Campbell Brown said she was sitting in a doctor's waiting room on Sept. 23, scrolling through BlackBerry messages about Gov. Sarah Palin's having been cordoned off from reporters at the United Nations, when the thought of drafting an impassioned, on-air commentary seized her.
"I didn't even have a scrap of paper," Ms. Brown, the CNN anchor, said on a recent afternoon. "I ripped something out of a magazine."
Video of the self-described "rant" that she delivered later that night on her show, "Election Center" -- the gist was that Ms. Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, should be freed from overcautious and sexist handlers -- became an Internet sensation.