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Friday, January 07, 2005
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.....
CNN Lets 'Crossfire' Host Tucker Carlson Go.

Just one more reason to love Jon Stewart. Money quote from CNN President Jonathan Klein: "Mr. Klein said last night, "I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart's overall premise." Referring to the head butting that Jon gave Tucker on air during the campaign.

posted by Broadsheet @ 12:00 PM  
3 Editorial Opinions:
  • At January 11, 2005, Blogger Mark said…


    Linda knows that I was about as big a fan as one can be of the Jon Stewart Blues Explosion on Crossfire, but Conservative Bow Tie Man the Younger ("Little Willie???") is hardly the patron saint of shoutfests, as Mickey Kaus makes clear (I quote at length since Kausfiles is, sadly, perhaps the biggest blog out there that has yet to master real permalinks -- paragraph breaks mine):


    Now he's flooded the zone: The worst 5 words you can say to a paranoid person are "Relax, I'm your biggest defender." (Trust me on that.) Like a good paranoid, CNN's new chief Jonathan Klein has a lot of people out to get him--but I'm through being his biggest defender!

    Why? Yesterday, in the course of killing Crossfire and not renewing Crossfire co-host Tucker Carlson's contract--two decisions that may be perfectly defensible--Klein told the Associated Press, "I guess I come down more firmly in the Jon Stewart camp." ... So let me get this straight. Carlson soldiers on as Crossfire interviewer while the show gets worse and worse. It's expanded, it's contracted, it's moved around the schedule. He has CNN people yelling in his ear to "get mad" or to interrupt his guests. He does what he's told. (You think he necessarily likes doing that? Then why is his own show, Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered, a model of civil discourse?)

    Then Carlson has a guest on Crossfire, a popular liberal comedian who doesn't like CNN-style shoutfests and when challenged calls Carlson a "dick" on the air. Everybody talks about it for a week. Most of the chatterers favor the comedian. Carlson takes a PR hit for the team. So when Klein gets to choose between backing his organization's employee up or associating himself with the popular comedian, Klein ... tells the press he sides with the guy who called his employee a "dick"? ... Why would anyone want to go to work for this man? ...

    Update: Klein tells walking-conflict-of-interest Howie Kurtz--who works for him but also reports on him for the Washington Post!--that Carlson is "best suited to host a head-butting talkfest," something that's manifestly untrue given a) Carlson's excellent PBS show and b) his dissent from GOP orthodoxy on issues like Iraq. ... P.S.: Somehow I don't think that Klein's idea for what will replace "head-butting" on CNN--namely "storytelling"--will prove to be what Jon Stewart had in mind either.

  • At January 12, 2005, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    I don't disagree for a second that Jo Klein is a putz and treated Tucker and Crossfire like crap, but I'm glad they stuck a fork in the show all the same.

    As for the vertical spacing issue on this blog - maybe if I had some "help" from someone who actually knew how to format HTML better than moi, it would look nicer?

    Also - you were going to tell me how to get rid of my header links in the "links" section - does that make sense?

  • At January 12, 2005, Blogger Mark said…

    Jeez, I _email_ a mild formatting dis and it gets dragged into the harsh light of the agora. Ah well ....

    Just live with the sprawl for a couple more days and then I'll endeavor to help create a site more befitting a dense urban dweller (be careful how you parse that!).

    Anyway, I shant miss Crossfire either, but for my money Begala was more insipid than the bow-man. As JStew himself later said of the man, "he's a dick, too!"

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