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Ed Driscoll

Two CNNs In One

June 26th, 2013 - 11:41 am

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

On Tuesday’s John King USA, CNN’s John King issued a prompt on-air apology minutes after a guest on his program used the term “crosshairs” during a segment: “We’re trying to get away from using that kind of language” (audio available here). This action stands in stark contrast to an incident over a year earlier where former anchor Rick Sanchez took four days to apologize for using a unconfirmed quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh.

— CNN, January 19, 2011, at the height of the left’s war on language after liberal Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, George H.W. Bush appointed Federal Judge John M. Roll, and others were shot, an incident the left blamed on Sarah Palin’s clip art.

An institution is coming back to CNN.“Crossfire,” the long-running political debate show that aired on CNN from 1982-2005, is getting a reboot, the news network announced Wednesday. Four new hosts – two on the left, and two on the right – will debut the program this fall.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who made a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, will host on the right alongside S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist who currently co-anchors “The Cycle,” a television program on MSNBC.

On the left, President Barack Obama’s former deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter will host next to Van Jones, another former Obama adviser who later founded Rebuild the Dream, a group that fosters innovative economic policy.

The foursome will also appear on CNN during special coverage of political events and elections.

—  CNN press release today.

Van Jones and Newt Gingrich? What could go wrong?

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