Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kudos to Campbell Brown

I realize it's been ages since I talk cable TV or radio, but this is worthy of comment:

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 cant 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 OReilly, 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.
In light of the recent hiatus of WABC-radio's Joe Scarborough, this admission was surprising and refreshing.    Ms. Brown had been a favorite correspondent of mine when she was on NBC.   The move to CNN came with an edge I had not seen on her news reports, and it never seemed right.   CNN tried to out-angry MSNBC, and at least where Ms. Brown was concerned it failed.  (Side note: other than updates on missing blond women - stories probably only interesting to the families involved - why does anyone watch Nancy Grace??)

Campbell Brown can leave with her head held high: it's not a crime to lose a show because of poor ratings; it is one to lie about it.

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