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Why does Keith Olbermann care whether Anderson Cooper will discuss his sexuality with reporters? And why is he so angry about it?
Out magazine put Anderson Cooper, ranked #2, on the cover of their "Power 50" list of influential gay men and women. Cooper was asked about it in a recent interview and refused to comment. In a recent profile in New York magazine Olbermann unloaded on Cooper.
"Don't tell me you don't want to talk about personal life [sexuality] when you wrote a book about your father's death and your brother's death," says Olbermann. "You can't move this big mass of personal stuff out for public display, then people ask questions and you say, 'Oh, no, I didn't say there was going to be any questions.' It's the same thing as the Bush administration saying, 'We're going to war, but you really aren't allowed to know why.'"
Olbermann checked his hair in the mirror just as a worried PR assistant materialized. But he wasn't done. "Don't tell me you can't talk about your personal life and then, when they send you overseas and you do a report that consists of your voice-over and pictures of you in a custom-made, blue-to-match-your-eyes bulletproof vest, looking somberly at these scenes of human devastation - like a tourist - and that's your report. Your shtick is your personal life."
It was a vintage Olbermann screed, almost lyrical in its vicious eloquence. But at the same time, it felt off again - too big a gun for too small a target.
Setting aside how Olbermann equates the issue of whether or not Anderson Cooper is gay with the a major war that has resulted in the death of thousands of people, what is Olbermann's preoccupation with Cooper. This is hardly the first time he has attacked the CNN anchor. What gives?
In this case, Olbermann is engaged in the worst form of gay-baiting but to what end? Is it professional jealousy? Fear? Homophobia? The issues has stirred up the gayosphere and created some bad feelings all around.
Keith Olbermann Slams Anderson Cooper's Silence on Sexuality
Michael Jensen of AfterElton makes note of a New York magazine profile this week on MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. Olbermann, citing a Men's Journal article in which Anderson refuses to discuss his sexuality, calls foul on Anderson's non-disclosure.
the demagogue follies
I am heartbroken. Our very own Basil Fawlty [Keith Olbermann] has gone medieval on Anderson Cooper. Get the gay-baiting details at ETP. Because thatâ€™s what this is. Keith Olbermann is a political hack and moral scumbag posing as a moral crusader. He is also a chickenshit....Capus said he got a lot of complaints from inside NBC about Imusâ€™s racism and sexism. Letâ€™s see how many complaints he gets from inside the network about Olbermannâ€™s gay-baiting.
Come out.. or y'know.. not.. that's ok too.
Newt's Personal Playground
"I think Olbermann's remarks significantly up the pressure on Anderson to come out" Really? I can't imagine how.
Keith Olbermann takes a pop at Glass Closet resident Anderson Cooper
In the New York magazine Keith Olbermann discusses the recent coverage about Anderson Cooper living in the Glass Closet. After dissing most modern American political characters, he then takes on Anderson Cooper, in the make up room of all places!