Conservative media watcher Brent Bozell had an ugly reaction to Anderson Cooper's announcing that he is gay on Monday.

After years of not publicly addressing his sexual orientation, Cooper finally, and formally, came out in an email interview with Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan. "The fact is, I'm gay," Cooper wrote. "Always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

Twitter erupted with reactions, as colleagues, friends, and fans alike sent supportive messages. "So proud of you Anderson Cooper. Always have been, always will be," Kelly Ripa wrote. Ellen Degeneres echoed Ripa's message, tweeting, "I'm proud of you, @AndersonCooper."

But not all reactions were as supportive. Conservative writer Brent Bozell, who heads the conservative media watchdog group Media Research Center (MRC), had a different reaction.


Brent Bozell
Can give us his expert opinion on teabagging now?

Bozell included a link to a 2009 article from MRC's Newsbusters.org, which recounts how Cooper used the term "tea-bagging" when reporting on the early phases of the Tea Party movement. The article includes a video of Cooper and CNN political analyst David Gergen discussing the movement.

"They still haven’t found their voice, Anderson. They’re still -- this happens to a minority party after it’s lost a couple of bad elections, but they’re searching for their voice," Gergen said of Republicans after the 2008 election.

“It’s hard to talk when you’re tea-bagging," Cooper quipped.

(h/t Mediaite)

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  • Anderson Cooper -- CNN

    Cooper broke the silence on his sexuality when <a href="http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/07/anderson-cooper-the-fact-is-im-gay.html" target="_hplink">he finally came out</a> in an email to writer Andrew Sullivan. "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," he wrote.

  • Rachel Maddow -- MSNBC

    Maddow came out as a freshman at Stanford. She sat down with the school newspaper to talk about being gay on campus, under the condition that the paper would not run the interview until she came out to her parents. That didn't go as planned, as <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com//content/newsweek/2012/03/11/rachel-maddow-on-being-outed-by-her-college-newspaper.html" target="_hplink">she described in a post</a> about the experience.

  • Don Lemon - CNN

    Lemon <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/16/don-lemon-comes-out-cnn-anchor-gay_n_862308.html" target="_hplink">came out</a> with the release of his memoir "Transparent." He revealed that he is gay in an interview in May 2011. He said that he had been open about his sexuality with co-workers, but that the publication of the book pushed him to make a more public statement about it.

  • Thomas Roberts - MSNBC

    Roberts publicly came out at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in 2006. He was working for CNN at the time, and spoke on a panel about the challenges facing LGBT television anchors. He had been out to friends, family and co-workers since 1999.

  • Jane Velez-Mitchell - HLN

    Velez-Mitchell came out on the radio with an openly gay host in 2007. The two were discussing Senator Larry Craig, who had just been arrested for trying to engage an undercover cop in gay sex. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-velezmitchell/how-i-came-out-on-live-radio_b_1150949.html" target="_hplink">Reflecting upon the interview later</a>, she said that she had realized she hadn't mentioned anything about being gay herself -- and decided to say it on-air.

  • Steve Kornacki -- MSNBC

    Kornacki, co-host of "The Cycle" and Salon.com's senior political writer, came out in October 2011. He did so in a <a href="http://www.salon.com/2011/11/16/the_coming_out_story_i_never_thought_id_write/" target="_hplink">column for the website</a> entitled, "The coming out story I never thought I'd write."