I have no idea why CNN thinks this is a good idea, or why it might help their ratings, but apparently they're going to bring Crossfire back to the network this fall, and they're going to have Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones host the debate program.
The good news is, anyone who regularly watches MSNBC in the afternoons won't have S.E. Cupp dumbing down the airways come this fall. The bad news is, CNN actually believes that she and Newt Gingrich deserve a spot on their payroll.
I'm not sure how this show is going to differ all that much from what we're treated to on cable news day in and day out already and I don't have any objections to the format being something they'd like to try bringing back. I just don't understand what they think the draw will be with Cupp and Gingrich.
They're both nothing but a couple of right-wing flame throwers, with Cupp perpetually uninformed and Gingrich, the direct mail scam artist and race baiter who is smart enough to con the rubes who actually believed he ever wanted to be president into buying his books or sending off for one of his very special "awards."
And if the preview on Piers Morgan's show this Wednesday night was any indication, they're off to a really bad start already, where Van Jones gave serial adulterer Newt Gingrich a complete pass when it comes to the pure hypocrisy of someone who has been married and divorced as many times and under the conditions that he has, being allowed to be spouting off about gay couples somehow causing harm to "traditional marriages," which Newt has been allowed to enjoy so many of.
JONES: Well, first of all, I just want to say, as a Christian, if you're concerned about traditional marriage, Kim Kardashian has done more harm to traditional marriage than any gay person. The institution of marriage has been falling apart on heterosexual has been screwing it up. We're the ones getting divorced. We're the ones cheating. We're the ones who were -- were shacking up.
The people who brought the dignity and the honor back in the institution are the lesbian and gay community. And the problem that we have now is, just because you put something on the ballot, if you put it on the ballot in the civil rights of 1950, we wouldn't have them. The court has a job to do to protect people. I'm glad they did the job.
Sorry Van, but that hypocrite who is doing harm to "traditional marriage" is your new "co-host" who is right there on the air with you, and he's the one who should have been called out, not Kim Kardashian.
My prediction on this show is that it's going to be a bust. I think you could have made the format interesting and informative and entertaining with the right group of people hosting the show, but there are a lot of other people I would have considered first before any of these four.
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