CNN anchor Anderson Cooper Monday night slammed Donald Trump Jr. for tweeting a photo of him standing in waist-deep water while covering a hurricane, adding a caption that suggested Cooper and CNN was lying to make President Donald Trump look bad.
“I’ve covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that anyone would think that I would try to fake something or overly dramatize a disaster," Cooper said during the nearly 10-minute segment on his CNN program, "AC360." "I don’t expect the president’s son to ever admit that he was wrong or one of the president’s advisers or frankly anyone else who’s retweeted any of these pictures. But I at least thought that they and you should know the truth.”
Trump Jr. did not specifically say that the photo was taken during coverage of Hurricane Florence, and Cooper pointed out that it had actually come from his reporting in 2008 during Hurricane Ike in Texas.
The photo shows a cameraman is standing in shallow water, while Cooper is waist deep, leading to accusations that he was kneeling to make the water appear deeper than it was. Cooper, however, showed footage of himself walking around during the news story.
Cooper called the idea that he had been kneeling in the water "frankly idiotic." and noted that while there has been speculation that the photograph had come from Hurricane Florence, the cameraman, Doug Jones, who appears in the photo, died in September 2017.
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