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@AndersonCooper, @LATimesRainey, and the "Lies" Debate

On February 12, LA Times columnist James Rainey published a blog post on Anderson Cooper's use of the words "lying" and "lies" in a report on Egypt. The post sparked a flurry of Twitter activity accusing Rainey of attacking Cooper's journalistic integrity. The ensuing debate touched upon such topics as journalistic objectivity, clarity, and political neutrality. Read More
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Anderson Cooper @andersoncooper
Mubarak says this is not about him. He clearly believes it is all about him. He believes he is Egypt.
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
Anderson Cooper of #CNN hammers #Egypt regime. Calls em liars 14 times in an hour. http://lat.ms/g4hcX9 #Jan25 #media
Brian Stelter @brianstelter
RT @LATimesrainey: Anderson Cooper of #CNN hammers #Egypt regime. Calls em liars 14 times in an hour. http://lat.ms/g4hcX9
✨amberlicious✨ @razzberrypop94
@brianstelter @LATimesrainey He was downright feisty with them this week. It was good to see. Maybe he’ll bring it out on the domestic news.
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
@cherrypop94 He's definitely pushing out more frequently on the opinion front.
✨amberlicious✨ @razzberrypop94
@LATimesrainey It's a good thing for CNN. They're lucky to have him.
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
Someone should tell the LA Times that pointing out "lies" of powerful political leaders is what good journalists do: http://is.gd/EKSa1U
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
That said, I'd be more impressed with Anderson Cooper using such language with US rather than Egyptian officials: http://is.gd/EKSa1U
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
Others have noticed Anderson Cooper's increasing opinion making on CNN. And not just on #Egypt #Jan25 http://lat.ms/hgIeg6
✨amberlicious✨ @razzberrypop94
@LATimesrainey I read your column on Beck. That man makes me cringe.
William Myers @18thCfriend
@LATimesrainey Anderson Cooper has a lot more sense than anybody else on CNN News...most especially than Don Lemon!
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
Lot of tweetage defending Anderson Cooper for calling old Egypt regime liars. I just kept score. Didn't pass judgment. http://lat.ms/hgIeg6
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
Journalists upset with Anderson Cooper for committing journalism: http://is.gd/NswGTs
Jay Rosen @jayrosen_nyu
An historian is going to write a fine book someday on how American journalism came to see calling out lies as taking sides http://jr.ly/6uz4
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
@g greenwald I DIDN'T say journalists should not call out official lies. I said Cooper got it right. Update: http://lat.ms/eAPSa9
Tony Bruno @maxxdogg
@LATimesrainey Hey James Rainey, why don't you try doing your fucking job like actual journalists (@andersoncooper) are supposed to!
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
@maxxdogg He Maxx, please read http://lat.ms/eAPSa9 and you'll see that I said no such thing.
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
@ggreenwald Another morsel: http://lat.ms/hSyNyN think this shows I dont have problem calling people out who are wrong. FYI Thanks
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
My response to @ggreenwald re my Anderson Cooper critique, now at the Big Picture blog: http://lat.ms/eAPSa9
✨amberlicious✨ @razzberrypop94
@LATimesrainey Hmm. Maybe people should read the whole article, rather than just its title. I got what you meant. Bummer no one else did.
Jim Rainey @RaineyTime
@cherrypop94 It goes with the territory. Thanks for the note.
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald
@LATimesrainey Read the first paragraph I wrote where I linked to and summarized what you wrote - what's inaccurate?
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