So, this past Sunday night I sat down to watch 60 Minutes on CBS, which I have been doing for about 30 years. Dawn had made egg sandwiches for dinner, a favorite to me. Well, actually, anything Dawn makes has become a favorite to me, obviously, but that too is a blog for another day.
Anyway, I watched in fascination as Anderson Cooper interviewed the French Nationalist Front Party presidential hopeful, Marine La Pen. If you haven’t heard of Ms. Pen, she is France’s version of Donald Trump. She goes so far as to liken her chances of election to the recent Brexit movement as well as the election of Donald Trump. When listening to her, she does remind you of President Trump somewhat as she is certainly a Conservative and passionate about making France, the land of the sun-burned armpits, great for the French again, rather than the immigrants that are over-running the country. She recently made headlines when she visited Lebanon’s grand mufti (whatever the heck a mufti is) and when told she had to wear a hijab (headscarf) because she is a woman, told them to pound sand, or something more political. Anyway, she canceled the meeting. But, this blog is not about her – I really don't know enough about her or French politics to report. No, this is about the interviewer, Anderson Cooper.
I was actually enjoying the interview…at first. But slowly and surely, Andy’s liberal cynicism began to creep into the discussion, and you could feel it like the flu coming on. He had to make comments (cracks) about the fact she can’t win, which I recall was said about Trump too, and her rejection of head scarves. This has turned into somewhat of a political football because she mentioned a possible ban on all hijab's, yarmulke's and turbans worn in France in order to take religious friction out of the quagmire that is devouring France with immigration issues. I am not sure if this is a good idea or not, and have never been to France, so I really have no opinion, but it was clear Andy did and was poking the idea.
Like he does Trump, Andy painted her to be anti-Islamic, which she denies. But he got the words out there and into some empty heads watching on TV anyway. He brought up her father, which had run for president 5 times and was evidently some sort of nut job with deep anti-Semitism views. La Pen clearly pointed out she had become estranged from her father, but that didn’t prevent Andy from connecting the dots…nut job dad and now daughter running for president. The damage was done.
He mentioned that she had an admiration for Russia. Sound familiar, Mr. Trump? This was because she borrowed money from Russia to run her campaign when the liberal French banks turned her down. She volunteered to take money from the US or Andy, if they felt like contributing too, and she was adamant about paying it back.
And then Andy flippantly pointed out that France has a 10% unemployment rate, which is twice that of the US. Folks, the unemployment rate in this country, despite what the mainstream media tells you, is not 5%, and he knows that! The government, under Obama quit counting about half the folks that are unemployed or unemployable. But Andy, who is supposed to be a respected journalist and a major news correspondent, just floated it out there as naturally as falling off a log. The epitome of Fake News.
I always knew Andy leaned left, but he seemed studious and sincere enough that the few times I watched him I would give him the benefit of the doubt over at CNN. It always seemed to me there were far more nuts over at the Communist News Network, (later changed to the Clinton News Network in 2016) than Andy. Plus, his 60 Minutes stories were usually interesting. But the way he glibly interviewed Ms. Pen just struck a nerve in me that kept jabbing, right into Tuesday where I am now writing about it instead of exercising in the pool.
So, I did some checking on Mr. Cooper. A former childhood model, he is the son of writer Wyatt Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Yes, those Vanderbilt’s…with all the money. His mother is worth about 200 million bucks. Andy is worth about 100 million smackers and the most recent information I could find about his salary is that it is north of $11 million per year. With that kind of money and potential inheritance, I might be a little sincerer as well.
He and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani live in the Rye House (pictured) in Litchfield CT. At 10,127 sq. ft., it has 18 rooms, an Olympic-sized pool, a tennis court, and a large gardener’s cottage. And Benny, it turns out, owns three gay bars in New York City. The fact is, folks, Andy is another rich east coast liberal elitist who has no idea of what the average man is going through, despite his penchant for going to any disaster zone he can find so he can “report” and “film” about another person’s misery, rather than actually help. It’s called emo-journalism, meant to capture your heart, before he heads back to his mansion in CT.
Recently Andy appeared on that “liberal think tank,” the Late Show, and admitted that he muted President Trump because “he represents annoying people you don’t want to hear”. By muting him, rather than deleting, he does not get the feed but Trump still thinks Andy is following him. Think about that for a minute, folks. The major news anchor of a major news source, mutes the President of the United States because, in Andy’s opinion, he is annoying. He then waltzes out at $11 million per year to report to you, or possibly tell you what to think. Talk about irony!
Why would anyone listen to anything Anderson Cooper has to say – there is no way he can be objective? You might want to keep all this in mind the next time he sticks his mug in your television screen. That is smugness on his face folks, not sincerity. He looks down on us all.