Ed Driscoll

Report: CNN's Crossfire Begins Dumping Staff

Man, I’m going to miss seeing Pat Buchanan and  Michael Kinsley trading barbs on a TV show together.

Oh wait, that was back in the early 1990s, the last time I actually watched Crossfire on a voluntary basis (as opposed to being forced to watch CNN in an airport departure lounge or while riding a gym treadmill). And since nobody else has watched its recent reboot either, Betsy Rothstein of the Daily Caller writes that Crossfire will soon be extinguished:

A publicist from CNN describes it like this: “The program is on extended hiatus.”

Most importantly, sources say staffers from “Crossfire” are being absorbed into “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” In fact, CNN personnel from other shows are making room for staffers from “Crossfire.”

Behind the scenes, CNN is allegedly saying the show may make yet another comeback.

Quick question for CNN: If you no longer have a dedicated staff for a show, how is that still a show?

CNN’s “Crossfire” took an eight-year hiatus but resurfaced in September, 2013 with Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones. But the show has never caught on. During the missing Malaysian airliner coverage, the program was routinely dropped for news for lengthy periods of time.

So a show with a former(?) 9/11 Truther was replaced by a show whose host speculated on-air that Flight 370 may have disappeared into a black hole. Killer journalism there, fellas.

And since we’re discussing CNN, let’s check in on how an alumnus of its spin-off network Headline News is riding out his “pariah” status these days:

Despite his pariah status, Beck still has enough loyal disciples to launch a book, Oprah-style, to the top of the charts. In addition to his 6.75 million radio listeners, 400,000 subscribers fork over $99.95 a year to watch his TV channel.

That was spotted by Glenn Reynolds yesterday in the establishment left National Journal — which no doubt wishes it had the same level of “pariah” status as Beck — not to mention his $80 million annual earnings.