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Anderson Cooper just publicly scolded a Trump official for accusing CNN of lying about Florence coverage

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The Trump administration’s attacks on the media as dishonest peddlers of “fake news”—in actuality, their war on reality and the nature of truth itself—has some dangerous consequences.

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CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski busted a senior Department of Housing and Urban Development official who posted their own fake news on Instagram by falsely accusing CNN’s Anderson Cooper of faking a live shot of Hurricane Florence.

Lynne Patton, whose Twitter profile describes her as a HUD official “working across the aisle to advance smarter policies, less regulation, increased funding, stricter inspections, more preservation & basic common sense in NY/NJ” seems to think that basic common sense consists of misrepresenting the CNN anchor’s demonstration of how standing water can be deceptively deep—a demonstration he that he illustrated using recycled  footage shot during Hurricane Ike—as a phony live segment.

CNN’s Jim Acosta saw his colleague’s post and explained why this purposeful spread of accusatory mistrust is so reprehensible and alarming.

After Jim Acosta responded to the tweet, Anderson  Cooper posted his own response, a video from his broadcast today fully addressing the ridiculous accusations of staged journalism and “fake news.”

Suffice it to say that Anderson Cooper is likely preaching to the converted with his rebuttal to the Trump administration in their attacks on him and his network.

Perhaps Ms. Patton and other Republican enablers, including Donald Trump Jr. who retweeted a similar message, wouldn’t be so quick to disseminate a sense of skepticism towards the weather coverage of mainstream media if her own family was in harm’s way. No matter what, however, her actions demonstrate the death of truth in a politically polarized environment and the dangers that such a situation can bring.

 

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