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Stephanie Cutter just got another new job today thanks to President Obama. Just over two and a half months since the former White House staffer debuted on CNN’s resuscitated Crossfire with co-hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, Cutter is back working for her old boss – at least partially. Obama Tuesday named his former Deputy Campaign Manager as a Member for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to join this Administration and serve our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” said Obama in a statement announcing Cutter’s appointment and several others today. With the political consultant as one of its four rotating hosts, Crossfire came back after 8 years odd the air on September 9 this year with modest ratings. A low impact patronage post, the Committee »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Looks like troubles come in threes for CNN lately. First the cable news company had its worst single primetime in over a year on October 30, then it had its worst week since Jeff Zucker took over and now the relaunched Crossfire has hit new lows. Resuscitated on September 9 after eight years off the air, the political debate show pulled in just 233,00 viewers overall and a mere 59,000 among adults 25-54 between 6:30 Pm and 7 Pm on Monday. Full-hour time-slot rivals on Fox News Channel and MSNBC did a lot better — to put it mildly. Fnc’s Special Report had 2.44 million viewers with 411,000 in the key news demo, while MSNBC’s Al Sharpton-hosted PoliticsNation had 707,000 total viewers and 170,000 among the 25-54s. Related: CNN Falls To Lowest Daily Primetime In Over A Year Monday’s results represent a significant drop from the October 3 high the Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
One day after the House of Representatives approved the bill that reopened the government and avoided a default on the nation's debt, Crossfire's Van Jones got the chance to take on one of the Republican congressmen who voted against it. Jones asked Rep. Luke Messer (R-in) how he could "justify" voting "no" on a bill that prevented "economic catastrophe." »
- Matt Wilstein
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on Fxx is now on 5 nights a week on Fxx – Monday through Thursdays at 11pm E/P, with Best of the Week “Mixtape” episodes on Sunday nights at 11pm E/P. Tonight: Performance by Standup Comedian Michelle Buteau Upcoming Guests: Thursday, Sept. 19 Sports writer Dave Zirin (The Nation) Monday, Sept. 23 Actor Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) Tuesday, Sept. 24 Author Tim Wise (“Dear White America,” “White Like Me”) Wednesday, Sept. 25 Van Jones (CNN’s Crossfire) Thursday, Sept. 26 Musician Big Freedia Monday, Sept. 30 Blogger and Radio Host Jay Smooth (Wbai’s Underground Railroad) Tuesday, Oct. 1 Jesse Ventura (author, “They Killed Our President”) Wednesday, Oct. 2 Comedian Hannibal Buress »
- April Neale
Currently in a rebuilding phase after a precipitous slide from its former dominance of the cable-news world, CNN has been adding new on-air talent, such as former ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper, and is also reaching back into its past.
Last week, CNN revived the current-events/debate program "Crossfire," blending a long-running format with a roster of new faces. The daily 30-minute show features two hosts and guests each night, with the co-hosts also appearing across other CNN programming.
From 1982 until 2005, "Crossfire" was a mainstay of the network's daytime lineup, examining the news from the points of view of a politically liberal and a conservative pundit.
CNN’s resuscitated Crossfire unveils tonight with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter debating with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-n.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as to whether Congress should approve a military air strike on Syria. The show will premiere as the commercial broadcast networks are airing their interviews with President Obama on the same subject — and CBS airs yet more footage of Charlie Rose’s interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad, in which Assad warns the U.S. to “expect everything” in retaliation if an air strike occurs. Related: CNN’s ‘Crossfire’ Offers Viewer Voting Using Poptip Technology And yet, Crossfire’s Van Jones told reporters on the eve of the show’s return to CNN that Syria is exactly why the U.S. needs Crossfire, “so people can have these debates and we can hear the best from both sides, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
6 items from 2013
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