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Candy Crowley: “No Burning Desire” to Do Opinion Journalism

CandyCrowley.jpgMore than one month after succeeding John King as anchor of CNN’s State of the Union, Candy Crowley talks with New York magazine. Excerpts:

• On minor changes to the show since beginning her tenure: “For instance…last week we got a smaller table. And it made for a more intimate discussion, which I liked. I have topics that I’ve written out that I think would be nice to cover, but I don’t have specific questions, because I like to listen to the answers and just see where it’s going.”

• On whether she’d ever feel comfortable expressing her opinions on-air: “Not really. But I will also tell you, I have no burning desire to do it. No journalist is a blank slate. We’re all products of how we grew up, all that kind of stuff. I can honestly tell you that the more I cover policy, the grayer I’ve become in what I believe.”

• Writer Chris Rovzar asks Crowley about CNN’s approach to news, “especially in the context of the massive success of a network like Fox News”.

Crowley: “People need to have a place that they trust. Honestly, in a lot of ways, I think the internet [has heightened that], despite the fact that it so diffused information and made it so that people can easily get the information that they’d prefer to believe. But I think that to many people, because there’s so much out there, they’re dying to know where they could go to trust what they’re getting.”

Earlier on TVNewser: Candy Crowley: “I Am First, Last, and Always a Reporter. And I’m Not Giving That Up.”

Candy Crowley: ‘I’m Not Going to Argue that When You Turn on the TV, You Basically Get Young, Blonde, Thin Women’

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