For some unknown reason, CNN’s Anderson Cooper invited teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg to the network’s virtual town hall on “Coronavirus Facts and Fears.” To our knowledge, Thunberg has no more expert knowledge about the pandemic than any other random teenager, and she certainly doesn’t have anything to add when it comes to the “facts” surrounding COVID-19. Thus, media critics and Twitter users had a field day mocking Cooper and the network for shoving Thunberg back into the spotlight.
“Next CNN will interview a 12-year-old running a lemonade stand to get their opinion about the coronavirus relief checks,” joked conservative comedian Mark Dice.
Instead of acknowledging that it made no sense to bring Thunberg on the network to talk about a subject she’s unqualified to address, Cooper got his dander up, lashing out at what he called the “phony outrage” against CNN and the Swedish teen.
“Apparently somebody with a blue check on Twitter saw the initial ad,” Cooper said. “They were outraged and claimed that we had booked Greta Thunberg to be an expert on a coronavirus panel with other health experts.”
Cooper noted that the network had also invited people like Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and others who have nothing of relevance to say about the coronavirus. This was ostensibly meant to be an argument in favor of CNN…?
“We had Alicia Keys, a few weeks ago debuting a video for a song she released for front line workers. Nobody thought she was on a panel,” Cooper said. “The FDA commissioner [Stephen] Hahn, Governor Cuomo and [Chef] Jose Andres, none of them were on panels, they were all individual.”
Cooper then went in hard on Donald Trump Jr.
“Donnie Trump Jr. jumped into this—which is weird, because I thought he was allegedly running whatever remains of the Trump organization? Shouldn’t that be, like, a really busy job since it’s, you know, allegedly such a great big company?” Cooper said. “Look, I get Donnie Trump Jr. attacking CNN and a 17-year-old Swede, that’s like low-hanging fruit. It’s like paying thousands of dollars to shoot exotic animals on a game farm, you know—it’s easy.
“And I know Donnie Jr. just wants his dad to love him or notice him in a way that’s not mocking him, but I just find it fascinating to watch the phony online outrage machine generate content on Twitter based on something that was never real to begin with,” he concluded.
Well. Get all of that out of your system, Andy? That’s a pretty remarkable rant against the president’s son for someone who we’re still expected to take seriously as an objective journalist. Are you in love with Greta or something? Settle down. Mocking CNN is practically a national pastime at this point, and your network has earned every minute of it. Best to take it in stride.