Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I'm really fed up with networks that put incompetent people in anchor jobs just because they're celebrities. Let's take ABC, for example. Diane Sawyer is not a news anchor. She's a television personality. She's horrible at the anchor job. Sometimes she's artificially treacly sweet, sometimes she's aggressive and combatant. She begins sentences with the name of the last person she spoke with, even though that person's segment is over and he/she is off camera ("John, the Attorney General announced today..."). That is not professional. Thanks to Sawyer, I switched to CBS, which would have been unthinkable a few months ago. Charles Gibson was the consummate news anchor. It was always about the news, never about him. With Sawyer, it's always about her. Ted Koppel would have been an excellent choice for anchor, or even George Stephanopoulos. It would have signaled that ABC is ready to continue as a network that cares about news, not celebrity. I am deeply disappointed in ABC.