Aaron Brown is gone, suddenly sent shuffling off the "Newsnight" set because he "is very much looking forward to some well-deserved time off with his family.” That bit of quote is from CNN President Jon Klein, new recipient of a guaranteed ticket to Hell.
Klein announced on Wednesday:
[O]n a nightly basis, Aaron has provided our audiences with insight into the events of the United States and the world with eloquence and the highest journalist integrity.
Besides his stellar work as an anchor, Aaron stands as an absolutely brilliant writer, evident by the thoughtful perspective he injects into every story he touches.
Personally, I will miss Aaron and his wicked sense of humor. We cannot thank Aaron enough for the skills and professionalism he brought to CNN. Given his respect throughout the industry, there is no question that he will be missed.
For viewers who care about news, Brown was a tremendous asset to CNN. Mediaweek reports that Anderson Cooper will replace Brown in the 9 p.m. Central slot. The all-powerful Wolf Blitzer will leave "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. Central, take an hour break in the hyperbaric chamber while Lou Dobbs busts some balls, then come back, refreshed and ready to SHOUT his way through THE NEXT HOUR with you, LIVE, in THE SITUATION ROOM. God, what we'd give to see Jack Cafferty slap Wolf around. Probably explains why Jack's never allowed in The Situation Room, and is only seen via remote from some adjoining anteroom.
Anderson Cooper -- now there's a guy who needs a Jack Cafferty smackdown. During Hurricane Wilma we beseeched God at precisely 8:23 p.m. not to allow Cooper to gain more power -- and yet God did not hear our prayer; he's apparently in the Cooper camp, too. Damn the impish man and his friends in high places.
Cooper has been getting hot buzz for being the anchor of the future (another spurt from the mouth of Jon Klein). That certainly puts Brown in sharp contrast as the anchor of the past. Thoughtful, not necessarily emotional. Urbane, not whiny. Eloquent, not wordy. All the things that made Aaron Brown so good are liabilities on today's cable networks. Who needs thoughtful when frivolous will do?