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7/2/2010

Anderson Cooper to the Government: “We Are Not the Enemy”

Filed under: Government,Obama — DRJ @ 8:20 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Anderson Cooper responds to the Obama Administration’s blanket rule that levies criminal sanctions against anyone, including the media, who fails to stay 65 feet away from booms or response vessels in the Gulf:

ANDERSON COOPER: “So keeping prying eyes out of marshes, away from booms, off the beaches is now government policy. *** If we can’t show what’s happening, warts and all, no one will see what’s happening and that makes it very easy to hide failure and hide incompetence.”

— DRJ

47 Responses to “Anderson Cooper to the Government: “We Are Not the Enemy””

  1. “We Are Not the Enemy

    Message to Coop: Obey your Democrat masters and you won’t be.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (cf2f34)

  2. Business takeovers. Collapse of the mortgage market. Health care takeover. Czars. Unqualified nominees to high-level positions. Racist practices at the Department of Justice. Refusal to secure the borders. And now, gross incompetence and obfuscation during what has been called the greatest environmental disaster in history.

    What the current administration is engaged in is nothing less than a war on the American people.

    Rusty Bill (ca7b34)

  3. I looked at CNN.com earlier today and didn’t see any coverage of the spill on the main page. I’m glad my impression was wrong and they are trying to do their job.

    The government refusing to permit coverage is sufficient information. They are completely failing to clean the mess up and incompetent. Most of the assets we should use are being stopped. Something very wrong is happening that will be affecting us for decades. And it appears that most of this damage is avoidable and unforgivable.

    America was fooled in 2008 by promises. I don’t see how the 52$ have any excuse now, no matter how dumb they are.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  4. Awww…poor baby…

    I reckon they are learning what happens when you drop to your knees and open wide on the first date.

    You get used and tossed aside after they get their thrills and to hell with you!

    So, who are the rubes again?

    MJN1957 (6e1275)

  5. If we can’t show what’s happening, warts and all, no one will see what’s happening and that makes it very easy to hide failure and hide incompetence.”

    Rrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyy?

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  6. Business takeovers. Collapse of the mortgage market. Health care takeover…

    Barack Obama: “And other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?!”

    Mark (411533)

  7. Anderson – Dude, if you don’t stick to the narrative, you are the enemy.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  8. If Anderson Cooper thinks that he’s not the enemy, who does he this is the enemy?

    The is the $64 question.

    John P. Squibob (882a08)

  9. That’s some scary film there. This is how the government of China handles mine disasters and earthquakes. Deny and cover up.

    Thad Allen officially retired from the coast guard on June 30 and is now the administration’s Civilian Incident Commander for the oil spill. The rules just changed today. Connect the dots.

    elissa (586a03)

  10. here is a nifty little clip about the deepwater enterprise – I think that’s the one what’s flaring the oils right now… what a neat boat I can’t believe the stupid president wants to send these boats away to Brazil.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  11. here’s a real quick one of a big shark they caught on video over 8,700 feet down under the water. He looks hungry. You can’t eat oils, silly shark!

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  12. lol, happyfeet.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. Someone needs to send Anderson a supply of Chap-Stick, he obviously rubbed somebody the wrong way.

    AD - RtR/OS! (688ffe)

  14. Baghdad Bob Gibbs was prolly not too happy with Anderson after this report.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  15. The sad and tragic thing about Anderson’s report is exactly what he said:

    “We’re not the enemy.”

    Of course, you are not the enemy. You are a god-damned journalist. If you have to identify to the government that you are on it’s side, you have failed in your duty.

    I am ashamed that I left the business, not because of pussies such as Cooper, but because I thought I was too stupid to stand up to them.

    Ag80 (363d6e)

  16. Obama incompetent? Cooper, dude, anyone with a functioning brain knew this back in 2007.

    RickZ (062850)

  17. Oh, cry me a river…

    I suppose the Obama administration refused to make a deal with CNN for exclusive access to the disaster.
    I trust their reporting of the oil spill as much as I trust their reporting of Saddam Hussein when they had their deal with him.

    JC (8e5099)

  18. JC, I have no idea whatsoever what you are trying to communicate. Quit trying to be clever and actually say what you mean instead.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  19. Cooper is looking for the administration’s “quid” to his “pro quo”.

    In words that Cooper (or Sully) might himself use: “Where’s my reach-around, beotch?”

    Icy Texan (b52c23)

  20. Yup, the government is screwing us. Also, we ARE the enemy – weren’t you watching the Dems response to the tea partiers during those Town Halls last summer, Coop? What was that? You weren’t watching? Right, those teabaggers were so unhinged.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  21. Why is AC so damn surprised? The fact is that the government is blocking freedom of the press–that is, there is bad news, that makes the truth of its incompetence be told, and they don’t like that. So, how does that boot on your neck feel AC? There’s more where that came from—how about $40K and a Class D felony? How’s that grab ya, that’ll serve you right for showing that a Democratic president is incompetent and can’t clean up a little oil–you are the enemy if you’re showing that stuff. Maybe do some investigative journalism, rent a damn boat, the hell with the charges and go get the story there Mr. Journalist….Go gits ya a Pulitzer or some other leftwad prize that you guys love to give each other.

    So, AC, you’re finally coming around to what we told you originally, that is that you should’ve kept your panties on back in 2008 or you were going to get bent over, used, and then abused. Now you’re getting abused so, the question remains, how do you like being the beeyotch? well….?

    ted c (599799)

  22. Talk about shredding the constitution. Somebody needs to challenge this. Now.

    Sean P (6f6c60)

  23. You see a lot of oil and dead birds.

    I see the makings of a really good tar and feathers job on Obama …

    SPQR (26be8b)

  24. Well, Obama has said he believes the Constitution is a “flawed document”. From the very 1st Amendment on down, it appears.

    Matador (5db43f)

  25. –Comment by SPQR —I see the makings of a really good tar and feathers job on Obama

    Agree. Conservative and Liberal (make that all) Americans are rather united when it comes to their horror over struggling oil soaked birds, dead sea turtles and dolphins, and the ruined beaches, coastlines and inlets that are world renowned for their pristine beauty. This disaster goes way beyond politics and spin and I don’t think Anderson Cooper is the only journalist who will be making a very big deal about the White House’s smarmy and self-serving attempts to orchestrate a news/camera blackout in those waters. The spill catastrophe is not going to be astroturf-able much to the WH’s chagrin.

    Oddly, I seem to recall Obama and Co. were quite interested in making sure the media would get access to shoot photos of our flag-draped dead soldiers’ remains being flown into Delaware. The public’s right to know and all that.

    elissa (1b908b)

  26. The question really comes down to motive, why did BP give so much to Obama and Rangel?? as opposed to
    the candidates that were for oil exploration, the
    answer lies with their crazy ‘Beyond Petroleum” scheme and cap n trade, who’s becoming rich, with
    this whole disaster, Soros who speculates in off shore plays like Petrobras and the Arabian peninsula

    narciso (93d17d)

  27. Perhaps it’s time to un – retire Peter Arnett and get him back on the air. He’ll know what to do.

    Dmac (93e7cb)

  28. Baghdad Bob Gibbs – Bush did a worse job with Katrina. We are on the right path. We have our boots on BP’s neck.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  29. andersoncooper
    awakened from dream find
    he been teabaggin’

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  30. gulf of mexico
    will be extra large version
    la brea tar pits?

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  31. Paging Anderson Cooper: you are the enemy.Have no fears ,President 44 will allow you an ort of news and you will go back to the piece of “Journalistic Excretement” you have always been.

    mike191 (b1a6f0)

  32. Though he may not be able to identify “Having Sex”

    This has got to be the most intelligent thing parting his lips, EVER…. No matter how sweet some of his pleasures have been.

    One can’t say it any better, STOP the got daaumed flow, clean it up, pay the bill.

    RTF (94e759)

  33. This has got to be the most intelligent thing parting his lips, EVER

    What… algore not highly intelligent?

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  34. “Anderson Cooper responds to the Obama Administration’s blanket rule that levies criminal sanctions against anyone, including the media, who fails to stay 65 feet away from booms or response vessels in the Gulf”

    Boo hoo.

    Stay 66 feet away.

    Freaking whiners.

    Dave Surls (0589e9)

  35. Long lenses, people, long lenses on gyroscopic stabilization mountings (SteadiCam, for one tradename.)

    htom (412a17)

  36. (SteadiCam products don’t always have gyroscopic stabilization, I should add.)

    htom (412a17)

  37. You actually can’t expect AC to have any technical knowledge.
    He is, after all, just a news reader, and a very poor one at that!

    AD - RtR/OS! (712fff)

  38. Why 65 feet?

    EricPWJohnson (cedf1d)

  39. “Why 65 feet?”

    So a bunch of curiosity seekers and muckrakers don’t interfere with efforts to contain and clean up the oil spill.

    Duh.

    Dave Surls (2c656f)

  40. And that’s a serious point. Do these news-whores no longer own any telescopic lenses and/or ultra-sensitive microphones? He might as well be asking, “What are you hiding in plain sight, Mr. President?”

    Idiot.

    Icy Texan (6fb9f7)

  41. Why 65 feet?

    To guaranty a slip-and-fall free zone. They’ll have enough ambulance-chasers to contend with for a while.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  42. Well actually why 65 why not 50 or 75 or 100

    65 seemed – I don’t know – there must be some kind of reason that number was chosen

    Curious and distrustful as always

    and when can the government close international waters to the press?

    EricPWJohnson (cedf1d)

  43. Actually, under the Collision Regulations (ColRegs) which govern Maritime Rules of the Road, the Coast Guard is empowered to close waters to all non-essential craft when “work boats” which are restricted in their ability to maneuver, by their draft or gear, are present. Those same ColRegs specify that all vessels shall stay clear of such vessels, the CG is just providing a safe perimeter for them, just as they do at regatta’s such as the America’s Cup.

    AD - RtR/OS! (712fff)

  44. and when can the government close international waters to the press?

    Anytime it damn well pleases.

    The Constitution doesn’t apply underway outside of inland waterways.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  45. Well, there is that Economic Waters thingie.

    AD - RtR/OS! (712fff)

  46. It’s probably really 20 meters = 65.6167979 feet; they should really call it 66 feet. All of that, I’m sure, is technical knowledge beyond any of those folk’s understanding — and perfectly clear to every person commenting here, even the trolls!

    htom (412a17)


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