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Campbell Brown Resigns From CNN, Gov. Spitzer to Slip Into Brown's Spot?
Media Bistro ^ | 5-18-2010

Posted on 05/18/2010 8:57:57 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

CNN's Campbell Brown has resigned. The following are statements from both CNN President Jon Klein and a heartfelt letter from Brown explaining her reasons for leaving.

STATEMENT FROM JON KLEIN, PRESIDENT OF CNN/U.S. "Today is about Campbell. We want to wish her well as she begins the next phase of her life. We respect her decision to leave. We will announce our programming plans in the coming weeks."

An Excerpt From Brown's Statement "Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN's "Campbell Brown". ...The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else."

(Read Brown's letter after the jump...it's well worth the read.)

Mediaite first reported the news of Brown being let out of her contract. Read the story here.

Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner is reporting that former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer may be getting his own show -- it's Brown's slot on CNN.

Read TVNewser's analysis of Brown's time at CNN and subsequent departure here.

MSNBC, the network on which Spitzer occasionally substitutes as host, had no comment.

Read the scoop on Spitzer here.

> Update: The Washington Examiner, while declaring a posssible Spitzer replacement, has Spitzer himself denying the move to CNN to replace Brown. Other journos around town join bandwagon to point out the discrepancy in the story.

Campbell Brown Statement:

I knew on the day that I accepted my job at CNN that a ratings victory at 8pm was going to be a formidable challenge. As I have been told over and over, this is the toughest time slot in cable news. That is obviously due to the incredible talents of my 8pm competitors. I have also always marveled whenever a television anchor says that he or she pays no attention to ratings. I'm pretty sure the last time any anchor could honestly ignore ratings was well before I was born. Of course I pay attention to ratings. And simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN's "Campbell Brown".

To be clear: this is my decision, and one that I have been thinking about for some time. As for why, I could have said, that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do). Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do). But I have never had much tolerance for others' spin, so I can't imagine trying to stomach my own. The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else.

CNN will have to figure out what that is. The 8pm hour in cable news world is currently driven by the indomitable Bill O'Reilly, Nancy Grace and Keith Olbermann. Shedding my own journalistic skin to try to inhabit the kind of persona that might co-exist in that line up is simply impossible for me. It is not who I am or who I want to be; nor is it who CNN asked me to be at any point. This is the right decision for me and I hope it will be a great opportunity for CNN.

Since its launch three decades ago CNN has strived to be an independent, credible and enduring source of news. While the rest of the cable news world moved to opinion, CNN allowed me to stay true to my hard-news roots and supported me with a true commitment to old-school journalism. There is plenty of debate now about whether real journalism even has a place in prime time. I may be taking myself out of that debate on a nightly basis, but I am truly proud of the work we have done on this program and I do still believe that journalism has an essential place in prime time and at all times. I am also especially proud of the people who put this show on the air every night. They are an amazing, dedicated, loyal and caring team. To them, I will be forever grateful.

My plan right now is to help CNN through any transition, and then to enjoy, for the very first time, the nightly ritual of "Good Night Moon" and good night kisses with my two little boys. I wish my CNN colleagues all the best. And as long as bedtime doesn't conflict with prime time, I will be watching and pulling for them.

Campbell Brown


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brown; campbell; campbellbrown; cnn; eliotspitzer; resigns; spitzer
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1 posted on 05/18/2010 8:57:58 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

I imagine she’ll head over to PMSNBC. That’s where all the loons go to die once their career has ended.


2 posted on 05/18/2010 8:59:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Politics is only about money and the power to control it. ALL of it!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Does anyone watch CNN?


3 posted on 05/18/2010 9:00:29 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: My Favorite Headache

http://blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2010/05/18/cnns-campbell-brown-suffering-low-ratings-is-leaving/?cxntlid=thbz_hm

Will anyone notice?


4 posted on 05/18/2010 9:00:30 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: FlingWingFlyer

MAybe NPR will pick her up. They don’t care about ratings.

I honestly wouldn’t even know what she looks like, I don’t have cable and I don’t fly anymore.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 9:02:26 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Maybe “Ms” Campbell Brown can go to the Oxygen Network for a show on how she/he/it deals with menstruation.

Red Eye on Fox at 3AM beats the entire CNN Prime Time evening line up. I swear this is true.


6 posted on 05/18/2010 9:04:13 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I thought Gov Spitzer only “slipped into” professionals or am I
missing something here?


7 posted on 05/18/2010 9:04:46 PM PDT by JimSEA ("A deeply, deeply troubled individual" per WJC)
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To: My Favorite Headache
typical ignorant snarkey liberal woman...

Matthews, Olberman, and Campbell. a match made in hell...
8 posted on 05/18/2010 9:07:27 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I wish perverts would hide their faces in shame and quit embarrassing their family any more


9 posted on 05/18/2010 9:07:31 PM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: JimSEA

10 posted on 05/18/2010 9:07:45 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
"The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program..."

Just savoring that line like a fine vintage wine, it's almost pornographic.

11 posted on 05/18/2010 9:07:56 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly (When will you have enough, Mr. Obama?)
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To: FormerACLUmember
....or sell soup.

"M'm! M'm! Good!

12 posted on 05/18/2010 9:08:48 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Secret Agent Man
" I honestly wouldn’t even know what she looks like, I don’t have cable and I don’t fly anymore. "

Imagine your most " in your face " snarkey ( I am woman hear me roar ) liberal woman...
13 posted on 05/18/2010 9:09:25 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: My Favorite Headache
An Excerpt From Brown's Statement “Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN’s “Campbell Brown”. ...The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else.”

WOW!
That is refreshingly honest.
A mainstream media personality that is prepared to resign because of bad ratings, instead of making them push her out?
For a mainstream media type, Campbell Brown is not too bad actually. Plus she's hot like hell.

14 posted on 05/18/2010 9:09:52 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: My Favorite Headache

Her show was typical Leftist drivel....

Any other explanation for its failure is spin.


15 posted on 05/18/2010 9:10:18 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
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To: My Favorite Headache

Spitzer’s New Show:

1. Sittin’ With Spitz

2. Whore Watch

3. Yes Honey I’m Coming Right Home After the Show

4. The Love Line with Elliot Spitzer

5. How Can I Help Obama Today?

6. Republicans Caused Me To Cheat With Many Whores

7. Lubin’ Up with Elliot Spitzer

8. Washington Whore Review with Elliot Spitzer

9. Crotch Talk

10. Sleazeballs

11. STD Week in Review with Elliot Spitzer

12. Why I Resigned: Very Liberal, but my looks, charisma and lying ability weren’t as good as Clinton’s


16 posted on 05/18/2010 9:10:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: JimSEA

LOL! This POS is going to do this gig to resurrect his political career. (True). He is unpleasant to look at and a nasty person. CNN is bonkers.

I cancelled TV and will never go back unless I can get a conservative network over the web like Kelsey Grammer’s idea for a network. If you pay for cable or sat TV the 5 networks control 95% of the channels and they get $5 a month each from your bill. They can all go to h*ll cause they all support Obam aincluding Fox/Saudia.


17 posted on 05/18/2010 9:11:55 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain/Graham = La Raza's Senators)
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18 posted on 05/18/2010 9:17:55 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: My Favorite Headache
In all seriousness, who is Campbell Brown?
19 posted on 05/18/2010 9:21:07 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Campbell Brown was the first person to attack Sarah when she was announced as McCain’s running mate. It only took 2 hours for her to go on the attack. I will never forget that.


20 posted on 05/18/2010 9:22:55 PM PDT by eaglestar
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I have no doubt that Spitzer would love to slip in Campbell’s slot.


21 posted on 05/18/2010 9:23:49 PM PDT by Enterprise (Dan Rather said Obama is so incompetent he couldn't sell watermelons.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

A bit of re-education and she could be a FOX news reporter...just saying...heh.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 9:24:41 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: My Favorite Headache

Media Bistro is using some interesting / amusing phrasing in the article’s headline.


23 posted on 05/18/2010 9:24:42 PM PDT by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

“While the rest of the cable news world moved to opinion, CNN allowed me to stay true to my hard-news roots and supported me with a true commitment to old-school journalism.”

LMBO. She means “old-school” in the sense of “when there was no competition”.


24 posted on 05/18/2010 9:24:44 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: My Favorite Headache

She’ll probably go to the WH to head up the Obama media control team.


25 posted on 05/18/2010 9:25:08 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Geez, okay, maybe she should dye her hair so that she is another blond...okay? With a change in attitude and hair, she would fit in nicely...


26 posted on 05/18/2010 9:26:28 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Secret Agent Man

I think they should go with Blagojevich instead.


27 posted on 05/18/2010 9:26:40 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: Deagle

She’d have to go blonde first.


28 posted on 05/18/2010 9:27:48 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: RonDog
Somebody forgot to tell Larry King that he's dead and needs to lay down..........

The Scoreboard: Monday, May 17

By Kevin Allocca on May 18, 2010 04:51 PM
25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 351 | CNN: 143 | MSNBC: 132 | HLN: 149

Prime: FNC: 502 | CNN: 125 | MSNBC: 273 | HLN: 179
  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O'Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O'Reilly:
  632 449 357 648 458 399 410
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  120 120 145 108 90 177 168
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  87 122 169 287 279 253 209
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  77 98 147 270 121 154 179

Somebody forgot to tell Larry King that he's dead and needs to lay down.

29 posted on 05/18/2010 9:28:47 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: streetpreacher

Heh...beat you to it!


30 posted on 05/18/2010 9:29:45 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: eaglestar

You have to love her tag line “No Bias. No Bull.” These libs actually believe that they are fair and open-minded. It still amazes me no matter how often the pattern repeats. Apparently liberalism really is a mental disorder.


31 posted on 05/18/2010 9:29:50 PM PDT by JayNorth
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To: Deagle

Yeah. Saw that afterwards. LOL


32 posted on 05/18/2010 9:31:30 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: streetpreacher

How about the two of them team up together?

The Blago-Spitzer Hour. Two democrats who resigned in disgrace, still bitter about having to do so, and seeking an outlet for their anger disguised as a ‘news entertainment’ show.

Or they could call it “The Whores and Bribes Hour with Blago and Elliot”. I mean the possibilities are endless.


33 posted on 05/18/2010 9:31:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: hole_n_one

Yeah, really, they should get rid of Larry first. He’s not even topping 100.

Do you even think they tell Larry when he’s on the air anymore? Or is he at a desk all day just talking, and every once in awhile someone sits down and he thinks he’s doing an interview?


34 posted on 05/18/2010 9:34:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

So one ratings disaster will be replaced with another.

A previous poster was right — Rod Blagojevich is much more interesting than Elliot Spitzer.


35 posted on 05/18/2010 9:36:07 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: RonDog

“No bias. No bull”. No viewers...


36 posted on 05/18/2010 9:37:20 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: RonDog

Not guilty!


37 posted on 05/18/2010 9:39:42 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
While the rest of the cable news world moved to opinion, CNN allowed me to stay true to my hard-news roots and supported me with a true commitment to old-school journalism.

LMAO!!
Brown's own father was a corrupt jailed Democrat pol in Florida. Yeah, she was all about "hard news", sans "opinion". Right.

38 posted on 05/18/2010 9:41:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Boiler Plate

Didn’t this ultra-liberal Catholic woman marry a former Bush press spokesman?


39 posted on 05/18/2010 9:42:44 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Don’t be surprised if CNN brings back Crossfire with forehead.


40 posted on 05/18/2010 9:43:33 PM PDT by eaglestar
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To: Secret Agent Man

LOL
Best description of Larry “get off mylawn” Queen I’ve read.


41 posted on 05/18/2010 9:51:39 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Or they could call it “The Whores and Bribes Hour

There’s a channel that broadcasts those very subjects live as they are happening; it’s called C-Span.


42 posted on 05/18/2010 9:52:14 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: BradyLS
Too bad that we cannot love her for her MIND. :(
She had a "schoolgirl crush" on Obama that was so over the top that it was painful to watch.
If she does not experience a "Road to Damacus"-type conversion from the Dark Side soon, I'm afraid that she will not age well -- like Maureen Dowd, et al.
43 posted on 05/18/2010 9:55:32 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Brandonmark

I don’t watch CNN and I have never heard of Campbell Brown.


44 posted on 05/18/2010 9:56:51 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: hole_n_one

:o)


45 posted on 05/18/2010 9:58:17 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I think she was on MSNBC when it was still tolerable, in the heady days of Monicagate and John Gibson had a show on that channel.


46 posted on 05/18/2010 10:00:07 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: JayNorth
You have to love her tag line “No Bias. No Bull.”

No Bias. No Bull. No Audience

47 posted on 05/18/2010 10:08:17 PM PDT by RedMonqey (What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly)
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To: JayNorth

No Bias NO Bull lol,lol,lol,lol,lol
Right.......................


48 posted on 05/18/2010 10:14:27 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: Brandonmark

What’s a CNN? Is it for mopping floors?


49 posted on 05/18/2010 10:30:24 PM PDT by pankot
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To: My Favorite Headache
“Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN’s “Campbell Brown”. ...The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else.”

If she had handled her show with the same objectivity and professionalism she handled her resignation, she may have obviated the need to resign.

She is attractive, and could have succeeded in that slot for a long time, but her show was mostly left-wing tripe in a sea of left wing tripe.

I remember her curt dismissal of some mild dissent against golbal warming, trotting out the 'we don't need to discuss that, it's "settled science"' line ... that was the last time I bothered to watch.

50 posted on 05/18/2010 10:40:00 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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