Friday, February 04, 2011

There's nothing like an international crisis... turn a newsman back into a newsman.

CNN's Anderson Cooper, with his "Ridiculist" and increasing focus on celebrity interviews, was on the brink of (seemingly intentionally) becoming the next Andy Cohen.

Thanks to the revolution in Egypt, Cooper seems to have again found his hard-core news roots (as has, to a lesser extent, Brian Williams of NBC, et al).

Katrina and Haiti didn't count -- It doesn't take either guts or journalistic ability to wade around in the aftermath of a natural disaster in a form-fitting black T-shirt, posing for the cameras. It does, however, take a lot of both to insert yourself into the midst of an explosive revolutionary crowd and report back from an undisclosed location with gunshots and governmental repression hindering you.

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