CNN faced widespread mockery and skepticism Wednesday after the network claimed an unidentified gym locker room thief sent a tweet from Anderson Cooper’s account that called President Trump a “tool” and a “pathetic loser.”
In a statement, CNN claimed the tweet in question was sent from a phone belonging to Cooper’s assistant in New York while Cooper himself was in Washington D.C.
Any Politics reports:
CNN host Anderson Cooper prides himself on being a “professional journalist,” which is why it came as humiliating news to both him and his network when tweets were found on his Twitter account that were anything but classy.
Fox News reported that it all started when President Donald Trump explained why Republican Roy Moore wasn’t able to win Tuesday’s Alabama Senate special election race. Cooper fired back on Twitter by writing, “Oh, really? You endorsed him tool! Pathetic loser” at 5:55am.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) December 13, 2017
Both Cooper and CNN immediately went into panic mode and scrambled to find a way to make it look like the host didn’t write the tweet, as they try to portray him as unbiased. CNN released a statement claiming that the tweet was sent from a phone belonging to Cooper’s assistant in New York while Cooper himself was in Washington D.C.
“[Cooper’s] assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning,” the statement said, “and someone took the phone and sent the Tweet.”
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) December 13, 2017
Twitter users, however, weren’t having any of it. BuzzFeed reporter Chris Geidner, who like Cooper is gay, wrote in response, “I have never met a gay man who has left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym, but OK.”
I have never met a gay man who has left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym, but OK. https://t.co/h9LdMnhonX
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 13, 2017
Who among us hasn’t opened an unlocked gym locker, found an unlocked smart phone among its contents, used it to log into the owner’s twitter account, and upon seeing it was Anderson Cooper’s, sent a tweet at the President and then put the phone back exactly where it was? https://t.co/J9IS2QSOmX
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) December 13, 2017
Nobody believes this Anderson Cooper/CNN “my assistant left my phone unlocked” story, right? We all understand this is ass-covering, right?
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) December 13, 2017
So Anderson Cooper’s assistant suffered the following calamity: Someone at the gym broke into his/her locker; figured out his/her password; logged into Cooper’s Twitter; Tweeted a single Tweet from Cooper’s account; then replaced the phone in the locker and closed it back up.
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) December 13, 2017
Because of Cooper’s alleged bi-partisanship, the initial tweet took the Internet by storm. Cooper is the face of CNN, the network that has an ongoing feud with President Trump. While Trump often refers to CNN as “fake news,” a personal attack from the network’s biggest star would have presumably escalated the beef to new heights.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shut down CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta when the reporter tried to hijack a press briefing with grandstanding – which has become a signature move of Acosta.