Video: Anderson Cooper’s moment of shame — extended edition!

posted at 9:19 am on November 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

You’ve seen the Drudge clip, but the Drudge clip doesn’t include the best part — where Bill Bennett tells Cooper, live on the air, about the Hillary plant and catches him completely flat-footed. It falls to the big A to bring you that.

“Total crap” indeed. Stand by for oodles of debate video.

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Total BS that they didn’t know. Half of the CNN news room does or has worked for the Clintons.

bj1126 on November 29, 2007 at 9:23 AM

Thanks very much, AP. Bennett is the man.

Spirit of 1776 on November 29, 2007 at 9:24 AM

Wow….I guess their IP blocks all search engines.

Limerick on November 29, 2007 at 9:25 AM

CNN = Clinton News Network.
DUH!!!

SouthernPride on November 29, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Casinos in Las Vegas report their shock over gambling.

profitsbeard on November 29, 2007 at 9:25 AM

LIAR

stenwin77 on November 29, 2007 at 9:28 AM

And the Dems boycotted FOX News because…..?

CNN is unreal. I know they’re biased, but to be sooo blatant about it.

JetBoy on November 29, 2007 at 9:29 AM

Drudge headlines include links to MM.com, Newsbusters and Townhall… how good it that!

MT on November 29, 2007 at 9:30 AM

It is amazing how stupid the mainstream media thinks we are. And Clinton thinks she can get away with anything by saying she wasn’t aware…..she sure isn’t aware of alot of things her campaign is doing, she really thinks that shows leadership? Blame the peons? Wake up Dems, this is your Queen!

ctmom on November 29, 2007 at 9:33 AM

Well, well. Given how the nutroots have taken to calling the POTUS “shrub,” perhaps we should start calling Hillary, “the shrubber,” because of her fondness for plants.

smellthecoffee on November 29, 2007 at 9:35 AM

Hahaha!!! Yes, keep covering your ass in Legalese, coop!

AlexB on November 29, 2007 at 9:37 AM

ctmom, you’re 100% right.

“I was unaware” – Hillary

“Ok” – MSM

For being the smartest woman on the planet, she is unaware of a lot of things. Crooked donors, Bill’s women, missing documents, etc.

What IS she aware of?

kcluva on November 29, 2007 at 9:39 AM

Disclosure? Why not just not use the guy?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 29, 2007 at 9:39 AM

Busted……Hack.

Just the fact they knew he was an “activist” should have been cause to discover.

That guy looks like one of Santa’s elves in a suit.

Hening on November 29, 2007 at 9:40 AM

AP, we saw you there last night. You were that housefly on top of Michelle’s monitor telling her what to blog. Great job!

RMCS_USN on November 29, 2007 at 9:42 AM

Hmmm….

I really don’t think this is a conspiricy of the MEDIA, so much as pure sloppy work.

Please don’t suscribe to an insidious plot what can be explained by pure incompenence.

Now… after having said that, this is a HUGE indictment of the press and their lack of ability to do simple research.

Just as yesterday, during the weather report here in Denver, a Weather man stated that the hottest year on calender was just “a few years ago”… apparently even though it is in his area of expertise… he didn’t get the memo from NASA about the temp revisions… and yes… his point was about “global warming”…

Plot? No… incompetence? yeppers…

Romeo13 on November 29, 2007 at 9:43 AM

Cooper had no idea the guy was on “some sort of committee” from “some candidate” is a nice way to dodge the whole Clinton involvement. CNN = Clinton News Network.

Neo on November 29, 2007 at 9:46 AM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say …..

CNN producers knew
Anderson Cooper knew
Hillary’s campaign staff knew
Hillary knew
Bill knew
Soros knew

The Liars Club.

fogw on November 29, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Having the YouTube question in the debateis one thing, its a legitimate question. Bringing this guy and and letting him have an open mike for rebuttal was ridiculous.

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 29, 2007 at 9:47 AM

CNN is a proproganda machine, not a news station.

NO GOP debates should be hosted by them any longer. Of course, since they, like MSNBC, are one-sided, they can go to bat for the Dumbs all they want.

I don’t trust them. Neither should any American who cares about this nation.

madmonkphotog on November 29, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Romeo13:

People at CNN knew who these plants were, but to give plausible deniability they “neglect” to tell the talking heads so when it becomes glaringly obvious there were tons of plants they can shrug their shoulders.

Easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

Neo on November 29, 2007 at 9:50 AM

I would post on the MM.com board but the site is over run with traffic because of the quality of her plant locating there. But this type of thing is ridiculous. How many retired gay generals are there? Probably ONE. That should have thrown up a red flag immediately to do a little fact checking about this guy.

He is obviously going to be a star for the Democrats. He’ll probably be a senator or at least a representative before long on the D side. CNN is a poor excuse for journalism. . . unless they want us to believe that all US Generals are gay men just wanting to serve their country out of the closet – no way, no how.

ThackerAgency on November 29, 2007 at 9:50 AM

What a surprise; CNN is incompetent. The gene pool there is shot, so the whole nest of rats must be removed in order to rehabilitate the brand.

saiga on November 29, 2007 at 9:53 AM

what a cluster****

trailortrash on November 29, 2007 at 9:53 AM

Wow….I guess their IP blocks all search engines.

No sh!t.

Once again, the “online vigilantes” blogging in their pajamas perform the Google searches professional, trained journalists just won’t do.

I just read a piece in the Times (UK) about the GOP candidates being Internet “Luddites” — as though CNN has mastered the art of the search.

saint kansas on November 29, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Gotta love what the boss is doing on her page…”you know, you just can’t get away with anything anymore!”

LtE126 on November 29, 2007 at 10:00 AM

I think the fact he was there and given so much time on the floor to go on and on about it tells me they knew. I think Anderson Cooper (who hesitated a lot to mention Clinton) being gay is also one of the reasons this guy got on. Pushing his agenda at the same time.

This is the reason I seem to only watch Fox. It’s te only t. v. news media I trust.

CCRWM on November 29, 2007 at 10:01 AM

the guy was there in person so he could drool over Anderson’s tight little ass.

LtE126 on November 29, 2007 at 10:04 AM

How many retired gay generals are there? Probably ONE. That should have thrown up a red flag immediately to do a little fact checking about this guy.

Yeah, thank goodness they were able to track down the one guy who could step up and ask the question that all the men and women at Walter Reed would have asked had they the opportunity.

I just rewatched the original question just to hear Coop say, “Glad you’re here.” Oh yeah… so glad…

P.S. Isn’t this the very first thing Billy Jeff settled once and for all in his first 100 days in office? There were so many things he gently handled and then let go…

saint kansas on November 29, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Cooper does not know one of the highest profile gay activists in the nation?
Oh, come on now, really?

right2bright on November 29, 2007 at 10:09 AM

CNN is so full of shinola. Deabtes in front of audiences, much less You Tube, should be banned. Let these candidates
stand and make their own remarks without cheering/booing section and without cute tricks like this one.
This You Tube deabte is a mistake and embarrasment.
Take a bow CNN.

RobCon on November 29, 2007 at 10:09 AM

Would you like some butter and syrup to go with that waffle Coop?

RMCS_USN on November 29, 2007 at 10:22 AM

Somebody should look Anderson Cooper right in the eye and say “I’m not asking and you don’t have to tell”…

DANEgerus on November 29, 2007 at 10:32 AM

So Cooper assures us that CNN would have disclosed his affiliation…

Hey andy, it didn’t happen at the Dim debate, or did you miss that while you were busy at the Boys Club…

Jagoffs.

benrand on November 29, 2007 at 10:36 AM

DId you notice how Andy said at the end “if we had used it at all.” regarding this guy’s question…

That gives up the lie right there. I mean, they knew the guy was in the frickin AUDIENCE.

That crap was more stage managed than a Benny Hinn revival.

Good Lord…what a bunch of effing liars.

Yet another reason why I don’t own a tv.

benrand on November 29, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Cooper does not know one of the highest profile gay activists in the nation?
Oh, come on now, really?

He didn’t say he didn’t know who he was; said he didn’t know was affiliated w/ Clinton camp.

Spirit of 1776 on November 29, 2007 at 10:52 AM

My impression is Anderson Cooper is pretty sincere.

Hey, Fox is covering it right now.

mikeyboss on November 29, 2007 at 10:54 AM

So, when is the next CNN sponsored Republican Debate being held?

Helloyawl on November 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I don’t think Cooper knew, his last few words questioning whether they would have used the question at all if they know about the plant I think signals his sense of fair play. But I agree, CNN producers had to know. And their sense of fair play was that if they could fool the public then great!

Are there any non-plants in a CNN debate?

doufree on November 29, 2007 at 11:08 AM

“I knew he was an activist of some sort but not that he was affiliated with a campaign.”

Thats all the proof you need about CNN passing off activists as some random Joe Q. America.

p0s3r on November 29, 2007 at 11:12 AM

I guess Anderson Cooper was given a bum steer.

andycanuck on November 29, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Cooper says that CNN would have disclosed that the guy was a plant, but that would not disqualify his question.

Being a total plant for the opposition wouldn’t disqualify him??

OT
Is Anderson Cooper a ghost? I’ve known albinos with more color and contrast.

rockbend on November 29, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Don’t Ask.
Don’t Tell.
Don’t Disclose.

Kini on November 29, 2007 at 11:51 AM

In using his question setting up his lecture…

Fixed, Anderson

eeyore on November 29, 2007 at 12:27 PM

“I do know that he is an activist of some sort …”

End of discussion.

Jaibones on November 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

It’s great watching these morons get caught in morasses of their own making.

drjohn on November 29, 2007 at 2:03 PM

I am ashamed to have the same last name as that idiot-Cooper. In as much as I have DirectTV; I have 202 & 204 deleted from my list of channels accepted. CNN..are any of your stupid minions reading?

oldelpasoan on November 29, 2007 at 2:27 PM

This cooper guy doesn’t lie very well. Budda’s gonna
have to give him many more practice sessions.

Texyank on November 29, 2007 at 6:53 PM

What a bunch of dog squeeze, Anderson!

MsUnderestimated on November 29, 2007 at 7:29 PM

so Andy is telling us that security for [way too many] candidates for POTUS let some random fella into the audience unvetted. And then that random fella both sent in a video that was chosen *and* spoke live at the debate and CNN didn’t bother to vet him either?

Pull the other one; it’s got bells on.

Claire on November 29, 2007 at 9:23 PM