"First of all, how lame is it that someone tweeted the 518?"

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"I mean… please, what is that, upstate New York somewhere?"

Coming up: A Wolf Blitzer muummuu. But first...

Bad Decisions. Outrage. Silver fox sassiness.

Anderson Cooper 360 had a segment Thursday night about the huge unauthorized party that trashed the Rensselaer County house that belongs to former NFL player Brian Holloway, and Holloway's subsequent effort to shame the teens allegedly involved by posting their images on a website. (The story's since been covered by outlets all around the country.)

After the package by Randi Kaye, Anderson Cooper riffed on one of the tweets that was apparently posted from the party:

"First of all, how lame is it that someone tweeted the 518? I mean... please, what is that, upstate New York somewhere?"
"Yeah, man, 518. Woo. Rockin' it. Keepin' it real in the 518. That's how we roll... in [Oh-needa], New York... not that's there's anything wrong with [Oh-needa], New York..."

Later in the show, AC highlighted the Wolf Blitzer muummuu that Man Man's Ryan Kattner wore at Rest Fest.

(Thanks, Duncan.)

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How dare he?!? This injustice will not stand!

I don't get it.

First, Anderson Cooper laughs uncontrollably at Buffalo's Dyngus Day, and subsequently apologizes on-air.

And now he takes aim at the 518.

Well, I'm waiting for my on-air apology for this, Anderson....

What's so cool about tweeting the 212? About a billion people go there a year, there's nothing special about being there.

Way to insult an entire demographic.

Does anyone think Anderson Cooper actually looks cool when he mocks upstate NY in this segment?

This is the way many arrogant NYC folk come across when they knock upstate.

And let me be clear: I do agree with him (and his airhead cohost) that the teenage tweet about "the 518" IS indeed lame.

But Cooper makes an ass out of himself, as well.

The fact that he keeps mispronouncing Oneida -- which is, of course, not in the 518 area code -- is disgraceful.

Oneida NY is named after the Oneida "Indian" nation, whose people still live on there today.

One of the original Five Nations, later Six Nations (a.k.a. the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, peoples), the Oneida are also called "America's First Allies" because, like the American "patriots," the Oneidas broke from their own political/cultural ties to fight alongside us in the Revolution to establish two new nations.


That's pretty important sh*t. The kind of sh*t a national reporter ought to know.

So, Mr. Cooper, I say you, too, are pretty lame.

You tell him, Duncan!

Anderson Cooper is secretly embarrassed he is not in the 518. We are too cool for school!

It is always nice when one of the aristocracy lets their guard down.

"Cooper was born on June 3, 1967,[3] in New York City, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune.[4] He is also a descendant, through his mother, of Civil War brevet Major General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who was with General William T. Sherman on his march through Georgia."

Thanks Virgil, for that information about this clown. So why does anyone take Anderson Cooper seriously? Because we're supposed to?

Perhaps I'm going to have the unpopular opinion here, but I actually think Anderson Cooper is a pretty decent journalist- and admirable for being out of the closet in a job that requires him to visit a lot of areas in the world that aren't the most LGBT friendly.

I think his teasing was mostly light hearted, but as people have noted, I do think it represents what many (outside of the Albany area) think about the 518. I can't deny- I got a big chuckle at everyone being personally offended at his comments, though. ^__^

"Please, what is that, upstate New York somewhere?"

Um, Coop, isn't that where the story you think is important enough to report on took place?

So are you being condescending about the very things you choose to report on?

I guess that fits in with a "news" product that has so little confidence in the value of what it's reporting that it has to have constant crawls, bursts and other distractions to try to keep your mind off the lameness of the report. So glad I don't have cable anymore.

The guys is a goof, to pronounce Oneida as Oh-needa shows he is not as smart and as sophisticated as his liberal base wants everyone to think he is. Second, what's his problem with Upstate NY? For a region (pretty much most of NYS) where many former NYC/Long Island types love to relocate here he is pretty much the classic example of NYC arrogance that outside the Five Burroughs those like him have not a clue as to the states geography.

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