Anderson Cooper v. Donald Trump Jr.

Anderson Cooper reporting on Anderson Cooper 360.


Anderson Cooper reporting on Anderson Cooper 360.

Jay Baez, Reporter

Anderson Cooper decided to address some interesting tweets made by Donald Trump Jr. regarding Cooper’s hurricane coverage tactics, last Tuesday, September 18th. Trump Jr. took to Twitter to discuss his anger regarding Cooper’s tactics, “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 @realDonaldTrump look bad,” along with a photo of Cooper during hurricane Ike in 2008.  Cooper then had to explain that the photo used was not taken during the current hurricane that is hitting the Carolina’s.

Cooper then began to read the following comments on Trump Jr.’s tweet, ” Some guy said I was on my knees to make it look deep and then went on to say that I was used to being on my knees, which I assume is some sort of anti-gay reference,” Cooper then began to address the fact that people said it was unnecessary for him to be in waist deep water, but he retaliated, “You can argue I didn’t need to be standing in waist-deep water,” he said. “I could have been standing on the road by the camera crew. But, again, I didn’t want to be roaming around on the highway interfering with rescue vehicles in any way. I also wanted to show people how deep the water was and how dangerous it is for anyone driving.”

Cooper began defending his reporting skills, saying “I’ve covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that anyone would think that I would try to fake something or overly dramatize a disaster.” Though Trump Jr. wasn’t the only one addressing Cooper’s “reporting style”, other Trump employees took out to say their own opinion on Cooper as well, including Lynne Patton who shared a meme on her Instagram and said “You know it’s sad when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews,” and also photoshopped a photo of a shark into the photo of Cooper with the caption, “#NeverClaimedItWasFlorence.”

Anderson Cooper wrapped up the show by saying, “Look, I don’t expect the president’s son to ever admit that he was wrong or one of the president’s advisers or frankly anyone else who’s retweeted any of these pictures. But I at least thought that they and you should know the truth.”