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Wow. Could this be the beginning of a new era in which news programs actually help build a well-informed populace and save democracy? Dare I dream it?

CNN Lets 'Crossfire' Host Carlson Go

NEW YORK - CNN said goodbye to pundit Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, and with him likely the "Crossfire" program that has been the granddaddy of high-volume political debate shows on cable television.

CNN will probably fold "Crossfire" into its other programming, perhaps as an occasional segment on the daytime show "Inside Politics," said Jonathan Klein, who was appointed in late November as chief executive of CNN's U.S. network.

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"I doubt that when the president sits down with his advisers they scream at him to bring him up to date on all of the issues," [Klein] said. "I don't know why we don't treat the audience with the same respect."

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