News item, as reported by USA Today:
Aaron Brown, the cerebral anchor once touted as the “voice of CNN,” whom the network recently termed the “ice” to Anderson Cooper’s “fire,” has been sent packing after four years on the air.
Brown’s star has vanished while Cooper’s is rising: The move comes after a year of notable live reports from Cooper on natural-disaster stories — where television news careers are often made — from his searing coverage of January’s Asian tsunami to his recent reports from the path of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
I think this move is only good for a year. By the end of next year’s hurricane season, I predict we’ll see CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the big chair. He will eclipse Cooper by delivering 72 hours of continuous solo coverage from an ultralight inside a category 5 hurricane. America will be riveted by this compelling “eye of destruction” viewpoint, as well as the personal drama of Dr. Gupta’s performing elective surgery on himself, in the ultralight amid 170-mph winds, using only a Swiss Army knife and a cosmetics mirror.
Such is the furnace from which the modern anchor is forged.