Perpetually angry CNN host Anderson Cooper threw a temper tantrum Monday evening over White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s refusal to hold any formal press briefings.
(Source: Fox News)
The rant concerned what Grisham had said while speaking on “Fox & Friends” earlier that morning about exactly why the White House refuses to hold any more briefings.
“Not right now,” she’d said when asked whether the press briefings may return anytime soon. “Ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can do that. But right now he’s doing just fine. And to be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theater.”
“And I think that a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous. They’re writing books now. They’re all getting famous off of this presidency, so I think it’s great what we’re doing now.”
At least two of Cooper’s own colleagues — political analyst April Ryan and chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta — have already published books about their “experiences.” Note that these books were published while the two were still on the job.
In response to these remarks, Cooper threw a fit.
“Oh my God! Ugh! Friggin’ reporters!” he sarcastically exclaimed after playing a clip of Grisham speaking. “By the way, did you notice how quickly- how Fox & Friends, did you notice how quickly they scrambled to agree with Grisham before she even finished her sentence?”
That may have been because she’d been speaking the truth?
Listen to Grisham’s full FNC discussion below:
(Source: Fox News)
“They were writing books to get famous off the president,” Cooper continued. “It’s not like anybody at Fox would write a book about the president and make money off said book. Oh, Dan Bongino, Judge Jeanine, Jason Chaffetz, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Greg Jarrett, Judge Jeanine.”
“A lot of books inspired by the president. It’s not that they would seek to profit off their time at the White House. Just ask Sarah Sanders, who’s now a contributor at Fox. But that’s different. It’s not like she’s writing a book about her time in the White House, right? Oh, she’s writing a book. Oh well.”
His sarcastic diatribe appeared to miss Grisham’s core point — which was that the left-wing “journalists” who’ve profited off their work at the White House have done so via political theater, i.e., by purposefully acting up on the job to draw attention to themselves.
There’s the time Ryan interrupted one of then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ briefings last year to throw a tantrum. And the time that selfie-loving Acosta placed his hands on a White House intern as she tried to retrieve the microphone from him.
“Yeah, Sean Spicer did parley his lies and those ‘SNL’ sketches and he’s doing the herky-jerky twerky in the name of Jesus over at ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” Cooper continued.
“Maybe Stephanie Grisham is wise to keep a low profile. She may be able to get a job after she’s ousted and/or resigns. No one would know she works for the White House because nobody knows who she is or what she looks like.”
Besides mocking Spicer’s Christian beliefs, the CNN host also strongly seemed to suggest that he supports efforts by radically far-left activists to transform former Trump administration officials into “permanent pariah[s],” thus making them unemployable.
Concluding his hateful rant, Cooper took aim at Grisham’s argument that the habitually abusive behavior of his colleagues had rendered the White House’s traditional briefings pointless.
“I think that it’s so important that the spokesperson for the president can adequately speak to his policies and get his message out there,” she’d said. “And I think the president saw that that’s not what was happening. It had become again theater, and they weren’t being good to his people.”
Of course, that’s not how Cooper interpreted it.
“She’s claiming the briefings were ended because reporters were being tough, asking tough questions and pointing out facts,” he bellowed in frustration.
Last year Cooper’s colleague Brian Karem harangued Sanders over the Trump administration’s widely supported immigration policies and asked her in rage, “Don’t you have any empathy?”
CNN’s Brian Karem gets personal, screams at Sanders over immigration: ‘Don’t you have any empathy?!’ https://t.co/6bJ3tzYk91
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) June 15, 2018
It’s not clear whether Cooper considers this a good example of “reporters … being tough, asking tough questions and pointing out facts.”
“It’s hard to adequately speak for policies when the president undercuts what you’ve just said from the podium,” he concluded. “That happened a lot. And plenty of people are being treated badly in the White House. I’m not sure if it’s the reporters who are to blame for that. I think there’s a lot of nastiness going on in the White House and it has nothing to do with reporters.”
Speaking of nastiness, this week Acosta said that America has “become a vicious, nasty country“:
Apparently, according to the folks at CNN, every person and thing outside of CNN is wrong and “nasty” and this and that. But the folks at CNN? Why, they’re just perfect …