Anderson Cooper sics angry Twitter mob on harmless food-tweeter

http://twitter.com/#!/cpenny20/status/270681307951013888

Anderson Cooper broke an interesting piece of information tonight, noting how quickly Hamas was able to move rocket launchers into a location that had just been bombed.

4 rockets just fired from near media center in #Gaza City. The same media center bldg hit by three IDF missiles earlier today

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2012

That should have been a story in an of itself, but instead the CNN host is getting more attention for how he responded to a tweeter who misread him.

@andersoncooper Report a fair story. Report facts. Why not talk about the rockets being fired FROM Gaza?!? #Losingcredibility

— Pamela Weiss (@Pamela_Weiss) November 20, 2012

She clearly read him wrong, but that’s not an excuse for what came next.

[email protected]pamela_weiss ummmm…. I just did that and have been doing that repeatedly on twitter and on tv. Do you actually think before you tweet?

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 20, 2012

[email protected]pamela_weiss perhaps spend less time tweeting about coconut flan and more time actually following the news

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 20, 2012

Ouch! We’re sure Anderson is under a lot of stress reporting from a war zone, but the dude is a seasoned foreign correspondent. He should know better than to take his stress out on random members of the public. That and he was petty enough to go digging through her Twitter account looking for things to mock.

Made @paula_deen‘s Coconut Flan recipe (via @foodnetwork)& turned out DELISH! Definitely impressed my hubby 🙂#foodie #food

— Pamela Weiss (@Pamela_Weiss) November 19, 2012

[email protected]cpenny20 nothing funner than looking at a dull tweet history for specifics

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 20, 2012

Luckily Ms. Weiss is a good sport.

@dan_rob_harris @andersoncooper Haha thanks! Sheesh, someone’s just jealous I didn’t save him a slice LOL

— Pamela Weiss (@Pamela_Weiss) November 20, 2012

Some of Anderson’s followers, however, were not so nice.

@pamela_weiss Or you were wrong and he thinks you’re an ill-informed idiot. And he wanted to back up that opinion.

— L(@ladygoodgreen) November 20, 2012

@pamela_weiss you are a moron why not get the facts and watch the news. Anderson cooper has been reporting about missiles from both sides.

— Brett Templin (@brett3964) November 20, 2012

@pamela_weiss is “Jewnnoying” a thing?

— Buster Blakeney (@MrBlakeney) November 20, 2012

No, that’s not a thing. “Anti-Semite,” however, is very much a thing.

Luckily, a few cooler heads reminded us what’s really important in these trying times: Regardless of politics, coconut flan is awesome.

Go easy on her, @andersoncooper . Coconut flan is pretty delicious.

— Violeta Yas (@AccuVioleta) November 20, 2012

@andersoncooper in her defense, a good coconut flan recipe is priceless

— Peter Ubertaccio (@ProfessorU) November 20, 2012

Amid the wave of snarky responses to Ms. Weiss, it looks like only one person hit the nail on the head.

@andersoncooper< You are a cyber bully anderson cooper if thats even your real name @pamela_weiss

— Not Steve (@NotSteveKJames) November 20, 2012

We’re pretty sure that Anderson Cooper is his real name, but other than that the point stands. There’s no excuse for a supposedly respected journalist to instigate a Twitter lynching of a random dissenter. We hope that Ms. Weiss receives an apology sometime soon, seeing as Cooper’s classless cheap shot now has more than 1,000 retweets.

Editor’s note: We have some dissent in the Twitchy ranks. After this post was published, some Twitchy editors noted that while they’re not Anderson Cooper fans, they felt Cooper was justified in responding to a false attack on his credibility. 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/19/anderson-cooper-sics-angry-twitter-mob-on-harmless-food-tweeter/

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