CNN anchor and former CIA intern Anderson Cooper recently took aim at The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for having the audacity to use his celebrity status in the name of good.
On a recent segment of Anderson Cooper 360 (see bottom of article), the Yale alumnus took Corgan to the proverbial woodshed because the 1979 singer dared to appear on the cover of PAWS Chicago magazine, a publication which focuses on trying to reduce the killing rate of homeless animals in the city by promoting pet adoption.
Despite Corgan’s music career being far from over, Cooper told his meager audience it appeared as though the Pumpkins’ singer was becoming out of touch with what it means to be a “rock star”:
“So perhaps Billy Corgan is I don’t know, off his alternative rocker, but I think maybe there’s more to this. Maybe he’s being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own mortality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don’t want ‘Everybody Hurts’ to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don’t ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder’s Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP Magazine.” – Pitchfork.com
Corgan, understandably taken aback by the out-of-left-field attack, fired back at the silver-haired propagandist on Twitter, defending his effort to try and help animals and labeling Cooper a “globalist shill.”
— Billy Corgan (@Billy) October 31, 2014
@andersoncooper I realize you're too busy being a globalist shill to know the difference, but there are those of us who do as we like
— Billy Corgan (@Billy) October 31, 2014
He also printed an animal-themed t-shirt featuring the words, “F**k Anderson Cooper,” and sold it at his shows to great acclaim:
— Sarah Petty (@SupaFlySarah) November 27, 2014
Even PAWS Chicago, whose Summer 2014 cover gave an obvious nod to Corgan’s 1993 work Siamese Dream, viewed Cooper’s Ridiculist segment as a pernicious affront towards the musician and other celebrities:
— PAWSchicago (@PAWSchicago) October 30, 2014
Speaking exclusively to Infowars, Corgan made it clear that Cooper’s attack was a desperate attempt to try and blur the line between right and wrong:
“This piece as ran shows that nothing is sacred, as hacks like that celebrate death on one hand, and create false moralistic narratives on the other. And when you go after people defending the innocent, in this case rescue animals, they create moral equivalents that have nothing [in common] with what most people believe in: which is love as an absolute and truth as a given.”
Given Corgan’s propensity for speaking truth to power, Cooper’s so-called analysis comes off as an underhanded smear attempt, especially in light of the fact that The Smashing Pumpkins are getting set to release their new album Monuments to an Elegy next month.
Corgan, for instance, has been known to give thought-provoking, illusion-shattering interviews to independent media personalities such as Alex Jones.
The fact that Cooper has ignored numerous other celebrities who have also tried to help the organization makes his attack all the more suspicious. But then again the CNN anchor and great-great grandson of robber baron Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt has long been suspected of being a CIA operative.
From a 2006 article on entertainment website Radar Online, entitled Anderson Cooper’s CIA Secret:
“Following his sophomore and junior years at Yale—a well-known recruiting ground for the CIA—Cooper spent his summers interning at the agency’s monolithic headquarters in Langley, Virginia, in a program for students interested in intelligence work. His involvement with the agency ended there, and he chose not to pursue a job with the agency after graduation, according to a CNN spokeswoman, who confirmed details of Cooper’s CIA involvement to Radar.”
“Or did he?” questions Infowars’ Kurt Nimmo. “As revealed during the Church Committee investigation in 1975, the CIA had a long-standing relationship with the corporate media, dubbed ‘Operation Mockingbird’ by Deborah Davis, former Village Voice writer and author of Katherine The Great (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991). In her book, Davis quotes Philip Graham, the late editor Washington Post, as saying: ‘You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.’ Of course, Cooper, a bona fide Ritchie Rich, doesn’t need a couple hundred dollars a month, but may be doing the CIA’s work for other reasons, or he may be ‘owned’ by the spook agency, as Frank Wisner and Allen Dulles owned ‘respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers,’ according to a CIA source cited by Davis (see Alex Constantine, Tales from the Crypt: The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird).”
Indeed, very few, if any, would consider saving pets from certain death a bad thing. Only in the upside down, bizarro world purveyed by leftist, establishment media talking heads like Cooper is taking time out of one’s life to help rescue animals considered “less rock starry,” whatever that means.