Anderson Cooper defended his interview with Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has come out and made allegations against Anderson’s interview with her. Cooper had been covering the story of America’s worst mass shooting at Pulse, a gay Florida nightclub in which 49 people were killed.
Attorney General Pam Bondi told Berman and Schnitt’s show that Cooper had edited the interview and was hostile toward her.
Bondi stated that there was a time and place for the issues she was confronted with and that was not the time for it.
Cooper came back and defended his interview and his journalistic integrity. He went as far as to say that there were no factual mistakes in the airing of the interview and that Bondi was either mistaken or a liar, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“There was no editing of the interview as it aired on live television,” stated Cooper. Cooper continued to state he tries to avoid becoming part of the story, via CNN News.
Cooper questioned Bondi about her stance regarding the LGBT community in the past. He basically called her a hypocrite when it came to gay rights in Florida. Cooper asked her about why she never supported the gay community or gay rights before.
During the live interview, Cooper confronted her about saying in court that LGBT individuals who were fighting for marriage equality were trying to do “harm” to the people of Florida. Now in the wake of the shooting, she is claiming to help the gay community.
Bondi’s failed fight against marriage equality would cost Florida taxpayers nearly $500,000, reported by NBC News.
Bondi tried to deflect the questions that were being asked, but Cooper continued to question her. She tried explaining to him that she was not against the LGBT community, and that she had been doing her job.
Bondi also told him that her website now shows an image of “hands clasped together, all different-colored, rainbow-hands people.” Cooper’s response to her was that prior to that she did not have that up, and that it took the shooting to do it.
According to the New Civil Rights Movement, the rainbow hands that Bondi stated that were on her website was a fabricated lie that she told during the live interview. NCRM also states that there was nothing on her website about the shooting and called Bondi’s office themselves.
Pam Bondi is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2011. She is the 37th Attorney General of Florida.
Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt. Gloria Vanderbilt is an American heiress and socialite who as a little girl was involved in America’s most famous custody case, known as the trial of the century. She also became a powerhouse in the fashion business and created her own fashion and perfume lines in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Gloria Vanderbilt also became a writer and wrote a book with her son Anderson, titled, The Rainbow Comes and Goes.
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