A Canadian TV reporter and host of a weekly show on the Tea Party News Network received a verbal smackdown by Anderson Cooper after he asked the CNN icon for a selfie near where a soldier had died — and has since been fired for his actions.
As Cooper was reporting from the brutal Ottawa shooting, Vendon Gene, then of Sun News Network, the self-described “aspiring reporter” approached Cooper to ask for a photo. Cooper refused, urging Gene to “have a little respect for what happened here today.”
“I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed. It seems wildly inappropriate,” Cooper told the reporter.
“He already said no, leave him alone!” someone yells at Gene in the footage, because honestly, who asks for a selfie at a murder scene?
Not willing to salvage what dignity he had left and just let it go, Gene took to Twitter to whine about Cooper “exploiting” a tragedy by reporting on it.
Cooper fired back, cooly shutting down the right-wing whiner:
On behalf of Sun News Network, Matt Wolf tweeted an apology to the CNN host.
The very next morning, the young reporter was gone.
Gene’s web site also disappeared from the interwebs. For his part, he did “apologize” to Cooper.