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CNN brings back Crossfire, even faker than ever (Newt Gingrich, SE Cupp, Van Jones, Stef Cutter) - 06/26/13

CNN will be bringing back the debate program Crossfire, and this time around it will be even faker than some of its past incarnations (link).

The four new hosts are (see each name for our previous coverage):

Pat Buchanan fired from MSNBC; why couldn't conservatives have kept him on the air? - 02/17/12

Pat Buchanan is now officially off MSNBC; he was basically fired and he didn't quit of his own accord as he makes clear in "Blacklisted, But Not Beaten" (link) [1].

Pat Buchanan off MSNBC: Van Jones and elites win; working Americans lose; Teaparty still incompetent - 01/08/12

UPDATE: He's now officially off MSNBC, prompting this question: why couldn't conservatives keep Pat Buchanan on the air?

From this:

MSNBC's top executive said Saturday that he hasn't decided whether conservative commentator and author Pat Buchanan will be allowed back on the network.

Why "Contract for the American Dream" is a sham (Van Jones, MoveOn, Rebuild the Dream) - 08/10/11

Van Jones, MoveOn, and a host of other groups [1] have teamed up to offer the "Contract for the American Dream", which consists of "10 Critical Steps to Get Our Economy Back on Track" (

How Glenn Beck could have kept his Fox News show - 04/07/11

Glenn Beck announced yesterday that he was going to stop his daily Fox News show as of the end of the year. He'll still be doing the occasional special for them, and he promises that he'll have surprises in store and that the best is yet to come.

Some notes:

Van Jones re-hired by Obama-linked Center for American Progress (UPDATE: maybe not) - 09/09/09

Van Jones - Barack Obama's "green jobs czar" - quit just four days ago, but the landing was rather soft: he's been re-hired by the Obama administration-linked Center for American Progress (link). He had previously been a senior fellow there, and now he's back.

That link also points out that CAP hired Louis Caldera, the administration official who ordered (or who just took the heat for) the New York City flyover by Air Force One.

UPDATE: Now, Ben Smith of the Politico says ( he asked Jennifer Palmieri of CAP about this and she said there was no such plan in place, though she said the organization has nothing against Jones and didn't rule out his returning.

However, from

Palmieri says that Jones has been offered office space at CAP, though he will not be working for the organization. “Van was as senior fellow here at CAP and a good friend of ours, and we have offered office space for him to work out of while he figures out what he wants to do next,” she told Politico. “We don’t believe he’s decided what job he wants.”

Ed Morrissey of HotAir notes GOP problem, but not smart enough to figure out a solution - 09/07/09

Ed Morrissey of HotAir offers "An end to fringe mainstreaming?" (link) in which he worries about the backlash from the Democrats and the MSM over the Van Jones resignation. He also shows that solving problems isn't exactly his forte:

...we can expect the media to hold Republicans to the standards the conservative punditry imposed on Van Jones, and to be a lot more aggressive about it than they were with Jones himself... it means that no one who ever expressed public support for Birthers to get the benefit of the doubt. The two conspiracy theories are different, but they both are entirely speculative and imagine dark conspiracies at the highest orbits of power, and neither have any actual direct evidence for support. Anyone who signed a Birther petition can expect to get bypassed for political appointments in a Republican White House with a halfway-decent vetting team, strictly on the basis of politics, in the wake of Jones’ resignation... [The media] will use the Van Jones Standard to launch attacks on high-profile conservatives, looking for everything from John Birch Society membership to militias and Birtherism as well... To some extent, this isn’t a bad trend. The nation could improve with a little more disavowing of conspiracy theorists and political extremists, although they tend to degrade into very damaging witch hunts more often than not.

I already discussed here what respectability-seeking, pearl-clutching hacks like Morrissey (and many others) just aren't smart enough to figure out. Regarding Morrissey himself, I've pointed out that what he wrote was directly contradicted by Hawaiian law. He refused to correct his false statement but instead chose to continue to lie just as badly as the MSM does. If, instead of doing that, he would simply tell the truth he could show how the MSM has lied. He could then use that to impeach the MSM's credibility when they go after more vulnerable members of the GOP. Maybe Morrissey wants a much smaller GOP that portrays a good portion of their base as insane and he wants to help the MSM get the GOP to that point. More likely, he (and all the others) have neither the intelligence nor the integrity to figure out how to get out of the situation they helped make for themselves.

OMG: Van Jones is a Truther! (oops: so is an Insight Magazine writer) - 09/03/09

Amanda Carpenter of the Washington Times informs us that "Green jobs 'czar' signed 'truther' statement in 2004" (link), referring to Van Jones signing the statement

NILC, ACLU, AILA, NCLR, Schey, hundreds more demand Obama ends 287g program - 08/27/09

Continuing their campaign against the 287g program, the American Civil Liberties Union - a group that is/was directly collaborating with the Mexican government - informs us that they and about 500 other groups have sent a letter to