On his nightly CNN debacle, Anderson Cooper is known to delve into scatological humor during a segment he calls “The Ridiculist.” During that segment, he once chronicled French actor Gerard Depardieu’s unfortunate decision to use the carpeted aisle of a European airliner as a urinal and quipped, “Now, all I can say is, they should thank their lucky stars it wasn’t Depard-two.”
Hee-larious. Preposterous as this is for the apparently infantile grey fox of CNN, at least this tendency toward ordure didn’t impinge upon, you know, actual news.
That apparently changed during a panel discussion over President Donald Trump on Friday, when the CNN anchor decided to insinuate that a Trump surrogate would defend the president if he dropped trou over the White House desk and, well, we’ll let him finish that thought.
During the segment, the subject was the febrile topic of Russian leaks. Cooper told Jeffrey Lord, a prominent supporter of the president, that he thought Lord would go to any length to defend the president.
“If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it,” Cooper said. Take a look:
Class-ay! To be fair, Cooper quickly backpedaled.
“I mean, I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend,” Cooper said. “I mean, you’re a loyal guy, I think that speaks well of you.”
As the interview came to an end, Cooper was apparently a bit embarrassed about his words — not that we can blame him.
“I like having your voice on here and I think you’re an important voice to have, so I’m sorry I was a little crude. And you defend the president very well, and that’s your job,” Cooper said to Lord.
Later, Cooper even went on Twitter to follow up:
I regret the crude sentence i spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 20, 2017
We’ve heard more than enough of this from CNN over the past 18 months when it comes to Trump. We’ve seen CNN stoop to unimaginable lows when it’s gone after Trump. A lot of publications have. But the fact is that few of us are willing to breach the scatological barrier that Mr. Cooper seems so eager to go over. And why? I’m going to assume ratings have more than a little to do with it.
No matter your feelings on Trump, this is a consistent pattern — and one that needs to be stopped.
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