| In the end-of-season style associated with failed baseball teams, CNN announced Wednesday that Anderson Cooper was in and Aaron Brown was out.|
Well, sort of. The CNN press release noted that Cooper would “take the helm of a live news program” from 10 to midnight, preceded by “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer at 7, “Paula Zahn Now” at 8 and “Larry King Live” at 9 (all times Eastern).
Brown wasn’t mentioned anywhere â€” not even a “Thanks, and we wish him well in his future ventures.” It’s as if the man whose 9/11 coverage reverberated with viewers, and who brought a rare reflectiveness to cable’s choppy hubbub, had never existed.
All of which suggests that CNN is not even as classy as Triple A Portland, though its ratings make that an otherwise apt comparison. CNN has continued to struggle against first-place Fox News Channel in the second division of television news.“