Skip to comments.CNN's Brown plays through shuttle story
Posted on 02/04/2003 4:54:13 PM PST by dcretiree
LA Times - CNN's Brown plays through shuttle story
NEW YORK -- Tom Brokaw was snorkeling off the Virgin Islands Saturday morning when he saw the boat's captain, 40 feet away, frantically waving. Two planes and less than nine hours later, just before 3 p.m. PST, he was on the air anchoring NBC's Columbia space shuttle coverage from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The lead anchors for ABC and CBS made it on the air too, but not CNN's Aaron Brown, whose absence until Sunday night was the source of much speculation. Brown, it turns out, was playing golf in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at La Quinta in Palm Desert, which was televised on CBS midday Saturday after the network ended several hours of shuttle coverage.
CNN sources said Brown, who was promoted as the network's lead anchor when he was hired away from ABC two years ago, told the network he wasn't available to come to work. The decision infuriated some executives as well as some on his staff, the CNN sources said. Brown, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment, but was quoted Sunday in the Palm Springs Desert Sun as saying that it didn't make sense to go to New York. Going to CNN's Los Angeles offices, he said, "didn't make any sense because I didn't have any clothes."
"He caaaaaaaaaaaaaaares!" intoned the overvoice.
"CNN" I muttered silently to myself flipping the channel as fast as I could.
Isn't Aaron Brown also a dentist? I don't know if he's still practicing, but it seems he's always had late night or weekend news gigs.
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