The Corner

Time‘s Joe Klein Blasts CNN and MSNBC, Praises Fox News

The fact that Joe Klein can no longer turn to CNN for a credible, informative news broadcast “is a matter of real sadness” for the Time political columnist. In Sunday appearance at the 92nd Street Y, he had quite the barrage of criticism for the cable-news giant.

“I got to say that it is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has,” Klein said, pointing to the incessant coverage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 as the latest evidence.

Such is the abject state of CNN that he recommended a surprising source: “I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast, and it turns out the only place you can go to get one at 6 o’clock at night is Fox,” he said, referring to Special Report with Bret Baier, drawing some laughter and disapproving murmurs from the Manhattan crowd.

But former CBS, ABC, and CNN commentator Jeff Greenfield, who joined Klein onstage, agreed. Klein said he would rather watch Baier’s show at that hour than the competitors, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer or MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, the latter ofwhom he says he “still consider[s] to be a major criminal.”

“The guy can have a job on network TV, on NBC cable network, and he still hasn’t apologize for Tawana Brawley — give me a break,” Klein said.

Via Mediaite.

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