Two weeks ago, Cooper showed how the claim that Obama's trip would cost $200 million a day was thoroughly false. In his Wednesday column, Friedman lavished praise on the CNN anchor for doing so:
On Nov. 4, Anderson Cooper did the country a favor. He expertly deconstructed on his CNN show the bogus rumor that President Obama's trip to Asia would cost $200 million a day. This was an important "story." It underscored just how far ahead of his time Mark Twain was when he said a century before the Internet, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." But it also showed that there is an antidote to malicious journalism -- and that's good journalism.
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