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CNN Brings Back Crossfire (TVNewser)
CNN has made it official: Crossfire will be returning to the channel this fall. CNN is poaching S.E. Cupp from MSNBC’s The Cycle to represent the right side of the table, alongside former house speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. Obama campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and former White House advisor Van Jones will represent the left side of the table. The four hosts will also contribute to CNN election and political programming. HuffPost / The Backstory CNN’s soon-to-be relaunched Crossfire will take a page from the original version of show, which aired for 19 years without a live audience. A CNN executive told HuffPost that there will be no live audience when Crossfire returns this fall, a departure from the show’s final three years before being canceled in 2005. FishbowlDC “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did — it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide in a release. NYT More than eight years after it was canceled, Crossfire is still one of the best-known cable news programs, but it has also been widely derided, as evidenced by the mixed reactions online to CNN’s announcement on Wednesday morning. Some media critics and commentators have denounced the program for wedging complex arguments into a left-right rubric and promoting political polarization. (In the words of Jon Stewart during his 2004 appearance on the program, “It’s hurting America.” CNN canceled the show the next year.) Read more

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Who Should Be TIME‘s Person of the Year?

From L to R: TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel (moderator); Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Matt Lauer 
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TIME hosted its annual Person of the Year panel today, where a seemingly random assortment of notable people give their opinions on who should get the honor. Moderated by managing editor Rick Stengel, panelists included:

Bryan Cranston – best known for his chemical concoctions on Breaking Bad, star of Argo.

Newt Gingrich – The only panelist who actually held the honor of “Person of the Year,” as speaker of the house back in 1995. Dubious about climate change.

Matt Lauer – host of the Today show, not dubious about climate change.

Padma Lakshmi – Host of Top Chef, woman.

Michael Nutter – Mayor of Philadelphia.

Here’s a roundup of the contenders, and what the panelists thought. Read more

Journos in Space? Give It 15 Years

In the wake of Newt Gingrich‘s ridiculous plan to set up an American moon base by 2020, San Diego CityBeat’s Dave Maass attended the “Future of Astronauts (Colonization)” panel at the SpaceUp San Diego “unconference” on space exploration at the Ansir Innovation Center last weekend. The piece spends quite a bit of time presenting a rather dark, dystopian view of the future of privatized space travel.

Writes Maass: “The darkness is in the socio-political implications of a space race that could mirror the colonization of the Americas, with all the death and exploitation that came with it. Indentured servitude. Corporate rulers. Space cults.”

But, despite all those reservations, Maass eventually gets to the real question that’s been brewing in the back of his mind.

How long until reporters are invited to junkets on space yachts?

“Fifteen years,” [I'm told].

Did I say the future is dark? Retract that. Where do I get in line?

Trump to Endorse/Ruin a Republican Candidate Soon

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On “Good Morning America” this morning, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he wasn’t quite ready to endorse — and therefore destroy — a Republican candidate just yet. “I’m friendly with both,” said Trump. “I respect both. I like both… They both want my endorsement. We’ll see what happens but, in a very short time I’ll be making an endorsement.” Trump added that he didn’t think Newt Gingrich would drop out anytime soon, even if Mitt Romney wins Florida, as is expected.

Since Trump decided to leave the nation in suspense, Stephanopoulos pressed him on the Buffett Tax, proposed by President Obama. Shockingly enough, Trump said he needs to know more about it before supporting the idea, then admitted that he didn’t even know his own tax rate.

Sounds like just the kind of man a candidate wants supporting him.

Left, Right & Center‘s Tony Blankley Dies at 63

Conservative commentator Tony Blankley passed away over the weekend due to complications from stomach cancer. He was 63. Blankley had a regular spot as the conservative voice on KCRW’s Left, Right & Center. Blankley was Newt Gingrich‘s press secretary in the early 90′s. He also spent 10 years in the California attorney general’s office as a prosecutor.

LA Observed spoke with several of Blankley’s KCRW collegues about his passing. Here’s what Left, Right & Center colleague Arianna Huffington had to say.

“I have been friends with Tony and his wonderful wife Lynda ever since we first met in Washington in 1993 and it was a real delight to have him join our Left, Right and Center team every week. He never failed to amaze me with his breadth of knowledge and culture, always unpredictable with his trademark wit and tailored suits. His resilience through his battle with cancer inspired us all. He was a true original and will be deeply missed.

Andrew Breitbart Brings Blue Humor, Tea Party Proselytizing to Beverly Hills Jews

“I don’t take pictures of my genitals and send them to teenagers. I like to fight the media. That’s my fetish.” That’s the dick joke Andrew Breitbart, still high on Weinergate, told a room full of Republican Jews on Sunday night.

Well, not exactly full. Breitbart was the last on a list of speakers at the annual summer event hosted by the L.A. chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and by the time the conservative blogger took the microphone, the crowd had thinned.

Breitbart was happy to take credit for the absence of the media. “I see the press left. They’re afraid of me.”

In truth, most of the press had left following Newt Gingrich‘s speech an hour earlier. But the few that remained got an off the cuff lecture from Breitbart’s school of media manipulation. The conservative blogger compared “neutrality and objectivity” in mainstream journalism with “the moral relativism that they teach in the humanities departments. You cannot be objective when it comes to right and wrong.” Israel, he made sure to add, “is in the right.”

Breitbart also spoke about his goal of creating a “Big Jerusalem” website, an idea he first floated in 2009. “I’m willing to live half of my year in Israel to draw attention to the fact that if Israel goes, so will America. I want to create this Big Jerusalem, and I’m going to need your help. This is citizen journalism. I don’t have J-school types working for me.”

More from Breitbart’s speech after the jump.

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Huffington Post Stands By Breitbart Blogging

Progressives have been none-too-pleased with Andrew Breitbart’s sudden appearance on the Huffington Post earlier this month. But it looks as if the conservative agitator will be on the site for the long haul. HuffPo spokesman Mario Ruiz talked to the Washington Post about Breitbart.

From the beginning, The Huffington Post has welcomed voices from all sides of the political spectrum, including conservatives such as Newt Gingrich, Frank Luntz, Tom Coburn, Laura Ingraham, Bob Barr, George Pataki, David Frum, Byron York, Mary Matalin, and Ken Blackwell. The idea being that dialogue — from a wide range of perspectives — is preferable to silence. The fact that Andrew Breitbart’s first post on our site drew over 1,635 comments, conducted in a civil manner, seems to validate the premise and the decision to publish his blog post.

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What’s the Matter with Augusta, Kansas?

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Andy Borowitz got it right. Kent Bush, columnist at the Augusta Gazette somehow manages to blame satire for his own shortcoming. Claims he’s happy he’s wrong but doesn’t admit what exactly he was wrong about.

Bush writes:

Joe DeSantis called me from Washington D.C. Wednesday morning and was obviously less than pleased with my inclusion of the fake quotes in my column.

I sent him the additional links where the story was indeed “going viral” and appearing on news sites and in news reports across the web and other formats.

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Hendrik Hertzberg: ‘A Far Left Zealot!’

Oh my. Apparently The New Yorker‘s Rick Hertzberg (one of our faves) declined to appear on the O’Reilly Factor to discuss this column, which mentions an interview Newt Gingrich did with Bill O’Reilly that O’Reilly says was taken out of context. So! What does O’Reilly decide to do? Hunt him down on the streets of New York for a reaction, of course.

UPDATE: Hertzberg and Remnick respond.

2008 Over, But Who’s Next For Republicans?

sarah.jpgThe election is only five days gone, but the Republicans (if you can ever believe anything that AOL posts) are already huddling to find a candidate to challenge Barack in 2012.

A few names near the top of their list include Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich (remember him?) and of course, Tina Fey-lookalike Sarah Palin.

But the one they seem to have overlooked, Cal. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was made clear to me last week when I did an interview with Australian radio about my documentary, “Running with Arnold.” The Aussies asked me: “Wouldn’t Arnold be the next Republican nominee?”arnolds2.jpg

I explained to them that the Ah-nuld would have to amend the Constitution to allow a foreign-born resident to become President and it would take two-thirds of Congress to say yes. Unless Arnold saves the world or maybe just the economy in the next couple of years, it’s unlikely.

But it could still be a possibility. Arnold, if he can gain some momentum, could be a possible candidate. It’s been a boyhood dream of Arnold’s for years (my doc made clear), so I’m sure he would welcome it. We would also be prepping for “Running with Arnold 2.”

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