If Aaron Brown was so concerned about the direction of news at CNN during his tenure there, why not do something about it? During a keynote, he said he had his "hey - this is a celebrity culture" epiphany during the 2001 Robert Blake murder investigation. In the near-five years that followed, Mr. Brown covered that very culture of celebrity. Brown says his dismissal was a result of his protesting CNN's coverage of gossip and celebs, but you have to think the ratings played a role. And I don't know about you -- but if I were trying to do hard news and I didn't like the soft direction my network was headed, I wouldn't stick around for years and years to see if it would change.Safran makes a good point in that it's hard to take complaints like Brown's to heart when he wasn't bothered enough at the time to take a paycheck from CNN. Then again, it's awfully hard to make even incremental changes from the sidelines. What do you think?
Update: In an e-mail to TVNewser, Brown says the story that Safran cites is "badly and unfairly distorted":
The Oregon story is badly and unfairly distorted. I never said CNN's desire to do trash and my refusal had anything to do with my demise. I did say Fox's obsession with Natalie last summer killed us and me. The story does a great dis-service to both me and CNN, an organization I continue to admire.