And now on CNN and elsewhere, you can see other anchors struggling to act like human beings, with varying degrees of success. Only five months before anointing Cooper as CNN’s new messiah (nothing human is alien to Anderson Cooper; nothing alien is human to Lou Dobbs), Klein killed CNN’s long-running debate show “Crossfire,” on the grounds that viewers wanted information and not opinions. Klein said he agreed “wholeheartedly” with Jon Stewart’s widely discussed and uncharacteristically stuffy remark that “Crossfire” and similar shows were “hurting America” with their occasionally raucous displays of emotional commitment to a political point of view.
But that is just a personal gripe (I worked at “Crossfire” for six years). More important is that Klein is right in sensing, on second thought, that objectivity is not a horse to bet the network on. Or the newspaper either.
March 31, 2006
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