Fun_People Archive
11 Jan
Jeff Cohen on Crossfire

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 96 02:55:26 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Jeff Cohen on Crossfire

From: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting <>

Jeff Cohen, FAIR's Executive Director, will guest-host Crossfire on
Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16. Please tune in and let
CNN know if Jeff Cohen is the kind of person you'd like to see
hosting Crossfire permanently. We expect CNN to make a decision

Tom Johnson
President, CNN
One CNN Center
PO Box 105366
Atlanta, GA 30348-5366

CNN comment line is 404-827-1500.


The following was given to CNN in November:

    An Open Letter to CNN on Selecting a Crossfire Co-host

We send you this communication because we value the left vs. right
debate format that CNN offers each night. Such a format can
contribute greatly to democracy and national debate.

Together, our organizations represent millions of mainstream
Americans -- and some of the leading progressive constituencies in
our country.

Now that you are considering a new Crossfire co-host "from the
left," we urge you to choose an individual who is an unapologetic
advocate for progressive issues.

As Crossfire co-hosts, Patrick Buchanan, John Sununu and Bob Novak
have been forceful on-air champions of most right-wing causes and
movements. But the other side has often been represented by
individuals who -- while informed and articulate -- are not allied
with or strongly supportive of progressive constituencies. This
creates an imbalanced, incomplete and sometimes fuzzy debate.

We encourage you to choose a bonafide advocate for progressive
causes and activism -- and not a middle-of-the-road establishment
pundit or political figure who just happens to be a Democrat.

Public Citizen
Ralph Nader
National Organization for Women
National Education Association
United Steelworkers of America
National Rainbow Coalition
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
National Council of La Raza
Sierra Club
Earth Island Institute
Center for Defense Information
Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze)
Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Americans for Democratic Action

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