Tonight at 6:30 pm (hey, that’s about now), CNN will reboot Crossfire. It will feature “meaningful debate and not a cheap date” according to one online description the Google just provided me.
I’m hopeful that the hosts will actually create an environment where issues of the day can be rationally discussed. I’m also keenly aware that rational debate usually loses to shrill voices that chase ratings and pageviews over thoughtful discussions over governance. Let’s hope CNN understands this, and invests in this show as part of a brand that needs to distinguish itself as an information source over their “competitors” that seem to prefer an offering of infotainment.
The show also marks the public return of Newt Gingrich – the man who has not yet lived all of his nine lives of politics. I see this as a good thing. Gingrich has been many things, and has hit most pegs on the positive and negative ends of the political spectrum. But when he’s good, he’s very very good, especially when he’s focused, makes regular attempts at self discipline, and asserts and articulates reasonable debate.
I’m also looking forward to S.E. Cupp. I’m prepared to tolerate Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones as part of the process.
I have measured but high hopes for this show. CNN (the local guys) needs it. But if done right, it should also be a show that current political media needs. Let’s hope they do it right.