....LMB: "Aaron Brown is a Failure"....

March 28, 2003

When interviewing peace activist and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, CNN's Aaron Brown made an obvious play to smear the entire anti-war movement as pawns of Saddam Hussein:

BROWN: The Iraqi political strategy is in large part to use the anti-war demonstrations around the world to create political pressure on the coalition governments to stand down, cease fire and stop the war. In that regard, are you playing into the hands of what I think you would even acknowledge is a very bad regime.

Ellsberg refuses to be drawn into that trap. Brown tries again. Ellsberg sidesteps and defuses the trap, and also manages to imply that Brown is either naive, or an idiot. Brown is then a bit cowed, and lets Ellsberg say whatever he wants.

Go read the transcript, it's fun.

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Brown is a slipper boy. He'd just as soon read the DoD or White House talking points as actually sniff out a story or a new angle.

I'd like to (to borrow a much overhyped and already tired word) "embed" my foot in his a**. He totally breaks down the walls between reporting and commentary, all the while sitting there with that smarmy, I-know-more-than-you grin.

Thanks again for pointing out the interview with Ellsberg, who roundly and appropriately curb-kicked Brown judging by the transcript.

Posted by: bakerkm45 at March 28, 2003 07:14 PM

I had the pleasure of watching that demolition live. Brown was essentially called naive and I don't think he really knew it.

Posted by: dack at March 28, 2003 10:25 PM

I stopped watching CNN the night of the initial invasion, when Brown was commenting on the tanks rolling across the desert. It went like this, "Wow. Wow. That is Amazing. Jeepers." He sounded like he was playing with GI Joes on his twin bed astronaut bedspread. I have been watching Canadian coverage since.

Posted by: Catherine at March 30, 2003 04:44 AM

I read the transcript and didn't see any of what your talking about. The fact is he asked questions,and let Ellsberg answer (thus giving Ellsberg airtime on CNN)
So whats the crime here? I agree that it's crazy to try to say that the anti-war movement is pro Saddam, but that's exactly why Ellsberg needs to be asked that question. He can then give a well reasoned answer and show why that is a ridiculous stand. Beleive it or not, some people need to be shown that anti-war is not pro-Saddam.

Posted by: Jman at March 30, 2003 01:35 PM

Thanks to Catherine (Berlinblog) for the link here. Very enjoyable and informative. Didn't think that was possible nowdays.

Posted by: Kate S. at March 30, 2003 05:42 PM

With over 250 members and still rising fast, The NewsNighters Club was formed for the best news anchor and man in general, Mr. Aaron Brown of CNN's NewsNight With Aaron Brown. It's the 1st ever online club for him. And the best. Aaron appreciates that we have the club in his honor.

GO TO THE NEWSNIGHTERS
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aaronbrown/

Posted by: Georgette at June 11, 2003 09:13 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! And about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:53 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:54 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:54 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:55 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:56 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:57 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:57 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:59 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:59 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:59 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:59 AM

I think Aaron is cute! Why don't you guys pick on someone else?? Leave my Aaron alone!!!!!GRRRRRRRR!
He is too adorable for words and he is a bit smarmy at times, ok. I'll give you that! BUT about playing with GI Joes on his astronaut bedspread---I can think of MUCH better games I'd like to play with him in bed!!!!!WOW I can't even believe I just said that!!!!!! Hee heeeee heeee!!!
AARON BROWN RULES AND I BET HE COULD KICK YOUR ASSES YOU DUMB ASS LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LEAVE MY LITTLE AARON ALONE YOU BIG DUM DUM HEADS!!!Ah-HaHa

Posted by: tate at August 26, 2003 02:59 AM

tate, hunny, how many times did you post that?? we understood the first time!!!

but u r so right. aaron brown is cute. in a geeky sort of way. but definitely a hottie.

Posted by: mrs aaron brown at June 13, 2004 07:47 PM

Mrs. Brown,
Just came across my first exposure of negative comments made against your husband.
People are so rude, and sometimes so opinionated.
We, as well as yourself realize the goodness, and gentleness of your Aaron, and in the overall goodness always prevails.
I am not to sure about all the sloppy entries made in the above files (I do not believe women should be discussing someone in the manner that they sometimes do.
You should be proud...what am I say...you are proud of him...as he often says on the program..."behind every good man is a good woman."
Your spirits together are much too strong to be affected by dumb and ignorant people.
Blessings to both of you and your family.

Posted by: anna at July 9, 2004 01:01 PM

Mrs. Brown,
Just came across my first exposure of negative comments made against your husband.
People are so rude, and sometimes so opinionated.
We, as well as yourself realize the goodness, and gentleness of your Aaron, and in the overall goodness always prevails.
I am not to sure about all the sloppy entries made in the above files (I do not believe women should be discussing someone in the manner that they sometimes do.
You should be proud...what am I say...you are proud of him...as he often says on the program..."behind every good man is a good woman."
Your spirits together are much too strong to be affected by dumb and ignorant people.
Blessings to both of you and your family.

Posted by: anna at July 9, 2004 01:01 PM

Mrs. Brown,
Just came across my first exposure of negative comments made against your husband.
People are so rude, and sometimes so opinionated.
We, as well as yourself realize the goodness, and gentleness of your Aaron, and in the overall goodness always prevails.
I am not to sure about all the sloppy entries made in the above files (I do not believe women should be discussing someone in the manner that they sometimes do.
You should be proud...what am I say...you are proud of him...as he often says on the program..."behind every good man is a good woman."
Your spirits together are much too strong to be affected by dumb and ignorant people.
Blessings to both of you and your family.

Posted by: anna at July 9, 2004 01:01 PM
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