CNN’s Anderson Cooper became enraged on Monday over pictures and memes of him that had been spread over the weekend on social media that showed him in flood waters, which many falsely assumed was from Hurricane Florence.
The images were from ten years ago when Hurricane Ike hit the Southern United States and Cooper was reporting from Texas.
Cooper used the fact-check segment to lie about Donald Trump Jr. after the president’s son had tweeted out a picture from the 2008 broadcast.
The tweet that Trump Jr. sent out that sent Cooper over the edge:
“It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad.”
No mention of any hurricanes or anything…
It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad. https://t.co/O3XyWchsJh pic.twitter.com/BCUCxKnOvO
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 16, 2018
“Donny Jr. was claiming it showed me in Florence faking the depths of flood waters in order to somehow harm his father,” Cooper said. “And I quote from his tweet ‘stop lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad.'”
Trump Jr. never said the photo was from Hurricane Florence and he was clearly not insinuating that Cooper was “faking the depths of flood waters in order to somehow harm his father.”
As Reported By The Daily Wire:
The tweet was a link to a news article that highlighted the fact that CNN’s ratings have collapsed by 41% compared to the same time last year. Trump Jr. was clearly suggesting that if CNN wanted their ratings to improve they should not lie about his father. The picture was merely added to the tweet as a troll move.
Cooper proceeded by attacking Trump Jr. for hunting animals and for not being on the ground actively helping in the recovery of Hurricane Florence.
Cooper also bemoaned the fact that the photo had shown up in “various memes alleging fake news.”