Four Coolest TV News Lawyers

2.  Dan Abrams—MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent

dan-abramsLaw School: Columbia University (Rank 4 = T14). Score: 4

Company He Keeps: Rumored an item with A-list actress Renee Zellweger earlier this year, it’s been recently reported “the 43-year-old MSNBC legal correspondent is dating an aspiring actress 20 years his junior, who he met at a NYC bar.” (Woops.) Other hookups include supermodel Elle Macpherson and hot actress Jaime Murray and Elisabeth Rohm.  Plus, he’s often pictured with hot chicksScore: 10

War Story: Abrams made his bones as a reporter by picking apart the Bush v. Gore post-election aftermath from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with colleague Pete Williams, Abrams was among the first network news correspondents to correctly interpret the ruling. Anyone who has ever slogged through dicta on the Dormant Commerce Clause knows that’s a tough feat. Add the cameras, the deadlines, and the competition, and you know Abrams has got to have some good stories about pressure-packed news situations.  Also, he’s a testicular cancer survivor—a “the more you know” story about early detection every man needs to hear. Score: 7.5

Controversy: May we present Abrams Research, a network of global media professionals available for consulting projects. Not sure what that means? Well, it’s spin doctor speak for a PR firm. And while there’s nothing wrong with public relations, a number of media types cried foul when Abrams started the firm and insisted that there was a conflict of interest with his day job as a journalist. Score: 6

Best In Breed: Abrams may be a great reporter, but it’s the anchor desk where he’s set his sights, and we’re sad to say he hasn’t exactly made it. Live with Dan Abrams, his attempt at an evening news show on MSNBC, didn’t go well, and after being renamed Verdict with Dan Abrams, the show was eventually bumped for Rachel Maddow.  This year, it was reported (and he may be a little sensitive about it) that he was exploring a down-market move to online—and he did it in June as publisher of Mediaite and co-founder of the site Gossip Cop.  Blogs away. Score: 5

Money:  TV work probably keeps the lights on. But we’re betting that Abrams has made a sweet sum “double-dipping” with his startups like Abrams Research.  Plus, anyone who’s ever heard of a journalist “going over to the dark side” knows that consulting pays. Second, Abrams’ online ventures into celebrity reporting require capital.  Which could pay off because while he’s no Harvey Levin yet, there are big bucks in celebrity news. However, since both of these are relatively new, a lot of that money could be on paper. Score: 7.5

Total Score: 40

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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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