Anderson Cooper Takes On Michele Bachmann's Gay Question Runaround: Video


As we know, Michele Bachmann has a habit of dodging questions about her past anti-gay remarks.

Well, Anderson Cooper is not buying it, and last night called Bachmann out for her sudden shyness about same-sex equality.

Cooper points out that Bachmann is likely avoiding such questions because she's running for president and such anti-gay notions won't go over well with the American voter. He also notes that Bachmann was invited to join in the conversation, but no one from her camp returned CNN's calls.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Nice segment but I wish Mr.360 would do a 180 and COME OUT OF THE GLASS CLOSET!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 16, 2011 11:52:16 AM

  2. these people will only get the message if we fight with gloves off

    take her to the damn whipping post - hopefully the gay community will make an example out of her

    good piece from Cooper's team

    Posted by: neverstops | Aug 16, 2011 12:00:53 PM

  3. really starting to think Marcus and her are into S/m + D/s

    what is with all the DISCIPLINE, BONDAGE, etc

    Posted by: say what | Aug 16, 2011 12:01:39 PM

  4. Well done AC! Keep working on this, please.
    Her answer "I am running..." already became a joke itself. And she is a joke, a serious joke.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 16, 2011 12:08:03 PM

  5. @DAVID EHRENSTEIN: I'm not sure Anderson Cooper really needs to come out of the closet. His closet has been slowly vanishing on its own. Although he keeps his professional and private lives separate, the paparazzi have published lots of photos of him in the company of boyfriends, and he's made no effort to DENY the fact that he's Gay. It's just common knowledge. For him to make a big production of "coming out" would be, well, a bit REDUNDANT.

    Posted by: Chuck Anziulewicz | Aug 16, 2011 12:08:20 PM

  6. Maybe that's the story her husband told her about HIS gay past?!! He could've just come out to her as bisexual like a REAL man.

    I hope they get called on the carpet on this stuff until they get the heck out of politics.

    Good work, Mr. Cooper.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 12:09:07 PM

  7. I don't care if Anderson Cooper comes out. It is his choice although he is not exactly IN either. What is important is that he remains a strong advocate for our issues. If he came out then all of his reporting could be spun by Bachmann and those like her as just being attack pieces by a gay reporter and then dismissed by some rather than keeping the focus on the actual content of the piece.

    Keep up the good work Anderson.

    Posted by: Chadd | Aug 16, 2011 12:09:27 PM

  8. While I am really happy to see Michele Bachmann called out on her statements, I have an uneasy feeling of sexism in the MSM (Main Stream Media) when I see Bachmann or Palin confronted. My sense is that the MSM doesn't go after white, male, authority figures as persistently. Does anyone remember Anderson's challenging Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina? Why doesn't Anderson challenge Rick Perry (closet case?) or Mitt Romney? I have the sense that the wealthier campaigns make "deals" (access, exclusives, firsts) with the MSM which benefits both sides (the candidate is protected from embarrassing questions while seeming to be open to the press, and one news organization gets [carefully engineered] "scoops". There is big money in politics and the press (just ask Rupert Murdoch).

    Posted by: Jeff Atwood | Aug 16, 2011 12:15:44 PM

  9. An exceptionally clear exposure of the some of the most blatant hypocrisy ever foisted on the American populace; this would be both Bachmanns' primary claim to fame. As their foolish campaign continues, media will hopefully bring this issue up again and again, and Anderson Cooper will have set the standard for clarity about it.

    Posted by: WebHybrid | Aug 16, 2011 12:22:29 PM

  10. I think because Bachmann just had her moment in Iowa and has consistently avoided answering any question about her comments concerning gays (or anything she doesn't want to answer...this woman only parrots what she's rehearsed to say to the media, Stepfordianly so...)and so has her husband, she's the focus now.

    Personally, I wish they'd leave her alone. This woman plays very well with a small sliver of the population but will never win in a general election and will get killed in an actual debate with someone other than that sad sack Tim Pawlety whining at her. Let her get the nomination. We should be welcoming this dimwitted, ideologically crazy woman as the front runner Republican nominee. Because, like she says, she doesn't back down from her "core values" which, thankfully, are nothing like most Americans' values. She the best hope for Obama's second term (George W. Bush, the second - Ricky Perry - would also be great because he's a lying sack of swaggering idiocy that could easily be taken down.)

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 16, 2011 12:25:59 PM

  11. Yet again, this is why I don't care whether or not Anderson wants to open up his personal life for discussion, and why I believe as a journalist he's not hiding in the closet so much as simply trying to keep from becoming part of the story.

    Coop has consistently and expertly remained a strong, very OUTspoken opponent of anti-LGBT sentiment. Rarely does a gay-related issue slide by without him at least commenting on it. He has in fact done far more to bring light to these specific issues than a lot of 'out' celebrities and journalists.

    And I love it when he giggles.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 16, 2011 12:26:21 PM

  12. Entirely and utterly shameful and anti-democratic, Mrs. Bachmann - and that goes for the rest of your "field" too, especially "Mr. Perry."

    Posted by: Christophe | Aug 16, 2011 12:37:30 PM

  13. Take a look at this... another christian homophobe trying to get Ron Paul to say something he will regret. Of all the Republican candidates... he seems to be the biggest ally.

    Posted by: james | Aug 16, 2011 12:43:37 PM

  14. If Rick Perry is a closet case then there is at least one Texas fag out there with the power to decide the next election. All it would take is a press conference and some hard (pardon pun) evidence

    Posted by: Really? | Aug 16, 2011 12:45:18 PM

  15. James put down your copy of Atlas Shrugged

    Ron Paul is no ally of the gay community or sane america

    Posted by: say what | Aug 16, 2011 1:09:21 PM

  16. Anderson Cooper is not in the closet. He's simply refurbished the closet with fabulous bay windows and invited the world in for cocktails.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 16, 2011 1:11:52 PM

  17. Bachmann very recently signed the National Organization for Marriage's "pledge" to intensify the political persecution of gay Americans. Bachmann has signed a pledge to see all gay married American couples' marriages annulled. What more do you need to know? The statements from her past only strengthen one's understanding of what a vicious bigot she is. But those past statements aren't the story; Bachmann's signing of the NOM pledge is the story.

    Posted by: Scott Rose | Aug 16, 2011 1:14:29 PM

  18. Oh, is she running for president? I couldn't tell. That's what she must have meant when she said "...I'm running for the President of the United States" all those times.

    Posted by: luminum | Aug 16, 2011 1:17:51 PM

  19. If Anderson is always busy exposing anti-gay politicians in our country, I for one am ready to give him a free pass for not officially coming out. He's done more for the gay community than some who have been out all their lives.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 16, 2011 1:19:12 PM

  20. All sane on-air personalities should get together and agree to sound a bullhorn as soon as she starts in with the "I am running for..."

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Aug 16, 2011 1:24:54 PM

  21. I agree with Mr. Atwood above. It is good that MB is being brought to the carpet for past statements so that we can see that she does A REALLY BAD JOB OF AVOIDING THEM. The more inconsistencies that are revealed, the better. But there does appear to be a disconnect in that the Newt's affairs during his morality campaign against Bill Clinton have not be brought up by pundits. He was not only having an affair during this finger pointing, but his wife at the time was dying or had been suffering from cancer. If these candidates are going to run on a 'christian' morality parade/ticket, their behavior better match otherwise their hypocritical finger pointing will come back and bite them in the media (social and otherwise) driven world. The other issue that I wish AC (and other pundits) would address (hammer) with Bachmann is her very misguided idea about slavery.

    Posted by: Christopher Lines | Aug 16, 2011 1:30:24 PM

  22. is that her answer to everything "i am running for president of the u.s." how can anybody with 2 brain cells consider voting for this bigot. she takes money from the government hand over fist but wants to cut government spending. which way is michelle cut or take?

    Posted by: walter | Aug 16, 2011 1:32:55 PM

  23. I'm glad the crazies are running. Bachmann wono't get the nod and if Perry does, well, that's an ace up Obama's sleeve. Perry accepted $6 billion from the stimulus package and gave huge tax cuts to the corporate elite on the back of Texan middle class and the working poor. He's literally run Texas into the ditch economically. It ranks in the bottom 5 of all 50 states as a total failure in all areas of life, education, jobs and health care to name but a few. That's the kind of America he wants, modeled on Texas, a third world state. It has the lowest high school graduate rate in the country.

    As for the gay rumor, I wonder if anyone in Austin knows anything about that, allegedly Texas' only gay-friendly city?

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 16, 2011 1:39:22 PM

  24. Just chiming in to point out the obvious, which is YOU CAN'T COME OUT WHEN THE ENTIRE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS YOU'RE GAY.

    Marcus Bachmann? Anderson Cooper? That guy who works at the Starbucks on the corner? They can't come out. Because they already are! You're sexuality isn't a secret when everyone knows what it is.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled comments.

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 16, 2011 2:30:46 PM

  25. Oh Please:

    You absolutely can come out of the closet when "everybody knows"

    1 Everybody doesn't know. People can easily deny or overlook what they haven't been forced to confront, as any flaming gay guy with a mother can attest to. I'm sure many middle American viewers of 360 are doing just that.

    2 Even people who "know" don't really know, because it's about claiming your identity for yourself, owning it with pride and setting an example. I'm not saying that he has to, or that he owes the gay community, just that he hasn't done it. And it would be helpful to a lot of young gay people coming up if he did.

    Posted by: William | Aug 16, 2011 3:21:15 PM

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