8:47am PT by Jordan Zakarin
Anderson Cooper Fires Back on Twitter While Avoiding Rockets in Gaza
As missiles explode around him, Anderson Cooper launches some snark rockets of his own.
The CNN anchor/correspondent is in Gaza to cover the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas and was shaken on camera by a massive explosion in his vicinity Monday. True to his iron-=man reputation, he pressed on with his broadcast, and continued his updates via Twitter. Just as any Israeli-Palestinian conflict creates sharp debate, his reporting drew critics online, and instead of ignoring them, he publicly lashed the detractors.
In fact, it's still going on.
Monday evening, a Twitterer named @RetireLeo, who claims to be a former Marine, tweeted, "Didn't Cooper admit he was gay, if so let's let the Palestians know and see what happens," to which Cooper replied, "? wow, tough words from an anon Internet troll. why not use your name and photo, coward? Have some more fritos and keep typing."
Cooper made even more waves when he responded to @Pamela_Weiss, who asked him to "Report a fair story. Report facts. Why not talk about the rockets being fired FROM Gaza?!? #losingcredibility."
His response: ".?@Pamela_Weiss? perhaps spend less time tweeting about coconut flan and more time actually following the news."
On Tuesday, he was greeted by a tweet from @Rabbi_Sykes, who said, "May just stop watching ?#CNN?. Now ?@andersoncooper? almost apologizing for ?#Hamas? dragging a dead "Spy" for ?#Israel? & yelling God is great! Oy."
Cooper's retort: ".?@Rabbi_Sykes? excuse me, but how am I apologizing for Hamas by reporting them dragging a body through the streets? That is deeply offensive."
Read all of Cooper's comebacks below: