Soledad O’Brien Profile…

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove profiles Soledad O’Brien…

If O’Brien’s shtick is appreciably more acerbic than conventional morning fare, her ex-boss, former CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein, praises “her tough questioning and lean-in demeanor, her ability to get people to open up to her, and her relentless drive to make everything as good as it possibly could be.” Klein left the once-dominant cable outlet in late 2010 amid chronically low ratings, and the management shake-ups continue to this day. But O’Brien, who dropped out of Harvard in the late ’80s for an entry-level job at Boston’s NBC station (she went back to Harvard a decade later and completed her degree), is keeping her head down and screening out the “noise.”

When she launched Starting Point in January, it was a return to morning television after five years of making award-winning documentaries. (In 2007 Klein pulled her from American Morning, CNN’s previous effort in the troubled time slot.) These days O’Brien is an unignorable factor in the presidential campaign. It was on her program, which runs a distant third to Fox News’s Fox & Friends and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, that Romney blurted that “I’m not concerned about the very poor” (a gaffe that immediately went viral) and Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom likened his candidate to an Etch a Sketch (a comparison that persists in the media-political bloodstream).

In recent weeks, O’Brien has tangled with a posse of Republican talking heads—most memorably with frequent guest John Sununu, who, when she challenged his assertions about Medicare, advised her to “put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead.” She’s also twitted the odd Democrat or two.


5 Responses to “Soledad O’Brien Profile…”

  1. She was on the other morning after the vote with your virginity Obama campaign ad came out – saying how she thought it was a cute ad. Cute: encouraging young women to vote with their hymen. Soledad is a media bunny. It’s insulting to women to reduce them to their reproductive organs, and suggest that they not use their brains to vote. I haven’t seen one campaign ad that suggest a man vote with his penis instead of his brain. Would Soledad find that cute?

  2. lonestar77 Says:

    ^ Great point.

  3. Except it was a private ad, not a campaign-generated piece, and although I found it stupid, plenty of conservatives thought it was amusing, too.

  4. savefarris Says:

    Except it was a private ad

    Except it wasn’t. It was paid for by Obama For America.

    Would you like to go for Double Jeopardy where the scores can really change?

  5. That commercial is the perfect barometer of who’s conservative and who’s liberal. Conservatives find it cringeworthy, and a sad commentary on what the Democratic Party has come to represent in people’s lives. Liberals say ‘yeah, that’s who we are’.

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