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Joe Klein is Turning to Fox News Because CNN Has ‘Gone in the Toilet’

As Time Inc. prepares to spin off from Time Warner, TIME columnist Joe Klein says he can now speak candidly about soon-to-be former corporate sibling CNN.

“It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has,” Klein told PBS’ Jeff Greenfield last night at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Klein recounted coming home, turning on CNN at 6pm to watch Wolf Blitzer, only to be disappointed with nonstop missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage.

“I miss being able to watch a straight newscast, and it turns out the only place you can go to get one at 6 o’clock at night is Fox,” Klein said, adding that the other option is to turn on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, who he “still considers to be a major criminal.”


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University of Wisconsin Alums Return to Talk the Future of TV News

The national news media has now mostly left Madison, Wisconsin following the eruption over collective bargaining agreements in February and March. But now several high profile tvnewsers who are alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be returning to the state capital this week to discuss the state of TV news.

“Insights on the Changing Nature of Television News” will be moderated by journalism professor James L. Baughman and will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing TV news.

Participating in Wednesday night’s forum: former CBS News man Jeff Greenfield, class of ’64; “The O’Reilly Factor” senior EP David Tabacoff, class of ’71; ABC News “Nightline” correspondent Chris Bury, class of ’77; former local news executive and now Poynter Institute faculty member Jill Geisler, class of ’72 and also from the class of ’72, Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News.

CBS’s Jan Crawford named Political Correspondent

CBS News president David Rhodes has upped Jan Crawford to political correspondent leading up to the 2012 presidential election. In an email to staff, obtained by TVNewser (and sent in the midst of Friday night’s budget wrangling), Rhodes writes, “I know Jan will keep us honest on the candidates as the primary process unfolds.”

Crawford joined CBS News from ABC News in 2009. After sitting out a non-compete she went on the air in January, 2010 as CBS’ Chief Legal Correspondent. Crawford’s appointment to the politics beat comes days after the departure of political reporter/analyst Jeff Greenfield. Rhodes writes that he’ll also be “discussing a new political director, new contributors, and other new assignments as we gear up for the presidential cycle.”

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Jeff Greenfield: ‘Network news doesn’t have that much time’

CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield–who is leaving the network at the end of the month–will appear on “Julie Menin’s Give & Take” this week.

Greenfield talked about his departure from CBS (he acknowledges that his contract was not renewed) as well as working with Katie Couric and the future of the network evening newscast.

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Jeff Greenfield Leaving CBS News

Breaking: CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield is leaving the network.

In an email to staff Monday night, Greenfield said he will be departing CBS at the end of April. It does not sound like the decision to leave was his own, if the email was any indication:

“While I did not initiate this decision, I think it was the right one,” he wrote.

Greenfield says he intends to write more books (his latest, Then Everything Changed, was released in February) and hints that he has some other plans up his sleeve. “[T]he notions I have about the kind of work I want to do require, I think, a different terrain,” he wrote.

In March, Greenfield told TVNewser that his contract would be up in the coming months. When asked if was considering retirement, he said “I’ve been doing this a long time… I know I have the writing bug now, whether I’m schlepping through Iowa in 2012 or sitting on the beach.”

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Picking a GOP nominee in 2012: ‘More of a fool’s errand than it normally is’

How would Sarah Palin do against President Obama in 2012, Jeff Greenfield?

“I do not do this kind of thumb-sucking,” huffs CBS’s senior political correspondent. “I think it is a humongous waste of time. It’s what substitutes for talking seriously about politics.”

When it comes to hypotheticals, Greenfield is more comfortable looking in the rear-view mirror. That’s why his new book, “Then Everything Changed,” focuses on “what-if?” scenarios from historical American events.

When nudged, however, Greenfield does allow himself a Palin prediction – that the Fox News analyst won’t run in ‘12.

“It’s a hunch. Look at her life. Everybody likes to dump on her, but she’s crazy like a fox. She leveraged an unsuccessful run for vice president into a national profile. She makes tons of money. She speaks only to people who like her, basically.

“My sense is, she took a look at it [candidacy] and decided it was too hard a climb at too great a cost. It’s almost already too late.”

Some argue the point is moot, because Palin is self-destructing. Greenfield disagrees, attributing her plummeting stock to her failure to “ease the skepticism, even among many

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NBC News, CBS News, Fox News Execs and Talent To Talk The Future of Media on Paley Center Panel

Where can you find Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, CBS News correspondent Jeff Greenfield, NBC News senior VP Alex Wallace and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward all at the same table?

On Friday, the Paley Center for Media will host a lunchtime panel discussion “to consider the impact of digital media on recent news events and the implications for democracy.”

Heyward will moderate the panel, which will run from 12:30 PM-2 PM ET.

The discussion will be streamed live at

The full list of panelists is after the jump.

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Election 2010: CBS News Going to All Platforms for Midterm Election Coverage, Partners with Google

For its midterm election coverage, CBS News is planning a major multi-platform push, including extensive live coverage online.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead coverage during the evening newscast and during a special one-hour program at 10 PM ET. Couric will be joined by CBS News chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield and CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.

CBS will have coverage online before and after the primetime sprogram, with a special edition of the webcast “Washington Unplugged” streaming from 9-10 PM, and Couric anchoring another special webcast beginning at 11 PM.

CBS is also teaming with Google to showcase search trends related to the election, as well as  popular political videos on YouTube.

More information after the jump.

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CBS News Assembles Campaign 2010 Team

cbs2010_8-27.jpgNow that Labor Day is here, Campaign 2010 kicks in to high gear.

CBS News has announced its multi-platform plans for coverage leading up to the November midterms. Chief Political Consultant Marc Ambinder and Political Analyst and Contributor John Dickerson will join a veteran group led by CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor Katie Couric that includes Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield and Correspondents Wyatt Andrews, Sharyl Attkisson, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Byron Pitts, Chip Reid, Dean Reynolds and Political Analyst Dan Bartlett.

“This already is one of the most-anticipated midterm elections in a generation, and CBS News is adding exceptional talent to offer our audiences comprehensive coverage in a complex and exciting political environment,” said News and Sports president Sean McManus. also has assembled insiders to report and analyze key races online. New features include the Hot Races Interactive Map, Hot Race of the Week and Hot Ads of the Week