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Now THIS is a genuine media scandal: But it involves Anderson Cooper, so don't expect to hear much about it.

Written By mista sense on Sunday, January 16, 2011 | 8:21 AM

TVNewser's Alex Weprin makes a great catch--digging through the government report on the BP oil spill, he noticed that the report singled out CNN's Anderson Cooper for trying to shape the news coming out of the Gulf Coast, by deliberately looking for guests who were "angry."  And it's worth remembering that this BP oil spill commission was chartered by the Obama administration; fortunately, there are enough honest liberal establishmentarians to make for a comprehensive report about all aspects of the disastrous oil spill, including the media coverage, and mis-coverage. 

Such deliberate news-twisting would be a major front-page scandal if, say, someone at Fox had done it.  And maybe it would have been a minor, inside-page scandal if a lesser being at CNN had done it. But since it's La Anderson, the darling of the Manhattan mafia, you won't hear a word about it in the MSM.  So The Cable Gamer feels duty-bound to memorialize Weprin's report, here:

On page 139 of the official report from the The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill And Offshore Drilling, the commission sets its sights on the media, which it says was actively seeking out people that were upset with the government response to the disaster.

In so doing, the commission accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of canceling a booking after learning that one of the guests may not be “angry.”

Cooper, for his part, says the accusation is “completely false.”

Here is what the report says:

Journalists encouraged state and local officials and residents to display their anger at the federal response, and offered coverage when they did. Anderson Cooper reportedly asked a Parish President to bring an angry, unemployed offshore oil worker on his show. When the Parish President could not promise the worker would be “angry,” both were disinvited.

The accusation carries extra weight because it comes from an official government report, for which the authors spent months examining the causes of the crisis and the fallout that resulted.

That having been said, a spokesperson for Cooper told the New York Post that the charges were ridiculous and false:

This unattributed statement is completely false . . . [the claim] that it was journalists who were encouraging residents and state and local leaders to ‘display their anger at the federal response’ is offensive.”

Sure, Anderson & Co., deny it all you want.  But it's still true.  

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