Many still continued to claim that Cooper was on his knees to make the water look deeper.
That’s when the homophobic jokes about Cooper, who is gay, ensued.
It looks like Anderson is on his knees….
…a position with which he is very familiar…
— Mark Leberer (@MarkLeberer) September 16, 2018
Anderson Cooper on his knees…… hmmmmm, that's never been said before
— Lane (@thunderp73) September 16, 2018
Others diverted to another video that went viral. This time, of Weather Channel Reporter Mike Seidel appearing to fake struggling against strong winds as two people behind him walked past casually.
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
OMG…is that Anderson Cooper? Nothing like a bit of drama to show what a great journalist you are. I put this in with that Weather Channel guy that faked his difficulty in keeping his balance during Florence. Too late Coop…we know you're fake trying to salvage your career… https://t.co/jfCArRN4qu
— White Eagle (@WhiteEagle1927) September 16, 2018
To give Conservatives credit, at least this footage was actually from Hurricane Florence. However, The Weather Channel claimed that Seidel was merely trying to keep his balance on the slippery grass:
“It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted.”
While this explanation may not be convincing, it still doesn’t somehow discredit CNN–an entirely different network. In fact, CNN’s own Twitter pointed out Seidel’s theatrics.
— CNN (@CNN) September 15, 2018
Nevertheless, as has been proven time and again, facts don’t tend to matter unless they’re of the alternative variety.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence has killed over 20 people.