Showing no ability to compete for ratings, CNN is left with ridiculing rival Fox News. With President Donald Trump’s irritable reaction to an unfavorable poll from the rival network, anchor Anderson Cooper saw an opportunity for a two-fer.
In a segment titled “The Ridiculist,” Cooper mocked the president for thinking that Fox News hosts work for him, getting a shot in at Fox News in the process.
“Tonight there’s a new grievance from history’s least busy president and it involves his favorite source for compliments and conspiracy theories, Fox News,” the CNN anchor said.
Cooper continued, “President Trump is apparently furious over a recent Fox poll showing him struggling in hypothetical match-ups with certain Democratic presidential candidates. And speaking to reporters before getting on Air Force One yesterday, it was clear the president has turned fickle in the absence of the old Fox News tickle.”
Cooper then played a clip of Trump’s remarks.
“Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox,” the president said. “There’s something going on at Fox, I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it.”
In the same clip, Trump named some of the Fox News hosts that he likes, people like Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, and Tucker Carlson.
“We have a lot of great people,” he went on to say. “Even Greg Gutfeld. He wasn’t good to me two years ago, now he sees all I’ve done.”
Cooper feigned mock relief that Gutfeld was now on board, before twisting Trump’s words.
“I love the president says ‘We have a lot of great people at Fox,’ not trying to hide that he thinks they all work for him, that they’re all just part of the party,” the CNN anchor said.
Not grasping that comedy doesn’t suit him well, Cooper would then set his sights on Fox News host Jeanine Pirro and, in the process, finish off what credibility he might have left.
He played a clip of Pirro, a former prosecutor, being honest about politicians willing to accept dirt on an opponent.
“As someone who’s run for office five times, if the devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on the opponent, I’d be on the first trolley to Hell to get it. And anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar,” she says in the clip.
“First trolley to Hell. That should be the name of her show. After a good interview, she would be like ‘toot-toot’ — coming up, next stop, voter fraud,” Cooper said, while imitating a train whistle.
He then makes fun of his “Larry King voice,” saying that’s the best he can do, before getting back to the business of attacking Trump… and the opposition.
“Surely, the president hasn’t forgotten all the network did for him and his allies,” Cooper said. “I mean, where else but Fox News would Rudy Giuliani been able to so smoothly and well defuse the whole Stormy Daniels hush money scandal?”
While he goes on to mock Giuliani, it’s not hard to understand why CNN struggles to compete with the Hallmark Channel — at least there, you get real drama.
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