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Can CNN Be Saved?

NYT 4/4/10 - Listening to Jon Stewart helped destroy CNN. Now imitating him might be the network’s only hope of salvation. It was October of 2004, the heat of the presidential campaign, when Stewart showed up on “Crossfire,” long CNN’s flagship political program, and delivered a now-legendary tirade.

“Stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America,” he told the hosts, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson. He called them “political hacks.” He accused them of “helping the politicians and the corporations.” He compared their show to a professional wrestling match. “You’re doing theater,” he said, “when you should be doing debate.”

At it turned out, CNN was paying attention. Within two months, “Crossfire” was canceled, and the network’s president, Jon Klein, cited Stewart’s tirade as a tipping point. “I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart’s overall premise,” Klein said. Henceforward, he announced, CNN would move away from “head-butting debate shows.” Let FOX and MSNBC have their “live guests” and “spirited debate.” CNN was going to report, not editorialize.

Big mistake...
"Real debate." I'll believe it when I see it--but this should be encouraged...

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I despise CNN

I have watched CNN many times over the past ten years, and I've become more and more frustrated with their 'coverage' up to the point that I (frankly) can't stand watching them longer than a couple of minutes.

As Lucky Larry said..

Just pull it...

"Give a man a gun, and he could rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he could rob the world."

If they were smart they'd

If they were smart they'd steal Andrew Napolitano from Fox and hire Tom Woods and give them both their own shows.

Napolitano's show should air everyday giving people valuable information about how our government keeps breaking the law and Tom Woods should have a daily "Cross-Fire"-type show where he debates a big government Progressive on current events.

If CNN did that they'd draw millions of new viewers... Even I'd watch those shows.

Uhhhhhhhhhh... No

Uhhhhhhhhhh... No

There is no Left or Right -- there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you." - Philip Brennan

"Invest only in things that you can stand in front of and pr

Good riddence!

Anderson Cooper is the REAL Teabagger!

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