Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 4/16/2009 6:00:00 AM On Tuesday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper referenced a vulgar slang term used in the homosexual community to ridicule Republicans involved in the "TEA Party" rallies.
During his AC 360 program, Anderson Cooper made the vulgar remark after CNN senior political analyst David Gergen spoke of the Republican Party being "in disarray."
Gergen: "Republicans have got a way -- they still haven't found their voice, Anderson. They're still -- this happens to a minority party after it's lost a couple of bad elections, but they're searching for their voice."
Cooper: "It's hard to talk when you're tea-bagging."
Tim Graham with the Media Research Center says Cooper is one of several cable news personalities who have made vulgar sexual jokes about the word "tea-bagging" to mock efforts by conservatives to protest high levels of taxes and spending in the U.S.
I don't remember when large numbers of people were going to protest the Iraq War in 2003 that these same personalities -- Anderson Cooper or Keith Olbermann or David Shuster -- got up and said, 'Let's now start making raunchy jokes about the protesters,'" he notes. "And furthermore, they've suggested basically that these are not authentic protests; that they might be 'Astroturf' instead of grassroots."
Graham says CNN president Jonathan Klein may claim he has a serious, sober news network, but "sophomoric" Anderson Cooper is proving him wrong.