Wednesday, November 02, 2005
After much rumbling and speculation, the rumors have been proven true in the ouster of Aaron Brown from CNN. Formerly one of the most prominent faces of the network, Brown was shoved aside to make room for the post-Katrina visibility of that silver-haired fox Anderson Cooper. In the place of NewsNight, AC 360° now lands the plum primetime slot and is expanded another 60 minutes.
Sure, Aaron has the personality of exposed brick, but his was an earnest weirdness that at least lent some semblance of authority while reviewing the news of the day. His bemused expressions while mulling over headlines isn't the stuff of ratings sizzle, but dammit if Paula Zahn's still got a gig, you mean to tell me that beauty and brains couldn't co-exist on the same dial? And his outstanding work during 9/11 was one of the few bright spots CNN's experienced in the past few years.
While the left side of my brain bemoans the loss of yet another journalist with a liberal voice in an age of Playboy cloned correspondents and the emergence of Faux News as the press corps for the Bush crime family, the right, roundtable with Barbara Walters side is giddier than a gay man on Halloween. Even ogling a piece of "is his martini served straight up or with a twist?" eye candy for 2 hours will be a bittersweet symphony come Monday night without those bracing moments of awkwardness between those two. Ah well. A couple of high definition shots of those piercing baby blues will change that. Who ever said all newscasters have to be cut from the same old fart/bad hair cloth?
- Berry commented at 11/04/2005 12:34:00 AM~
When I read this I was excited. I like Anderson. He certainly deserves it because he has been working his tail off.
- princessdominique commented at 11/06/2005 09:00:00 PM~
I ditto "the Bush crime family". I may have to Xerox and duplicate it. It has such a TRUE ring to it.
- Mealone commented at 11/09/2005 10:45:00 AM~
I never really watch the news but now my interest is piqued.
Anderson is handsome.
- Butta commented at 11/09/2005 10:50:00 AM~
I too loved Aaron Brown's 9/11 coverage. But much like he shined during that event and got his hosting gig, Anderson Cooper put his thang down with his Katrina coverage and was on the serious come up.
LOL @ the gay references. I never even gave it any thought but now I'll be watching Anderson a little closer to see if my gaydar goes off.
And I am so using Faux News! I'll give you credit. LOL
- Rell commented at 11/09/2005 02:24:00 PM~
Yea, I'm a big Cooper fan as well. He was into the Katrina coverage that one time he said "so much death, so much blackness."
I don't think he was refering to black like dark -- but instead us.
I thought that was hillarious in an offensive sort of way.
- TriniPrincess commented at 11/10/2005 10:47:00 AM~
That's EXACTLY what those crooks are. Nothing but a bunch of bogus criminals with a politician's cover.
LOL @ checking your gaydar...at first blush he didn't set mine off but a NY Mag profile and browsing the web to come across a pic that puts the "queer" in Queer As Folk had my eyebrow a-raising. Feel free to pass on "Faux News" nickname, I didn't coin the term either but it has such a fitting ring to it.
Tune in either at 10 p.m. or 1 a.m.
Was that Anderson or Wolf Blitzer? I remember him (WB) commenting about the Katrina survivors and he got so caught up in the moment that he said on-air in a memorable blurb, "they're so poor...and so Black..."
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