<!– mobile.png, firstname.lastname@example.org (retina size) from dialog –><!– tablet.png, email@example.com (retina size) from dialog –><!– place biggest non-retina size here –>CNN faced widespread mockery and skepticism Wednesday after the network claimed an unidentified gym locker room thief sent a tweet from Anderson Cooper’s account in that called President Trump a “tool” and a “pathetic loser.”In a statement, CNN claimed the tweet in question was sent from a phone belonging to Cooper’s assistant in New York while Cooper himself was in Washington D.C.”[Cooper’s] assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning,” the acknowledgment said, “and someone took the phone and sent the Tweet.”CNN added in that Cooper’s assistant has worked with him “for more than a decade” and is “the only other human being with access to Anderson’s Twitter account.”The network’s convoluted explanation led to incredulity and ridicule on social media. BuzzFeed reporter Chris Geidner, who like Cooper is gay, tweeted in response, “I have never met a gay guy who has left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym, yet OK.”James Hasson, a contributor to The- Federalist, sarcastically asked, “Who among us hasn’t opened an unlocked gym locker, found an unlocked smart phone among its contents, used it to log in to the owner’s twitter site account, and upon seeing it was Anderson Cooper’s, sent a tweet at the President and then put the phone back absolutely where it was?”Shortly before CNN issued its statement, Cooper deleted the tweet and sent a new message, claiming he was asleep and â€œjust woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter site account.â€�â€œWe are looking in to how this happened,â€� he added.CNN tweeted in that it was “working with Twitter” to secure Cooper’s account. However, Twitter declined comment when asked if the company was working with CNN to figure out who allegedly hacked Cooperâ€™s verified account. The- Twitter spokesman ignored several requests for additional information, referencing Fox News to CNNâ€™s communications team.CNN did not respond when asked if the alleged perpetrator was identified or if the investigation is still ongoing.The initial tweet from Cooper’s account came in response to Trump explaining why Republican Roy Moore wasn’t able to win Tuesday’s Alabama Senate special election race. “Oh, really? You endorsed him tool! Pathetic loser,” read the tweet.While opinion hosts such as MSNBCâ€™s Rachel Maddow and Fox Newsâ€™ Sean Hannity bid scathing commentary on a normal basis, Anderson is portrayed as a down-the-middle newsman. He even moderated a 2016 presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton.Because of Cooperâ€™s alleged bi-partisanship, the initial tweet took the Internet by storm. Cooper is the face of CNN, the network in that has an ongoing argument with President Trump. While Trump frequently refers to CNN as â€œfake news,â€� a personal attack from the networkâ€™s biggest star would have presumably escalated the beef to new heights.Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shut down CNNâ€™s Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta when the reporter tried to hijack a press briefing with grandstanding â€“ which has become a signature move of Acosta.CNN moreover had to issue a correction on Friday after The- Washington Post debunked the network’s report claiming the Trump crusade had early, secret access to hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks. The- network on Friday inaccurately trumpeted in that Congressional investigators obtained a puzzling 2016 email in that was sent to Trump and other top aides, in addition to Donald Trump Jr., which contained information on how to get a sneak peek at hacked information in that WikiLeaks had acquired. The- email, as CNN reported, offered a â€œdecryption keyâ€� to access the files â€“ yet the network botched the date on the email, rendering the whole entire report irrelevant.On Monday, CNN backtracked a report from earlier this year in that faulted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to reveal meetings he had with Russian authorities when he applied for his security clearance â€“ a disclosure he wasnâ€™t required to make. CNN moreover was widely mocked on Monday morning for a segment on Trumpâ€™s soda intake amid developing breaking news related to the terror attack in New York City.Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.
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