CNN Brings Back ‘Crossfire’


CNN’s cancelled Crossfire has risen like the phoenix from the ashes and will return to the network’s schedule this fall. This time, the political right will be represented by former Speaker of the House and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and S.E. Cupp, a conservative columnist, commentator and author of the book “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal media’s Attack on Christianity.” On the left: Stephanie Cutter, a partner at consulting firm Precision Strategies which was launched earlier this month with three veterans from the Obama 2012 campaign team. Also on the left: Van Jones, the Yale-educated author of “The Green Collar Economy” and “Rebuild the Dream” who is founding president of Rebuild the Dream, an organization that promotes innovative policy solutions for the U.S. economy.

“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in today’s announcement.

The political screechfest previously aired weeknights from 1982 to 2005. Jon Stewart famously appeared on the show in October of ’04, ostensibly to promote his book “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction”, but mostly to slam the show. “It’s hurting America. Here is what I wanted to tell you guys: Stop… You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.” Stewart said calling Crossfire a debate show was “like saying pro wrestling is a show about athletic competition.” The appearance went viral and the show’s days were numbered.

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