In a rare if hardly unprecedented case of one network anchor blasting another, Anderson Cooper once again has gone after Alec Baldwin for apparently using an anti-gay slur during a tirade against a paparazzo that was posted Thursday night on TMZ.
"Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?"
Cooper, who has been in the Philippines covering the aftermath of Haiyan for CNN, posted the tweet at 4:34 a.m.
If you're just catching up to this, Baldwin appeared to use a slur in the video -- he insists it was misinterpreted. This is the second such incident -- Baldwin also steam-rolled a reporter with a British tabloid after the funeral of James Gandolfini, also using an anti-gay slur. He apologized. (And Cooper, who is gay, sharply criticized him then, too.)
And yes, this is very serious. Baldwin now has his own MSNBC talk show, which means he's not merely a "public figure" but ostensibly a news one as well, working for one of the nation's major news organizations. Use of homophobic slurs isn't merely boorish or offensive or cruel or wanton -- but intolerable at news organizations.
But he does insist he was misquoted. We'll see if anybody is buying it.