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

by Sara K. Smith

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 July 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

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

SayItWithWookies July 8, 2008 at 11:59 am

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 July 8, 2008 at 11:59 am

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

NotUrEvryDayWEzl July 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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

Lascauxcaveman July 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm

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 July 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Was Rudi Bakhtiar too busy?

NebraskashireGentry July 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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 July 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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

Lascauxcaveman July 8, 2008 at 12:25 pm

[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 July 8, 2008 at 12:31 pm


Front Line is better. CNN poisons the water.

Quacker July 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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 July 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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

liquiddaddy July 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Who’s tired of this slack add?

pattycake July 8, 2008 at 12:34 pm


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 July 8, 2008 at 12:44 pm

[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 July 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm

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

Delicious July 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm

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 July 8, 2008 at 1:38 pm

“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 July 8, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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

Big Al1317 July 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm

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

teebob2000 July 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm

[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 July 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm

[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 July 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm

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. July 9, 2008 at 2:21 am

[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.

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