Anderson Cooper has issued a rare rebuttal at online conspiracy theorists — most notably Donald Trump Jr — following allegations of fake news.
The out CNN journalist notes in a recent segment that he typically tries to ignore the troll chatter, but after a lie was spread by the president’s son that was so easily disproved, he’s wading into the muck just to show how absurd the situation is.
The “conspiracy” claims that Cooper was kneeling in shallow water to make his recent Hurricane Florence coverage look more severe.
Except… the photo that “proves” the false claim — the same one shared by Donald Trump Jr — was taken a decade ago while Cooper covered Hurricane Ike.
“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,” wrote Trump Jr, before sharing a link to a Breitbart article.
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
Cooper also notes one commenter who made a homophobic jab that he’s “used to being” on his knees.
“Some guy I’ve never heard of made a joke on Twitter that I was on my knees in the water to make it look deep, and then went on to say I was used to being on my knees,” he says, “which I assume is some kind of anti-gay reference.
“Very classy. The idea that I was kneeling in water to make it look deep is frankly idiotic.”
Watch the Anderson Cooper 360° segment below:
"The idea I am kneeling in water to make it look deep is idiotic." @AndersonCooper debunks the lies being spread by Donald Trump Jr., and others who falsely claimed he and his team exaggerated the severity of Hurricane Florence. #KeepingThemHonest https://t.co/j2HptrYpe0 pic.twitter.com/zwfvIXCsIY
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 18, 2018