Campbell Brown: Still on Maternity Leave

Campbell Brown, host of CNN’s “No Bias, No Bull”, told Mediabistro that she was returning to the anchor desk on June 1st. This of course means that her substitute, Roland Martin, will be filling in through May 29th. And while I dig the “looser” format (i.e. he doesn’t sit at the anchor desk, he has a panel almost everyday, he uses Twitter, etc), I’m beginning to question one of my favorite primetime news shows.

Exhibit A:

Is that your Facebook page?

Why, is that his Facebook page on the laptop? Let’s take a closer look.

Yep, that's m'facebook.

So it is Roland’s Facebook page. No cause for alarm. I mean, unlike CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s Facebook page on a debate night, this actually serves a higher purpose than just status updates. I mean, Roland’s on board with vertically integrating the show. I get it. Viewers like to interact. Roland gets a pass.

Then at 8:55pm EST, this happens.

Exhibit B:

CNN point of "View".

Wait, am I watching CNN or “The View”? Seriously, cause all of a sudden there’s a panel of FIVE ladies with the host, including JILL ZARIN from “Real Housewives of New York City” (ed note: great episode last night BTW). They were all arguing discussing whether or not it is right or wrong to have a secret bank account (in regards to the woman who is suing Bank of America for telling her husband about her secret 800K bank account). The two in the middle were a little crazy and said it was okay and you should have that money in case of divorce (for the record, they are both single). I think Erica Hill (left, next to Roland) was a little afraid to disagree with the two in the middle. Jill Zarin was sane and thought it was completely crazy to have a secret bank account like that. The woman on the right was just happy to be there. And Roland, well, the look on his face immediately after this wide shot says it all:


His exact words in this still were “Chill!” Well said, Roland. Why don’t you send those ladies over to bicker with Elisabeth Hasselbeck so you can get back to reporting about the Swine Flu and Obama’s First 100 Days already.