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March 10, 2004

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We have discussed Anderson Cooper in these pages before. A piece from the New York Observer (I love/hate their salmon-colored pages) on the AC includes this graf:

Mr. Cooper is a good anchor, and itís because of his ear for tonal range. “To me, the important thing is to not cover the Grammys with the same sense of urgency” as the hard news, said Mr. Cooper. Itís the anchor pitfall — like the famously mocked “poetry voice,” there is anchor voice. While it may be as comforting as codeine cough syrup, eventually it becomes a sick stream of meaninglessness stridency, death made palatable over Americaís Lean Cuisine dinners.

I think that is the first time I’ve seen “anchor voice” — the worst! — described in print. I gotta watch this show and see if Cooper actually doesn’t use it.

Posted March 10, 2004 at 10:23 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Journalism


Damn you, Robin. I navigated to that second link and got ensnared in the hypnotic thrall of Androidson Cooper's stainless steel orbs of evil, and lost fully twelve precious minutes of work time before my coworker thankfully pulled me away from the screen. She said I was chanting, "Must watch CNN ... Wolf Blitzer is God ... " over and over.

Posted by: Matt on March 10, 2004 at 02:56 PM
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