Aaron Brown on the Political Focus of Cable News


By Alex Weprin Comment

Brown092210.jpgFormer CNN anchor Aaron Brown is interviewed by OnMilwaukee.com. Brown is now a professor at the Walter Cronkite school of journalism at Arizona State University.

The interview is interesting, as Brown expresses his displeasure at the increasingly political focus of the cable news channels:

Of TV news, Brown says he doesn’t watch that much. But he’s still high on the traditional network newscasts, despite their steady decline in viewers. He spent a decade at ABC News, which he remembers warmly, along with its late anchor, Peter Jennings…

And cable news?

He’s not exactly enamored with the move toward constant political debate, with ideologues on both sides. He talks of “hundreds” of people who’ve come up to him with the same complaint:

“The thing I don’t like about the news is I don’t hear what I think. It’s always what Ann Coulter thinks or Michael Moore.

Brown has no solutions to make the news better. He understands the business constraints all TV news outlets face.

(h/t ICN)