CNN did something different with the struggling political debate program on Monday and Tuesday: all four Crossfire cohosts (SE Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, and Stephanie Cutter) were all “in the Crossfire” – and there were no guests. As one person said to me in private, it was almost like CNN was trying to imitate Fox’s The Five, and see how it went for them.
Whether this was a ratings ploy to see if it would stick or not, that remains to be seen. If that’s the case, then I think it was poorly executed. How can you really expect to be able to tell if it will work, long-term, based off of two days? If it were an experiment, then it would make sense to do it for the entire week (maybe even two weeks?) – not just two days.
One thing’s for sure… CNN needs to do something with Crossfire. Getting rid of all the cohosts but SE Cupp is something I’m in favor of.
At the time of this post, CNN PR did not respond to my request for comment.
UPDATE (1:40pm ET) — Crossfire will have all four hosts on again today (Thursday); this will be the third time this week. Wednesday, however, they did not. Does the experiment continue?