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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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From L to R: TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel (moderator); Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Matt Lauer
Photo credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images
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
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.
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.
Plenty of coverage of yesterday’s candid interview with Rupert Murdoch at the McGraw-Hill summit in New York. Some highlights and soundbites:
- Sequel to 20th Century Fox’s Borat is coming after Sacha Baron Cohen fulfills a movie contract with another studio. Murdoch saw Borat “about three times.”
- Judith Regan? “Not a team player.” That Mickey Mantle novel that contributed to her ousting? A “pseudo, pornographic thing.”
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for President? “Really tempting.”
- Dream Presidential candidate? Newt Gingrich.
- On the new Fox business channel, announced yesterday: “Everything we do, CNBC will copy.”
- New York Times‘ political bias? It’s “outrageously biased — just read Page One every day.”
- Best quote: “I just want to live forever. I enjoy myself too much.”