News meets entertainment
: Friday afternoon, I was interviewed via blogcast by MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer and then, because of technical burps, I came into the studio and saw her just as she ended her shift. We said hello and I got a chance to tell her what a good job she is doing at the network’s news anchor on its Imus broadcasts from Secaucus. It’s not easy, I said. She has to deliver the news with a straight news face and also be part of the “fun” of Imus. She doesn’t have the Robin Quivers option: She can’t be one of the boys on Stern because she has to still be a news network anchor. Neither can she play the ramrod-straight newsperson, because then Imus et al would treat her like a stuck-up stick-in-the-mud. She has to balance the two and though I don’t watch Imus much (being a Stern man) I have to say that I’m impressed at how she does balance it. So I said so.