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Aaron Brown Is PBS’ Anderson Cooper, For The Summer Anyhow

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Welcome back, Aaron!Aaron Brown was a kindly gent who hosted the CNN many moons ago. Every night Americans would drift off to sleep as he reviewed the morning papers with a dumb little rooster crowing in the background. And we all loved it because he was Aaron Brown, a very nice man, and then Anderson “Silver Fox” Cooper threw him under the bus and took his show. It looks like Aaron learned his lesson because now he has gray hair and no glasses, just like Anderson Cooper. So what’s he up to now, besides adorably swearing his face off for Observer reporters?

That’s pretty much it:

At CNN, he once spent four straight hours covering actor Robert Blake and the charges that he had murdered his wife. “Four. Fucking. Hours. It was the dumbest four hours ever,” he said. “My wife gave me crap when I came home. I was like, I don’t need this. I’m not feeling good about myself.”

Oh he is also doing some program for PBS that replaces Frontline during the summer. Catch the excitement!

Aaron Brown’s Summer Job [New York Observer]

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  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Anderson “Silver Fox” Cooper. Ah, y’all saw the latest Advocate too, didn’t you?

  • SayItWithWookies

    One of my probably-perpetually-unfulfilled ambitions is to be the narrator for Frontline. Or even just have that guy’s voice for a day. I’ll bet on overcast days that guy can recite a few W.B. Yeats poems and make the sun come out.

  • Brutus Harlot

    This almost makes me remember when CNN was a news channel.

  • NotUrEvryDayWEzl

    [re=31152]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Wait, are you saying that isn’t his real name??? :(

  • Lascauxcaveman

    I worked for an ABC affiliate in the late 80’s and ABC News had a hot grey haired lady reporter (something Sullivan?) we always referred to as the Silver Fox.

    Back then, Aaron Brown was still a brown-haired kid anchor at a teevee station just down the street, KING 5. He had a sorta snarky attitude about him, for his time. Always liked that guy.

  • uncletravelingmatt

    Was Rudi Bakhtiar too busy?

  • NebraskashireGentry

    but did Aaron Brown ever host “The Mole” or even its wildly popular spin-off “Celebrity Mole”?


    then one can hardly assert that the man has anything approaching the class and integrity of his replacement.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=31174]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Kathleen Sullivan. She was hot. Probably still is, but I didn’t see any recent pictures of her.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=31174]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Wow, that weird. Inexplicably truncated comments. Anyone else getting that?

    Should have been prefaced “Back when I worked for the Seattle ABC affiliate in late 80’s, ABC News had a …”

    I know you all care deeply about this.

  • shortsshortsshorts


    Front Line is better. CNN poisons the water.

  • Quacker

    Aaron Brown IS Anderson Cooper, “Across the 8th Dimension.”

    (“I am sure in the miserable annals of the earth, you will be duly enshrined!”)

  • liquiddaddy

    If they would just let Laura Logan read news topless, I’d have that one channel on all day.

  • liquiddaddy

    Who’s tired of this slack add?

  • pattycake


    I’m getting it too. It’s an alignment problem with the CSS, and it’s been there since they moved over from the Gawks.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=31199]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: [re=31211]pattycake[/re]: It’s the curse of the emoticon. If you use one in your comment, it fucks up the next comment.

  • toastandlove

    He’s no Andy-Coopy! Look at those bags under his eyes. Looks like SOMEONE hasn’t heard of Revitalift.

  • Delicious

    Four. Fucking. Hours. It wa the dumbest four hours ever.

    Just for saying that, he’s my new favorite tee-vee newsman.

    I’m just going to say that to random people today: “Four. Fucking. Hours.”

  • nbawriter

    “A waiter arrived at the table, and Mr. Brown ordered the lobster bisque and a cappuccino. He seemed like a man who was enjoying not being in too much of a hurry.”

    … or maybe he was just in the mood for a fish soup and a coffee.
    Sometimes I want to smack these mag writers in the head for their chronic conjecture masked as insight.

  • donner_froh

    [re=31325]nbawriter[/re]: Doesn’t everyone who orders soup and coffee enjoy sitting over them for Four.Fucking. Hours?

  • Big Al1317

    Oh, goody. One of the good guys returns. He gets it: Four fucking hours.

  • teebob2000

    [re=31190]SayItWithWookies: Kathleen Sullivan. She was hot. Probably still is, but I didn’t see any recent pictures of her.[/re]

    How’s bout them apples?? Zoinks!!


  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=31448]teebob2000[/re]: Yeah, that’s the stuff. Still rocking it. Strangely tho, quite a bit hotter when she had that long grey hair.

    And was (not so strangely) quite a bit younger.

  • Mr. Herpes

    I doubt the makeover will help Aaron much. They should try focus groups on this guy. They’d be amazed at the people who reflexively wanna punch the set when his smarmy face comes on. The guy actually has a Media Elite t-shirt on under the suit and tie.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    [re=31199]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: You worked for KOMO? Cool.

    Aaron’s 11p newscast on KING in the 80s was amazing. Back in the day, it was the start to the college kids dream evening of Carson and Letterman. Of Course, this was before Comedy Central and Adult Swim.