LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Just when you thought that what CNN‘s Missing Malaysian Airliner story really needed to liven things up was a fluid ounce of weed killer scientifically administered to some of the talking heads, the network abruptly brought back Crossfire this evening, as if to signal to the country that its long cable-news nightmare was over. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, and Rep. Karen Bass, D-CA, joined co-hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones, who beamed at the camera as if their producer had brought them good news from a distant land. Crossfire had been off the air since March 11, when CNN latched on to the story of the passenger plane that mysteriously vanished somewhere en route to Beijing, and hung on for dear life as ratings soared — well, compared to CNN’s earlier ratings anyway. And, though there had been some speculation CNN chief Jeff Zucker would use the missing plane saga to quietly kill his ratings-challenged Crossfire relaunch, the network seemed to stifle that talk at its April upfront presentation when it unveiled Crossfire Reloaded among the series from its new CNN Digital Studios. At some point CNN needed Crossfire to come back, if only for congressional booking purposes — politicians do like to see themselves on cable news network shows — which, yes, factored into the decision to bring back the show, which happened tonight.

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Don Lemon warmed up the crowd:

Bob
7 months
No one is watching Crossfire because: 1) Not that many people watch CNN to begin with, and...
agree
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@Joe: Great idea. Never figured out why CNN needs a tabloid channel.
Dick Quest
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HLN should be cancelled and folded into CNN which itself should stop trying to day-part and just...

     

Among tonight’s topics:

 

It went like this. On the left:

 

…and, on the right:

 

 

 

The NBA’s new lifetime ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling also came up:


(Basketball actually wasn’t invented until the end of that century.)

And, getting in the final tweet: