“The man I was so upset to see and hear last night, this man is a front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. And according to the polls, no Republican comes close. This man I was so shocked to see last night, this man could be the President of the United States.” In less than two years, this audience that shocks you is a sample of about half the country. […] You have every right to be upset and angry today and never watch this channel again. But do you think staying in your silo and only listening to people you agree with will make that person disappear? »
— CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, responding to criticism that a town hall broadcast live by CNN on Wednesday night allowed Donald Trump to hurl his lies and profanities to supporters who cheered him on for the show’s 70 years.
Cooper: You have every right to be angry today and angry and never watch this network again. But do you think staying in your silo and only listening to people you agree with will make that person disappear? pic.twitter.com/xzVEgaGeDT
—Acyn May 12, 2023
Note: Cooper’s intervention sparked several negative reactions on Twitter, including:
This reflects a lack of imagination. The argument is not that the media shouldn’t be covering Trump or what he’s doing. Instead, the media should be more thoughtful in its coverage and ranking of Trump, lest it become a de facto production company for misinformation and anti-democratic rhetoric. https://t.co/ZJM0oababy
—Hakeem Jefferson (@hakeemjefferson) May 12, 2023
Is there really a silo where you can avoid listening to Trump?? If so, can someone point me to it please? https://t.co/wq3hclQLQP
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) May 12, 2023
This is unbelievable nonsense @employee — the notion that producing a live Trump rally is in some way “breaking the silos” is downright absurd. silly. hurtful very stupid. I’m embarrassed for him. https://t.co/380v4pt42T
—tom watson May 12, 2023
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