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Paul Begala Returns to ‘Crossfire’

Paul Begala Crossfire bmpFormer co-host of “Crossfire” Paul Begala returned for the first time to the revamped rendition last night to debate Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips over the recently passed budget deal.

Begala’s stint as co-host of the early 2000s “Crossfire” is most remembered for Jon Stewart‘s on-air onslaught against the show, claiming its “partisan hackery” was hurting America.

But last night, Begala took a more assertive tone. Read more

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CNN Looking To Revive ‘Crossfire’

CNN is looking to bring back “Crossfire,” TVNewser hears. The long-running political debate show was canceled in 2005.

It isn’t entirely clear what time the program would air, though we hear it would likely be a 30-minute format. During its original run from 1982-2005, “Crossfire” aired in both the afternoons and primetime, in addition to weekend editions. Aside from a brief 60-minute experiment, it was always 30 minutes. CNN declined to comment.

If it moves forward, CNN would rely on its stable of political contributors to fill the “left,” “right” and occasionally “center” roles. The channel recently parted ways with contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin, who were regulars on the original iteration of the show. Paul Begala–also a regular on the show when it was canceled–is still with the channel.

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CNN Political Contributors Carville, Matalin and Erickson Leaving

What a day at CNN.

CNN confirms that political contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the channel.  TVNewser has also confirmed that Erick Erickson will be leaving CNN and joining Fox News as a contributor.

The moves follow executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker‘s announcement this morning that he would be leaving the company, and the addition of Chris Cuomo to a new morning program.

Our sister blog FishbowlDC first had the scoop.

Carville and Matalin have been political contributors and hosts at CNN for the better part of 20 years, while Erickson joined the channel in March of 2010. The network still has a slew of political contributors, including Paul Begala, Ari Fleischer and Donna Brazile, though the impact had by the DC power couple cannot be overstated.

 

Jeff Kepnes Upped to EP of Special Events for CNN

CNN’s Jeff Kepnes has just gotten a promotion, to Executive Producer of Special Events for the network.

New York-based Kepnes, who reports to Kate Lunger, has been heading up the network’s special events coverage recently including the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Anderson Cooper‘s New Year’s Eve special, and Black in America town halls. Kepnes joined CNN in 2003 as senior producer of “Paula Zahn Now.” He’d worked for Fox News and, before that, at MSNBC where he was senior producer of “Equal Time with Paul Begala and Oliver North.”

Kepnes is married to Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman. The couple has two children.

Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

Ed Schultz, Paul Begala take part in Democrats’ Retreat

Roll Call reports MSNBC primetime host Ed Schultz and CNN contributor Paul Begala will participate in Democratic retreat which begins today at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina.

Begala takes part in a panel tonight and Schultz will participate in a panel tomorrow with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. We’re told MSNBC executives gave Schultz prior approval to participate. Schultz will also conduct an on-site interview with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi which will air on his show tomorrow night.

(h/t ICN)

Election 2010: Technology Front and Center for CNN’s Midterm Election Coverage

CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.

The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.

“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”

Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.

More information after the jump.

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Oliver North Battling Prostate Cancer

North_12.9.jpgPolitico’s Mike Allen reports Oliver North, host of FNC’s “War Stories,” is temporarily off the air while he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer. Allen’s sources tell him, “North’s prognosis is excellent.”

“War Stories with Oliver North” can be found most often on the FNC schedule on Saturday nights.

The retired Marine Corps officer turned to talk radio in 1995 and, along with Paul Begala, hosted the MSNBC debate show “Equal Time” earlier in this decade.

CNN Will Disclose Castellanos’ AHIP Ties

CNN has said the network will, going forward, disclose contributor Alex Castellanos‘ ties to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), according to the NY Times.

On Wednesday, Media Matters reported that Castellanos’ consulting firm, National Media, placed ads for the insurance advocacy group:

According to the detailed ad buy information obtained by Media Matters, Castellanos is responsible for placing, beginning October 11, more than $1 million of AHIP advertising in five states. Castellanos last appeared on CNN September 30; during a debate with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on The Situation Room, Castellanos defended Republican health care proposals.

CNN said in a statement, “When Alex Castellanos returns from his vacation and next appears on CNN, we will clearly disclose to our viewers relevant information including his firm’s relationship with AHIP.”

Interestingly, TVNewser went back and checked out a health care debate Castellanos had with Paul Begala on “The Situation Room” September 22nd, and while CNN did not specifically disclose any ties with insurance organizations, they did provide these onscreen graphics to disclose some information about his professional background:

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Limbaugh: White House “Playing Manipulative Games With Washed Up Talking Heads Targeting Me”

begala_3-5.bmpRush Limbaugh has been the talk of cable news this week. The latest came in Wednesday’s Politico story claiming that there is a targeted effort by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and CNN’s Paul Begala and James Carville to keep Limbaugh in the news cycle, due in part to his high negatives.

A short time ago on his radio show, Limbaugh responded.

The White House has its chief of staff playing manipulative games with washed up talking heads, targeting me on the taxpayer dime. This country doesn’t need another administration playing dirty tricks and making enemy lists.

Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, Begala was pressed by Cooper over his involvement. “You didn’t answer the question. Are you working…as part of a concerted effort to do this?” asked Cooper.

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘concerted effort,’” responded Begala. “I guess the short answer is no. I do what I do.”

But Begala ultimately disputed the Politico story: “I have a long history of disliking Rush…I don’t take orders from Rahm Emanuel.”

Click continued to see the AC360 interview with Begala…

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