July 14, 2020

Tucker Carlson, Anderson Cooper Deliver Starkly Different Messages

As Mr. Carlson spoke on Fox News, Mr. Trump also faced criticism — of a very different sort — on CNN.

The anchor Anderson Cooper, clearly taken aback by Mr. Trump’s militaristic words on Monday, called Mr. Trump a “wannabe wartime president” and questioned how his aggressive approach would ease tensions in an ailing nation.

“The president seems to think dominating black people, dominating peaceful protesters, is law and order,” Mr. Cooper told viewers. “He calls them ‘thugs.’ Who is the thug here? Hiding in a bunker, hiding behind a suit. Who is the thug?”

On a night when curfews were put into effect in a number of American cities, the dueling views of Mr. Trump — airing simultaneously on national cable news networks — seemed to reflect the partisan divides splitting the nation.

Mr. Carlson had incendiary words about the political dynamics of the demonstrations, telling viewers: “Some Democrats have openly embraced it. Really, they don’t have much of a choice. These are their voters, cleaning out the Rolex store. These riots are effectively the largest Joe Biden for president rally on record.”

Mr. Cooper, meanwhile, interviewed Mariann Edgar Budde, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, who expressed outrage that Mr. Trump had staged a photo-op at St. John’s Church by the White House.

“The President just used a Bible and the sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything our churches stand for,” Ms. Budde said.

Fox News and CNN did have one feature in common on Monday: both networks broadcast near-constant live footage of protesters and police clashing on streets in cities all across the United States.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/business/media/unrest-trump-tucker-carlson-anderson-cooper.html

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