Mickey “Big Brosky” Boston scrutinizes Anderson Cooper‘s antics. Anderson Cooper makes things sound like he suffered a Rodney King beatdown in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. In essence, “over exaggeration” is a too generous of a term for Cooper’s “beatdown.” Hyperbole is brought to a whole new plateau in the poetics of Cooper’s CNN eloquent video journalism.
Yes, Cooper was mobbed, undeniably without doubt, youtube videos can show that however, the aspect of appearing on American television and claiming to have suffered a “beatdown” is much too over the ledge. If one was to give Cooper a Habs jersey with Subban’s number on and place him in front of Milan Lucic, one would trully see a scrap and “beatdown.”
As far as a “classic Brosky beatdown” goes, Cooper suffered a mere mosquito swat. More specifically, beyond the ideal of Cooper’s hyperbolized journalism is the scrutiny of why exactly would a journalist of the likes of him even be in Egypt in the first place? Cooper in this regard is not a qualified journalist and is unable to read, write or speak Arabic let alone Egyptian dialect. Once again CNN has dispatched a journalist to the ground for ratings and Cooper’s poor performance, vividly lackluster, would have required a few missing teeth and blood stained bandages to come off as anywhere near convincing and compelling.
Mickey Boston’s Deconstruction of Journalism.
To begin with, CNN and the Fox News channel are culprits funded by powerful lobbies within the US to provide a specific bypartisan view of what is really going on. FOX itself was launched in October 1996 to just a few vegetative American cable viewers who were unable to comprehend what was going on in the world. Since 1996, the network has risen to its current niveau: being available to over 85 million US households and further countless millions worldwide.
Edward Bernays, the so-called father of public relations, wrote about an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. He was referring to journalism, the media. That was almost 80 years ago, not long after corporate journalism was invented. It is a history few journalist talk about or know about, and it began with the arrival of corporate advertising. As the new corporations began taking over the press, something called “professional journalism” was invented. To attract big advertisers, the new corporate press had to appear respectable, pillars of the establishment-objective, impartial, balanced. The first schools of journalism were set up, and a mythology of liberal neutrality was spun around the professional journalist. The right to freedom of expression was associated with the new media and with the great corporations, and the whole thing was, as Robert McChesney put it so well, “entirely bogus”.
For what the public did not know was that in order to be professional, journalists had to ensure that news and opinion were dominated by official sources, and that has not changed. Go through the New York Times on any day, and check the sources of the main political stories-domestic and foreign-you’ll find they’re dominated by government and other established interests. That is the essence of professional journalism.
Consider how the power of this invisible government has grown. In 1983 the principle global media was owned by 50 corporations, most of them American. In 2002 this had fallen to just 9 corporations. Today it is probably about 5. Rupert Murdoch has predicted that there will be just three global media giants, and his company will be one of them. This concentration of power is not exclusive of course to the United States. The BBC has announced it is expanding its broadcasts to the United States, because it believes Americans want principled, objective, neutral journalism for which the BBC is famous. They have launched BBC America.
Big Brosky: Calling for a Cessation to Cooper’s BS…a Recap of the Hoopla.
“Upsetting” video footage released by CNN, above, Cooper can be heard declaring he was hit “like 10 times in the mouth” as he attempted to usher various members of his crew, one of them female, through the mob.
“Calm down,” he can be heard saying to the assailants.
Afterward, Cooper sent out an update via Twitter. “Thanks for tweets of concern,” he said. “I’m sore and head hurts but fine. Neil and mary anne are bruised but ok too. Thanks”
The silver fox is no stranger to violence overseas — a little more than a year ago in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Cooper was captured on video carrying to safety a child who was left bloody by looters who’d started throwing rocks and chunks of concrete.
“A man jumped out of the crowd and tried to push us around,” he said. “It sort of allowed other people in the crowd to focus on us. Other people came out of the crowd. Somebody punched me in the head, and from there things escalated quickly.”
The crew decided they had to turn around, he said. They tried to walk away “as calmly as possible,” but this did not calm the crowd around them.
“They were following us, screaming at us, ripping at our clothes,” he said. This lasted for five minutes. The mob threw bottles and water at the crew, and kept kicking and punching people. A few people tried to assist them, but they were overwhelmed by the pro-Mubarak group. Meanwhile, Egyptian soldiers watched the whole thing.
Cooper said he received four distinct blows to the head. “I’ve never been punched in the head before,” he said. “So they left an impression.”
He said it was the first time that he’d been directly attacked in a crowd while reporting a story.
Cooper claims he and his team were trying to get to a spot in between the two sides of protesters in Tahrir Square — when they were attacked.