Jon Stewart Killed ‘Crossfire’

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Who’s your daddy now, Tucker?
“CNN has ended its relationship with the conservative commentator Tucker Carlson and will shortly cancel its long-running daily political discussion program, ‘Crossfire,’ the new president of CNN, Jonathan Klein, said last night.

…Mr. Klein said he wanted to move CNN away from what he called ‘head-butting debate shows,’ which have become the staple of much of all-news television in the prime-time hours, especially at the top-rated Fox News Channel.

‘CNN is a different animal,’ Mr. Klein said. ‘We report the news. Fox talks about the news. They’re very good at what they do and we’re very good at what we do.’

Mr. Klein specifically cited the criticism that the comedian Jon Stewart leveled at ‘Crossfire’ when he was a guest on the program during the presidential campaign. Mr. Stewart said that ranting partisan political shows on cable were ‘hurting America.’

Mr. Klein said last night, ‘I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart’s overall premise.’ He said he believed that especially after the terror attacks on 9/11, viewers are interested in information, not opinion.” (New York Times ; thanks, andy)