Anderson Cooper explains “journalism” to a confused congressman

An absolutely delicious interview from Anderson Cooper of far-right Republican House Member Raul Labrador of Idaho about the Republican shutdown of the federal government. As you know, the GOP shut down the government because they couldn’t get the President to agree to defund Obamacare.

Labrador, a conservative Mormon from Utah, doesn’t come across the brightest guy, but he’s quite fluent in GOP talking talks.  Sadly for Labrador, Anderson Cooper is fluent in the actual facts, which seems to unnerve Labrador to the point that Cooper is forced to explain what actual journalists do on real news networks: they ask hard questions.

Anderson Cooper: So basically your argument is that you’re nullifying two presidential elections and you’re nullifying the vote of Congress because you don’t like it.

GOP Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho: So your argument is that the election of the House of Representatives doesn’t matter.

Anderson Cooper: No, my argument is that the vote of the House of Representatives and the vote of the Senate does matter, and this is a law, and the Supreme Court has backed up this law.


Yes, the “election” Labrador is talking about is the 2012 election where the House did not get handed back to Democrats.  Though, what Labrador isn’t telling you is that actually in the 2012 election the Republicans lost six seats in the House.

Labrador, sensing that he wasn’t winning the discussion, turned to the tried-and-true GOP trick of accusing Cooper of being biased, because he kept correcting Labrador with actual facts.

Anderson Cooper: I don’t have a stake in this.

GOP Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho: You seem to.

Anderson Cooper: No, this is the way it works in journalism. When you’re not on Fox News you get contentious interviews, when you’re not on MSNBC and a liberal you get contentious interviews. My job is to ask you questions that are different than you think… that’s what a journalist does.

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