"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I know that not everyone loved Aaron Brown - some found his demeanor to be smug - but I have been a fan since his early days as a local anchor at KING-5 here in Seattle. I have followed his career as he reported for NBC at the national level, and then ultimately moved to CNN. His reporting on 9/11 struck, I think, just the right tone (serious, emotionally honest, but not shrill or sensationalized), and NewsNight has continued in that vein. Gently humorous, knowledgable, and always well-prepared, Aaron Brown has been the best thing on CNN since James Earl Jones first recorded the voice-over for the on-air promos. I, for one, will miss him.
So, instead of watching CNN, I will now have only one cable news option (MSGOP and FAUX having long been banned from my viewing regimen) - CNN Headline News. Except when Nancy Grace is doing her harpy routine, it's generally quite watchable. For now.
Update: To clarify, NewsNight's slot will be filled by Anderson Cooper. The extra hour of Blitzer is to fill the resulting hole left in Cooper's place.