William Hurt Syndrome…

I’m in a mischievious mood so I’m going to throw out a poll. Which news anchor bears the closest resemblance to William Hurt’s character in the 1980s movie “Broadcast News”? To muddy the waters I put up every major male straight news non-business anchor operating on the national level.

Bonus question: Which anchor would be the one I’d pick? And I do have a clear cut winner here…

27 Responses to “William Hurt Syndrome…”

  1. I picked Greg Jarrett. Figured you’d pick Rick Sanchez.

  2. joeremi Says:

    Coop. He’s the guy that would set up a separate camera shot to catch the tear in his eye. I think Spud picked him, too.

  3. Coop fits. Hemmer even looks like him.

  4. laura l Says:

    Any adult with the name ”T.J.” has to get more than one vote.

  5. starbroker Says:

    I think for alot of voters (judging by who has gotten some votes so far) SPUD should have explained what William Hurts character represented in the movie.

    Here’s a hint. A female perfect example would be: Courtney Friel.

  6. Too simplistic, Star. Hurt’s character was presented as gloss over substance, but it was more of a choice on his part, whereas Friel is simply not very deep.

  7. …and my choice of AC represents the dramatic flair that he adds to his journalism, which was a trick up Hurt’s sleeve. AC tells the story by investing in it emotionally, and expecting you to go for the ride.

  8. starbroker Says:

    I’ll take back Friel because he could read a teleprompter well and she can’t =)

    I too voted for Anderson “The Mole” Cooper

  9. The Mole! He’ll never live that down..

  10. I forgot how great this movie is.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092699/quotes

  11. I am having a difficult time chosing – that’s not a good sign for the current crop of talking heads 😉

  12. I don’t know, I may have to close my eyes, and point my mouse 🙂

    Brian Williams is a bit of ham…..

  13. A female perfect example would be: Courtney Friel.

    You already retracted that Star but I’m not letting you off that easy. Friel? No way. Joe nails it in his description of Hurt’s character…

  14. stevemg Says:

    Hurt’s character was presented as gloss over substance, but it was more of a choice on his part

    As I remember the Hurt character, Joe got it right.

    Hurt was a serious journalist – or one capable of real reporting – but he caved in to fake emotion (he did a piece where he staged tears after an interview and then added it in later) in order to get ahead.

    I can imagine Sanchez doing something like that but he’s not capable of quality journalism. So, he doesn’t fit the “Hurt standard.”

    Cooper comes closest. Smith not far behind.

  15. laura l Says:

    Hurt was a lot like Palin. Not so much dumb, but uninterested in applying too much of an effort to something. Certainly not if a smile will do.

  16. stevemg Says:

    Hmm, now that I re-read the plotline of “Broadcast News” I got the Hurt character almost all wrong.

    He really wasn’t capable of doing serious journalism (not on the national network level) since he had no interest in doing so. And he had no interest because he knew he couldn’t. He chose style over substance because he couldn’t succeed just doing substance.

    This is tough one. I’m interested in who Spud selected.

  17. ndhapple Says:

    Yet another movie to put in my Netflix queue. It’s been forever since I’ve seen it. That said, Anderson Cooper is Tom Grunick to the T.

  18. laura l Says:

    Juliet Huddy! Oh, right..

  19. stevemg Says:

    That said, Anderson Cooper is Tom Grunick to the T.

    That’s what I said at first and then second-guessed myself after re-reading the storyline. My recall was that the Hurt character was smarmier than he actually was.

    As they used to tell us about taking tests, go with the first answer.

  20. stevemg Says:
    June 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    William Hurt’s character faked the substance part when on air…..it’s a tuff call.

    Bill Hemmer, maybe, I always thought when Megyn Kelly was poking him good naturedly, that his reaction was telling, she was exposing his lack of depth.

  21. I’m interested in who Spud selected.

    I’m sure you are…

  22. just watched it. Coop. They have the same expressions!

  23. andrewtyndall Says:

    The depiction of the New Age anchor replacement for Jack Nicholson (Dan Rather?) in Broadcast News was more subtle than the fact that he was superficial, glib and out of his depth.

    Those were the attributes that the movie appears to consign to him, because we are led to look at the network news operation through the eyes of Albert Brooks (Aaron Brown?).

    But the Hurt character trips us up — and Brooks and Hunter too — with a couple of insights.

    First, he understands that Old Media news was too male oriented. He covers a story on date rape and intuitively understands that there is an entire range of topics that were hitherto taboo that can make a female audience feel its agenda is being attended to. The personal is political, as it were.

    Second, he is able to project a sense of calm and proportion and intelligence in a breaking news crisis — without having a flop sweat. Brooks says the words into a telephone, they travel into an earpiece, and come out of the anchor’s mouth. Cool under fire.

    So skills that seemed superficial and glib to the old school journalist turned out to be insights of the new school.

    My vote is for Brian Williams.

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