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CNN anchor blasts lawmakers in commentary
AP | 2/27/04 | DAVID BAUDER

Posted on 02/27/2004 3:22:46 PM PST by kattracks

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Aaron Brown took a step into political activism this week, saying it was "unconscionable and indefensible" for House leadership to deny an extension to the Sept. 11 commission. Brown urged viewers Thursday night to protest the decision — less than 24 hours before House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to give the independent panel investigating the attacks an extra two months to finish its report.

"Perhaps the speaker and his team assume you do not care," Brown said. "I hope they're wrong. I hope you care enough to write them and e-mail them and call them until they relent. Do that. Do it for the victims and their families. Do it for the country that was attacked and for history."

Brown, a New York City resident, anchored much of CNN's coverage from a Manhattan rooftop on the day of the attacks.

Brown usually begins his "Newsnight" program with light commentary. On Thursday, he said he wanted to discuss "an outrage." Later in the show, when it was time for a story on the commission, Brown took pains to draw a line between his commentary and the straight news report.

"This was Aaron's commentary," CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said. "Obviously, the views are his own and not the network's."

CNN considers itself primarily a news network with little commentary. However, business correspondent Lou Dobbs has recently raised eyebrows with his repeated condemnations of American corporations that move jobs overseas.

The commentaries do not reflect a change in direction for CNN, Robinson said.



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911commission; aaronbrown; anchor; cnn; liberalmedia; mediabias

1 posted on 02/27/2004 3:22:47 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Pious, smarmy, nasal drone. Next he'll take creadit for Hastert caving.

But he's an independent journalist - and I'm a beauty queen.

2 posted on 02/27/2004 3:24:54 PM PST by Dilbert56
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To: kattracks
>>>>>CNN considers itself primarily a news network with little commentary.

Someone buy these people a mirror!
3 posted on 02/27/2004 3:25:06 PM PST by .cnI redruM (At the end of the day, information has finite value and may only come at a significant price.)
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To: kattracks
"The commentaries do not reflect a change in direction for CNN, Robinson said."


Of course their direction isn't changing. They're still to the left and what difference does it make to him if they don't extend the deadline? Could it be more ammo for the left to fire at President Bush?
4 posted on 02/27/2004 3:25:28 PM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a Conservative)
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To: kattracks
The commentaries do not reflect a change in direction for CNN, Robinson said.

Of course not. They've always been a hotbed of liberal sneer artists.

5 posted on 02/27/2004 3:26:02 PM PST by EllaMinnow (The best days of America lie ahead GWB 2/23/04)
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To: Libertina; Eala; Publius; rockfish59; big ern; BADROTOFINGER
Remember when this little twerp was just a hometown annoyance?
6 posted on 02/27/2004 3:26:29 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Dilbert56
He's a freakish toad.


7 posted on 02/27/2004 3:27:10 PM PST by EllaMinnow (The best days of America lie ahead GWB 2/23/04)
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To: kattracks
I never new Aaron Brown was anything other than a commentator. He is about as much a news man as Mel Gibson is an athiest.
8 posted on 02/27/2004 3:28:19 PM PST by PISANO (Our troops...... will NOT tire...will NOT falter.....and WILL NOT FAIL!!!)
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To: kattracks
What is this "Sept. 11 commission" supposed to be doing, exactly?
Oh, and how much is it costing?
9 posted on 02/27/2004 3:31:16 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: kattracks
Also, why is the DNC so interested in extending the "Sept. 11 commission"?
10 posted on 02/27/2004 3:32:26 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: anniegetyourgun
Vaguely. That must have been back in my TV-watching days...

CNN considers itself primarily a news network with little commentary.

From what (little) I have seen of it, I consider CNN primarily a commentary network with little news.

11 posted on 02/27/2004 3:32:40 PM PST by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: redlipstick
I used to see this Putz on Local Seattle TV. How this guy got the CNN anchor spot, I'll never know.....
12 posted on 02/27/2004 3:32:48 PM PST by cmsgop ( HAS ANYONE SEEN Spalding Grey ??)
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To: Lancey Howard
It is apparently supposed to prove Bush was behind the 9/11 WTC attack (the Pentagon bombed itself). If you doubt it just ask Aaron.
13 posted on 02/27/2004 3:34:49 PM PST by JimSEA ( "More Bush, Less Taxes.")
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To: cmsgop; Eala
They went searching for the most conceited individual in Seattle media. It came down to Aaron or Steve Poole. Though they wanted another affirmative action hire, the clerk misunderstood and thought they said "Brown" instead of the black.
14 posted on 02/27/2004 3:35:02 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Lancey Howard
Find a way to put the on President Bush for the World Trade Center attacks.
15 posted on 02/27/2004 3:37:34 PM PST by sport
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To: kattracks

Even CNN thought he sucked. That's why they brought in Paula Zahn... to be his replacement. In still more proof that there is a God, months later Aaron Brown has higher ratings than she does. So now they're spending money on two high-priced losers, and Fox is still kicking their butts.


16 posted on 02/27/2004 3:37:53 PM PST by Nick Danger (carpe ductum)
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To: Lancey Howard
Also, why is the DNC so interested in extending the "Sept. 11 commission"?

They want it so no matter what happens, they can blame President Bush with whatever info the commission comes up with, the media will misreport it's findings for them anyway. The extension was to get this info released closer to the election.

17 posted on 02/27/2004 3:40:25 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: Dilbert56
But he's an independent journalist - and I'm a beauty queen.

Well, as soon as I read this, I immediately went to your homepage to see if you had any pix. Color me disapponted,

18 posted on 02/27/2004 3:42:00 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: kattracks
Aaron Brown...isn't he still playing second fiddle to Fox News? LOL...
19 posted on 02/27/2004 3:42:20 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: kattracks
I haven't watched t.v. for a coupla yrs or more, but i remember aaron brown when he was on with thalia asuras??

He certainly seemed to be the more feminie of the 2.
20 posted on 02/27/2004 3:43:58 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: Dilbert56
Either be a journalist or provide commentary. It's sad that so much of the media really can't just stick to the facts and let people decide how to react without trying to sway them one way or another. If it's commentary then announce it as such and don't pretend to be an unbiased reporter of the news.
21 posted on 02/27/2004 3:47:43 PM PST by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: Dilbert56
But he's an independent journalist - and I'm a beauty queen.

Doesn't O'Reilly have an 'outrage' every day to get the 'folks' fired up about? Brown's just copying the style, for his agenda.

22 posted on 02/27/2004 3:47:57 PM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: kattracks
Go back to playing golf, Aaron.
23 posted on 02/27/2004 3:49:34 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Dilbert56
I saw this. It's was right after the Dem debate. Cracked me up.
24 posted on 02/27/2004 3:50:32 PM PST by ShandaLear (There's no business like show business...with the exception of politics.)
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To: JimSEA; sport; Hillarys Gate Cult
The answer is to make sure that the report (accurately) identifies the Clinton administration as the main culprit. Toss in some Democrat-initiated military and intelligence funding cuts and voila!.... scumbag Aaron Brown and his DNC masters can go back to playing with themselves.

Two months wraps this thing up at the end of April?
25 posted on 02/27/2004 3:56:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: kattracks
Aaron Brown also said a few months ago that Howard Dean was a moderate. Cnn is sickeningly biased and left wing... please don't watch it even out of curiosity, its boycott time.
26 posted on 02/27/2004 4:17:22 PM PST by Betaille (Seeing through moral relativism since 2002)
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To: Gunslingr3
"Doesn't O'Reilly have an 'outrage' every day to get the 'folks' fired up about? Brown's just copying the style, for his agenda."

Totally different. O'reilly comments on items that have grabbed peoples attention, and focuses on those that are outrageous to ordinary americans. Aaron Brown on the other hand worked with larry king and the other cnn folks in a concerted effort to draw attention away from the gay marriage debate. Also, on Cnn, no conservative counterpoint is allowed to be expressed except from the quasi-conservative punching bag of the week that they put on crossfire


27 posted on 02/27/2004 4:21:15 PM PST by Betaille (Seeing through moral relativism since 2002)
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To: kattracks
Possibly Mr. Brown's flirt with fame has gone to his head, or his ill-fitting hairpiece...


28 posted on 02/27/2004 4:24:18 PM PST by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: kattracks
He did this right after the Democratic presidential "debate" because he knew he would have larger audience than the 12 people that usually watch him.

That's the only reason I saw this. I would have not seen it if not for the debate and that I had not changed the channel since I was still laughing. Why was I laughing? Kerry had his eyebrows shaved on the inside to make his eyes look farther apart. Plus Kerry looked somewhat embalmed and like bozo at the same time.

Edwards had some huge pustule on his lip that I didn't find really funny. It would have mesmerized me except that he blinked so fast and so much it was distracting.

Sharpton? The fact that the Democrats even have that guy on stage is funny. But, compared to the rest of the act Sharpton is funny. In a talking bullfrog kind of way.

Dennis the menace? I just see Moe from the Three Stooges when I look at him. Nuhk nuhk nuhk.

The Democrats? Overall, hilarious. CNN? Just sad.

29 posted on 02/27/2004 4:45:30 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: savedbygrace
Well, as soon as I read this, I immediately went to your homepage to see if you had any pix. Color me disapponted

Sorry, male,6'3" and 230lbs, born in 56. I'll come up with a better expression next time.

30 posted on 02/27/2004 5:31:26 PM PST by Dilbert56
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To: Dilbert56
I forgot to include the jk tag at the end, for just kidding. It was strictly for the huge laugh I got (well, I laughed.)
31 posted on 02/27/2004 5:38:42 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Lancey Howard
Two months wraps this thing up at the end of April?

No - the commission's report is due sometime in May right now (the 11th, I think). This will extend it into July, and I'm guessing the Rats will try to get about another month so they can start leaking selected parts of the report in the couple of weeks leading up to the GOP convention.

32 posted on 02/27/2004 5:40:39 PM PST by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: cmsgop
How this guy got the CNN anchor spot, I'll never know.....

Red knee-pads with little golden hammers and sickles embroidered upon them.

33 posted on 02/27/2004 5:45:25 PM PST by gatorbait (Yesterday, today and tomorrow......The United States Army)
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To: cmsgop
I used to see this Putz on Local Seattle TV. How this guy got the CNN anchor spot, I'll never know.....

I used to see this Putz on ABC's World News Now. How this guy got the CNN anchor spot, I'll never know.....

34 posted on 02/27/2004 11:47:33 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Liberalism is Communism one drink at a time. - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: anniegetyourgun
I didn't "know him when", though if he is from WA, all I can say is "It figures!"
35 posted on 02/28/2004 7:16:54 AM PST by Libertina (Praavda not challenging enough? Enroll in Abcnbccbscnbccnn Comrade College)
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To: cmsgop
I used to see this Putz on Local Seattle TV. How this guy got the CNN anchor spot, I'll never know.....

When I first saw Aaron Brown on CNN, my first thought was that he was a stand-in for the regular anchor. I couldn't imagine him being CNN's top guy!

36 posted on 02/28/2004 7:22:16 AM PST by Cowboy Bob
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To: kattracks
Laura Ingraham says the staffers at CNN call Aaron Brown "Skippy" behind his back.
37 posted on 02/28/2004 7:23:56 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: kattracks
Ugh oh... some drinking buddy is losing his job... or maybe a relative... Hey!. its New York.. No big deal move along.. DENNY.!. give em a week to finish then clean out their desks..
38 posted on 02/28/2004 7:25:38 AM PST by hosepipe
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