Patterico's Pontifications

5/7/2013

Anderson Cooper Victim of Attempted SWATting

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:02 am

I almost reported this last night, but the only source was a Patch.com article that was very tentative in its conclusions. I see it being reported by multiple sources now, however, including the New York Post, which I will quote for the entertainment value of how wrong their facts are:

Anderson Cooper has become the latest victim of the “celebrity swatting” pranking craze — after a flurry of cops descended on his Hamptons home over a bogus report of a shooting.

It was the first time the hoax — in which pranksters create false reports of violence to trigger SWAT-like responses at celebs’ homes — had been pulled off outside Los Angeles.

That is so far from true as to be laughable.

A 911 caller last month told Southampton Town cops a man had just shot his wife at the CNN anchor’s home in Quiogue. Cops from four departments flooded the streets but found no signs of a shooting, sources said.

Interesting fact about this one that I’ll keep under wraps for now.

Here is the (partial) roll call of the SWATted: Anderson Cooper; Magic Johnson; Mike Rogers; Wolf Blitzer; Ted Lieu; Erik Rush; Ryan Seacrest; Russell Brand; Selena Gomez; Justin Timberlake; Rihanna; Sean Combs; Chris Brown; Tom Cruise; Paris Hilton; Clint Eastwood; Brian Krebs; the Jenners and Kardashians; Justin Bieber; Miley Cyrus; Ashton Kutcher; Simon Cowell; Aaron Walker; Erick Erickson; Mike Stack; and me.

4 Responses to “Anderson Cooper Victim of Attempted SWATting”

  1. Since AC is widely known to be gay, you’d think that the cops could have connected the dots on this one quickly.

    Charles Curran (78e0c1)

  2. Read carefully, Charles.

    Icy (a81239)

  3. Patterico, your undisclosed interesting facts are what keep me coming back multiple times a day.

    Darn you!

    Pious Agnostic (6ff605)

  4. Patterico, next time, can you try to be on the forefront of a different trend? Sure, keep all the cool kids, the celebrities, the A-listers, but can you try something less – frightening?

    bridget (84c06f)


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