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Anderson Cooper’s ‘Teabagging’ Dodge

posted at 1:44 pm on May 20, 2009 by

Kudos to Allahpundit for exposing the “teabagging” dodge of CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He’s absolutely right to note that the term originated with liberal commentators determined to mock the tea parties rather than with the grassroots activists who mailed teabags to politicians as a form of protest.

Liberal MSNBC talker Rachel Maddow and potty-mouthed blogger Ana Marie Cox, who rose to fame by making frequent references to anal sex at Wonkette, were the first to embrace the term teabagging on national television as a way to mock the tea parties against government spending and taxes. And odds are good that they took their cues from liberal blogs.

A few days later, MSNBC’s David Shuster joined the chorus. Then Cooper decided it was time for CNN to enter the frat house.

Bill Whittle of Pajamas TV rightfully decried that kind of media coverage from the gutter last week in a “Meet The Blogs” segment. “You have to be a pornographer now to follow some of the language and some of the attitude that’s going on on MSNBC,” he said.

Tea partiers shouldn’t let CNN’s Cooper get away with saying we called ourselves “teabaggers” when we didn’t. Put the blame back on him by tweeting your complaints to @andersoncooper.

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I now call him Man-Parts-in-Pooper, since he started calling himself that first.

Jim Treacher on May 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM