CNN’s Campbell Brown, from a New York Times profile on Saturday:
As journalists, and certainly for me over the last few years, we’ve gotten overly obsessed with parity, especially when we’re covering politics. We kept making sure each candidate got equal time — to the point that it got ridiculous in a way.
So when you have Candidate A saying the sky is blue, and Candidate B saying it’s a cloudy day, I look outside and I see, well, it’s a cloudy day. I should be able to tell my viewers, ‘Candidate A is wrong, Candidate B is right.’ And not have to say, ‘Well, you decide.’ Then it would be like I’m an idiot. And I’d be treating the audience like idiots.
Speaking of women named Brown, Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast has launched (and it has, among other features, a “Buzz Board” where “smart people” tell the rest of us what to read and watch. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, for one, thinks everyone should see the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side.)
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.