... has no place in so-called 'professional' news programs.
Although I also realize that 'news' isn't really news any more, it's just entertainment. And as such, Anderson Cooper's probably being lauded by ratings-chasers.
Sadly, everything about his pointless 'tea-bagging' gibes came off as locker room antics: something the boys might all say to each other over beers--but not something a newsman's supposed to offer up as insightful criticism or commentary.
I keep reading blogs and editorials where Conservatives are saying that they should rally and demand an apology from Cooper. I think it's ridiculous that this only would offend Conservatives. It should equally offend anyone who likes to pretend CNN is any better a cut above our usual info-tainment news programs. It should offend anyone who grew up listening to real newsmen (or women)--people for whom personal integrity while communicating the news meant something. While 'Conservatives' may feel they were singled out--anyone who feels that news shouldn't be about grand-standing cult-of-personalities should be offended--and this certainly pertains to both Liberals and Conservatives alike, men and women, his co-workers, etc.
I really don't care about the word or the term--it doesn't offend my sensibilities, I didn't suffer harm by hearing his inane, juvenile "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" moment. But I am offended that there seems to be a real lack of insight from Cooper about how a journalist goes about representing the news, the news organization, him/herself--and the necessity to report on our events, not trivialize and editorialize events into sound bites and irreverent, silly, unhelpful chatter.
I believe that there's a standard of journalism to uphold--in large degree, I don't think we've had anything close to what it should be for years--but Anderson Cooper is helping to grease the slide downward. In a rush to get a laugh & make a purely personal, self-gratifying 'joke', Cooper came off like just another foul-mouthed, cheap-shot, yahoo. His moment of tacky 'guy-movie' humor didn't contribute to the story, it didn't add insight or elicit thoughtful comment--it was just a base and immature thing to say (and keep saying).
Good night I'm tired of having my ears cluttered up with what passes for news. We have so many insightful documentarians out there, so many journalists hungry to report the news, not become a pretty TV personality. God I wish these good folk had places on CNN, instead of the current stable of on-air 'personalities' who just can't stop injecting their own special brand of speciousness on the listening public.
An apology would be nice, but that would mean Anderson Cooper would have to recognize that it's not about him, it's about what he represents when he's reporting the news. But then, it is all about Cooper isn't it?