Video: Anderson Cooper cracks wise at Ahmadinejad

posted at 11:32 pm on September 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

He accused Mike Wallace of being a “representative of the Zionist regime” when Wallace asked him one too many uncomfortable questions about where Hezbollah gets its money and weapons from. Tonight Cooper prodded him on the Holocaust and he fell back on the same shtick, inquiring as to whether these were AC’s own questions or whether perhaps a third party had prepared a list for him. An accusation to which Cooper had the perfect reply.


Greg Tinti has a longer clip and thought Cooper did a fabulous job. I agree that he was better than Wallace — particularly when Ahmadinejad lied to his face about IAEA findings of Iranian noncompliance and was promptly challenged on it — but questions about his Holocaust revisionism have already been asked and answered. Next time be bold, Anderson. Ask him about Mashhad.

Update: Speaking of missed interview opportunities, official nutroots mascot Keith Olbermann welcomed Jane Hamsher of firedoglake to the program tonight to regale his three viewers with the inside scoop on the Clinton blogger meet-up. Did he seize the chance to ask the lefty blogosphere’s most notorious race-baitrix whether she was pleased to find no bloggers of color there muddying the waters? No, he did not, for reasons Johnny Dollar will be only too happy to explain.


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“Actually in America we have a free press, unlike in parts of Iran; I’m asking the questions I’m interested in”

While AC was good, what did he mean by “unlike in parts of Iran” – are there free-press parts in Iran?

Entelechy on September 20, 2006 at 11:47 PM

Yeah, I think he just pussed out there.

Allahpundit on September 20, 2006 at 11:51 PM

Cooper shoulda said “Tell my audience about the 12th imam and the caliphate.”

Tony737 on September 20, 2006 at 11:59 PM

Next time, ask him about Apocalypse vs. Reform In Iran.

DannoJyd on September 21, 2006 at 12:08 AM

Seriously, does this troll have any other suits??

Rick on September 21, 2006 at 12:30 AM

The hell with the bloggers of color issue; Olbermann should have asked about the most important issue to arise from that gathering.

Alex K on September 21, 2006 at 1:10 AM

I hate to say anything nice about CNN, but I actually like Anderson Cooper, moreso after watching him for a while. Of course, in this interview, AC had to realize that, were he an Iranian citizen, Ahmadinejad would have hanged him a long time ago.

Squid Vicious on September 21, 2006 at 1:20 AM

AC was also the guy who came right out and reported on Hezbollah’s blatant media manipulation.

I think he could be dragged over to the light side.

Pablo on September 21, 2006 at 6:31 AM

Finally, some righteous indignation from a journalist… directed at a dictator!

frankj on September 21, 2006 at 6:34 AM

Would somebody just kill the guy.
Please, for the love of god.
What was his name again? Almondjoyed

Kramer on September 21, 2006 at 8:56 AM

It was funny when Ahmadinejad said that all his interviewers in the MSM ask the same questions. He must have heard Rushs collage of audio clips when the pack mentality media are all on the same talking points. Such as the “gravitas” quote, and more recently the GOP “rebellion”

roninacreage on September 21, 2006 at 9:07 AM

Did Amadnutjob know that AC is probably gay?

roninacreage on September 21, 2006 at 9:09 AM

I think Anderson Cooper is an EXCELLENT journalist. One of the few out there who truly seems to be objective.

I love the fact that others tried to make this big deal of him being gay and he just didn’t let them do it. He doesn’t let his sexuality define who he is.

I think he is one of the best journalist on TV out there right now.

Rightwingsparkle on September 21, 2006 at 9:20 AM

NOTE: He’s not gay, He’s BI…….
Just joking.

Kramer on September 21, 2006 at 9:32 AM

He’s a puss. Good line, but he buried it…

Jaibones on September 21, 2006 at 9:37 AM

The Prada wearer outdid himself.

Kid from Brooklyn on September 21, 2006 at 9:41 AM

Ask him about Mashhad

That may have been hitting below the belt, but the more I think about it….

Valiant on September 21, 2006 at 10:09 AM

Have to wholeheartedly agree with Johnny Dollar’s assessment of KO’s consistently one-sided perspective on the news. How ironic to have Brian Ross and O’Reilly discussing the positive outcome from waterboarding captive terrorists while OverDumb was driving home the point that torture tactics never work. Beautiful.

Thanks again Johnny by pointing out Overdumb’s inability to EVER have an opposing point of view on his program. Again O’Reilly did just that, and had a Human Rights babe come on following Ross to present a counter argument.

Unfortunately her only defense throughout the interview was, “There are other ways of getting this kind of information out of the terrorists”, but never explaining what the “other ways” might have been or giving any evidence that “other ways” have proved beneficial in dealing with this new enemy who really doesn’t mind croaking for Allah.

Great to hear our “torture” techniques are bearing fruit and saving lives. Too bad the lefties, in addition to Republican traitors McCain, Warner and Graham are blind and deaf in the face of reality. Too bad for the rest of us when playing nicey-nice to the terrorists results in another avoidable attack on the US and it’s citizens.

fogw on September 21, 2006 at 10:14 AM

heh, actually in America we have a free press unlike in Iran. If that guy were an Iranian press agent I have this odd feeling we’d be reading about him on the blogs and getting video of his head being sawed off.

One Angry Christian on September 21, 2006 at 10:42 AM

Cooper is a talking head, and Amadinepajamas knows it.

He’s playing cooper for all it’s worth and Cooper is to dumn to realize it. Or maybe he does, and just doesn’t care… hmm…

Lawrence on September 21, 2006 at 12:04 PM

Would somebody just kill the guy.
Please, for the love of god.
What was his name again? Almondjoyed

Kramer on September 21, 2006 at 8:56 AM

Gee thanks a lot Kramer. I finally learn this guy name, now I won’t be able to get Almondjoyed out of my head.

I like Cooper, his personal background, Vanderbilts etc, rather interesting. He did nice work on Katrina as well.

honora on September 21, 2006 at 1:02 PM

AC wimped out. He made his “free press” rebuttal as a sidenote and in an ironic and casual manner. It was like Hitler being interviewed by Seinfeld.

MarcH on September 21, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Well at least Anderson didn’t tell him he wears really cool shoes or something. And someome ought to warn Ahmadinejad those neato suits he wears are highly flammable. Then again, let’s keep it a secret…..

soulsirkus on September 21, 2006 at 1:55 PM