First tonight, this news:
CNN anchor Campbell Brown and husband Dan Senor celebrated the arrival of their second child on Monday, a boy, a rep for the cable news network confirmed to E! News.
Asher Liam Senor weighed in at a healthy 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21½ inches. Both mom and tot are said to be doing well.
Asher joins older brother Eli James Senor, who was born in December 2007.
The 40-year-old Brown and the 37-year-old Senor, a partner in Rosemont Capital and a former White House adviser in the Bush administration, swapped vows in April 2006 when the CNN journalist was previously the weekend anchor on NBC's Today show.
Article source: EOnline / Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic
Last week's ratings shouldn't be a surprise to anyone at this point... FOX had the highest Adults 25 - 54 demographic all five days during every hour of primetime.
CNN's average rating for the week gets better as the hour gets later: 8PM (with Roland Martin anchoring)- fourth place; 9PM - third place; and 10PM - second place.
MSNBC did better this week during the 8PM hour than last week with a second place finish. The 9PM & 10PM hours remained the same with second place at 9PM and fourth place at 10PM.
HLN took third place at 8PM; fourth place at 9PM; and third place at 10PM.
^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.
One last item for you tonight, I came across this article on the Opinion page of BYU's NewsNet. Below is an excerpt from the article that discusses opinionated journalism:
... Others believe they are more qualified to speak on the issues because they research them more thoroughly than most citizens who vote on them. After all, who better to comment about the Mexican border drug war than Anderson Cooper after he camped out on the border. And who better to comment on Obama’s budget than Campbell Brown, since preparation for her story involved hours of picking the numbers apart.
But those arguments miss the point. Assuming you know what’s best for the people because of some deeper knowledge is an elitist mentality, almost as elitist as claiming your competitor is straight opinion and you’re the real reporter. Neither one of those attitudes stresses the importance of balance, fairness and objectivity, and neither one is likely to produce stories with the real public interest at heart rather than ratings or outside opinions.
So public, watch out. Don’t complain the news is slanted and then subscribe to one of the personalities who’s slanting it. If you want objective, straight news, don’t support the opinionated hosts who taint it. And journalists, be even more careful. Don’t let your fan base let you forget what you are: a mirror, not a commentator. There are plenty of people ready to badger for hours about everything from endangered species to what the moon’s made of. The public doesn’t need any more talking heads. What they need are the stories, the window to what’s really happening. Don’t lose sight of that window and remember where to keep the camera pointing.