Ha ha, dig CNN golden boy Anderson Cooper's subtle dig at competitor Rachel Maddow's show in the LA Times today: He thinks she's great, he just finds her show boring and cliché. Oh, OK!
Speaking with Choire Sicha, Cooper said he had no plans to follow in Maddow's footsteps. She is, after all, the new Bill O'Reilly. And snark is the new yelling!
Rachel Maddow is an incredible talent — she's funny, and smart, obviously well researched on subjects. I'm just not interested as a viewer in listening to anchors' opinions. It seems like there's an awful lot of yelling, and this year yelling's been replaced by sarcasm and snark- iness.
Cooper isn't the first person to cite Maddow for biting humor; former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum went after the MSNBC host on her own show in October for "heavy sarcasm" and "sneering." Then the man who proudly coined the term "Axis of Evil" to spice up a State of the Union address said that a more civil tone would the nation more rationally decide whether North Korea should be put on the list of terrorist states. Ha! It's all in this clip:
Anyway, Cooper also said he wants to have 20 people over to his house to "wrangle... over polls that don't exist." What, like he doesn't find real polls to examine in his house all the time?