Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Anderson Cooper asks the Florida AG for being a hypocrite about the GLBT community.


Must watch: Anderson Cooper asks GOP Florida AG if she’s an anti-gay hypocrite

OMG. CNN’s Anderson Cooper just committed the most wonderful act of journalism I’ve seen in years.
Cooper was interviewing conservative GOP attorney general of Florida, Pam Bondi, about the Orlando massacre. And Cooper expressed a concern many of us have expressed as well — why is it that all of these anti-gay Republicans are suddenly so concerned about the gay community, after bashing us for years?
Cooper went one step further. He quoted Bondi’s own anti-gay court cases back to her, where she had her office claim that gay people were trying to “harm” Floridians.
“Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pamela Jo Bondi, State Surgeon General John H. Armstrong, and Secretary Craig J. Nichols (the “State Officials”), pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b), move to dismiss the amended complaints in these consolidated cases. This Court lacks jurisdiction to consider the claims against all but the DMS Secretary, and all claims fail on the merits. The Court should also deny the preliminary injunction motions because there is no likelihood of success on the merits, there is no immediacy requiring a preliminary injunction, and disrupting Florida’s existing marriage laws would impose significant public harm.” — AG Bondi, Gov. Scott – May 12, 2014
Bondi didn’t know what to do. As a side note, Bondi, who is on her third marriage, once said that gays have unstable families.
And then Anderson came back for more. And more. And more. Media Matters has the transcript and video, below.
If you have ever complained about why journalists refuse to come back and ask a follow-up question when a politician gives a bogus answer, ask no more.
Cooper’s coverage of the Florida tragedy has been heart-wrenching, and first rate. Today’s interview with Bondi continues his flawless coverage.
Thank you, Anderson, for all of us.

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