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'Inside Politics' Anchor Woodruff Leaving CNN (CNN's boss rethinking how to cover politics)
NY Times ^ | April 28, 2005 | Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Posted on 04/29/2005 2:49:53 PM PDT by neverdem

By REUTERS

Filed at 6:29 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - CNN correspondent Judy Woodruff will leave the network and daily journalism when her contract expires in June.

Woodruff has worked at the network's Washington bureau for 12 years and hosts the weekday afternoon ``Inside Politics.'' Woodruff said she will work on several long-form projects, as well as teach and write. She'll also appear occasionally on CNN.

``I am exploring/discussing several long-form television projects,'' Woodruff said Thursday afternoon. ``Nothing I can announce yet. But I'm very excited about what is possible.''

CNN President Jon Klein said Thursday that the network had offered Woodruff a new contract and several ``meaningful'' roles but that she decided against re-upping full-time.

``Judy just decided that 30 years was plenty for day-to-day journalism,'' Klein said.

Klein praised Woodruff and said that he was glad she wasn't going to leave CNN completely.

``She is in the top tier of political journalists,'' he said.

It isn't clear what will happen to ``Inside Politics'' after Woodruff leaves. CNN has made no secret of the fact that it wants to alter the way politics is covered; with the departure of Tucker Carlson late last year, Klein said he was considering canceling ``Crossfire,'' which airs after ``Inside Politics'' weekday afternoons.

``It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today,'' Klein said. Ideas range from continuing its current level to completing overhauling the political-coverage schedule, although Klein stressed that CNN wasn't going to reduce its coverage of politics in any event.

Klein promised decisions soon.

Woodruff praised the staff of ``Inside Politics.''

``I've been blessed to have worked with an incredible team of talented people who know politics inside out,'' she said. ``And I'm so proud of what we've done together on 'Inside Politics' over the past 12 years.''

At CNN as well as PBS and NBC earlier in her career, Woodruff has covered politics and has covered every political campaign since 1976. In 1988, she moderated the famous debate between vice presidential candidates Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen.

She joined CNN in 1993, after a career at PBS that included the position of chief Washington correspondent for ``The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.'' She was the host of ``Frontline'' from 1984 to 1990.

Woodruff also covered the White House for NBC between 1977 and 1982, as well as working as Washington correspondent for ``Today'' and as a general assignment reporter based in Atlanta, where she joined NBC News in 1975.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: cable; cablenewsnetwork; cnn; woodruff
``It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today,'' Klein said.
1 posted on 04/29/2005 2:49:54 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
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2 posted on 04/29/2005 2:52:36 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: neverdem

You mean that OLD CRONE is finally leaving, God does hear and answer our prayers!!! First Danny and Now The Old Crone Woodruff!!


3 posted on 04/29/2005 2:54:58 PM PDT by 26lemoncharlie (Defend the US CONSTITUTION - Locked and Loaded)
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To: neverdem

"Fair & Balanced", perhaps??


4 posted on 04/29/2005 2:55:11 PM PDT by dodger
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To: neverdem

Is she too conservative for CNN?


5 posted on 04/29/2005 2:56:11 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: kingattax

Send her back to "The News Hour" on PBS.


6 posted on 04/29/2005 2:56:42 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: Kenny Bunkport

judy woofwoof couldn't pull ratings to beat Weather Channel reruns.


7 posted on 04/29/2005 2:58:16 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: neverdem
``It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today,'' Klein said.

Duh. Just copy Fox News. It ain't rocket science.

8 posted on 04/29/2005 2:58:29 PM PDT by Huck (One day the lion will lay down with the lamb; Until that day comes, I want America to be the lion.)
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To: neverdem
``It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today,'' Klein said.

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I've heard this dozens of times before from CNN management at each plunge south in their ratings.

The idea of honest reporting has never occured to these deceitful losers.

9 posted on 04/29/2005 3:00:02 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: neverdem
In a word........FIRED!!!
10 posted on 04/29/2005 3:00:43 PM PDT by Bob Eimiller (Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Leahy, Kucinich, Durbin Pro Abort Catholics Excommunication?)
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To: neverdem

The break-up of the socialist/liberal news rooms is wonderful. I think the liberals of America have just about given up hope on winning anymore elections. Rats off the ship would be the Rathers/Woodruffs/Jennings/Brokaw...bye.


11 posted on 04/29/2005 3:01:11 PM PDT by Shaka
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To: kingattax

Also, women and age don't mix that well in entertainment.


12 posted on 04/29/2005 3:01:24 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: neverdem
``It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today,'' Klein said.
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How does this sound, Jon? Do it honestly, and the audience will come.

13 posted on 04/29/2005 3:01:52 PM PDT by doug from upland (MOCKING DEMOCRATS 24/7 --- www.rightwingparodies.com)
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To: neverdem
"Journalism" can be tough. At her age, even most of the older "journalists" won't do her.

But, I appreciate this posting. How else would we know what is going on at the place.

I believe CNN set the standard for all scumbags when they hired Paul Begala as a "journalist." Judy, of course, fit right in with that level of "professialism."

14 posted on 04/29/2005 3:02:13 PM PDT by Tacis ( SEAL THE FRIGGEN BORDER!!!)
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To: kingattax

The babes on Weather Channel are hotter anyway.


15 posted on 04/29/2005 3:02:26 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: neverdem
"CNN's boss rethinking how to cover politics"

Lets see now. What are the options here? Telling the truth? Nope! That definitely will not do. Ummm... Anyone out there have any ideas?

16 posted on 04/29/2005 3:03:14 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: Kenny Bunkport

exactly


17 posted on 04/29/2005 3:03:30 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: neverdem

Maybe her thighs ran out of cellulite that could be sucked into her lips and face.


18 posted on 04/29/2005 3:07:26 PM PDT by zencat (The universe is not what it appears, nor is it something else.)
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To: neverdem

'Twas the neck that did 'er in. The botox gave the face that bloated corpse-like look, but the neck still resembled the trunk of a gnarled oak tree!. Aint no room on TV for older women.


19 posted on 04/29/2005 3:08:47 PM PDT by scouse
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To: kingattax

20 posted on 04/29/2005 3:10:47 PM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not just a medical condition)
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To: neverdem

Well at least they're gonna "re-think " Here's a clue CNN: Just report what you actually know---ALL OF IT. Shut the HEdouble hockeysticks up about what you THINK. You've demonstrated nobody gives a rip about what you think. EVIDENCE: the last four elections you've tried to swing. Didn't work, wasn't prudent and Ted had to sell off his Buffalo herd. Endangered species: CNN, dodo birds et al.


21 posted on 04/29/2005 3:13:00 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Huck
Copy FOX News! Great idea... ECT>
22 posted on 04/29/2005 3:17:26 PM PDT by scott says
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To: neverdem

A few years back "Inside Politics" was on while I read the paper. My ears perked up when Judy asked Ted Kennedy about a fact being discussed on talk radio, namely that the Republican proposals on taxes were nearly identical to what JFK proposed 40 years earlier. Great question, since Teddy was, of course, claiming they would cause the end of civilization as we know it. He blathered uncomfortably for a couple minutes without remotely answering the question. Judy asked no followup and eagerly moved on to something inane. Journalist?...hardly. I haven't watched her since.


23 posted on 04/29/2005 3:19:17 PM PDT by shteebo
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To: kingattax

she kinda looks like Catherine Crier in that pic. Like a harda$$.


24 posted on 04/29/2005 3:21:13 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: neverdem

CNN=rethinks future coverage in WOLVES clothing....hmmm! :0}


25 posted on 04/29/2005 3:23:39 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Huck
Duh. Just copy Fox News. It ain't rocket science

I agree. When FOX News, as opposed to FOX commentary, covers the news, it does truly present the facts as good news men are expected to do. They don't approach the news with innuendo and a sneer. I think Brit Hume is the best news man and news manager in the business.

26 posted on 04/29/2005 3:25:11 PM PDT by stevem
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To: RoseofTexas

CNN=rethinks future coverage in WOLVES clothing....hmmm! :0}

AH DANG! Got that wrong, it's SHEEP's clothing...darn it!


27 posted on 04/29/2005 3:25:21 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: neverdem

She'll wind up at an Ivy League college like Columbia and "teach", just like old Algore did. Judy will look good in a beard I'm sure and it will cover up that neck everyone is talking about.


28 posted on 04/29/2005 3:28:06 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: scott says


29 posted on 04/29/2005 3:35:10 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: scott says
This show rules.


30 posted on 04/29/2005 3:37:22 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: neverdem
[ It isn't clear what will happen to ``Inside Politics'' after Woodruff leaves. ]

Well it couldn't get worse... thats for sure..

31 posted on 04/29/2005 3:47:39 PM PDT by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Wrong..she turned down a new contract.she figures she might get the CBS gig, or the Today show..or on ABC..sh'e playing it smart..


32 posted on 04/29/2005 3:58:11 PM PDT by ken5050 (The Dem party is as dead as the NHL)
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To: monkapotamus

They call it "FOX " News for a reason!


33 posted on 04/29/2005 4:06:42 PM PDT by scott says
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To: neverdem

Rats leaving a sinking ship? Maybe the rodents will start to leave, too.


34 posted on 04/29/2005 4:20:50 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage
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To: shteebo
Teddy ... blathered uncomfortably for a couple minutes without remotely answering the question. Judy asked no followup and eagerly moved on to something inane. Journalist?...hardly. I haven't watched her since.

Strange, isn't it, how simple questions even from liberal friendly journalists can sink ol' Ted. It reminds me of that incisive question put to the old alcoholic by Roger Muddd in 1980, "Why do you want to be president?"

I sometimes wonder if that relatively innocent question didn't cost Mudd the anchor job that Rather got.

35 posted on 04/29/2005 4:21:46 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: neverdem
Woodruff said she will work on several long-form projects, as well as teach and write.

I'll send a box of crayons.

36 posted on 04/29/2005 4:58:29 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: neverdem

Bernie retired, Judy was fired!


37 posted on 04/29/2005 5:16:51 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Matthew 16:18)
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To: neverdem
It's all part of our fundamental rethink of how we cover politics today

I suggest they tell more lies. 'Course, I'm not their friend.

38 posted on 04/29/2005 8:03:37 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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