Anderson Hays Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, and is an American television personality. He is the main anchor of CNN's liberal news show Anderson Cooper 360°, and hosted the first two seasons of the ABC reality game show The Mole. The program is based out of New York City. Cooper is the son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. He graduated from Yale in 1989 in Political Science and International Relations.
Though Cooper is popular, he is no stranger to controversy and accusations of media bias. For example, during the time of Hurricane Katrina, he consistently played-up the government's poor response, even appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show to accuse the government of negligence while at the same time, giving John Edwards what one media watchdog group called the "silk glove treatment."[Citation Needed]
Cooper's first major interview occurred on April 22, 2007, when he interviewed the infamous rapper Cam'ron about the "Stop Snitching" campaign. During the interview, Cooper asked Cam'ron if he lived next door to a serial killer and knew for a fact that person was killing people if would he tell or "snitch" to the police. Cam'ron said, "No, I wouldn't call and tell on them but I'd probably move."
Cooper was a major player in promoting the Stormy Daniels hoax, which Daniels herself later repudiated.
Cooper is currently in a homosexual relationship with "gay bar" owner Benjamin Maisani.
- Oddis, Michelle (June/04/2007). Presidential Debate Topic: Bill Clinton's Influence? (English). Retrieved on 2008-12-31.