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January 05, 2005

CNN Cans Tucker Carlson; Jon Stewart gets the kill

This is not so local, but will surely be a delight and relief to progressive-minded Washingtonians. CNN is axing "Crossfire" and has canned host Tucker Carlson.



[Chief executive of CNN-U.S. Jonathan] Klein on Wednesday told Carlson, one of the four "Crossfire" hosts, that CNN would not be offering him a new contract.

The bow-tied wearing conservative pundit got into a public tussle last fall with comic Jon Stewart, who has been critical of cable political programs that devolve into shoutfests.

"I guess I come down more firmly in the Jon Stewart camp," Klein told The Associated Press.

He said all of the cable networks, including CNN, have overdosed on programming devoted to arguing over issues. Klein said he wants more substantive programming that is still compelling.

"I doubt that when the president sits down with his advisers they scream at him to bring him up to date on all of the issues," he said. "I don't know why we don't treat the audience with the same respect."


Posted by Jon Stahl on January 5, 2005 at 09:34 PM in Media | Permalink

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