Anderson Cooper’s Egypt Coverage Criticized

by | February 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM | Cable News, TV News

Anderson Cooper (Photo: CNN)

Anderson Cooper (Photo: CNN)


Seems Anderson Cooper can’t catch a break.

Despite his enduring physical altercations on the streets of Egypt as he was covering the latest protests, Cooper’s take on the political uprising earned him nasty remarks from Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey and a fellow broadcaster on Fox News, according to the Huffington Post.

Claiming the Egyptian politicians were “lying” or that they were “liars,” as Cooper did during recent broadcasts, caused Rainey to rail against the anchor for shifting towards “more opinion-making in recent months.”

“It did begin to sound a little one-note after about the sixth or seventh ‘liar, liar,’” Rainey wrote. “We got the point a few minutes into the show.”

“Shocking” was a word thrown around by Fox News commentator Liz Trotta, who went a step further than Rainey and claimed Cooper’s style of reporting showed a lack of “modesty.”

Critical approval or not, Cooper’s Egypt coverage worked to boost ratings for ’360,’ beating both Fox News and MSNBC shows in key demographics with 540,000 viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.