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CNN’s Brown Calls Dems and Repubs “Equally Shameful” (Wellstone "Memorial)
Media Research Center ^ | October 31, 2002 | Brent Baker

Posted on 10/31/2002 4:56:41 PM PST by PJ-Comix

Aaron Brown thinks a lot of himself and sees the world through the e-mail he receives. On Wednesday night he decided that he’s “annoyed at both political parties,” adopting the FNC slogan as he boasted that “you can’t be more fair and balanced than that.” The reasons for his ire: One party misused the memorial service for the late Senator Wellstone while the other was responsible for Brown having to endure a dozen identical e-mails complaining about it.

     Brown began his “Page Two” commentary, at the start of the October 30 NewsNight on CNN, by saying that “calling it a memorial insults the dead” since it “was totally tasteless,” but he called the sending to him of a few identically-worded e-mails, complaining about what the Democrats did, “equally shameless.”

     Brown concluded that both the misuse of the memorial service, attended by thousands and viewed by at least hundreds of thousands if not a few million on TV, was of no more importance than how he personally was annoyed by a few e-mails from lazy people. He gave both events equal weight: “So here is what last night proved: One side can be tasteless and the other side has the computer skills to cut and paste under the guise of genuine outrage. Which is worse? To me it’s a tie.”

     Brown’s self-centered “Page Two” commentary in full:
     “I find myself at exactly the right place for a reporter tonight. I’m annoyed at both political parties. And you can’t be more fair and balanced than that. Last night’s event in Minneapolis -- calling it a memorial insults the dead -- was totally tasteless. Democrats have every right to celebrate Senator Paul Wellstone’s life in any way they choose. What they don’t have a right to do, it seems to me, is create the impression they are going to do one thing when the plan all along was to do something else. Inviting Mr. Wellstone’s former Republican colleagues was the right thing to do; booing them was not. Whatever happened to Minnesota nice? Local TV carried the event live because they believed it was going to be something other than a pep rally. They were fooled. It was all pretty shameless.
     “Equally shameless has been the reaction received here. There may in fact be non-partisans upset with the event, they may in fact exist. They did not make themselves known in our in-box today. Instead, what we received was a series of identical letters. I counted at least a dozen and then got bored. I don’t mean thematically identical; I mean literally identical. Word for word. Now there are two ways to look at this: It was either the most remarkable coincidence in the history of the world that a dozen people would send word-for-word the same letter or this was just a silly organized campaign by people who wouldn’t have voted for the Senator for all the lutefisk (?) in Minnesota.
     “So here is what last night proved: One side can be tasteless and the other side has the computer skills to cut and paste under the guise of genuine outrage. Which is worse? To me it’s a tie.”

     It sounded like “lutefisk,” but maybe a Minnesotan can clue me in on what Brown, a Minnesota native, was talking about. Some kind of fish, as in “lutefish”?

     To send an original, self-written, non-identical to any message from anyone else e-mail to Brown, go to the NewsNight Web page. Under “Contact Us,” which is on the left side beneath a picture of Brown, you’ll see a link to an e-mail submission form: http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/aaron.brown/index.html

     [Web Update: Several CyberAlert readers have kindly described “lutefisk” for me. It's a fish after it has been soaked in lye. One sent along this definition from dictionary.com's citation from the American Heritage Dictionary: 
     “A traditional Scandinavian dish prepared by soaking air-dried cod in a lye solution for several weeks before skinning, boning, and boiling it, a process that gives the dish its characteristic gelatinous consistency.”
     Sounds disgusting, but if you want to whip some up, another reader passed along a Web page describing how to make lutefisk: http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/3227/recipes/luteing.htm
     But don't on tasting it anytime soon. It takes two weeks.]


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aaronbrown; paulwellstone
Yeah, Aaron. Sending the Sacred YOU a few identical e-mails is just a repugnant as turning a memorial service viewed by hundreds of thousands into a shrill partisan political event that insulted many of the guests attending. What are you, Aaron? Some sort of sacred deity that we need to worship? It's ALL about you, Aaron.

In Aaronbrownthink, an act of terrorism is no worse morally than sending the Sacred Aaron Brown a few critical e-mails.

1 posted on 10/31/2002 4:56:41 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Aaron Brown was an insufferable jerk when he was a local yokel in Seattle, and he hasn't changed his opinion of himself since going national.
2 posted on 10/31/2002 4:59:34 PM PST by holyscroller
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To: holyscroller
Aaron Brown? HA! I forgot all about that guy.
3 posted on 10/31/2002 5:00:49 PM PST by RobRoy
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To: PJ-Comix
Aaron Brown is just one of the reasons why I don't watch the clinton news network.
4 posted on 10/31/2002 5:01:34 PM PST by Pompah
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To: holyscroller
Didn't Aaron Brown try to hog in at the Twin Towers site? I heard he used to go there a lot and act like he was something special because he hung out there. Also he claimed it was a VERY PRIVATE thing with him....Which he then let the whole world know about.
5 posted on 10/31/2002 5:01:58 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Who is Aaron Brown?
6 posted on 10/31/2002 5:02:17 PM PST by jackbill
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To: PJ-Comix
My opinion of him is that he is/was an insufferable jerk, and his opinion of himself is that he's God's gift to TV viewers.
7 posted on 10/31/2002 5:02:21 PM PST by holyscroller
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To: RobRoy
I am luckier than you! I have never seen him!
8 posted on 10/31/2002 5:02:27 PM PST by SubMareener
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To: PJ-Comix
Who's Aaron Brown?
9 posted on 10/31/2002 5:03:24 PM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: PJ-Comix
Wow, he just can't bring himself to be critical of the rats without throwing in the pubbies for a ridiculous reason. He made a fool of himself with those comments.
10 posted on 10/31/2002 5:03:46 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: PJ-Comix
He's just bitter because he's on the 2nd best news network in a time slot that SHOULD have made him into a Cronkite-ish figurehead. He's just too stupid to realize that he and his sinking channel are 100 times more liberal than Foxnews is conservative. I imagine he will be replaced soon by an Oriental gay woman (to promote diversity) and he will be sent packing.

Brit/Oreilly/Hannity/Colmes/Greta offer a wide spectrum of views, while Brown and Chung (and whoever else they have) know only one thing....attack conservatives.
11 posted on 10/31/2002 5:06:18 PM PST by RabidBartender
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To: PJ-Comix
So, let me get this straight. One sides LEADERSHIP, with much pomp, can do something so disgusting, and a few anonymous rank-and-filers from the other side can cut and paste together a few emails from the comfort of their single-wides, and he considers those events equal?

He must have a lot of disdain for the democrat leadership to make such a comparison and call them equal.
12 posted on 10/31/2002 5:06:29 PM PST by RobRoy
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To: PJ-Comix
Aaron Brown is a boring idiot. His days are numbered just like Donahue's and Ashleigh Banfield before him. The bonus is that Donahue is dragging Matthews down with him. You'd think these liberal jerks would get a clue from their ratings. Fox rules.
13 posted on 10/31/2002 5:07:24 PM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: PJ-Comix
Well, I dunno...he may have a point. After all, what was more repugnant, Watergate, or the endless Democratic complaining about it? Hmmm...</sarcasm>
14 posted on 10/31/2002 5:09:43 PM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: freeperfromnj
What happened to Banfield? I never watch that network.
15 posted on 10/31/2002 5:11:46 PM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
She got the ax. She's been off for about two weeks now. They replaced her with "MSNBC Investigates"
16 posted on 10/31/2002 5:13:36 PM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: PJ-Comix
So appropriate that his last name is Brown...


17 posted on 10/31/2002 5:18:49 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: freeperfromnj
I guess she'll be getting her eyewear at Pearle, now.
18 posted on 10/31/2002 5:19:39 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: PJ-Comix
Being stuck in an out of town hotel room last night with the only news channel being CNN....I was forced to watch that idiot brown
. He was upset because he received 'twelve emails' critical of the demoRATs.......so in way of jumping to their defense he just had to blame the RNC.
19 posted on 10/31/2002 5:30:13 PM PST by mickie
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To: PJ-Comix
I was going to send Aaron-boy an email but then I thought, why would I waste even a second of my time on this POS?
20 posted on 10/31/2002 5:33:47 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: freeperfromnj

21 posted on 10/31/2002 5:39:01 PM PST by ALS
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To: holyscroller
Aaron Brown was an insufferable jerk when he was a local yokel in Seattle, and he hasn't changed his opinion of himself since going national.

Didn't he marry some local news babe up there before he left Seattle? I sort of remember him from my days up there, but have shut him out of my memory (to save space for worthwhile things like remembering my dog barfing on the carpet).

22 posted on 10/31/2002 5:55:46 PM PST by Blue Screen of Death
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To: freeperfromnj
Sounds like Aaron Brown is the Rick Sanchez of the northwest.
23 posted on 10/31/2002 7:20:01 PM PST by WarrenC
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
I'm sure Aaron Brown was probably outraged by the Beltway Sniper Shootings.

But I'm sure he was equally outaged when citizens like us sent identical requests to law enforcement, urging them to investigate a possible terrorist connection.

By the way, are Aaron Brown and CNN still calling John Muhammad by his long-ago discarded name of John Williams?????

For more on Aaron Brown's fair and balanced LIBERAL BIAS during the sniper coverage, Ann Coulter's got a splendid column at:
http://www.anncoulter.org/

Liberals think being fair means to give 50 percent of your time to each side of an argument, 50 percent of your praise to each side, 50 percent of criticism to each side. (Example: Bill Clinton shouldn't have been so corrupt, but Republicans were wrong to impeach him. Another example: Murderers shouldn't kill, but the state shouldn't execute them, either.)

The liberal media's theory of fairness treats everybody equally - no matter their behavior, no matter the circumstances.


24 posted on 10/31/2002 11:44:10 PM PST by billclintonwillrotinhell
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
Banfield's show was canceled because she was barely drawing 200,000 viewers a night. Variety reports that she may become an alternating anchor for msNBC Investigates.

25 posted on 11/01/2002 12:20:24 AM PST by billclintonwillrotinhell
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To: mickie
Next time you need a hotel, check Fox News Channel's Hotel Finder. Hotels that have FNC are easily identified with a FNC icon.

Any hotel I've stayed in recently that does not have FNC receives a letter (or their survey card) from me, incredulous that "your hotel doesn't carry the #1 cable news network in the country?"

A Holiday Inn I just stayed in in Taos, New Mexico had FNC as its premier cable news network. No "regular" CNN (and NO Aaron Brown!), just the CNN Headline News channel as a secondary news network.

26 posted on 11/01/2002 12:36:25 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: billclintonwillrotinhell
Morning bump for anyone who missed this example of Aaron Brown's stange moral equivalence. Some individual copying a pasting a few e-mails sent to one person is as repugnant to Brown as an ENTIRE POLITICAL party turning a memorial service broadcast across the nation into a blatant display of partisan politics.
27 posted on 11/01/2002 4:39:29 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: nutmeg
Great information.....thanks!
28 posted on 11/01/2002 6:28:26 AM PST by mickie
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