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CNN’s Cooper Criticizes MoveOn.org’s Attacks on GOP’s “War on Women”

It was Anderson Cooper’s top story, and the evening’s KTH (Keeping Them Honest) critique. KTH: Are Republicans waging a war on women?

“MoveOn.org insists House Republicans want to keep student loan rates low by waging war on women’s health. Keeping Them Honest, Anderson Cooper digs into the numbers and facts.”

Yes. It really happened on Cooper’s May 3rd show. Cooper told the MoveOn.org spokesperson he should be reporting the facts, not meeting “his agenda.” And, when President Obama is cutting millions from his 2013 budget, Cooper added, “I don’t see MoveOn.org ad attacking President Obama. You only seem interested in attacking Republicans because that meets your political agenda.” Woah!

Below, more from Cooper’s blog, “Claiming the funding impacts women more than anyone else is untrue”:

Tonight on AC360: Assault on women’s health care?

Last week Democrats accused Republicans of waging a war on women. They say the extension of a law keeping interest rates on student loans from doubling should be paid for by taxing oil companies. Instead, the House approved a bill that would pay for the program by eliminating preventive care funding in the health care reform act.

That, Democrat leaders say, is an assault on women’s health care, specifically. But, Keeping Them Honest, the funding affects everyone, not just women. Claiming the funding impacts women more than anyone else is untrue.

You can see exactly what programs are supported with resources from the Prevention and Public Health Fund for 2012 on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

The organization MoveOn.Org created an ad framing the issue as the Republicans pitting students against women. Tonight, Anderson speaks with Justin Ruben from MoveOn.Org about the issue. Watch the interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on AC360°.

How about that?!

And did you notice that MoveOn’s Justin Ruben seemed more than a bit surprised?

Is there a kind of shake-up taking place at CNN? Has it struck them that they have an opportunity to carve out a place in TV cable news that can set them apart from their competition, particularly MSNBC’s overt disgust with everything and everyone connected to the Republican party? If Cooper keeps this up, he can also set himself apart from Fox News’s primetime opinion programming.

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  • morris1030

    MSNBC sounds frantic. Think they know Obama is tanking.

    MoveOn sounded a tad befuddled when Cooper presented the facts.

    The sounds in Obamatonia are getting  more shrill.

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  • bigscreen

    I don’t want 1 penny taken out of the fund that helps hospitals reduce
    infection rates.  With exception of 1 hospital in my area the infection rates are unacceptable.  If they want to lower student debt loads they can take the  money from the State Dept and foreign aid.

    Thanks for the heads up; I’ve already contacted my Republican Senator

  • HELENK2

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/obama-czar-wont-back-down-on-conspiracy-theorizing-ban/

    backtrack’s regulatory czar will not back down on constiracy theorizing ban.

    I think most of us know what is a conspiracy theory and what is not. I do not need some unelected czar interfering with the flow of information

  • HELENK2

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-left-out-top-campaign-meetings_643153.html

    hey we are having a campaign meeting
    PS  don’t tell Joe

  • Flop_Flipper

    I apologize for the OT post but this is good. Promise. Romney has an excellent op-ed in The Cleveland Plain Dealer today. Here is a little taste.

    Mr. President, forgive me for being blunt, but when it comes to economic affairs, you’re out of your depth. Unlike you, I am not a career politician. Unlike you, I’ve spent more than two decades working in the private sector, starting new businesses and turning around failing ones. Undoing the damage you’ve done will be a daunting challenge. But I’ve learned a thing or two about how government policies can kill private investment and stifle job creation and I have a plan to get government out of the way.

    Mr. President, while campaigning for the presidency nearly four years ago, you declared that you were “absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

    Mr. President, the American people are tired of the grandiose promises. And they are even more tired of the paltry results.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      This demands its own post.

      Great contribution, Flop-Flipper.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    OT:  Here’s something for you to report, Anderson.  Jay Carney is advising that the “international community,” led from behind by Barack Obama, “is going to have to admit defeat” on Syria.

    • TeakWoodKite

      Shouldn’t he say the Russians really begged Obama to keep their ports and “the One” relented?

      (While they go all “pre-emptive” on Obama) 

  • DianaLC

    It would be nice if we had two of the MSM to be able to watch.  There are some on FOX whose approach to commentary and reporting makes me cringe a little, but I end up watching FOX all the time because I turn to another station and start screaming at the t.v. screen. 

    I will say this about Cooper–I first really noticed him during the Katrina disaster.  It was interesting to watch him progress from trying just to report to becoming emotionally involved in what was happening to so many people.  It was, at the time, easy to try to blame some things on the Bush administration, but I sometimes saw Cooper showing signs of being upset with local officials–mostly Democratic ones in that place. 

    He showed he had some interest in what was right and in what was true.

    • arabella_trefoil

      Cooper is a complex guy. His mother is an interesting person. I think he’s like her in some ways. Cooper, like his mother, has a strain of decency and compassion in him. But he’s buried it. He must feel some guilt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

    First Arianna, now Anderson.
    The worm has turned. 

    • arabella_trefoil

      Follow the money. It really hurts so bad to be out of a job when you’re pulling in as much money as Arianna and Anderson. I’m sure they’ll be featuring seals bouncing balls on their nose and rolling hoops around the stage. Anything to win the viewers back.

      And as much of a pathetic loser as Olberman is, his fall from glory is a cautionary tale. Anyone can be taken down at any moment.

  • FLDemFem

    As for who is waging war on women, why does no one remember who it was that had “99 Problems..and a bitch ain’t one of them” as his campaign song?? It wasn’t Romney, that’s for damn sure. 

  • HELENK2

    off topic
    a little bit more on that agreement  signed between backtrack and karzai

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/05/04/obamas-deal-with-karzai-bans-raids-on-al-qaeda-bases-in-pakistan/

    he gave away the store

    • TeakWoodKite

      this war on women includes “Afgone a stan” since they are taking it in the berka…

      The unadvertised provision is buried in the deal that Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Obama signed with much campaign-style fanfare May 1 in Kabul.

      Has anyone actually seen this text of this agreement?

       I would like to read it, but it isn’t on the net…besides which the details are reportedly going to be “ironed out” during the Chicago NATO “shoot to kill no fly zone” meeting.
      I read the agreement is only “good” for a year and it’s main purpose is to maintain the 4.1 billion dollars annually that we are “donating” to the Taliban via Karzai.

      But none of this can be confirmed since the original document is not out there to read, just the reports of it existance. (I looked, so if anyone finds it, much appreaction for the link.)

      • HELENK2

         I looked for it also and could not find the official agreement that was signed, just bits and pieces and a speech made by karzai. In that speech he claimed backtrack bowed to most of his demands

        • TeakWoodKite

          For somthing that the one traveled 7000 miles to sign you think he would have released it to the press.
          Your link uses the word “paragraph 6B”, you’d think the number of articles I have read about it would have at least one link to the source document between them. Strangely they do not. I will keep looking….

  • MissMalevolent

    I like how flabbergasted that MoveOn.org rep got when Anderson Cooper wouldn’t let him get off the hook for not answering his questions directly.

  • HELENK2

    several reasons, I can not vote democratic

    backtrack starts campaigning with sherrod brown, alledged wife abuser, while talking about a war on women.

    backtrack praises a nazi supporter in a speech during  Jewish Hertiage month

    Pete Stark (D Ca) thinks the solyndra plant in his district makes cars

    That is not even talking about the jobs, economy, or national debt or major problems of the country

    these people do not have a clue

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Doesn’t Solyndra produce solar-powered cars, like the Parma?  Oh, wait, that’s a slot car.  But the Parma is electrically-powered, isn’t it?  And electricity is free, isn’t it?  So it’s kind of the same thing.

      Another round here, barman! 

      • Flop_Flipper

        I’ll take, no I need, a double.

      • TeakWoodKite

        What’ll ya have?

    • KenoshaMarge

      Several reasons I will not, at this time, vote for a Democrat, even a decent one:

      Will not vote for anyone that might move Pelosi one step closer to holding that gavel again.

      Will not vote for anyone that might keep Reid in a position he is unfit to hold.

      Will not give Obama one more bobble-head doll.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      ‘X sherrod brown, alledged wife abuser,…’

      SAY WHAT?  He’s married to that big shot op-ed writer Connie Schultz — used to enjoy her when she was on Charlie Rose, back in the days when I spent time hating George W. Bush and I wrote many blog posts about being appalled by his administration’s embrace of torture. Then Connie became MILITANTLY pro-Obama, and I couldn’t bear too listen to her anymore.  I knew that she’d call you and me racists, which was the most appalling part of 2007-2008.  So cruel that I cannot find words to describe it.

      So.  Educate me about Brown’s behavior towards his wife (wives?).

  • KenoshaMarge

    I am completely goshwoggled! CNN not kissing Obama ass? Can it be true?

    • TeakWoodKite

      their ratings suck… and no it won’t last long..

      • KenoshaMarge

        Sadly I believe you’re right. Ethical behavior as an anomaly? That sucks worse than their ratings.

  • binky354

    Did hell just freeze over?

    • HELENK2

       no the ratings tanked and somebody looking at the bottem line said  maybe if we get off our knees to backtrack and report news the ratings will go up. Lets give it a try

    • Anthony_1

      “Did hell just freeze over?”

      The answer would be ‘Yes’

      Reports of flying pigs, everybody ‘just getting along’ and Anderson Cooper waking up straight tomorrow morning are forthcoming.

      Pictures at 11

      • Flop_Flipper

        Cincinnati is having a Flying Pig marathon this Sunday.

        I don’t think that even a steamroller could make Cooper straight.

        And as my dear departed uncle, Rodney Bling, said after the 60s riots: Can’t we all just pass that bong?

    • arabella_trefoil

      Yep. Get your ice skates and let’s have some fun.

  • Flop_Flipper

    Perhaps the shock of their low ratings has finally sunk in and they are jumping off the Obamedia  bandwagon hoping to retain some since of credibility.

    • arabella_trefoil

      Yeah, their low ratings made the front page of the NYT. Ouchy!

      I still have friends in the industry, and they are all running scared. The internal numbers apparently look worse that the numbers that have been made public. If you look at market segmentation (the viewers advertisers look for) the CNN numbers look in worse.

      I’m  sorry, but I have to laugh at the excuses and rationalizations the industry people are coming up with for sucky ratings. Personally, I think more and more people think everything in mainstream media is all lies.

      When the economy is bad, you have no money to spend anyway.

      I’m sure it’s way too much to expect that CNN and other networks will attempt to do some real reporting. But let’s just watch the heads roll at top and mid-management levels. Then they just might have to do something radical. Like tell the truth.