This provocative figure is the same one who, as a longtime local New York anchorman, once was dismissed by a TV critic as having a broadcasting style that was “dry, workmanlike and at times, dull.”
If that was the case, it changed substantially when Cafferty joined the now-defunct CNNfn. On a lark, Cafferty started to read on-air the e-mails “that were trickling in (and) kind of built this following,” he said. His performance after the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks led to a co-host spot on “American Morning,” where his “Here‘s What I Don‘t Get Segment” allowed him to rant at will.
On “The Situation Room,” he plays color commentator to stolid play-by-play man Blitzer. Cafferty also anchors CNN‘s weekend business show, “In the Money.”
“In many ways, he‘s the voice of the Everyman on our program,” said Sam Feist, senior executive producer of political programming for CNN/U.S., with “The Situation Room” among his responsibilities. “He just wants to hold our political leaders accountable, and he takes it very seriously.”
June 28, 2006
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