Four Coolest TV News Lawyers

3.  Carlos Watson—MSNBC Anchor

carlos-watsonLaw School: Stanford University Law School (Rank 3 = T14). Score: 4

Company He Keeps: Ladies, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Watson is a bachelor and available.  The bad news is that the competition for him is fierce. In 2004, People named him one of its “hottest bachelors.” Last year, Extra TV called him one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors. And we managed to find more than a few female bloggers who used adjectives like “delicious” and “hunk” when describing him.  However, we can’t find any specific romantic links, and all we know from this interview is that he’s looking for an athletic chick with a big heart.  Yawn. Score: 4

War Story: Though a few riveting stories can certainly be traced back to his time as Stanford Law Review editor or student government president (not), Watson has met so many figureheads over the years, we’re sure he’s got a few good anecdotes. That said, it’s his past as a ramble-rousing kid (he got thrown out of Kindergarten) that leads us to believe Watson has some badass tales. Score: 6

Controversy: By all accounts, Watson is a pretty polished guy.  But he’s not afraid to mix it up and provoke debate, as evidenced by his question about whether the word “socialist” was becoming code for the “n-word.” The comment sparked a lot of criticism, but to his credit, Watson stuck to his guns.  Also, Rush Limbaugh called Carlos an “Obama look-a-like” last month, so you know that adds a controversy point. Score: 7

Best In Breed: Watson’s star is certainly on the rise, and he’s said to have “star power” as well as be “an anchor on the verge” enough to be groomed as “the new Oprah.” Plus, as a relatively young TV personality, he’s already landed interviews with the likes of Barack Obama, Shaq, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heidi Klum.  He also launched this year, which is a news and opinion site aimed at professionals between the ages of 25 and 49…who are cool. Score: 8

Money: In 2002, Watson sold his education startup, Achieva, to Kaplan for an undisclosed sum, according to The Washington Business Journal.  While we still don’t know what Watson made on the deal, we know that Kaplan pretty much owns test prep and startup sales can make serious buck for their founders. Score: 7

Total Score: 36

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  1. Craig

    September 1, 2009 at 7:02 am

    This article is classic.  I didn’t find any of the guys particularly “cool,” but the post is hysterical nonetheless.

  2. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 7:08 am

    What is this, Alma day?

  3. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Rose talks too much.

  4. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Gee, I hope some batshit insane unsexed self-important delusional shrew doesn’t call me a little boy in comparison to these real men.

  5. Anon

    September 1, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Abrams wins.  Gets the ladies.  Not sure I get it, but the facts are the facts.

  6. anon

    September 1, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Ya Abrams wins.

  7. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Abrams didn’t win because cool goes beyond what women think of you.  If you judge your coolness solely by how girls treat you, you’ll never be cool.

  8. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    for my money it’s Watson.

  9. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Sorry, but resorting to race baiting to get attention is not cool.  Besides, “socialist” isn’t the new code for the n-word.  The code word is “Mondays.”

  10. Bravo

    September 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Great stuff, humorous and enjoyed.

  11. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    That Rose interviewing Rose video is hilarious.

  12. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “That Rose interviewing Rose video is hilarious.” QFT!  The only thing that would be better is Michael Showalter interviewing Michael Showalter.

  13. Anonymous

    September 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    who’s race baiting?

  14. BL1Y

    September 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Carlos Watson, he’s claiming that people are using “socialist” as code for the n-word.  Everyone knows white people don’t use that code though, we says Mondays.

  15. Lawyer Bob

    September 1, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    You really think Watson is race baiting, BL1Y? I don’t agree with Watson, but that’s hardly race baiting. If anything, he’s arguing that others are race baiting by using a new code. Not sure if his argument holds water, but then again neither does your generalization about white people.

  16. Anonymous

    September 2, 2009 at 12:47 am

    These guys are not that cool.  Abrams maybe, but the rest of them?  Come on.

  17. BL1Y

    September 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Making ridiculous claims of racism is race baiting.

  18. KateLaw

    September 2, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I liked the reference to Us Weekly… pretty sure I said something about it when I commented on their hottest females article a couple weeks ago.

  19. Lawyer Bob

    September 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Yes, making “ridiculous” claims of racism is race baiting. But the keyword is ridiculous. If you’re telling me that there’s no racist backlash out there at these town halls and tea parties, Mr. BL1Y, then I don’t even know where to begin with you. FACT: There is racism in this country. FACT: That racism is seldom overt, and if often takes the form of code words. Just ask anyone what “urban male” means. So, when Watson goes to talk about this, I don’t think he’s race baiting, even if his conclusions are incorrect. Race baiting, would be to bring up race out of nowhere and then use it to advocate for a particular position.

  20. das

    December 11, 2009 at 7:30 am

    What about ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack?  The guy they bring on whenever they are talking contracts or some idiot shoots himself in the leg or “makes it rain” then punches a girl in the face.

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