Friedman writes that Cooper “expertly deconstructed on his CNN show the bogus rumor that President Obama’s trip to Asia would cost $200 million a day.”
The Times columnist went so far as to say that Cooper’s fact-checking is crucial to a better informed electorate to strengthen this country’s democracy:
But the carnival barkers that so dominate our public debate today are not going away — and neither is the Internet. All you can hope is that more people will do what Cooper did — so when the next crazy lie races around the world, people’s first instinct will be to doubt it, not repeat it.
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