Sunday, February 10, 2013
Is The Fake Dorner Manifesto Anderson Cooper's Dan Rather Moment?
To date, there is no response from CNN or Anderson Cooper about the supposed "manifesto" read on air and composed by Christopher Dorner.
And while it may have been a mistake - much like Dan Rather's reading of the false report on George Bush's military career - the mistake should be noted. Dan Rather corrected and apologized. Will Cooper?
The newsroom anchor's job can sometimes be thankless: if you don't dig up the material yourself (or don't have the time), you must relay on the reports of others - and the credibility of what's been placed in front of you.You have to trust the rest of the staff to have done enough due diligence on the material that it is true and accurate. Journalists know that repeated apologies for inaccuracy are death to their careers.
So now the question arises: who wrote the last 30% of the manifesto? And who handed it to Cooper? We may never know, since newsrooms like CNN are convoluted teams, and getting to the absolute source of the fake manifesto will be difficult.
What is obvious to any reader of the two manifestos is that someone wanted to portray Dorners as exceptionally left wing. With the exception of "I am not a f*cking Christian," Dorners gives us little insight into his politics* in the first ten pages. What follows, however, is an outpouring of admiration for decidedly liberal media and political figures. It also accentuates a violent, calculated nature - one which was not brought out in the first part of the manifesto. True, there are inconsistencies (his admiration for George H.W. Bush, support of Chick-fil-A) but they serve to highlight the effusive, liberal tone of the piece. The following is the addition in its entirety, parts of which Anderson Cooper read aloud. I have emphasized those sentences and phrases which seem to indicate a deliberate left-wing portrayal. The reader may judge for himself.
ADDED TO THE ACTUAL MANIFESTO OF CHRISTOPHER DORNER