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September 07, 2012

Random Acts of Journalistic Integrity

Today's nominee for Best Reality-Based News Reporting goes to Anderson Cooper. Yesterday, the Blog Princess started to post this hilarious video of Anderson banging his head into DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz adamant refusal to admit she had misquoted the LA Times:

Unfortunately, work intervened and the Princess to bail out. Cooper's determination is really quite admirable: the man.just.wouldn't.give.up. In a fresh episode of the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Chronicles, our hero wades back into the fray:

After the ugly scene that played out on the floor of the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, during which the Democratic Party amended their platform to reinstate “God” and mention that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, CNN’s Anderson Cooper went to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her reaction to the entire ordeal. But after she spoke, Cooper determined she was living in an “alternate universe.”

CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Wasserman Schultz on the convention floor how she felt as one of “the most prominent Jewish lawmakers” when she learned that any mention of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel was struck from the Democratic platform.

Wasserman Schultz said a “technical oversight” led to the omission, adding that the platform was amended to reflect President Obama’s personal views and the views of the Democratic party. Conveniently, the DNC chair said a “technical oversight” also led to all references to“God” being left out of the platform.

...But that wasn’t what sent Cooper into a tizzy. Even though video of the platform amendment vote shows a chaotic scene, many people booing and hollering in protest, Wasserman Schultz argued that “there wasn’t any discord” during the vote.

After watching the interview from the CNN studio, the always fair Cooper said: “I mean, that’s an alternate universe.”

Cooper reminded his audience that it was Wasserman Schultz who attacked Mitt Romney’s campaign because “it is the candidate who sets the platform, who designs and writes the platform. It wasn’t true when she was saying it two weeks ago — but now isn’t it fair if she claimed that about the Republican platform to claim that about the Democratic platform?”

“From a reality standpoint, you can defend it, as the head of the DNC, but to say flat out there was no discord is just not true,” Cooper added.

These close encounters with reality would be amusing enough in their own right. Laid alongside the DNC mantra that Romney/Ryan are lying liars whose contempt for the electorate is so great that they think they can get away with telling whoppers, they are downright hysterical.

And Anderson Cooper deserves respect for his dogged attempts to get the facts out. Somehow we doubt his natural sympathies lie with the Romney/Ryan ticket. By the standards most journalists employ, honor would have been served had he simply called her out once and then let the matter drop. Persisting as he did is particularly praiseworthy, and we're delighted to highlight an instance where a journalist takes obvious pride doing the job the way it should be done, consequences be damned.

Full marks.

Posted by Cassandra at September 7, 2012 10:16 AM

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Wait, didn't the Dems claim that saying Jerusalem was thecapital of Isreal was some sort of major gaffe when Romney said it.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 7, 2012 07:49 PM

I agree, Anderson Cooper deserves full credit here.

Posted by: Texan99 at September 7, 2012 09:53 PM