TLP: Crybabies on Teevee (And This Has Nothing To Do With Glenn Beck)
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It's sort of a given that our teevee talking heads have big egos. Maybe "given" isn't the right word for it. How about "prerequisite"? And it figures that people who put themselves on camera must like being watched. But, really, no matter how much they want it to be, the news is not about them.
Aaron Brown isn't even on CNN anymore and he couldn't stop talking to TVNewser:
On the subject of television, Brown says the abundance of international breaking news over the last month plays to CNN’s institutional strengths, but at the same time “masks its underlying weaknesses.”Maybe Brown gets a break on his whining. His comments came as he was getting ready for some sort of heart surgery. No such pass for Chris Wallace, who spent Sunday morning wetting his pants on Fox News about getting shut out by the White House.
“CNN can’t succeed in a world where people want news to be entertaining,” he says. “Bill O’Reilly is inherently more entertaining than anything CNN does. It’s more fun to see an action movie than read a book.”
What CNN does have, however, “is a world-class brand that would be the envy of any news organization in the world except, perhaps, the New York Times. It doesn’t win [the ratings], but maybe that’s not the most important thing.”
To Brown, journalism is the most important thing. And on that point, he doesn’t hold much respect for Fox News’ O’Reilly, ex-MSNBC star Keith Olbermann and others, labeling them as “skilled entertainers who use journalism as a canvas on which to perform.” ...
As for Anderson Cooper, Brown’s successor at CNN, he saves his best brickbat for last.
“I know the difference between journalism and a slogan. ‘Keeping them honest’ [tagline for Cooper’s ‘360’] is a slogan.”
Host Chris Wallace lashed out at the Obama administration on “Fox News Sunday” for refusing to make Cabinet secretaries available to discuss the ongoing conflict in Libya.Feel better, Chris? Hope so.
“Of course, we wanted to get the White House view on Libya,” Wallace told his viewers at the end of an interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). “However, they chose to offer Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton and Defense Secretary [Robert] Gates to ABC, CBS and NBC but not to Fox.”
“Despite the fact that we routinely have more viewers than two of those Sunday shows, the Obama team felt no need to explain to the millions of you who watch this program and Fox News why they have sent U.S. servicemen and women into combat,” Wallace added. “We thought you’d like to know.”