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Encyclopedia > Crossfire (TV series)
December 6, 2004 edition of Crossfire. Seated on the outside, co-hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson; on the inside, their guests Congressman Gregory Meeks and Congressman Darrell Issa

Crossfire was a current events debate television program that aired from 1982 to 2005 on CNN. Its format was designed to present a discourse between a politically liberal speaker and a conservative speaker. Screen capture from 12-6-04 edition of Crossfire This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Screen capture from 12-6-04 edition of Crossfire This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Gregory W. Meeks Gregory Weldon Meeks (born September 25, 1953), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing the Sixth Congressional District of New York. ... Darrell E. Issa (pronounced Eye-suh) (born November 1, 1953) is an American politician and former CEO of a consumer electronics company. ... Debate or debating is a formal method of interactive and position representational argument. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ...

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Format

The show was hosted by two pundits, one of whom was presented as being "from the right" and one "from the left," to provide both sides of the political spectrum. The last "left" hosts were Paul Begala and James Carville. Robert Novak and Tucker Carlson were on the "right." The show almost always featured two additional "left and right" guests on each topic of discussion. On some occasions only one guest was featured. In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply The Right, are terms that refer to the segment of the political spectrum often associated with any of several strains of conservatism, the religious right, and areas of classical liberalism, or simply the opposite of left-wing politics. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Left-Right politics. ... A political spectrum is a way of comparing or visualizing different political positions. ... Paul Begala (born May 12, 1961) is a political consultant, a commentator, and a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. ... James Carville (born October 25, 1944), is an American political consultant, commentator, and pundit. ... Robert David Sanders Novak (born February 26, 1931) is a conservative political commentator and political figure. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ...


Braden-Buchanan years

The concept began in the late 1970s when Tom Braden and Pat Buchanan cohosted a radio show in Washington. The show became popular because of the uninhibited way the pair debated political issues. In 1982 CNN offered the pair to present a late night political debate show. The show soon became popular and was elevated to prime time. Buchanan presented the conservative argument and Braden the liberal. On some occasions in 1983, John McLaughlin would fill in for Buchanan. In 1985 Buchanan left the show for a job as Communications Director in the Reagan White House. His replacement was conservative columnist Robert Novak, who already presented a chat show on CNN and was at the time also a regular on The McLaughlin Group. In 1987 Buchanan returned to the show, replacing Novak. In 1989 Braden was replaced by Michael Kinsley, a liberal columnist for Time, and magazine editor for The New Republic. Thomas Wardell Braden (born 1918) is an American journalist. ... This article is becoming very long. ... John McLaughlin (born March 29, 1927) is the creator, executive producer, and host of The McLaughlin Group, a weekly public affairs television program broadcast in the United States since 1982, and of McLaughlins One on One, an interview program. ... Robert David Sanders Novak (born February 26, 1931) is a conservative political commentator and political figure. ... The McLaughlin Group is a long-running weekly public affairs television program in the United States, where a group of five commentators discuss current political issues. ... Michael Kinsley (born March 9, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a veteran American political journalist and commentator, currently serving as Editorial and Opinion Editor at the Los Angeles Times (since April 2004) (though he announced in July 2005 that he would assume a reduced, but as-yet-undefined, role). ... For other uses, see the disambiguation section. ...


Later years

In late 1991 Buchanan left the program to pursue the Republican Party nomination for the Presidency, he returned in 1993 and alternated with Sununu for the conservative seat. In 1995 Buchanan again left the show to pursue the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Novak returned to the show alternating with Sununu on the right. At about the same time, CNN began a weekend edition of the show, Crossfire Sunday. The initial hosts were Bob Beckel on the left and Tony Snow on the right. After a few months Snow left for a slot on rival cable-news channel Fox, to be replaced by Lynne Cheney. Kinsley left the show at the end of 1995 and in early 1996, CNN selected two hosts to alternate on the left: Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Press. Both were Democrats. In 1997, Buchanan again returned to the program, replacing Novak on the right. At the end of the year Ferraro left the program and Press became the full-time representative of the left. A month later Sununu left the show, and Novak returned alternating with Buchanan. In 1999 Buchanan again left the show for the last time and Mary Matalin was his replacement, alternating with Novak on the right. However, the show began to lose its audience, with the increasing popularity of alternatives like Hannity and Colmes on the Fox News Channel and Hardball on MSNBC. In 2001, Matalin left the program to join the White House staff and she was replaced by Tucker Carlson. Governor John H. Sununu John Henry Sununu, PhD (born July 2, 1939) is a former Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89) and former White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. ... Bob Beckel is an American radio and television personality, he is a left-leaning pundit and loyal expositor of the Democratic Party. ... Tony Snow Robert Anthony Tony Snow (born June 1, 1955) is the White House Press Secretary for the George W. Bush administration. ... Lynne Ann Vincent Cheney (born August 14, 1941) is the wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney. ... Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Anne Ferraro (born August 26, 1935) is a politician from New York who, while serving in the United States House of Representatives, received the nomination of the Democratic Party to run for Vice President of the United States in 1984. ... Bill Press is the former party chief for the California Democratic Party, a former CNN and MSNBC political commentator, and an accomplished liberal author. ... Mary Joe Matalin (born September 19, 1953) is an American political strategist and consultant. ... Categories: Television stubs ... The Fox News Channel (FNC) is a United States-based cable and satellite news channel. ... Hardball is a sports term used to distinguish baseball from its variant softball. ... MSNBC, a combination of MSN and NBC, is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States and Canada, and a news website. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ...


In 2002 the length of the program was increased to an hour. The show was presented live from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and featured a live studio audience. Novak and Carlson retained their slots as alternating hosts on the right. Paul Begala and James Carville replaced Press on the left. The new style did not rate well, and in April 2003, Crossfire was reduced back to just half an hour and moved from prime-time to an afternoon slot.   See Washington University (disambiguation) for institutions with similar names. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Federal District District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) City Council Chairperson: Linda W. Cropp (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack Evans... Paul Begala (born May 12, 1961) is a political consultant, a commentator, and a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. ... James Carville (born October 25, 1944), is an American political consultant, commentator, and pundit. ...


Jon Stewart's Appearance

 Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire may have contributed to its cancellation.
Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire may have contributed to its cancellation.

On October 15, 2004, Jon Stewart appeared on the program and, in a heated argument with Carlson and Begala, disparaged the format and the politically shallow arguments that it led to. In Stewart's words: "It's not so much that it's bad, as it's hurting America [...] Stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America." Stewart's main criticism was that the program failed its responsibility to the public discourse and indulged in "partisan hackery". Following his appearance, transcripts and live stream footage were released on the Internet and widely watched and discussed. The episode itself had 867,000 viewers (the average number of viewers Crossfire had per episode in the previous month was about 615,000).[1] As of November 30, 2006, the 13 minute 30 second clip had over 3,817,000 views on iFilm, making it the fifth most popular video of all time on the web site. [2] Image File history File links Stewartoncrossfire. ... Image File history File links Stewartoncrossfire. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning American comedian, satirist, actor, author, and producer. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning American comedian, satirist, actor, author, and producer. ... Discourse is a term used in semantics as in discourse analysis, but it also refers to a social conception of discourse, often linked with the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984) and Jürgen Habermas The Theory of Communicative Action (1985). ...


Cancellation

In January 2005, CNN announced that it would not be renewing Carlson's contract. In a news release containing the announcement, CNN CEO Jonathan Klein indicated that he wanted to change the tone of shows on the network. Shortly thereafter it was announced that it would be cancelled as a freestanding series, possibly to become a shorter, "gentler" segment of Inside Politics [3]. Its last episode aired on June 3, 2005 and the Crossfire pundits began appearing on Inside Politics the following Monday before relocating to that show's successor, The Situation Room. However, the GWU Crossfire set remains in use for the CNN weekend series On The Story, which has an audience interaction format. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... Jonathan Klein Corporate Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Getty Images]] Jonathan Klein, a native of South Africa, co-founded stock-photography company Getty Images in London, England in 1995. ... The Situation Room is an afternoon newscast on CNN hosted by Wolf Blitzer that first aired on August 8, 2005. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Situation Room is an afternoon newscast on CNN hosted by Wolf Blitzer that first aired on August 8, 2005. ... This article is about the CNN news program. ...


Hosts

James Carville (born October 25, 1944), is an American political consultant, commentator, and pundit. ... Robert David Sanders Novak (born February 26, 1931) is a conservative political commentator and political figure. ... Lynne Ann Vincent Cheney (born August 14, 1941) is the wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney. ... Bob Beckel is an American radio and television personality, he is a left-leaning pundit and loyal expositor of the Democratic Party. ... Michael Kinsley (born March 9, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a veteran American political journalist and commentator, currently serving as Editorial and Opinion Editor at the Los Angeles Times (since April 2004) (though he announced in July 2005 that he would assume a reduced, but as-yet-undefined, role). ... This article is becoming very long. ... Paul Begala (born May 12, 1961) is a political consultant, a commentator, and a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. ... Governor John H. Sununu John Henry Sununu, PhD (born July 2, 1939) is a former Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89) and former White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. ... Thomas Wardell Braden (born 1918) is an American journalist. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... Mary Joe Matalin (born September 19, 1953) is an American political strategist and consultant. ...

See also

Firing Line (1966-1999) was a public affairs show founded and hosted by conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. ...

References

  • David Bauder (January 5, 2005). CNN Lets 'Crossfire' Host Carlson Go. Associated Press. Retrived January 5, 2005 from Yahoo! News.

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