Indulging in cable news feuds can get childish and trite, but CNN 360 host Anderson Cooper's meticulous response to an unprovoked attack from outspoken MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz is enjoyable to anyone a little tired of Schultz's frequent outbursts, including charging Rep. Paul Ryan with "inciting civil war" and calling radio host Laura Ingraham a "Right-Wing Slut":
The CNN anchor was responding to Schultz's attack on Cooper, seemingly out of the blue, earlier this week. Last week Schultz joined the likes of Tila Tequilla, Hank Williams Jr. and Barack Obama on GQ's list of "The 25 Least Influential People Alive." Instead of examining the way he conducts himself, Schultz lashed out against those he perceives as "in the GQ crowd," like Cooper:
“Now, since, I know that Anderson Cooper floats around in that GQ crowd. I don‘t know if he’s behind it or whether their publicist at CNN or, but let me just say, I’m kicking his ass…”
Let’s just go to last week … Let’s go to last Monday night. Last Monday night in the demo, 25-54, my number was 184 (thousand). Anderson Cooper’s numbers was … 136! Now in total numbers, total viewership, my number was 940. Anderson Cooper’s was 429! In the business, that’s called getting your ass kicked! Not that I would do that. I guess Cooper’s just a nice little guy."
Cooper has nothing to do with producing the editorial content in GQ, and made that clear along with a few jabs at Schultz during the "Ridiculist" segment of his show Friday. “I think cable news feuds are stupid,” said Cooper before taking Schultz to town, chuckling while reading down the list of occasions where the MSNBC host has had to publicly apologize or serve a suspension following ill-advised comments, as well as naming some of the other people that Schultz joins on the GQ list.