"To be clear: this is my decision, and one that I have been thinking about for some time As for why, I could have said, that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do). Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do). But I have never had much tolerance for others' spin, so I can't imagine trying to stomach my own. The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else. CNN will have to figure out what that is... My plan right now is to help CNN through any transition, and then to enjoy, for the very first time, the nightly ritual of 'Good Night Moon' and good night kisses with my two little boys. I wish my CNN colleagues all the best. And as long as bedtime doesn't conflict with primetime, I will be watching and pulling for them."
-- Campbell Brown, in an official statement declaring that she'll be leaving CNN
I've always liked Campbell, so for the largely barren wasteland that is cable TV journalism these days, this is unfortunate news indeed. But she's right: Goodnight Moon trumps stressing over a couple of extra ratings points (generally siphoned off by whoever happens to be whipping up the most bombastic indignation) any day of the week.