Anderson Cooper Apologizes for 'Crude' Remark Directed at Jeffrey Lord

Which is funnier? That he conjured images of presidential defecation on air or that he calls himself a journalist?

Anderson Cooper has said some over-the-line comments on his CNN show before. In 2009, most famously, he called Tea Party members "tea baggers," comparing patriotic Americans to a vulgar sexual practice. Last week, he got crude again during an interview with pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord. The L.A. Times reports:

Cooper asked Lord whether he thought Trump should be doing things like telling the Russians that fired FBI Director James B. Comey is a "nut job" while under investigation by the FBI.

"You can't really defend it, in all fairness," Cooper said. "You can't defend what the president of the United States just said."

"I don't care what he says to the Russian prime – to the Russians," Lord replied. "I mean, he's the president of the United States. If he wants to say that, if Barack Obama wants to say whatever, if George Bush says 'I looked in his eyes and' – "

Cooper interrupted him: "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it."

You read that right. Watch the interview below:

Of course, the viewers at home, who had tuned in to make sense of the complicated, ever-changing story, were disappointed to hear the same commentary they could get on an elementary school playground. To his (small) credit, he realized immediately that he'd made a mistake. A few minutes later, he apologized on the air. Then he sent out this tweet:

So, is CNN just fine with their "journalists" conjuring images of Presidential defecation? Let's play, just for a second, "If they had said this about Obama" and calculate how quickly Cooper would've lost his job had the presidents been reversed.  

Image Credit: mroach on Flickr

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