Friday, November 04, 2005

You'll be missed, Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown is out and Anderson Cooper is moving up. I don't mind Cooper, but I've always like Aaron Brown, from the days I first watched him doing the overnight show on ABC. While Cooper showboats in hurricanes and empathizes incessantly with victims of one tragedy or another, Brown brings a quiet, calming assuredness to television news. Where Cooper is the one who feels, however smart he may be, Brown is the one who thinks. Cooper is the rising star with the hot ratings, Brown is the writer and intellectual who lifts television news to a higher plane. Cooper has his place, to be sure, but so does Brown -- even if it's no longer at CNN, which is trying so desperately to compete with the Fox News and its debasing sensationalism.

Perhaps it says something about Brown that he's not what CNN wants anymore. Yet how does CNN justify keeping the likes of the bombastic Wolf Blitzer, the xenophobic Lou Dobbs, the superficial Paula Zahn, and the senile Larry King on the air? Cooper stands out in that crowd, but is that really much of a compliment? Two truly intelligent men, Cooper and Brown complemented and balanced each other -- action and contemplation. Now we're left with Cooper, who needs to contemplate more and act less, as the sole stand-out in a line-up of unwatchables.

I'll miss Aaron Brown's soothing and reassuring presence on CNN. Let's hope he turns up again soon -- on a network that truly appreciates what he brings to television news.

(Joe Gandelman, who knows a think or two about journalism, has more at The Moderate Voice.)

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  • Aaron Brown was a calming and intelligent voice in a time of much scare tatics and sensationalism. I'd call Lou Dobbs xenophobic and I'd be annoyed at Anderson Cooper's grabs for attention. Aaron was the sole reason I watched CNN for a long time. For a while I wanted to be a reporter, and if I could emulate someone, it would be Aaron. If he finds another gig, I'll watch it, even if it is on a 6 in the morning or Fox.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 PM  

  • I have been watching CNN for 20-25 years, and my last reason for that got kicked out the door! Farewell, CNN! Good luck to you, Mr. Brown. You're already missed!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:48 PM  

  • I couldn't agree more with the above. Four years ago, I was watching CNBC's The News with Brian Williams. Aaron Brown pulled me back to CNN, and I have watched him faithfully since.
    Dumping him was an idiotic decision, and I am very angry about it.

    By Blogger Nancy K. Brown, MHDL, LPC, at 12:09 AM  

  • it's goodbye to CNN for me too. Anderson is great when he's swinging in the wind with John Z., and I loved his in your face Katrina coverage; but Aaron was the quiet soul who let us know we could go to sleep and our world would still be here--bruised and bleeding, but still here. Aaron offered hope. If Klein just wants CNN to be another Fox, then that says it all. Aaron will land on his feet and it will be better than CNN.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:05 PM  

  • I want to say something about this issue but it has already been said. We will miss your calm, pointed approch to interviewing and reproting. I'll find you where ever you land Mr. Brown. CNN has lost another viewer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:57 PM  

  • I will truly miss your program. It was always a plesant end to the evening. CNN has lost a good and talanted man--BIG LOSS FOR CNN. I too will find you where ever you land Mr. Brown. CNN HAS LOST ANOTHER VIEWER. 10:14

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 PM  

  • I'm saddened that CNN cares more about its ratings than retaining its loyal viewers. We have ended our day watching Aaron Brown deliver news for the past four years. He was the reason we began preferring CNN as our news provider - now we channel surf from 10-11pm to find something that holds our interest. I'll follow Mr. Brown to whatever network he goes - I just hope he bounces back quickly because I already miss him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:17 AM  

  • Aaron Brown is one of the very few level headed persons you see on news channels these days. I started watching CNN religiously at 10pm everynight because of him, and now I'll move back to MSNBC. CNN lost me as a viewer. He'll surely be missed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:54 PM  

  • How sad. I actually TIVO'ed Newsnight with Aaron Brown every night. I'll miss his wry commentary and compassionate, intelligent take on things. I hope ABC is smart enough to have him fill Peter Jennings niche, he's a natural for that spot, although I also like Terry Moran.

    I never watch Wolf Blitzer's brassy, silly show, or Paula Zahn, who beat the drums of war in perfect time with Fox News during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. And I don't think it's possible to ask more stupid questions than does Larry King. It's as if he has no social skills.

    Anderson Cooper is cute, smart and caring, even if he was raised in the lap of luxury. You can't dislike Anderson, but Aaron Brown seems more solid, like he has a direct link to the truth and he's almost...dare I say it...Presidential?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 PM  

  • CNN and MSNBC were going head to head at my house, but CNN just lost with this dumb move. Aaron Brown was the best as helping me regain perspective after a crazy news day. Keep us posted about where he lands, huh?

    By Blogger Carol Gee, at 9:22 AM  

  • CNN is losing it! Good-Bye Aaron Brown

    I was disappointed to see Aaron Brown leave CNN - he was informative and intelligent. I loved to watch him with his quirky half smile and sardonic sense of humor when the news/newsperson became ironic and dim-witted. I'm hopeful that he'll turn up on another anchor position. I will no longer be watching CNN for my news, it and it’s so called news programs have become no better than another version of FOX news.

    I CAN’T STAND Anderson Cooper! Anderson and his storm chasing news reporting… is that what we call real reporting? Where did he get his journalism degree? What is cracker-jacks now giving journalism degrees away in each box? Come on CNN, wake-up! Anderson Cooper is not reporting the news; he is including himself as part of the news.

    Good luck to you Aaron - hope to see you soon!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:19 AM  

  • I was devastated to learn of Aaron Brown's ousting from CNN. What on earth was Jon Klein thinking? To watch and listen to Aaron at the end of a long, stressful and tiring day was nothing short of blisful. On the other hand, Anderson Cooper could easily send me into a panic attack at that hour of the night! No room for Aaron Brown in the line-up? Wolf Blitzer is a wonderful journalist, but 3 hours - that's way too much for the situation room. I've been an Aaron Brown fan since 9/11 - there is no doubt that he'll be back, somewhere, soon, and I can't wait! Until then, I'll be cathing up w/Gretta!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 PM  

  • I am 33 years old and I became a huge fan of NewsNight with Aaron Brown since his CNN debut on 9/11/01. I tuned in to this program every night just to see him and quirky behavior. I became hooked with the show and I would hurry home from my job so I can watch him. Since May 2003, I taped the program including breaking news using my VCR. I would watch them during my leisure and keep the best ones as archives.

    On Wednesday, November 2, I saw the Associated Press headline stated “CNN’s Aaron Brown Leaving the Network.” I felt shock and disbelief. I printed articles from newspaper and media websites across the US including Minneapolis and Seattle via Google. I felt like a boyfriend abruptly breaks up with his girlfriend after four years.

    I hope Aaron finds another anchor job so I can tape his new news program.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:14 PM  

  • I agree wholeheartedly with the previous comments. Aaron Brown's departure from C.N.N. is such a disappointment. There was something so trustworthy about his approach to reporting the news. He is sadly missed in our home. I can hardly wait to see his next news program. C.N.N. has made a huge mistake in allowing Aaron to leave. Sincerely, Mrs. D.L. Nelson

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:39 PM  

  • I loved Aaron Brown - there was something so "Cronkite" about him. No hysteria, no hanging on a palm tree being blown to bits. Just a nice reassuring person who always made me feel that we would get through this - whatever "this" was.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:04 PM  

  • I completely agree with what so many others have posted here. I am angry at CNN for dumping by far their best reporter, and am shutting off CNN when Anderson Cooper comes on every night in protest. I, too, will follow Aaron to wherever he pops up. He was thoughtful, did his homework, and his questions were always on the mark. There's no way CNN can justify dumping him except a clash of egos.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 PM  

  • Its shocking to learn about this news - I always wondered why Mr. Brown was not seen on CNN these days - I kept asking people around, but no one had a clue as to what happened. I am totally surprised but I really missed him and I am glad he is ok. I wish him all the best. Indeed his cool and calm personality will be missed by all. God bless you Mr. Aaron Baron.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:52 PM  

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