Nov 12, 2009

CNN gets something right

CNN has made what I think is its best decision in a long time. Veteran correspondent John King will be taking Lou Dobbs's time slot behind the anchor desk for CNN for a program focused on politics. This makes an already politics-heavy prime time cable news line-up even more chock full of political news and commentary, and John King will join Campbell Brown's show as the second purely political program in CNN's evening lineup.

CNN and Lou Dobbs have slipped to fourth place in the 7 p.m. time slot. Lou Dobbs was ranked behind Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, the Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on Headline News. There has been some suggestion that Lou Dobbs controversial views on immigration and the president's citizenship could have had something to do with his plummeting ratings.

King has said that his show will focus on straight news and not commentary, setting itself apart from the shows on MSNBC and Fox News.

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Keep it civil and pg-13, please.