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Over at CNN, it's goodbye Aaron Brown, hello Anderson Cooper:
CNN ousted its longtime prime-time anchor, Aaron Brown, today in favor of Anderson Cooper, who has received extensive media attention in the wake of his widely publicized coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

CNN has experimented with that two-hour format over the past month, with Mr. Cooper joining Mr. Brown to serve as co-anchor of the program....The audience levels for that program have increased markedly in the last month, a development that CNN attributed to Mr. Cooper's presence.

I for one will miss Newsnight and Brown's sometimes hard-hitting and always stingingly witty critique of the news. Anderson Cooper just doesn't do if for me.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune sums it up:

The ABC News veteran joined CNN shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and was widely praised for his coverage of that story. He was immediately pegged as the network's top personality and breaking-news anchor. But since early last year, the spotlight has gotten more and more crowded with the likes of Wolf Blitzer, Paula Zahn and Cooper, whose star rose with his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Giving him the day's most prominent slot confirms his importance to an outlet that has regained some of the ratings ground it has lost, but still trails Fox News.

Good bye Newsnight, good bye Brownie, hello CNN's attemt to Fox-ify itself.

Originally posted to valleycat on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 10:18 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Is Cooper the gay one? (1.00)
    Not that theres anything ....

    Loving our neighbors is not an interesting hobby to fill our spare time while we wait for a "second coming" in which most of them will be destroyed.

    by sayitaintso on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 10:20:55 AM PST

  •  You might want to edit your title (none)
    I thinks a lot of posters might assume you're posting a duplicate diary on the latest Michael Brown e-mail revelations and ignore it.  I thought it was about Michael Brown, since the nickname Brownie was given to him.

    Maybe you could add Aaron to your title?

    What an excellent day for an Excorcism... SCI/Kenyon

    by DianeL on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 10:21:22 AM PST

  •  Too bad (none)
    I like Aaron Brown, though I also like Anderson Cooper. Paula Zahn is the ridiculous one. She actively avoids talking about relevant immediate news. For example, the day Reid shut down the Senate, her lead story was on the ice man in the Sierras who was, guess what, still frozen. And it followed up with another story that was a "tragic situation remains tragic. This just in" type story. I can't stand her.

    Aaron Brown I liked, though.

    •  Agree completely (none)
      They could have gotten rid of Paula Zahn or Larry King and no one would have noticed.

      I liked Aaron Brown.  I thought he was cut from the 20th century model of urbane, ironic journalist.

      I told my husband last night that if Aaron Brown was out at CNN, Keith is probably in trouble at MSNBC.  There soon will be nothing to watch at night.

      •  Keith did a tribute to Aaron last night (none)
        Keith at one point worked with Aaron and last night he had a really brief tribute to Aaron and Newsnight.  It was kind of sweet.  Now imagine if Aaron went to MSNBC and he and Keith had back to back shows.  Wouldn't that be sweet??!!??
  •  Goodbye Brownie? (none)
    Heck with that - goodbye CNN.

    "If only lies had semen stains..." -- Jon Stewart

    by HollywoodOz on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 10:35:46 AM PST

  •  Too bad (none)
    They can keep the scary Kyra, the hideous Daryn, the pointless Paula, and, apparently have hours on end for Wolf and his octa-screen but can't make room for Aaron Brown?  Anderson Cooper's not bad, but I get the feeling he's in a hurry to get to the next story.  Brown digests the news and attempts to get to the bottom of the story.  I will miss Newsnight.

    ...despite those nets of tuna fleets...we thought that most of your were pretty sweet...

    by moira977 on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 10:36:50 AM PST

  •  Good riddance.... (none)
    Not that I'm a huge Anderson Cooper fan.... but Aaron Brown was completely annoying.. and at times down right whiney... He represented to me the new "news anchor": Smug and Condescending.

    The only time he looks good is if you compare him to the alternative.... Fox News.

  •  I liked Aaron Brown. (none)
    Back when I still subscribed to cable service. I wish him the best. I hope maybe CBS or MSNBC picks him up or something. CNN seems to have become a ship adrift.

    Hey Kids! Today's budget deficits are brought to you by the letter "W"

    by Cleveland Dem on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 10:54:33 AM PST

  •  no big loss (none)
    I don't think I'd miss anyone on CNN...cable news stations have become largely irrelevant parrots of the right wing (and the occasional "centrist" Democrat, usually as a foil for 2 or more right wing wackos).  

    I stopped watching them a few yrs ago (unless something urgent happens, during which, unfortunately, they're the only game in town)

    Wake me up when a real Democrat (or even a real independent) gets a show on one of these that doesn't have to be "balanced" with administration apologists.. until then..

    I don't think it's ever gonna happen...

    I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!

    by MarkinNC on Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 11:15:01 AM PST

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