Crossfire (TV series)

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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 program on CNN. It first aired in 1982. In January 2005, it was announced that it would be cancelled as a freestanding series, possibly to become a shorter, "gentler" segment of Inside Politics. [1] ( last episode aired on June 3, 2005 and the Crossfire pundits began appearing on Inside Politics the following Monday.

The show was hosted by two pundits, one whom was chosen "from the right" and one "from the left," thus purporting to provide both sides of the political spectrum.

The last "left" hosts were Democrats Paul Begala and James Carville. Republican Robert Novak was 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. Argument was encouraged, and the show was often characterized as having a somewhat rancorous, though lightly humourous, approach to political discussion.

Previous regular hosts include Tom Braden, Pat Buchanan, Tucker Carlson, Larry Elder, Geraldine Ferraro, Michael Kinsley, Mary Matalin, Bill Press, John H. Sununu and Cal Thomas.

With the increasing popularity of alternatives like Hannity and Colmes on the Fox News Channel and a switch to an afternoon timeslot, Crossfire saw decreasing viewership.

The length of the program was increased to an hour in March 2002; however, in April 2003, Crossfire was reduced back to just half an hour. After Tucker Carlson left the program in January 2005, it was reported that the show would be cancelled, possibly reborn as a shorter segment on CNN's Inside Politics. CNN CEO Jonathan Klein indicated that he wanted to change the tone of shows on the network. This had become a major topic in late 2004 after comedian and Daily Show host Jon Stewart appeared on the program and, in a heated argument with Carlson, bashed the format and the political toadying it led to (in Stewart's words, "I fought the law, and the law lost!").

In its final years, The show was broadcast live from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and featured a live studio audience. Tickets were available for free.

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

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