Anderson Cooper gets himself into a tweeting battle while he reports about the real battle he’s currently living in.
The CNN anchor/correspondent is currently residing in Gaza City to report on the conflict between Hamas and Israel. On Monday there was a substantial explosion near where Cooper was residing.
Cooper stuck to his reporter instincts and continued to provide updates via broadcast and Twitter. As with any armed conflict that sparks interest online, some of Cooper’s tweets were responded to by harsh critics.
@Pamela_Weiss tweeted “Report a fair story. Report facts. Why not talk about the rockets being fired FROM Gaza?!? #losingcredibility.”
Cooper then fired back with “”.@Pamela_Weiss perhaps spend less time tweeting about coconut flan and more time actually following the news.“
As if that wasn’t enough, on Tuesday @Rabbi_Sykes tweeted “May just stop watching #CNN. Now @andersoncooper almost apologizing for #Hamas dragging a dead “Spy” for #Israel & yelling God is great! Oy.”
Coopers response was “@Rabbi_Sykes excuse me, but how am I apologizing for Hamas by reporting them dragging a body through the streets? That is deeply offensive.“
The reaction to this “battle of the tweets” has sparked quite a bit of controversy online. Many loyal followers of Cooper support him and believe he has every right to make such responses. However, others believe Cooper was the one in the wrong and that his tweets were too harsh.
Whether Cooper was right or wrong, he apologized on his show for the tweets:
“I get obsessed with somebody who says something to me that is completely inaccurate. Like they’ll say to me, ‘You never report about stuff that’s happening in Israel,’ which is just not true.” He added, “Nothing against coconut flan and I’m sure she’s a very nice person and I kind of felt bad to be honest.”
I personally don’t think anyone is “wrong” in this situation. Many people who are aware of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, and some of them are more motivated than others to voice their opinions online.
Cooper wasn’t necessarily being attacked; however, his credibility was being bashed publicly. I think his responses to the tweets were appropriate, especially when his sexual orientation-which has nothing to do with the matter- was being bashed publicly.
Basically, Cooper took a chance with his tweets. Being in the public eye, Cooper and other public figures have to watch what they post online much closer than regular people. Because of this regular people are much more likely to bash public figures online simply because for them, there is no penalty.
Cooper simply defended himself and now his tweets have become a huge deal. However, for a normal person that would almost never be the issue.
This ordeal brings about something to be said for how journalists should compose themselves on social media sites. They don’t have the same freedoms as regular people simply because they’re being watched more closely and by more people.
It may not seem fair, but hey life is not fair. And Personally, I think most Cooper fans enjoyed seeing his more sassy side. 🙂