claim that Trump Jr. said the photo was from Florence.

“Now, over the weekend, however, the son of the president, Donny Jr., tweeted out this picture of me in waist high water, my camera crew, a few feet away, on higher ground, in only a little bit of water. Donny Jr. was claiming it showed me in Florence faking the depths of flood waters in order to somehow harm his father. And I quote from his tweet ‘stop lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad.'”

Trump Jr. has since responded to this fake news, saying, “CNN doing what they do best. Crying & Lying. says I said it was a pic from Florence.”

“Isaid (sic) no such thing. ‘evidence’ CNN provided doesn’t even reference Florence. You guys can’t even fact check a meme. The illusion created by the pic is illustrative of the bs you sell!” he added.

“Not surprised lied about me on last night. Par for the course. I never said the pic of him was from Florence. When I tweeted out the picture of it was with a link to an article about CNN’s dwindling ratings. Nothing to do with Florence,” Trump Jr. also tweeted.

GOP strategist Arthur Schwartz also responded to Cooper, tweeting, “Anderson is lashing out because Don decided to sit for an interview with ABC & their twelve million viewers but laughed at the interview request from Anderson & CNN’s twelve viewers.”

CNN’s vice president of communications Matt Dornic got involved as well, prompting a response from both Schwartz and Trump Jr. adviser Andrew Surabian.

Others at CNN are predictably circling their wagons to protect Cooper from criticism.

A Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official, Lynne Patton, posted a meme mocking Cooper, using the photo of him from Hurricane Ike to her Instagram account.

This prompted CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski to spring into action and start contacting HUD for comment.

Patton also tweeted an obviously fake meme of Cooper in the water with a shark edited in in response to Kaczynski.

Patton responded to Kaczynski in a tweet this morning reading, “As a volunteer in Katrina & Matthew, the assertion that I (or anyone from this Admin/family) would mock death is preposterous.”

“To discredit @KFILE’s false claim, I used a meme equally as ludicrous. I regret it was misinterpreted as insensitive & am honored to serve daily at HUD.”

 

CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy is also joining in, not calling out Cooper for his obvious lie about Donald Trump Jr., instead accusing “far-right personalities” of “smearing” Cooper.

“To get this all straight: Far-right personalities spent all weekend smearing. Anderson responds on his program, thoroughly debunking the smears. Now the same far-right activists are characterizing Anderson as a snowflake for having the gall to debunk their lies,” Darcy tweeted.

CNN’s Ana Navarro also joined in, somehow pretending that by lying about Trump Jr. and calling him “Donny,” Cooper had come out winning.

Perhaps it’s moments like these that are leading to CNN’s continued ratings fall.

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