Accuracy in Media

CNN’s Anderson Cooper didn’t take too kindly to the ladies of The View (except Hasselbeck) mocking Rep. John Boehner’s crying.

From Mediaite

Is Anderson Cooper getting a jump on starting a beef with his soon-to-be rivals of daytime television? The future star of Anderson saw the ladies of The View mock the House Weeper-elect John Boehner on Monday, but he wasn’t laughing along. No, the CNNer slapped the women onto the RidicuList, his PG-rated version of Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person in the World. “Since when did the ladies on The View turn into Dr. Evil from Austin Powers?” he asked with disappointment.

But this RidicuList entry should’ve been asterisked, since Elisabeth Hasselbeck defended the bawling Boehner against the ridicule of her co-hosts, primarily Joy Behar and Barbara Walters.

And so did Cooper:

Aren’t people always saying they want politicians to be more real? And aren’t men always being told now that we’re supposed to be more sensitive, more vulnerable, willing to show emotions? Barbara Walters said if Nancy Pelosi cried so much, she’d be called weak, which is probably true actually. Pelosi has said she doesn’t cry about politics because you have to be a professional. But can you be professional and sentimental at the same time? I’m one of the most uptight people around, believe me, but I’ve been known to shed a tear from time to time. Sure, I, you know, try to keep it limited to a darkened theater while watching Bambi.

He ended the segment with both a plea and a challenge: “Ladies of The View, just let the man cry already. And if you want to shed a tear because you’re on tonight’s RidicuList, go right ahead. We’ll love you all the more for it.”

That’s  right ladies.  There are actually sensitive men in the world who occasionally cry but that doesn’t make them any less of a man for doing so.

The View has never been known for a show with political balance but when liberals complain about mean-spirited Republicans they might want to take a look in the mirror or a least watch a few episodes of The View or Countdown with Keith Olbermann before casting any stones.

If even a liberal like Cooper thinks the criticism was uncalled for then you know Walters, Behar and Goldberg were out of line.

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