Another Hour-of-the-Wolf

So CNN announced today that it’s canceling John King’s weekday 6:00 p.m. show, allegedly to free up King to do roving campaign correspondence work. I’m not much of a TV news watcher–it has the tendency to make me throw things–so CNN’s step did not change my day.

But I did take notice when CNN indicated it would replace King’s time spot by expanding “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” from two to three hours. You don’t have to watch a lot of TV news to know that three hours of Wolf is pretty close to three hours too much.

There is, to put it mildly, a gigantic surplus of journalistic talent out there these days. Not all of that talent is packaged in people pretty or glib enough to merit a TV gig, but I suspect there are enough folks available to provide an alternative to Wolf Without End. Makes you wonder what CNN’s target audience really is.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.