Friday, November 18, 2005

Keeping Up With Youth

Okay, it has been close to a month since Aaron Brown departed CNN. It's either adapt to the youth and vitality of Anderson Cooper or be content with Wolf Blitzer (snore). In this case youth and growing expertise wins hands down.

I must admit I think Cooper is growing into his new anchor shoes quite nicely. I still wish he would slow down just a bit - but then that's his style. It would be like expecting the President to learn to string enough words together to make a proper sentence. Some things just aren't meant to be.

One thing I really like about Cooper's format is his willingness to show both sides of a story without necessarily using extremes. His stated assumption is that viewers are savvy enough to decide for themselves which side has merit. I'll withhold judgment on that. I do find it interesting though how with just a question he can make the Governor of Louisiana look so totally inept she should be ashamed for her constituents to see the tape. On the other hand, an interview with a returning displacee discovering the remains of a loved one overlooked by the search crews should be required viewing for every member of FEMA, Congress and administrations - national, state and local.

Keep up the pressure Anderson and the excellent work. We would all do well to remember "There but for the grace of God go us".

1 comment:

Mary Jo said...

I just discovered your blog the other day and have been enjoying reading your comments.

Haven't seen Anderson Cooper's show yet even though I am a fan of his. He did a great job during the hurricanes.

FEMA is a disgrace. My daughter has a friend in Biloxi who has shared some of her hurricane related problems. All her family wanted was a little help with immediate food shortages and a tarp for their roof. FEMA told them it would be several months to get a tarp to them! Fortunately, a church in the area distributed tarps to all who needed them.

We had a "do-gooder" in San Diego that flew a lot of the hurricane victims out here. Some will stay here, but most want to go home. They can't find jobs or places to work. I wonder how the people that FEMA sent to Utah are doing?