Four Coolest TV News Lawyers

1.  Charlie Rose—Host of Charlie Rose on PBS

charlie-roseLaw School: Duke Law School (Rank 10 = T14). Score: 4

Company He Keeps: After Rose’s 12-year marriage to Mary King Rose, sister-in-law of Morgan Stanley CEO John J. Mack, ended in 1980 (though he’s still friends with his her, which will cost him points), he began dating New York socialite Amanda Burden, stepdaughter of CBS founder William S. Paley. Score: 5

War Story: Have you noticed that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly have stopped trading barbs each night? Well, it turns out that Rose was instrumental in bringing about that truce.  He arranged a meeting between G.E. boss Jeffrey Immelt and News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch. That meeting eventually led to a cease-fire, according to The New York Times.  As for Rose, going toe-to-toe with two titans of business must be one hell of a story, but that’s just one from his entire career as a journalist since 1974, which includes some war wounds along the way. Score: 9.5

Controversy: Actor-director Christopher Guest once joked that Rose’s sometimes aggressive interview style was like McCarthyism. While Rose is sometimes rough with his guests, he rarely makes serious enemies. Unless you count the Teamsters who criticized Rose for hosting a Coca-Cola shareholders meeting where the union was staging a protest.  That meeting even led to Coke being the lead sponsor of his PBS showScore: 4

Best In Breed: If you haven’t been on Charlie Rose, you’re still a nobody. Fact. It’s easier to put together a list of celebrities who Rose hasn’t interviewed (enough for his own YouTube channel). But what makes Rose best in breed is that he’s equally at home with world leaders, captains of industry, top-level entertainers and even lawyers like Bert Fields and David Boies.  And how’s this for meta?  Charlie Rose has interviewed fellow listers Dan Abrams and Bob Woodruff (while Carolos Watson loves being compared to him).  Rose seems to be just missing an interview with himself.  Or is he…? Score: 10

Money: Rose didn’t practice law for very long, and his foray into the world of business ended a few years later when he discovered his passion for journalism. But, in addition to his PBS show, his work includes shows such as 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II, and he has been willing to reject million-dollar contracts for projects he objected to.  Said to be paid $5.5 million for serving as master of ceremonies at the Coca-Cola annual meeting in 2002, plus with a speaking fee of $50,000, for a TV journalist, Rose might be sitting on some coin. Score: 8

Total Score: 40.5

Congratulations to Mr. Rose.

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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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