Larry/Paris: de Moraes On King’s “Softballs,” Cooper’s “Whining”

By Brian 

Harsh words from Lisa de Moraes:

  Larry King tripled his audience by lobbing softball questions at a vacant-looking Paris Hilton in her first TV chat since her release from jail early Tuesday.

After which, the son of Gloria Vanderbilt more than doubled his usual ‘Anderson Cooper 360′ crowd with his neo-ironic performance of a journalist holding his nose and whining about having to analyze King’s interview with the privileged child of a gillionaire. In so doing, Cooper joined all those media columnists who for weeks had been sniffing about journalism embracing tabloid instincts in re the Paris story, only to stick their own greedy snouts into the trough holding the juiciest pop-culture gruel served up in ages.

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> Related: Variety: “Ratings for the Paris edition of ‘Larry King Live’ exceeded those for CNN’s last two presidential debates…”