Anderson Cooper to Ditch the News, Trash Snooki for Rest of Year

This was not the best news cycle to try and pick a fight with a minor celebrity

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We like it when Anderson Cooper goes into his winking, sardonic mode. But was spending the last two nights trying to start a tongue-in-cheek feud with Snooki from Jersey Shore the smartest use of resources?

Cooper first took aim on the reality star Tuesday night. He was still upset Rutgers University paid the "impossibly lucky, unusually spunky, freakishly tan, beer guzzling, juicehead hugging, muscle loving, Botero body, pint-sized money-making machine" a higher speaking fee than Toni Morrison.

We agree this is absurd. But the Rutgers story broke weeks ago. And it's not like this is a slow news cycle--most shows are struggling just to keep up with latest news on Libya and the budget squabble. Not Cooper. He found the time to address Snooki again last night, thanking her for laughing off his remarks from the previous evening, and also for not sending "juiceheads with bacne" to beat him up. Then he tried his hand at a Jersey accent. Once again, funny and goofy. Maybe he's going for a hat trick. Who knows. Tune in tonight.

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