Fake news fail

Anderson Cooper fires back at antigay trolls, Donald Trump Jr, after idiotic claims of “fake news”

Anderson Cooper has issued a rare rebuttal at online conspiracy theorists — most notably Donald Trump Jr — following allegations of fake news.

The out CNN journalist notes in a recent segment that he typically tries to ignore the troll chatter, but after a lie was spread by the president’s son that was so easily disproved, he’s wading into the muck just to show how absurd the situation is.

The “conspiracy” claims that Cooper was kneeling in shallow water to make his recent Hurricane Florence coverage look more severe.

Except… the photo that “proves” the false claim — the same one shared by Donald Trump Jr — was taken a decade ago while Cooper covered Hurricane Ike.

“It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad,” wrote Trump Jr, before sharing a link to a Breitbart article.

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Cooper also notes one commenter who made a homophobic jab that he’s “used to being” on his knees.

“Some guy I’ve never heard of made a joke on Twitter that I was on my knees in the water to make it look deep, and then went on to say I was used to being on my knees,” he says, “which I assume is some kind of anti-gay reference.

“Very classy. The idea that I was kneeling in water to make it look deep is frankly idiotic.”

Watch the Anderson Cooper 360° segment below: