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WHO CARES ALERT: CNN's Zahn Jumps to Prime Time
WASHINGTON POST ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Posted on 04/16/2003 7:43:57 AM PDT by Liz

Morning Anchor Replacing Chung, Adding 'Crossfire' Time Slot

News about the television industry, reviews of shows and more can be found on our Television page. See what's on TV today, tomorrow or next week with the TV Grid.

CNN made it official late yesterday: Paula Zahn is replacing Connie Chung in prime time. And to make way for Zahn's show, "Crossfire" is being shipped out of prime time.

Zahn's new live 7-9 p.m. show, "American Evening With Paula Zahn," will originate from the streetside studio in the Time & Life Building.

Teya Ryan, CNN executive vice president and general manager, who announced the changes in a memo to staff yesterday, said no decision has been made as to who will take over Zahn's duties on "American Morning."

--SNIP-- Click on source link for rest of story.

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Crossfire is being cut to a half hour. Looks like Carevil is not a very big asset
to the show although the first three letters of the word asset aptly describe him.
1 posted on 04/16/2003 7:43:58 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Anyone want to start a CNN Deathwatch ping list?
2 posted on 04/16/2003 7:45:06 AM PDT by Hazzardgate
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To: Liz
it looks like Paula Zahn is the alpha-male at cnn
3 posted on 04/16/2003 7:45:10 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: Liz
This is good news. There is no way Paula Zahn can compete with Fox News and MSNBC primetime lineups. This could be the beginning of the end for liberal Zahn.
4 posted on 04/16/2003 7:45:48 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: Liz
Seems Like Ka-Chungs slot is one step closer to the door?
5 posted on 04/16/2003 7:47:02 AM PDT by chachacha
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To: Liz
Whole lot of shakin' going on over at CNN! Should help the Fox ratings considerably. God bless, have a good day and be thankful for your freedom today...
6 posted on 04/16/2003 7:50:44 AM PDT by BlessedAmerican (God is so good...)
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To: Liz
"American Evening With Paula Zahn,"

I thought CNN had just gone on record that they're a "world" news organization, and not American.

Zzzzzzip!

7 posted on 04/16/2003 7:51:14 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: Liz
Let CNN know what you really think about their devious lying ways. Here: cnn@cnn.com
8 posted on 04/16/2003 7:54:51 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Hazzardgate
Anyone want to start a CNN Deathwatch ping list?

Great suggestion.

9 posted on 04/16/2003 7:56:23 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: TommyDale
My guess is that Zahn is just a placeholder until CNN figures out what it wants to do next. I can't imagine anyone thinking that Paula Zahn is somehow dynamic enough to turn things around for the network's primetime woes. Then again, CNN has made stupider decisions ("Hey, let's bet the farm on Aaron Brown's mass appeal!!!")Anyway, I don't think failing at this will be the end of her career. She's a reasonably attractive blonde who knows how to read a teleprompter, which are as big of considerations as anything else when it comes to TV news. If nothing else they'll stick her on the graveyard shift.
10 posted on 04/16/2003 7:57:00 AM PDT by Media Insurgent
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To: Liz
Paul Zahn is fun to look at, but too boring. James Carville, while not fun to look at, used to pull in viewers with his outrageousness. I know I used to watch him, hoping he would force a conservative to let him have it and speak the plain truth.

Well I don't have to watch Carville anymore, because I have Fox now! CNN is melting....melting.....

11 posted on 04/16/2003 7:58:19 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Liz
Someone should whisper in CNN's ear, it's not the time slot stupid, it's your liberal hosts that torpedo all your shows.
12 posted on 04/16/2003 7:59:23 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: Liz
Paula hasn't the brains to handle 2 hours of prime time. At her age, her looks won't carry her too many more years, and her nasty backstabbing is gonna catch up with her in a really brutal way. In 3 years, she will be doing the local morning TV show in one of the nations smaller markets.

SO9

13 posted on 04/16/2003 8:00:14 AM PDT by Servant of the Nine (JDAM the Arabs, Full Speed Ahead)
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To: Liz
I could care less about Paula Zahn, except for the fact that she's off FOX; after the Algore attempted coup, I wrote to FOX complaining about her disgusting bias, routing for Algore on election night....I'm guessing FOX must have received many letters of complaint about her because shortly after that, she was off FOX and on Al Jazeera-west.
14 posted on 04/16/2003 8:02:57 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Lijahsbubbe
And isn't Tucker Carlson such a drawing card for conservatives?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

No thanks, I'll keep watching Fox, thankyouverymuch.

If Novak had the integrity of his convictions, he (and every other CNN employee) would have resigned from CNN last week.

That not one CNN on-air person has resigned puts the final nail in the coffin of CNN's believability.

Of course, Freepers have been aware of this for years.

15 posted on 04/16/2003 8:04:51 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: Lijahsbubbe
"Paul Zahn is fun to look at"

My feelings exactly.

How could so bright a light come from such a dim bulb?

16 posted on 04/16/2003 8:05:28 AM PDT by capt. norm
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To: capt. norm
Fun to look at? She's looked rather rough lately, almost on the verge of a nervous breakdown (almost all of the communist news network's hosts have this look). She opens her eyes so wide you can almost see the vains popping out of her forehead.
17 posted on 04/16/2003 8:17:07 AM PDT by Stakka Skynet
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To: Night Hides Not
Yeah, disappointing but not surprising that some of the more conservative leanings at CNN haven't walked out. Maybe they have contract legalities to consider, but there are plenty of reasons to skeedaddle out of CNN. Not only the scandal about the Baghdad bureau but also the stock-holder lawsuit and the admissions by CNN of several hundred millions worth of over-estimated that it did.

FCC should shut the entire thing down and file charges. But then that should likely happen with other networks too.

Prairie
18 posted on 04/16/2003 8:19:01 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Freedom isn't free.........unless you live in France.)
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To: prairiebreeze
estimated = estimations

Prairie
19 posted on 04/16/2003 8:20:06 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Freedom isn't free.........unless you live in France.)
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To: Liz
The biggest single improvement CNN could make would be to get rid of Judy Woodruff. However, she'll probably die of old age on the air before they'd ever fire her. She's a big fixture on the DC A-List party circuit, she's paid her DNC dues big-time, and none in that clubby DC media group ever fire one of their own.

The WashComPost will fire Mary McGrory before CNN will fire Woodruff.

Michael

20 posted on 04/16/2003 8:20:29 AM PDT by Wright is right! (Have a profitable day!)
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To: prairiebreeze
The FCC really doesn't have much authority over CNN - since CNN is cable. The FCC regulates over-the-air broadcasts.

Michael

21 posted on 04/16/2003 8:22:40 AM PDT by Wright is right! (Have a profitable day!)
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To: Liz
So who did Paula sleep with to get this promotion?

You know, after she completely bilked CNN by lying about her salary at FNC in order to get so much money out of CNN, you'd think they would by now have a clue that she's a sham.

Of course, maybe she threatened to torture or kill some office flunky if they didn't give in to her. CNN would have to give in if she did that.
22 posted on 04/16/2003 8:23:02 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: Liz
If they can just push enough chairs to the stern, it can be saved!


23 posted on 04/16/2003 8:26:42 AM PDT by Brett66
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To: Wright is right!
CNN fire Mrs. Al Hunt? Surely you jest.

You'd think that CNN could spend a few bucks a week on Judy's hair. The last time I saw her on CNN (months ago), she looked mousy at best.

Now I remember when I had CNN on last: Election Night last November! I probably won't turn CNN back on until Election Night in '04, so keep me posted.

24 posted on 04/16/2003 8:33:32 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: Wright is right!
Sometimes I watch Judy Woodruff just to laugh at her hair-doo. (I know, its sick).
25 posted on 04/16/2003 8:34:32 AM PDT by hang 'em (Liquidate the Left in this country. It's past time for them to go.)
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To: Liz
Paula Zahn is on CNN? Who knew!
26 posted on 04/16/2003 8:37:27 AM PDT by Gamecock (Remember; always plunder first, then burn!)
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To: Wright is right!
Judy Woodruff is the Helen Thomas of CNN.

We are witnessing CNN headed for the ashheap of television history.

This is a great day indeed.
27 posted on 04/16/2003 8:38:26 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: George W. Bush
Fox and Friends OWNED her azz...!
28 posted on 04/16/2003 8:39:56 AM PDT by Stopislamnow
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To: Liz
Zahn must feel like a hospice nurse watching over the death of CNN and the end of the careers of her fellow lying liberals.

CNN, the favorite network of the Baathist Parties in Iraq and in America, known here as the Rat Party.!
29 posted on 04/16/2003 8:40:58 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: Liz
Novak was already upset about what they had done to Crossfire.

I suspect he will leave.

30 posted on 04/16/2003 8:41:10 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Wright is right!
I hope that CNN never gets rid of the whining anorexic Woodruff.

She is one of the best things for conservatives. She is turning the moderates away from CNN.

CNN the favorite network of the Iraqi and American Baathist Parties, (In America we refer to them as Rats!).
31 posted on 04/16/2003 8:43:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: hang 'em
Well, as long as we re confessing...I LOVED Judy woof-woof when Preisdent Reagan swept the elections. That night I smoked a cigar and had a cognac just enjoying Judy and Bernard Shaw wrestkle and lose with their frustrations!I wish I had a video to watch over and iver again. Incidentally, the other doofus I love to watch get hammered is Eleonar Rodham Clintomn Clift on McGlaughlin(?) group.
32 posted on 04/16/2003 9:00:14 AM PDT by madrastex
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To: InvisibleChurch
Has she had foot reduction surgery since moving to CNN?
33 posted on 04/16/2003 9:06:54 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: capt. norm
Yeah, she is fun to look at. Just don't say she's "sexy". It could cost you your job.

Talk about Dragon Ladies!!
34 posted on 04/16/2003 9:12:28 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: Stakka Skynet
"She's looked rather rough lately, almost on the verge of a nervous breakdown "

That's because she's running out of news channels to work for. From what I understand, her ratings for her morning show are tanking, and it sure doesn't look good for her in primetime either. I give her six months or less.

35 posted on 04/16/2003 9:47:45 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: InvisibleChurch
" it looks like Paula Zahn is the alpha-male at cnn "

LOL!! Paula has never appealed to me-her " biass " is too big.
36 posted on 04/16/2003 9:58:11 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Liz
Only CNN would be stupid enough to put a sleepy morning show on in prime time.

Does anyone remember what was on CNN at 8 pm before the war started? I can't recall, and it appears the author of this article can't recall either.

37 posted on 04/16/2003 10:08:01 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: Liz
I don't know why the liberals keep complaining they have no media. Just looking at the CNN lineup gives me the willies. And who can forget Judy Woodruff's face the night Al Gore lost? I thought she was going to put her face down on the desk and cry "Boo Hoo hoo...."
38 posted on 04/16/2003 11:18:54 AM PDT by I still care (America is great because it is good. When it ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.)
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To: Liz
Zahn is sexier and prettier than Chung.
39 posted on 04/16/2003 11:29:27 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: Liz
Is she going to wear a French Maid outfit. As that may make me turn in for a couple of minutes.
But only to comment on how they are just cashing in on her looks and not her brains as they did when she first went over to CNN.
40 posted on 04/16/2003 11:39:54 AM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: Liz
She won't last a year in that slot. The "I am not sneering--I just smell something bad" look that perpetually haunts her face is just not made for television.
41 posted on 04/16/2003 12:19:54 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: catpuppy
Nice take on Paula's undisguised arrogance.
42 posted on 04/16/2003 1:56:20 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Media Insurgent
She's a reasonably attractive blonde

That Jack O Lantern smile of hers creeps me out. I've seen more relaxed looking meth injectors.

43 posted on 04/16/2003 1:59:53 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: mwl1
What's a Paula Zahn? I had a CNN once, but I took some antibiotics and it went away.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

44 posted on 04/16/2003 2:19:13 PM PDT by wku man
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To: Liz
Thank you. That arrogance seems to appear regardless of the topic or guest. Her "thanks for being with us" almost always seems to lack sincerity as it is delivered in a monotone, perfunctory manner. I wonder if she enjoys her job.
45 posted on 04/16/2003 4:24:56 PM PDT by catpuppy
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Zahn is sexier and prettier than Chung.

I always preferred Joan Lunden to either of those two.

Whatever happened to her?

46 posted on 04/16/2003 4:34:14 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green
Joan?

Fifty two year old Joan is expecting twins in June by a surrogate mother.

Joan is the mother of three daughters, ages 15, 19 and 22.

I'm sure it will be fun for the twins to have a seventy year old mother at their graduation.

47 posted on 04/16/2003 7:46:50 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I'm sure it will be fun for the twins to have a seventy year old mother at their graduation.

It probably will be fun.
Graduations are usually festive occasions.

48 posted on 04/16/2003 7:54:27 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Timesink
ON THE 8 P.M. SLOT FOR CNN BEFORE THE WAR WE HAD CONNIE CHUNG. BEFORE THAT IT WAS WOLF BLITZER AND BEFORE WOLF I DON'T REMEMBER.
I remember watching Crossfire when it first started, it had Pat Buchanan and Washington Post Columnist Tom Braden, who also wrote the book 8 Is Enough. That was in the early days and Crossfire then was the show to watch, it was great.
Funny thing about Braden was, the longer he was on the show the more he started agreeing with Pat Buchanan, finally they canned him and brought forth a more liberal lefty. Never saw Braden again on another show and I had gotten where I really liked him, he was a rough weather beaten guy who had paid his dues.
49 posted on 04/16/2003 8:07:50 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Liz
I've removed CNN from my TVs.

Not in my living room

Bill From Nutley
50 posted on 04/16/2003 8:13:48 PM PDT by njmaugbill
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