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January 26, 2006

Aaron Brown Explains How It's All Our Fault

I enjoy people who make enormous amounts of money while not understanding the most basic facts about where that money comes from. It gives them a charming Marie Antoinette pre-guillotine vibe.

For instance: Aaron Brown. He recently gave a post-firing speech in Florida to complain about the American public. Apparently we've let him down by not appreciating his incredible newz skillz:

"Television is the most perfect democracy. You sit there with your remote control and vote...It's not enough to say you want serious news. You have to watch it"

As the article says, "Brown has spent most of his 30-year career in television news." Yet apparently it's yet to dawn on him that television—or any advertising-supported medium—isn't one person, one vote. IT'S ONE DOLLAR, ONE VOTE.

Which audience would Lexus (and hence, CNN) rather have? 10 million people making $20,000 a year? Or 2 million people making $200,000 a year?

You'd think this would be obvious enough you'd learn it the first day at Frowning Anchorman School. But not if you're Aaron Brown, who apparently has a three-inch thick skull protecting a brain the size of an almond.

Of course, in fairness to Brown, he may consider a system of one dollar, one vote to be "the most perfect democracy." I'm sure headless Marie did too.

Posted at January 26, 2006 04:17 PM | TrackBack

I've thought about it, and I've come to the conclusion the problem is that news teevee is misusing their resources.

If we want better news teevee, instead of giving Nancy Grace her own show, we should pay her to go to everybody's house and scowl at them if they don't watch hi-falootin' tv that's good for you.

doorbell rings. Viewer opens the door.

Viewer: Aaaah!
Nancy Grace: Watch Bill Moyers.
Viewer: I don't think he's on any more.
Nancy G: I don't want to hear any guff.
Viewer: Yes ma'am.

It would take a while, but I know she'd get the job done.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at January 27, 2006 11:10 PM