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CNN's Brown doesn't rise to top as anchor (Gratutitous Aaron Brown Bashing! Plus: Old-Skool Journos)
Boston Globe ^ | March 27, 2003 | Mark Jurkowitz

Posted on 03/27/2003 8:17:33 AM PST by Timesink

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:09:21 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

On paper, CNN ''Newsnight'' anchor Aaron Brown has some good qualities. He is bright, even cerebral. He has a smooth set of pipes that are easy on the ears. He often asks smart, layered questions that go beyond the obvious. But as was the case in the days after the attacks on Sept. 11, the war on Iraq is again proving that he is just too studied, too enigmatic, and frankly, too weird, to be anchor material.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aaronbrown; bostonglobe; cablenewsnetwork; cnn; davidmartin; jamiemcintyre; jimmiklaszewski; johnmcwethy; peterarnett; susancandiotti; televisedwar; wesleyclark
How to fix the Aaron Brown problem: Give him a co-anchor. How about Lisa McRee?
1 posted on 03/27/2003 8:17:34 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Give him a shovel across the head.
That's what he needs.
2 posted on 03/27/2003 8:20:30 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (They have been warned.)
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To: Timesink
Aaron Brown is Gary Shandling without the sense of humor.
3 posted on 03/27/2003 8:20:54 AM PST by EBITDA
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To: Timesink
Severence pay might work.
4 posted on 03/27/2003 8:21:21 AM PST by lainie
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To: Timesink
I can only watch that man when they are showing a full screen of war footage.
5 posted on 03/27/2003 8:24:09 AM PST by leadpencil1 (all generalizations are bad)
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To: Timesink
Funny, this is an article about the war news and anchors. Notice Fox isn't even mentioned, though all the networks and CNN are. Still treating Fox like a little temporary "glitch in the matrix" rather than the number 1 cable news channel.
6 posted on 03/27/2003 8:24:26 AM PST by Tamzee ("Sabotage" and "Charade"....no French translation necessary.)
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To: Timesink
"...a flustered Brown could only utter this mysterious passage: ''On we go. General Clark, apparently it's going to be a night.''

I'm thinking that the "pregnant pauses" mask nothing more than slow-wittedness.

7 posted on 03/27/2003 8:25:46 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Timesink
I've tried to watch CNN a couple times since the war started, but I can't.
I detest this guy.

Soporific and pompous, he annoys me on such a visceral level that I can't even explain it fully.

8 posted on 03/27/2003 8:26:07 AM PST by Constitution Day (WYBMADIITY)
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To: Timesink
I don't get to see CNN often--I'm not sure if I've even seen Aaron Brown.
9 posted on 03/27/2003 8:26:35 AM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: Timesink
Aaron Brown stinks on ice!
10 posted on 03/27/2003 8:26:50 AM PST by wireman
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To: Timesink
He's a pompous, posing tool. Geezus, if I can't stand his demeanor then I'm sure-as-hell not going to watch him.
11 posted on 03/27/2003 8:27:10 AM PST by Sgt Hulka 123
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To: Timesink
Who cares about CNN in this war, anyway. I get a lot more and better information from Fox News Channel and MSNBC, to say the least.
12 posted on 03/27/2003 8:28:02 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Tamsey
Or, it could be that the Fox anchors don't give anyone a reason to gripe.
13 posted on 03/27/2003 8:28:10 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Timesink
I like Aaron Brown. A guilty pleasure, perhaps?
14 posted on 03/27/2003 8:30:58 AM PST by Floratina
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To: Timesink
Aaron Brown is the most boring anchor on right now, IMO. I tried to watch some of his commentary the other night during a commercial on Fox and it almost put me to sleep. Too monotone, zzzzzzzzzzzz!
15 posted on 03/27/2003 8:31:22 AM PST by Reagan is King
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To: Timesink
Aaron Brown=Sominex
16 posted on 03/27/2003 8:32:29 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Timesink
On Sunday, after a rather heated exchange with an Al-Jazeera journalist, a flustered Brown could only utter this mysterious passage: ''On we go. General Clark, apparently it's going to be a night.''

Aaron was flustered because he couldn't understand why his co-worker at Al-Jazeera was giving him a hard time.

17 posted on 03/27/2003 8:33:51 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Timesink
Aaron Brown IS too contrived. His swarmy introductions, his statue-like half smile and his constant chin-touching is way too Clinton-like for me.

I am just waiting for him to bite his lip.

I just told my wife last night that I couldn not stand to look at the guy, or listen to him!
18 posted on 03/27/2003 8:34:02 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Timesink
Why would you ever watch CNN (pic posted by constitution_day)


19 posted on 03/27/2003 8:35:08 AM PST by leadpencil1 (all generalizations are bad)
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To: Timesink
I've found that he is the number 1 sleep aid in America. if I turn on CNN and he is on, my eyelids start drooping almost immediately.

But what I really want to know is the name of the redheaded chick with the amazing eyes. Just for, um, informational purposes.

20 posted on 03/27/2003 8:35:22 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (Paleocons, the French and the UN - Excusing corrupt power mad dictators for decades)
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To: Redbob
I'm thinking that the "pregnant pauses" mask nothing more than slow-wittedness.

No, trust me on this. He's a lot of things, but a dullard isn't one of them. If anything, it's his brain self-censoring his desperate desire to rip apart the person on the other end.

21 posted on 03/27/2003 8:38:59 AM PST by Timesink (If you use the word "embedded" in a conversation, you'd better be carrying an x-ray to show me.)
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To: beaversmom
Oh, okay. I know who is now.
22 posted on 03/27/2003 8:45:32 AM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: Timesink
After a long career at CNN, Arnett mysteriously departed in 1999 in what some viewed as punishment for narrating that network's ill-fated -- and later retracted -- 1998 investigative story that alleged the United States used nerve gas to kill defectors in Laos in 1970.

No mystery there. CNN published an irresponsible, defamatory hit piece and Peeetah Arnett's sole defense was, "Hey, I don't verify the facts of what I report -- I'm just the face guy."

I know tree stumps that have more journalistic integrity than Arnett.

23 posted on 03/27/2003 8:48:13 AM PST by martin_fierro (Mr. Avuncular)
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To: Timesink
By curious coincidence, I complained to CNN about Aaron Brown just yesterday. Suggested that they pay him by the word so that he could starve to death. I said I was sick of watching him trying to be the living incarnation of Rodin's 'The Thinker'. (It is Rodin, isn't it? :)
25 posted on 03/27/2003 8:57:44 AM PST by EnnisExile
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Heidi Collins?
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/collins.heidi.html
26 posted on 03/27/2003 8:57:50 AM PST by to the core
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To: Timesink
"Clark is the antidote to Brown..."

LOL! This is the purpose of the article: to resurrect Clark.

He's Aaron's sockpuppet. He's a brownnoser of the highest level of sycophancy and shows it every night to the hundred(?)s of loyal DNC-donating viewers of CNN.

27 posted on 03/27/2003 9:02:13 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: mrswashburn
Nobody is going to attack you. But keep in mind that CNN did not hire him because he was a warm, caring person OFF camera.
28 posted on 03/27/2003 9:02:34 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: leadpencil1
Why would you ever watch CNN (pic posted by constitution_day)

Thanks for the props, but I saved that picture after I saw it here on FR many months ago.
I did *TRY* to watch CNN a few nights ago, but could not stomach A.Brown.

29 posted on 03/27/2003 9:04:44 AM PST by Constitution Day (WYBMADIITY)
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To: mrsmith
Did you see this thread last night?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/876803/posts
30 posted on 03/27/2003 9:06:05 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Constitution Day
I switched over to CNN fn last night; I swear they have GOOD coverage of the war.
31 posted on 03/27/2003 9:06:37 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Agreed. As long as Brown is not on.
32 posted on 03/27/2003 9:08:05 AM PST by Constitution Day (WYBMADIITY)
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To: to the core
YES! That's her!

*sigh*

33 posted on 03/27/2003 9:08:36 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (Paleocons, the French and the UN - Excusing corrupt power mad dictators for decades)
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To: Howlin
Also I must admit I've been watching MSNBC a bit.
Meanwhile, Mrs. CD was watching the Bachelor last night (GAG).
34 posted on 03/27/2003 9:08:54 AM PST by Constitution Day (WYBMADIITY)
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To: mrswashburn
How dare you defend Aaron Brown! You need to be banned from this forum and this country for that matter. What a sicko! (only kidding)
35 posted on 03/27/2003 9:12:58 AM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: Constitution Day
We should start a thread of the reporters we like for the war.


It will be VERY short.
36 posted on 03/27/2003 9:15:39 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Redbob
"...a flustered Brown could only utter this mysterious passage:

"What is the frequency, Wesley"?

37 posted on 03/27/2003 9:17:57 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Constitution Day
"he annoys me on such a visceral level that I can't even explain it fully. "

Wolf Blitzer does that for me. Man did he look pissed when the war broke out.
38 posted on 03/27/2003 9:19:47 AM PST by DeuceTraveler
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To: Howlin
Whoa- what a thread!

"reporters we like for the war"
The NBC redhead at Centcom that wears the sweaters!

39 posted on 03/27/2003 9:22:57 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: mrswashburn
THIS is why I love FR so much... no other news source will find his old newspaper carrier! ;^) Thanks for the first-hand account of his personality (and welcome to FR!). I'm sure he's a great guy. However, he's not a top-tier anchor, which is the point of the article.
40 posted on 03/27/2003 9:23:35 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Timesink

41 posted on 03/27/2003 9:23:53 AM PST by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: beaversmom
Looks like the Beaver's been bad again. ;^)
42 posted on 03/27/2003 9:24:19 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: Timesink
How Aaron Brown is an anchor is one of the great mysteries of our time.
43 posted on 03/27/2003 10:13:49 AM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Constitution Day
Soporific and pompous, he annoys me on such a visceral level that I can't even explain it fully.

One second of Aaron Brown's nasal whining voice is sheer torture.

I was thinking about this last night - how so many of the broadcasters seem to have speech impediments of some type.

*Barbara Walters - can't pronounce R's
*Aaron Brown - whiny, nasal voice
*Tom Brokaw - mouth full of marbles
*Connie Chung - slight lisp
*a Bwitish woman on the BBC - even wuhs than Babwa Wawtas
*half of PBS - nasal & nerdy-sounding
*the other half - speak-ing ver-y slow-ly & pro-noun-cing one syl-la-ble at a time - sheer tor-ture!

I had more in mind last night. I've forgotten who else.

44 posted on 03/27/2003 10:45:02 AM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
So glad I found this thread. I need some antivenom for my exposure to Brown last night. Let me explain...

Last night (Wed 26 Mar), I went to bed early but couldn't sleep...got up to watch Fox...ads...flipped to CNN to catch a glimpse...time: 1105p CST...

There's Brown, one-on-one with a CNN Pentagon reporter (don't remember who)...Brown says (nearly exact quote, I swear):

"It seems that the war isn't going exactly as the Pentagon planned."

And there it was: that smirk.It was a smirk that your fourth-grade teacher would have slapped you for! It was so nasty, so prolonged that it seemed he was restraining himself from laughing outloud!

Anybody else catch it? A most outrageous and unconcealed delight at adversity involving our Nation's mission in Iraq.

The slime...

45 posted on 03/27/2003 2:18:28 PM PST by Airborne Longhorn
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To: mrswashburn
I think Aaron Brown comes across as just that - probably a nice guy off-camera, but hopelessly and stupifyingly boring and annoying on-camera. Does he dye his hair? That wouldn't work in his favor, either.
46 posted on 03/27/2003 2:24:30 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: Timesink
"He has a smooth set of pipes that are easy on the ears. "

???????????????

I hate his voice!!!

47 posted on 03/27/2003 2:27:02 PM PST by MozartLover
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To: Timesink
Has anybody ever watched this guy for over 2 minutes without dozing off?
48 posted on 03/27/2003 2:28:27 PM PST by iconoclast
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To: mountaineer
Does he dye his hair? That wouldn't work in his favor, either.

Let's just say his hair isn't quite the same color it was 10 years ago, and I'm not talking about the touch-of-gray sideburns, either. In fact, his hair isn't the same color now as it was in the photo in post 22 above, which I believe is between 12-18 months old.

49 posted on 03/29/2003 11:01:30 PM PST by Timesink (If you use the word "embedded" in a conversation, you'd better be carrying an x-ray to show me.)
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