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Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa Compete in Cookie Challenge (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:30PM
Guest co-host Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa compete in a cookie-eating challenge with celebrity chef Guy Fieri acting as judge on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). Although Cooper wins the challenge, Ripa clearly has the best technique.

Fieri has Cooper and Ripa balance Oreos on their foreheads, then move the cookies down to their mouths without using their hands. Cooper wins the challenge by muscling his way through it, dropping a great many Oreos on the floor in the process, but Ripa is slow and methodical and wins points for being graceful ... sort of.

Watch the video after the jump.

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TV 101: How Keith Olbermann And Glenn Beck Eat Your Soul

by Jay Black, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:02PM
Are these the two most evil people in America? Trick question: they aren't human!America, we need to talk.

There was a time when you were my favorite country in the world. Sure, you invented the Snuggie and insisted on airing multiple shows about making cakes for some reason, but you were always pretty stable. Well, that's changed and I think I know why.

You're addicted, America. You're addicted to something more insidious than nicotine or cocaine or Pokémon: you're addicted to Opinion Based News Shows.

Don't deny it! I've seen the signs! What started as an innocent attempt to have more talking points at parties has begun to rage out of control. Sometimes it seems you can't even make a move without a little taste of Keith or Glenn just to get you "right".

Well, I'm not going to watch my friend go down without a fight. This is your wake-up call America. This is your intervention.

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Is Anderson Cooper Headed to CBS?

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 1st 2010 10:46AM
Anderson CooperIf Sarah Palin decides to run for President in 2012, those tough questions about newspapers and Supreme Court cases may be coming from Anderson Cooper instead of Katie Couric.

According to the NY Times, CBS reportedly met with the popular CNN host a few months ago to discuss potential anchor opportunities at the network. Although full details about the meeting have yet to be revealed, the timing is nonetheless interesting, considering that Couric's five-year contract with the network ends in mid-2011.

Cooper is already a familiar face to Eye viewers as a contributor to the prime time news program '60 Minutes.'

UPDATE: A rep for CNN has since denied the report.

For more on this story, visit PopEater.

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Anderson Cooper Heads Back to Haiti, Tries to Make People Care

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Feb 9th 2010 5:07PM
Anderson Cooper Back in Haiti
Late Sunday, Anderson Cooper and fellow part-time hero / full-time correspondent Sanjay Gupta tweeted that they were going back to Haiti. Almost a month after a major quake destroyed the capital, most news crews and their high profile reporters have long since packed up and left. Haiti is no longer front page news and that makes Cooper's return all the more interesting.

It's no secret that CNN sees a spike in viewing during disasters, so is the network just milking the tragedy for ratings? Is it a genuine plea for a people forgotten by the news cycle? Or is it just good journalism?

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Are CNN reporters covering the story or becoming the story?

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Jan 19th 2010 1:00PM
Anderson Cooper in HaitiI don't know who else is mesmerized by the news coverage of Haiti, but I imagine that many people are still watching the devastating footage blanketing the news networks. As much as I want to turn it off, I can't. I'm compelled to look. A part of me thinks that it's my responsibility to bear witness to the horror.

Anyway, with all my CNN viewing, it's becoming clear that CNN reporters are slowly becoming part of the story, rather than just covering it. Yesterday, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 3 reporters put aside their journalistic hats and pitched in to help the quake victims.

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Anderson Cooper approaching a meltdown over Haiti

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Jan 19th 2010 10:03AM
Anderson Cooper Yeah, I'm obsessed with CNN right now. After days of being glued to Anderson Cooper 360, it's becoming clear that he's seriously coming off the rails. During last night's broadcast, Cooper seemed to do little reporting and a lot of "ranting" (his words) about the lack of supplies and aid getting to Haiti.

It's honestly riveting. Not only is he airing his frustration at the red tape hindering the process, but he seems to be approaching Katrina levels of pissed off.

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Best TV of the '00s: Reality Participant / Contestant

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 29th 2009 7:02PM
the osbourne familyMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started earlier today. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about our favorite reality contestants and participants.

Whether we like it or not, the '00s introduced us to a new form of celebrity: the reality star. In previous decades, the closest we got to this were especially entrancing personalities from MTV's Real World. These people gained fame for acting like well-crafted exaggerations of their real selves.

Faster than you can say, "I didn't come here to make friends," networks picked up on the public's fascination with reality TV like Survivor and they pushed it to the popularity that it has reached today. Now, reality shows barely reflect what happens in normal people's lives but are generally more like high-concept game shows or extremely scripted improvs. But people keep watching, because the personalities are big and captivating.

Yup. Strategic footage editing does wonders. Here are some of our personal favorites from the genre, but feel free to comment with your own worthy additions!

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Anderson Cooper gets real with The Bachelorette

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 30th 2009 2:31PM
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Bob Sassone already did a post on how the amazing Anderson Cooper caused a little bit of an accident on the set of Live with Regis and Kelly yesterday morning when he subbed for the Reege. As funny as that -- and really, the entire "host chat" segment was -- it was not my favorite thing that happened on the show yesterday.

That honor goes to Cooper's interview with The Bachelorette's Jillian Harris. Harris was on the show with her "fiance," doing the post-finale press tour and shilling for the jeweler who provided the diamond ring that Ed bestowed upon her on Monday's season-ender.

While Kelly stuck to the script and asked the common, "when did you know he was the one?" questions, Anderson wasn't having any of it. He's Anderson freakin' Cooper, and as he demonstrated with his swift takedown of the Lohan clan, he doesn't have time for the shenanigans of D-list reality stars (except Kathy Griffin). So Cooper, always trying to get to the bottom of the story, flat-out asked Jillian how many dudes she boned in the Bachelorette mansion.

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Where in the US is Anderson Cooper?

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Mar 19th 2009 6:27PM
Anderson Cooper, CNN The silver fox has been popping up all over the continental US this week for his CNN show, AC360. Two nights ago Anderson hung out with some do-gooders in New Orleans, profiling the efforts of volunteer groups rebuilding Katrina homes. Last night, he made an appearance in Warren, Michigan, right out side Detroit to talk to hard hit auto workers.

Now, I enjoy it when they take him out of the studio and dump him among the commoners, since that's when his real talent of connecting with people comes through. But, as a viewer who might actually be interested in the news, it's getting hard to hear him over the whoops and hollers of his live audiences. It really hit a sour note last night while he was reporting on the death of Natasha Richardson.

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Stewart, Colbert return from Vacationland with a cornucopia of cable news cameos - VIDEOS

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2009 6:02PM
If you're anything like me (first of all, you have my deepest sympathy), you haven't been able to sit still since The Daily Show and The Colbert Report went off the air for the holidays. It also may be because my body has absorbed more sugary fat from the holidays than one of Tyler Durden's homemade soaps.

Both shows returned to the airwaves Monday with new episodes. Both also had cable news celebrity cameos so big, no lightning fast news ticker announcing an accidental nuclear missile launch could draw your attention away from them.

The Daily Show
returned with another appearance by CNN's gray-haired uber-anchor Anderson Cooper and an interesting interview with new Meet the Press moderator David Gregory. The Colbert Report picked up former Hannity and Colmes pushover Alan Colmes and wound things up with an interview with CNN reporter John King.

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Election Night: CNN (Part 2)

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2008 10:29PM
anderson cooperThe continuing adventures of Anderson Cooper, Mr. Magoo and the magic board.

10:20
: They've moved out to the lawn in Phoenix. The atmosphere there is quite a bit more, uh, subdued than in Chicago.

10:19:
Yikes. Dana Bash looks more and more depressed each time they show her. She's reporting that McCain's camp has given up.

10:08:
Wolf Blitzer: "Arkansas. Put that in John McCain's column right now." Is it wrong that that made me snicker? It doesn't even make sense!

9:59:
Iowa was just called for Obama, and Anderson Cooper just asked what they're going to do when he gets to 270 electoral votes. "We leave!" was the reply. We'll see if that actually happens. Could we have an empty eleciton center soon? Check back for more coverage!

9:55:
Roland Martin compared the Obama supporters in Grant Park to Lollapalooza. Meanwhile, back at the Biltmore, an unidentified old man is wandering around aimlessly on stage.

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Election Night: CNN (Part 1)

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 4th 2008 9:35PM
anderson cooperElection night! Election night! Let's check out the folks at CNN. Is Wolf Blitzer going to lose his mind? Is Anderson Cooper going to be pretty? Is John King going to lovingly stroke the magic board? Let's find out.

9:00: That's what we've got for now. I'll be back shortly with more updates-- and maybe we'll have a new president. Not that CNN will project that.

8:59:
Soledad O'Brien is looking at demographic information with Mr. Magoo. Poor Mr. Magoo can't work the touch screen because he's not tall enough. Hilariously, this comes at the point in which they're talking about how age is a factor in the way people vote.

8:57:
Drink. They're not even making a projection in Arizona.

852:
Can someone tell me what is up with these clean coal commercials? This is the 7,000th one I've seen today.

8:48:
James Carville looks more and more like a reanimated corpse every day.

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Anderson Cooper is today's Edward R. Murrow

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 25th 2008 8:33AM
Anderson Cooper1Don't tell Keith Olbermann -- he of the Countdown special commentaries -- but CNN's Anderson Cooper is the Edward R. Murrow of our era. That's according to Lisa DePaulo of Elle, but the popularity and proliferation of Cooper, from CNN to CBS's 60 Minutes to anchoring Times' Square on New Year's Eve and filling in for Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly, backs up her assertion.

"He is our generation's Edward R. Murrow; that is, if Murrow were this good-looking and had lived in a world with Gawker and TMZ," DePaulo writes. "This is not just because of Cooper's exacting standards of journalism-hard work, legwork, no-divaness. He's a purist, really-like Murrow."

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Thoughts on the Republican National Convention - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 5th 2008 1:01PM
Republican conNow that the confetti has been swept away, all the balloons popped, and the St. Paul cops are stowing their riot gear, it's time to recall the surprisingly eventful Republican National Convention in Minnesota. Is it really only one week ago today that Senator John McCain pulled a rabbit out of his hat and introduced little-known Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate? She's not little-known anymore. In fact, the 2008 Republican Convention is forever more to be remembered for her ascent, whatever her future portends.

Here's some other thoughts from the TV coverage of the RNC:

Media matters
Having the two political conventions back to back was a plus for the TV pros. All the mistakes from Denver were rectified in St. Paul. The MSNBC set ups avoided train stations and noise interruptions. Splitting up Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews worked better, with Olbermann as the point man throwing the coverage to the other news pros. And there was less bickering and fighting, at least compared to the week before.

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The Daily Show: August 29, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 30th 2008 12:24PM
Anderson Cooper and TDS
"The Heart of Hopeness": Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech the other night, to a stadium full of insanely excited Democrats. John Oliver filed a report live from the site of Obama's speech. Man, John has really been putting himself on the line this week, being incredibly annoying in front of so many overexcited people. I mean, chanting "Osama!" at a massive crowd of Obama lovers is almost a sure to bring about a beating, but he totally lucked out with some relatively mild verbal confrontation. Other great moments included dancing to Jeremiah Wright's "white friends" song and making his move on hot strangers. As we would see later in the episode, it seems like the Democratic National Convention brought out the friskiness in the correspondents.

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