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Good Night and Good Luck, Aaron Brown

According to a late-breaking story in Media Daily News , Aaron Brown has left CNN's Newsnight and will be replaced by co-host Anderson Cooper. Brown's departure was described as a "mutual decision" -- a euphemism for being forced out but getting a nice severance package in the process.

I'm all in favor of the TV networks' recent efforts to humanize their broadcast coverage. And I like some of Anderson Cooper's reporting, especially his exposure of government ineptitude during the Katrina disaster.

But as a CNN anchor, Aaron Brown provided something that has become increasingly rare in TV news today: thought leadership. He explored issues deeply, and he made you think.

Now the networks just want their anchors to make you feel, not think.

Could Edward R. Murrow even get hired in today's news business? Very doubtful.


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