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Debating Anderson Cooper’s Twitter Fight

Anderson Cooper‘s Twitter backlash toward a viewer was a topic on the “Today” show’s third hour this morning.

“Cooper,” explained Willie Giest, “has been reporting from Gaza for the last several days, very busy dodging bombs quite literally… but taking to Twitter to respond to some critical and some even hateful tweets.”

Geist and co-hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Wolfe — with a combined 432,000 Twitter followers (Cooper’s got 3.33 million) — debated whether news personalities should “engage people who attack you on Twitter.”

“You want to,” said Wolfe, “Believe me, you want to, and the thumbs start going like this.”

Morales and Roker agreed, “There’s no way to win. It’s a no-win situation.” Morales then added, “He’s been reporting 12 to 18 hour days, tirelessly, bombs going off, so his nerves are on edge and I can imagine that, you get these attacks, and some of them very personal — one even talking about his sexual orientation — and you can’t help but want to go after those people so, I do kind of see where he’s going.” How Cooper responded to @Pamela_Weiss, after the jump.

Cooper tweeted this morning that he’s leaving Gaza and will be anchoring his show tonight, from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

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The Place For….

BushTamron_8.11.jpgFor the next two weeks MSNBC is calling itself The Place for the Olympics. With as many as 12 hours a day of events then a two-hour wrap up show, politics will take a back seat, relegated to Hardball at 7pmET and Countdown at 8. And while it may take war somewhere much closer than South Ossetia (like, say, New Jersey) to interrupt Olympics programming, MSNBC’s two-hour wrap up show (5pm-7pmET) has shown it will cover breaking news, then move right back to athlete profiles, medal counts and putting Willie Geist on Olympic display. (Today: sabre!)

Just hours after returning home from China, President Bush held a Rose Garden event talking about the progress in ending the conflict in South Ossetia. Hosts Tiki Barber and Jenna Wolfe in Beijing tossed back to anchor Tamron Hall in New York, who introduced and wrapped up the President’s brief remarks.

The show was also The Place for Promotions: Keith Olbermann made a rare MSNBC daytime appearance, Chris Matthews was on in the 6pmET hour to promote Hardball and Brian Williams was live promoting his Tiananmen Square broadcast.