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July 1st, 2008
Questions for Aaron Brown

Heart of Darfur premieres tonight on WIDE ANGLE — check your local listings for air times.

After the film, the conversation continues online. Post your thoughts, questions and comments about the episode below. Host Aaron Brown and the WIDE ANGLE producers will post responses to a selection of questions throughout the week.

  • Sam

    It is hopeless to get media that penetrates deep into issues. Aaron Brown seems to be an outlet for the oil industry as simplistics as it sound. The activism of Mia Faroa did not tell us who is supplying the Darfur separatests in Sudan with Weapons. It is clear weapons are not comming from Arabs. They are not comming for free from African nations. No one is left but the sweet ever more jentle and carring US and Europeans. Why don’t we get more about the weapon supply? Why no journalist seems to ask the question?

    How come the Darfuries almost sacked the goverment of Sudan? Who supplied the intelligence to be able to penetrate through Sudanese Army guarding the capital?

    Aaron Brown doesn’t ask question? Again I wonder why?

    We will continue to play ignorant, but are we?

  • Lesley

    I think that what is happening over in Darfur is horrible. I makes me sick to think that people act this way. I didn’t know anything about Darfur until now, I wishthere was something that I could do to help the people directly. I feel terrible sitting at home and knowing and not doing anything. :[

  • Mick Wilson

    Curious to hear your thoughts on DoD’s estabishment of Africa Command and what the US military role will be on the African continent.

  • Dustin

    Mr. Brown,
    Wonderful show–and I am so thankful to see you back on the air, particularly at a network that deserves you.
    My question: Assuming that China does not act, what is the best, most realistic hope for ending the conflict in Darfur? I seem to remember Bill Richardson trying to negotiate a ceasefire two years ago. Are other high-profile talks in the future?

  • Thomas Kersting

    Aaron,
    Welcome back–you have been sorely missed. Great job on the Darfur story. Sadly, it goes on and on. I learned much about the UN African peace forces and the empathy they can bring to the situation of their fellow-Africans that is probably beyond the ability of western troops, despite all good intentions. You did an insightful intervie with Nicholas Kristoff. Thanks to your probing, I think he sounded more hopeful at the end than he had at the start.
    I work as the faculty advisor to our high school’s Amnesty International club in trying to raise awareness of the situation in Darfur. Can we have access to tonight’s Wide Angle program when we return to school in the fall? I would very much like to show it to our students.
    Thanks, and once again, welcome back.
    Thomas Kersting

  • Pamela Mixon

    Is there a writing campaign we can start through our High School to China or our Government. Knowing how these things can grow…
    Thank you for your dedication to Darfur.
    Sincerely,
    Pamela Mixon

  • Moneim Fadl

    Your guest Nicholas Krsitof put the blame on “Arabs who are killing Africans”. He is intended to insert the “Arabs” as part of his black propaganda against teh Arabs. His motive is his ZIONIST background. He just ignored the fact that what is called “Darfurian Arabs” are actually black and does not look like Palestinains, Yemenis or Iraqis, they are black Africans and not Arabs.

    Also your guest does not emphasize neither blame the rebells for the numerous killing of Peace keepers. He adn yourself are blaming teh Sudanese Government but not teh rebells.

    Also the guest brought the story of Halima who said ahd been rabed. He had narrated the story as if he had witnessed that. The matter of fact si this had to be proved taht ahd been rabed by the so called “the Arabs’ and not by those who are repeatedly killing the Peace keepers or robbing the and attacking teh food trucks adn medical ambulances.

    All your episode is a PROPOGANDA. I challenge you Aaron adn your guest Krsitof to show us an episode about the genocide in Genine Palestinian camp or the burining of the skin of the Iraqi children in Al-Faluja by the white phosphorous bombs or the massacre of civilians in Afghani villages by Nato war planes.

    Be fair and show us that, only then the sound people will believe your propoganda.

  • L. Lunde

    I think it would be very helpful if a list were posted with exactly how a person or group of people can make a difference. Specifically – stating that if “a certain person in a specific position were to do such-and-such, the possible effects would likely be such-and-such” i.e., ‘if any person holding stock in any company sanctioning the genocide in Darfur would not only sell that stock but also publicly identify and denounce that compnany as directly or indirectly supporting the government of Sudan or the Janjaweed; or “if China would refuse to supply the government or Janjaweed with weapons and parts for weapons, as we heard about tonight on the show, then the Government would be more willing to negotiate”. Who benefits from this genocide? Does the U.S. benefit in any way? Please – do we want to get honest and help or do we just want to look like we are interested in helping. In other words – the list should be one which identifies specific verbs which direct individuals or groups or countries. Why can’t the U.N. stand up and take a vote showing which countries want this to stop. Is Darfur and the people who live there a cause worth dying for? Where are the Jews who above all I’d think would be leaders of huge movements to stop this genocide? Where is Elie Weisel? Where is Nelson Mandela? Where stands each U.N. representative? Where are the heads of each country? What keeps them from speaking out against this and taking the necessary actions to stop it?

  • Anna

    Aaron:

    Welcome Back and Thank You. Thank you for helping me sort out 9/11 in the days after the tragedy. You were my life line at 10 PM each and every night. I never missed your show usually in tears.

    I am so happy you have aligned yourself with PBS. Thanks for the intelligent documentary tonight on Darfur. I determined it was in my best interest to write a check to PBS tonight. This is the high quality programming we need.

    Looking forward to next week’s show.

  • Gerri in DC

    There are orgs that are dealing with this horror story: Save Darfur, Enoughproject.org. Check them out.
    The question asked on the home page was “Do you think that the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force will make a difference? But the force is less than half of what it is designated to be! So, do you mean the Peacekeeping force as it currently stands or as it could/should be.

  • Gerri in DC

    Sam: How is Aaron an outlet for the oil industry?? Please if you are going to make accusations substantiate them.

    Lunde: The Security Council and the General Assembly at the UN do vote on these matters. It is not a secret. Numerous people and world leaders are speaking out on Darfur. this has been ongoing for 5 years. Have you been following this?

  • Judy Kuykendall

    Aaron it is fantastic to see you interviewing again so I can learn again. I just happened to change to PBS tonight, and when I heard such thoughtful and insightful questions in your segment, I kept trying to figure out this familiar voice and questions. WHO IS THAT I said to myself several times until just before your name came on the screen I knew it was you. If you are doing Wide-angle, I will be an instant viewer. I learn things when you discuss the issues, and I feel I am getting the real facts. You ring so true. Tonight, I was too busy trying to figure out why I knew you!

    The first night just after 9-11 that I heard you on CNN, I knew I was hearing totally satisfying interviewing. I was literally glued to the TV from then on, and told everyone they were missing real insights at that time if they did not watch your news time. You have a unique approach and intelligence and how I apprecaite it. I was really very distressed when you left CNN. Please forgive my excitement just a bit. My sincere congratulations for being on PBS.

    Cheers,
    Judy Kuykendall

  • Samantha Webb

    I thank you for your program. The first step is educating the public which I thought you did well tonight. I am currently writing a policy paper about Darfur for my summer class while I am here in D.C., interning on the hill. Many suggestions were made throughout the program about how the U.N. can help provide security to encourage peace talks between all rebel groups and the Sudanese goverment. In the mean time, what smaller, more concrete actions can be taken to see a direct result? I have heard that more helicopters are needed by UNAMID. Is this true and who can supply them? Also, can the UN or US perhaps provide secure communications (phone lines that haven’t been tapped by the Sudanese government) to the rebel groups who are willing to cooperate and work along the lines of the comprehensive peace agreement? If you have any other U.S. policy suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. Thanks again for your great work.
    Sincerely,
    Samantha

  • Arlie Cone

    Marvelous Aaron Brown is with PBS. He is a brilliant
    journalist who gets to the heart and soul of every
    story or interview. The audience can feel his pain
    and joy as he moves us towards the conclusion. As
    always he is terrific in every way. Happy you are back.

  • Sam

    It is hopeless to get media that penetrates into the issues these days. Aaron Brown seems to be an outlet for the official “Turn a Blind Eye to the Facts Industry” as simplistic as this may sound.

    The activism of Mia Faro did not tell us who is supplying the Darfur militias in Sudan with Weapons. It is clear weapons are not coming from Arabs north or east. They are not coming for free from other African nations. No one is left but the sweet ever more gentle and caring US and Europeans with lust for oil control in the region.

    Why don’t we get more information in the media about the weapon supply? Why no journalist seems to ask the question? Why didn’t any media outlet, including this once very respectable PBS ask the question of how much weapons do these twenty some militias poses?

    What would be the reaction of the US government if powerful militias are running more than five states? What would the US Army’s reaction be if these militias have killed local police and all presence of US Army troops in Montana, California, and Nevada, Origon and New Mexico? Would Mia Faro be protected to visit there to see the condition of the poor locals?

    How come the Darfuries almost sacked the government of Sudan? Who supplied them intelligence to be able to penetrate through Sudanese Army guarding the capital? How much force were they able to gather to dare for such an operation?

    I am no fan of the Sudanese government. Neither am I ignoring the plight of people in Darfur. I’m just asking questions that PBS is failing to ask. What a shame?

    Aaron Brown doesn’t ask question? Again I wonder why? Is it his education level? Or just his inexperience as a journalist? For me he might be stupid, but then again he wouldn’t get to such high positions at CNN and PBS? What is left he is part of the cover-up!

    We will continue to play ignorant, but are we really?

  • Gerri in DC

    Sam:
    I don’t get that you are well informed on this issue. Where did you hear that the Darfurians almost sacked the Go/s?? Do you know what the heck you are talking about?? I don’t think so.

    Why don’t you get mor einformation not we? You apparently need a lot more information and don’t know what is going on. PLEASE, do a lot more reading and homework before you shoot off into oblivion and ignoramia. You wonder why. You wonder why> Try doing some reading – so you can begin to know what is going on…

  • Gerri in DC

    Nicholas Kristof says that the Gov. of Sudan can be induced to come to an agreement and that with more money from the West the situation in Darfur could be resolved. Let’s do it!

    I also think that there needs to be more incentives to stop the rebels (young unemployed men making trouble)and more disincentives for bad behavior.

    There should be a big incentive for the group to come to the table and agreement, e.g. those left behind would not get a share in rebuilding the infrastructure. Get them busy in rebuilding and getting pay checks.

    Make a Win-Win situation except for the guilty parties who should be punished for war crimes.

  • Nancy West

    Welcome back, Aaron!

    It was a fascinating and informative program. I now understand much more about what is happening in Darfur than I did before. The world’s indifference is appalling and it’s time that we all stepped forward to take some action. On the pragmatic side, why not start a collection of blankets for the refugees in the camps? I will take donated blankets if anyone cares to participate.

  • Jeanne Taylor

    over the moon that you are back on the air. over the moon that you’ve stopped with the red hair and the rooster. please stop covering your mouth/face with your hands (watch the re-run). PLEASE get more air time! and PLEASE do not rule out cable TV. I so want to see more. fan since KING, KIRO, ABC, CNN. Welcome back!!

  • Deborah

    Aaron Brown welcome back…we’ve missed you. I am saddened and shocked at the situation in Darfur. I want to help…what can I do?

  • Michael

    Nicholas Kristof’s interview was effective until he got into the personal story of the rape. I was impressed with his overall assessment and optimism regarding the conflict. I’d suggest he refine his “argument” by suggesting a value proposition to those whom he would want to convert to his cause and come up with a direct call to action. He looses it when he attempts to personalize the situation with the rape story. Strong people are needed with strong and calculating hearts. Tears won’t help anyone in the conflict so leave those for after.

  • Bonnie Olson

    Aaron, my 75 yo friend called me 45 min. into the show, so excited to see you on the air again (”that guy we liked is on!”) She said she’s thought of u so many times & wished u were back. I was thrilled to see you as well… we Seattleites have missed you so much. Sorry didn’t know the show was going to be on, so didn’t see enough to comment, but am looking forward to more of you & your intelligent, perceptive ponderings. You’re a sight for sore eyes & heavy hearts, even w intense topics. Glad on PBS. Blessings!

  • Cara

    I thought the program tonight was very interesting and detailed. But I am also very touched by the questions raised by the people commenting above. I think many Americans struggle to understand just what is happening in Darfur. There are so many personal and political agendas being played out in Sudan, it is hard to know just who is committing atrocities and who are the victims. I think the only true vicitms are the families who are caught between the rebels and the government.

    I was shocked to find out that the SLA (Sudanese Liberation Army) had splinter groups fighting in Darfur, it was naive of me to think that the SLA only fought for the liberation of Southern Sudan.

    I work with Southern Sudanese refugees in Washington State and share the fear that the war in Darfur could escalate into a another North/South war. There is supposed to be a vote taking place in 2011 for the Southern Sudanese people to break away from Northern Sudan and become it’s own country. The Sudanese people I work with are very excited for this vote, but I have a hard time thinking Sudan will allow the South to form an independant government while all the natural resources (oil, water, wildlife) reside in the South. I am sad to think that conflict in Sudan may not be over for a very, very long time.

    As far as what one person, or a few people, can do to help. I would say think global, act local. Seek out refugee organizations in your own area, there are Sudanese refugees living in most states in the U.S. (a large concentration in these cities-Atlanta, Phoenix, Omaha, Minneapolis, Seattle, and all around these Iowa, Tennesee-as well as many in Vancouver B.C.) These refugees are chidren of war and have an extraordinarily hard time adapting to life in the United States. They have few skills to get jobs, have families with 7 children and 2 adults in a culture that mandates that no more than six people can live in a 4 bedroom apartment, they don’t know how to manage their $ so they can pay rent, gas, electric, food, I mean the list goes on and on.

    These are the people who, if we can help them get on their feet, can raise a new generation of educated Africans who will go back (many of them want to go back) and be part of a new, educated Sudanese population who will be able to lift up their country and start a new, unified dream.

    You may not be able to do anything about the killing in Darfur, but you can contribute to the education and the support of refugees in your own city. Investing in the refugees who live here in the U.S. can only make our neighborhoods & communities, and eventually the world, safer and stronger.

  • ellen

    glad to see you at PBS!!
    missed the Darfur broadcast – but will check the schedule and make sure and get it on a repeat broadcast!

  • Summer

    I’m not necessarily sure this is meant to be a discussion forum, but…
    First of all, Moneim, you referred to a bias in Nicholas’ report based in his Zoinists interests. I’m a little confused at this. I was under the impression Zoinism was a huge movement in the Jewish community to resettle Isreal for the comming Messiah? How does this turn into a racial issue in an African country? I might not have all my facts straight – enlighten me.
    Second of all, you criticize the man again for not placing blame on the many rebel groups for sabotaging the peoples of Darfur and the Peace Keepers. I might not have been following the story as well as I thought… but wasn’t it the Janjaweed who killed the Peace Keepers and are intercepting supply trucks? The Janjaweed who the Sudan Government has been accused of hiring? It just doesn’t make sense to me that these rebel factions would be killing the very people that are supplying their own families and friends with supplies, taking-out supply vehicles themselves – or better yet pillaging their own villages. Maybe I’ve missed your point altogether.
    Now Sam. First of all, we are well aware of where military support is coming from. That would be China. (Mia Farrow has even openly protested against this support, and will also be televising this protest from a Sudanese refugee camp during the Olympics – which is being held in Beijing this year.) Also to your remark on U.S. and European interests in oil in the area, China does buy most of the oil from that region. Sixty percent (not sure whether that number was exported figures or not…).
    Now using the example of America having a few of it’s states being taken over by factions in comparison to Sudan’s plight is absolutely absurd. We are discussing a country that has been warring internally for almost 50 years. Now if America was amidst a civil war where a large portion of the citizens felt their interests were not properly being represented in the government, then you may have grounds for comparison.
    And I’m not sure what you mean by “Darfuries almost sacked the government of Sudan”. They attacked a main city. (Which I do not exactly agree with, but understanding that from their point of view, they feel that’s all they can do – and are they right?) Is that what you’re referring to?
    And now on your final thoughts of Mr. Brown. We must maintain a level of maturity when dealing with these issues. Calling a man stupid does not make him so, and a conspiracy theory with no true foundation is just that.
    And finally… Yes, most of us really are ignorant.

  • Annie Jones

    This is a response to Sam, the first & last commenter, who complains about media & others not looking past the surface. Sam, I wonder why you are angrily focused on where some Darfuris obtain weapons or skills with which to defend themselves but you do not ask where the Sudanese govt. or the janjaweed have obtained enough weapons, and training, to kill millions of southern Sudanese for more than 20 years and hundreds of thousands of Darfuris and thousands of Chadians during the last 5+ years. Your words and tone sound like you are in the camp of those who believe that, in essence, there is no genocide or land-grab in Darfur – that this is a cover for the CIA to topple the Arab govt. of al-Bashir. You also did not ask where the rebels got the weapons or intelligence to literally almost topple the govt. of Chad in January, causing massive death, destruction & displacement in a capital seeming protected by the French.
    Based upon Sam’s second comments, I hope he is not saying that, if a small group of, for example, Italians, decided to attack one site [such as the small group of Darfuris who attacked an airport in 2003, leading the govt. to respond with a scorched-earth policy against all native Darfuris]
    that he would understand the American govt. responding by seeking to annihilate all Italians and Italian-centered towns. Further, Sam is giving JEM a lot of credit if he thinks they “almost sacked Khartoum”: the main fighting, which was insignificant, was in a suburb, Omdurman, and the quantity of govt. soldiers or sites harmed was insignificant even if notin comparison to number of JEM killed and captured (apart from the illegal sweep-arrests of Darfuri residents of Khartoum who were not involved). The fact that JEM dared to venture toward Khartoum does not mean they considered themselves sufficiently forceful to take the capital. My understanding from people in the area is that there are independent weapons dealers permitted to operate in the Chad airport & not necessarily aligned with a specific country, who are making a fortune selling weapons to the highest bidders. My concern about Aaron Brown is that the show did not mention the fact that the UNAMID forces have almost no training, weapons, helicopters or bases.

  • Georgette

    Don’t have any questions regarding the issues in Darfur but I feel for people who have to suffer this way. I honestly wish I can help, but how?
    Good program, well done Aaron. See you next week, and the next, and the next… Hurray, he’s back!

  • Shannon Adams

    I’m just glad to see Aaron Brown back on the air after the required absence.
    It seems the mainstream media have left Darfur behind for the story du jour.
    It’s sickening to hear the stories of the refugees, mostly women and children, it is heartbreaking.
    Where are the critical thinkers of the world who can unravel this tortured mess and help bring peace to the innocents who are as usual, enduing the most torture and suffering?
    Who will exert the patient and persistent pressure needed to change the way the government and its agencies operate? Africa? The United Nations? The European Union? The United States?
    Welcome Back, Mr. Brown. You were sorely missed, yessir.

  • Cherie Tiffany

    Thank you Wide Angle for bringing this most desperate situation in Darfur to the airwaves.

    Sad to say that too many will not have watched preferring to view America’s Got Talent or some other mind numbing drivel.

    I wonder how anyone could watch this and hear of parent’s having to send their young children off to fetch water guarded by the Janjaweed because the men would be killed and the women raped if they went, without an incredible sense of outrage and sadness. My fear is some will see the pictures of the women smiling, making pots and say “well, this is all left wing propaganda…see these women don’t have it so bad”. Kind of that Barbara Bush mentality when she made the comment after Hurricane Katrina that “these people in the Superdome are really better off than they were before”

    I was wondering if that was a thought as you brought this story to the air? Also, how much approval did the Government have over what was filmed/shown? I can imagine your filming was strictly limited to “what they wanted you to see.”

    Nice to see you back on the air, by the way, Mr. Brown.

  • Professor Peter

    I am an academic specialist on Sudan of over 40 years–yes,we do exist although we are few. The program HEART of DARFUR deserves a B-,not bad,but would have scored higher had the killings of UN peacekeepers,the infighting among tribes and sub-tribes, the competition over land been more detailed,and in the active voice,as in,the UN troops and World Food Program trucks have been attacked by splinter rebel groups”,instead of the impression left e.g.”Janjaweed”.
    I am quite disappointed, but not surprised, that Nick Kristof continues to have a forum for his highly misinformed stories which have evolved into a campaign with nation-wide followings.He is discredited not only among academic specialists but in the international community because he has taken a few incidents–very serious ones–and generalized without ever understanding the larger context. Consider this: Not a single country in The Americas,Asia,Europe and Africa agrees that there is genocide in Darfur.Don’t you think that at least one African country out of 53 besides Sudan would speak up if Arabs,or Arab “Janjaweed”, were massacring African villagers in Darfur?? I was recently in two IDP camps in Darfur,incl.one featured in your program. The quality of life is similar to,and superior in some cases, to village life in other parts of Sudan.Most residents will not return to their former homes in outlying areas which have none of the amenities in the camps, e.g.water, food,clinics,schools.Un-fortunately, the SAVE DARFUR campaign, which has raised $15 million in 2006 yet spent not one dollar in Darfur but only on Political Action has been quite successful in spreading misinformation.If anyone on this blog is genuinely interested in learning more about the 80-105 different tribes in Darfur,their religious and economic lives, the history of the conflicts,relationships to other actors, I will be happy to speak to your school or church group.The administrator will have my e-mail address.

  • Professor Peter

    To Aaron Brown: If you want some better,or different, sources than N.Kristof,pls contact me.You have my e-mail; I will be happy to provide my website.thanks.

  • Fred Albuquerque

    Welcome Back, Aaron Brown. My wife and I missed you, your professional journalism and balanced approach. When we saw you were returning, from an article in the Times, we made sure we were there to watch your first appearance. We hope your time in Arizona was productive for you. We would have enjoyed listening to you in person. Thank you for bringing your sincere and calm intelligence, once again, to the public’s attention. We are avid viewers of PBS broadcasts and will continue to watch Wide-Angle. Our sister-in-law, Jane Wells is an active participant in bringing Darfur to the forefront of the world’s problems. We wish you conintued success with PBS and again, it is so refreshing to see you again. Thank you.

  • Harry Vann Phillips

    During my first visit to Darfur in October 2004 the size of the Abu Shouk camp outside El Fasher was about 25,000 people or so. On my second visit in March 2005 the camp seemed to have doubled in size. On my last visit in December in 2005 Abu Shouk had become a small urban center.

    What a difference from the Zam Zam camp on the other side of El Fasher. Zam Zam is/was a collection of ramshackle make shift dwellings built out of whatever material was available. In comparison, Abu Shouk looked like a pristine arrangement…which of course it is not.

    Many people in Darfur have died or been displaced. The tragedy is that the power to prevent this travesty resides with the government in Khartoum. It is a lack of political will on the part of civilian and military leadership in Khartoum and also on the part of the rebel groups that most significantly contributes to this ongoing debacle. In the meantime, the people of Darfur suffer.

    Thank you for an excellent report.

  • Pam

    This interview/report was so informative. I felt I had a much greater understanding of what role the Sudanese government and China play in this horrific situation.
    It was so very good to see Aaron Brown again.
    Thank you.

  • Lynn G.

    Aaron, welcome “home” to television :) It’s simply splendid to see you on air again!

    My questions:
    - what exactly is the Chinese interest in Sudan (as opposed to any other oil producing country)?
    - who is normally the counter-balance to China?
    - what would/could the Sudanese government do if non-Africans were part of the UN contingent?
    - who or what is holding up the assignment of the full complement of soldiers to the UN?
    - given the total international silence on this, what is the underlying issue that is preventing nations from getting involved? What is Sudan bringing to the table that makes it worthwhile to look the other way on the topic of Darfur?

    Thanks for being on the air again, and congratulations on an excellent first episode :) I’m going to enjoy this summer interlude!

  • Paul

    Professor Peter,

    Thanks very much for your comments. Wish I knew how to get ahold of you. Would like to see your material. This is clutching at a straw, but are you per chance from SFU?

  • Nancy Carothers

    Aaron, I just discovered you are doing Wide Angle. Although I missed it yesterday, I will be sure to see the next one because you are the best!! I’m so happy you are back on television! See you next week!

  • Diana

    I’ve missed you, Aaron. Especially on the anniversary of 9/11, the day you comforted me while I waited to hear if my niece was in the Twin Towers when they went down. (She wasn’t. She’d called in sick that day.)

    I’ve missed the news, too, especially now that cable is all politics all the time (sans issues) and the rest of the world has ceased to exist.

    So rest assured…I’ll be there for each and every episode of Wide Angle. My question about the Darfur episode is the same as Lynn’s: what is China’s interest in Sudan?

    Welcome back!

    Diana

  • Professor Peter

    To Paul #36.I don’t know what SFU is,but my website http://www.drbechtold.com has a contact space at the bottom.

  • Mike Eccles

    The Wide Angle stories are thought provoking and take the viewer beyond just the headline, something definitely missing from nearly all of the mainstream news. Aaron Brown was great when he was with CNN. He reported the facts of the news and asked the important and difficult questions of the newsmakers without the self serving dramatics and ranting and ravings like the Glen Becks, Rush Limbaughs, Hanity, and Bill O’Reilly. I miss that type of reporting. But the news media is merely reflecting America’s descent into the ignorant, childlike culture it has become, not to be bothered with the facts but rather only hear what makes them feel good or confirm what they want to believe. Mr. Brown we need you back.

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