Framing the Dialogue

Cooper Should Make a 360 and “Come Out of the Closet”

The mainstream media (“MSM”) showed their true stripes again during their coverage of the hundreds of Tea Parties held yesterday.  When confronted with a true grass-roots effort to protest excessive taxation and what is turning into an ever intrusive federal government, the MSM fell back on their typical, tired playbook.  They tried to diminish the efforts of the planners and attendees like the elitists they are.

Over the years, Anderson Cooper had seemed to be different, but we probably saw the real Cooper yesterday.  During his coverage of the tea parties and in response to a statement from David Gergen about the Republicans needing to “find their voice,” Cooper made the smug, off-color statement:

                “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.”

That may not sound too bad, unless you happen to know that teabagging is a homosexual act.  If it were not stooping to his level, I might ask how Mr. Cooper knows so much about this act?  Cooper’s CNN colleague and “reporter,” Susan Roesgen took a different approach.  In the interview that I heard she did not take the low road to sexual innuendo, she actually took the role as White House spokesman as she argued with protesters and spouted talking points better that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs had better watch out as she did a much better job than I have seen him do.  Unfortunately, she is supposed to be a reporter.   I may be dense, but reporters are not supposed to be argumentative.  If she is a liberal commentator, that would be her role, however, CNN actually lists Ms. Roesgen as a correspondent.  Watch the video of the interviews and you decide.  Thanks to Townhall for the video and you get a bonus as they also have provided a video clip response from the “right-winged, conservative” Fox News’ Shepard Smith.

I found another interesting view of the CNN exchange.  The blog Foundingbloggers had someone videotape Ms. Roesgen in the crowd after CNN cut away. 

MSNBC was not to be outdone by CNN and Cooper.   David Shuster has some witty narrow-minded comments of his own.  Coming from the network of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, this should not be too much of a surprise.  Here are some of Shuster’s gems:

“Teabagging day for the right wing and they are going nuts for it.” 

“They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending.”

That is just sooo funny!  No wonder so many folks watch CNN and MSNBC and avoid that evil Fox News.

Here are the facts:

  • Most MSM outlets mischaracterized the events as extreme
  • Most MSM outlets underestimated the number of people attending the events
  • Most MSM outlets underestimated the number of tea parties
  • Most MSM outlets claimed that the parties were organized by right-winged groups
  • Most MSM outlets dismissed the true grass-roots efforts that planned the tea parties
  • Most MSM outlets just plain got their fact wrong


Why won’t Cooper, Roesgen, Matthews, Olbermann, Shuster, etc. come out of the closet and just admit that they are not reporters.  Most of us know this already, that is why we will not watch their shows.  Come on and come out of the closet!  Admit it.  You will feel better.

I think Joe Scarborough (also of MSNBC…Why are you still there Joe?) said it best:

“If a media outlet wants to expose its bias, they can mock tea parties, if they like.”

It may not surprise you to learn that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agrees with the MSM about the tea parties. 

“They are the people who are funding what is supposed to look like a grass roots operation but is really an Astroturf initiative on the part of those who liked the status quo under George Bush, the failed economic policies that got us where we got today.”

George Bush is no longer the President.  The “failed economic policies” of George Bush were also the policies that Congress supported and passed.  It is funny how Congress conveniently forgets that they play a role in the government.  The House is the elected body that actually passed the BUDGET.  Since that is the case and Pelosi has been Speaker for a number of years, might we not make the arguement that the failed economic policies were, in fact, Pelosi’s?

I just report…you decide (sorry I “borrowed” Shepard Smith’s line).

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  1. Kevin says:

    I think it’s important to see the ratings from 4/16 (from Drudgereport):
    NITE OF THURS., APRIL 16, 2009

    FOXNEWS O’REILLY 3,897,000
    FOXNEWS HANNITY 3,138,000
    FOXNEWS GRETA 2,639,000
    FOXNEWS BECK 2,233,000
    FOXNEWS SHEP 1,979,000
    FOXNEWS BAIER 1,866,000
    CNN COOPER 1,277,000
    CNN KING 1,260,000
    MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,229,000
    CNNHN GRACE 1,172,000
    MSNBC MADDOW 1,052,000

    It gives me confidence to see that most people aren’t listening to what CNN and all the other liberal media is saying. I think people are beginning to see that what CNN and MSNBC say isn’t fact at all, but rather opinions from a few leftist hacks.

    Speaking of leftists, have you heard Janeane Farofalo’s take on the Tea Parties? It’s at about 3 minutes into the video. This video makes me wonder why she is even on CNN. Does working for the government on a show give her the knowledge to call people who were protesting higher taxes racists? I guess for MSNBC it’s good enough.

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