CNN information host Anderson Cooper used 10 minutes of his Monday night time episode to defend his earlier protection of hurricanes after the president’s son appeared to accuse him of exaggerating.
In a tweet on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. posted an image of Cooper standing waist-deep in water whereas his cameraman stands on larger floor.
“Cease Mendacity to attempt to make @realDonaldTrump look unhealthy,” Trump Jr. wrote.
The tweet additionally slammed CNN for having unhealthy rankings and instructed protection of the hurricane was exaggerated. Although he didn’t specify which hurricane, information protection over the previous few days has been centered on Hurricane Florence, which dumped torrents of rain on the Carolinas and flooded cities.
WATCH: Newest information protection of Tropical Storm Florence
Cooper clapped again to the tweet on air throughout Anderson Cooper 360, exhibiting footage of Trump Jr. with searching trophies saying, “I do know he considers himself an outdoorsman and pays some huge cash to be led to wildlife in Africa that he then kills.”
He additionally mentioned he wasn’t “positive if [Trump Jr.’s] really been to a hurricane or a flood.”
“I didn’t see him down in North Carolina over the previous couple of days serving to out, lending a hand, however I’m positive he was doing one thing vital moreover simply tweeting lies,” Cooper mentioned.
After Trump Jr. tweeted the photograph, memes of Anderson Cooper unfold on-line, with many individuals assuming it was a latest image.
One trump official wrote on Instagram: “You already know it’s unhappy when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews.”
One other Trump Staffer shared the photograph on Twitter with the caption: “Completely disgraceful! Apparently #HurricaneFlorence wasn’t devastating sufficient for @CNN’s @andersoncooper – so he needed to exaggerate for his dwell shot. #FakeNews at its most interesting!”
Cooper references one criticism, the place somebody claims that he was kneeling within the water saying, “The concept that I’m kneeling in water to make it look deep is, frankly, idiotic.”
Cooper mentioned that the photograph was taken in 2008 throughout Hurricane Ike, explaining that he was close to Bridge Metropolis, Texas, and was off the street in deeper water to remain out of the best way of the rescue crews. He additionally defined that the cameraman stayed on the excessive floor as a result of the tools would fail in water.
He mentioned he not often responded to “on-line conspiracy theorists of cable new cranks,” however felt it was essential to reply this time.
“I’ve coated hurricanes for about 14 years and it actually does make me unhappy to suppose that anybody would suppose that I might attempt to faux one thing or overly dramatize a catastrophe,” he mentioned.
“Look, I don’t count on the president’s son to ever admit that he was fallacious or one of many president’s advisers or frankly anybody else who’s retweeted any of those footage. However I not less than thought that they and you must know the reality,” he concluded.
It’s not the primary time Cooper has used his present to rebut particular feedback: in January after U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly referred to as Haiti and African nations “shithole” nations, Cooper made an emotional assertion defending the Haitian folks.
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