In the small-victory department, the premiere of “Crossfire” didn’t produce the kind of cross-talk squabbling apt to give “The Daily Show
” fodder to tee off on the CNN revival — yet, anyway. Still, just based on the look, style and graphics, it’s hard to escape a feeling the news network is aping the format of Espn’s round-table-type afternoon discussion shows — only here, chewing over possible military action in Syria instead of trade deadlines and the baseball or NFL playoff picture.Stephanie Cutter
and Newt Gingrich
— half of the show’s left-right hosting nexus, along with Van Jones
and S.E. Cupp
— launched the franchise Monday by hosting two U.S. senators, Rand Paul
(R-Ky.) and Robert Menendez (D-nj). Neither was what you would call a natural in the hosting role, underscoring the difference between guesting as a talking head and actually having to function as a TV personality.