'Crossfire' demise may signal new era

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

Klein told a Washington Post writer that he agreed with comedian Jon Stewart, who famously used a ''Crossfire'' appearance last fall to rip into the show for ''partisan hackery.''

''I think he made a good point about the noise level of these types of shows, which does nothing to illuminate the issues of the day,'' Klein said. The public's need for ''useful'' information in a dangerous world is not well-served, he said, by ''a bunch of guys screaming at each other.'' ...

Could this step away from TV's shout-show abyss portend a healthy swing toward politeness? One can only hope. ...

In an ABC News survey, 85 percent of respondents said that the world would be better if we said ''please'' and ''thank you'' more. Now, that would seem to be stating the obvious. You have to wonder what the other 15 percent were thinking.

But there's no doubt we could stand to be more civil to one another. May the demise of ''Crossfire'' mark the rise of something good.

— The Chicago Tribune

Jan. 15

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