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John King Replacing Lou Dobbs on CNN

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:30PM
CNN's scramble to fill the programming gap left by the departure of Lou Dobbs has already come to an end. Whether or not the credibility gap he left will be filled as quickly remains to be seen. According to Variety, CNN has tapped veteran political reporter John King to take over the 7PM weekday time slot vacated by Dobbs earlier this week.

Dobbs, who had become a lightning rod for controversy thanks to his crusade against immigration, clashed repeatedly with his bosses at CNN before abruptly departing the network at the end of Wednesday night's episode of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight'.CNN's scramble to fill the programming gap left by the departure of Lou Dobbs has already come to an end. Whether or not the credibility gap he left will be filled as quickly remains to be seen. According to Variety, CNN has tapped veteran political reporter John King to take over the 7PM weekday time slot vacated by Dobbs earlier this week.

Dobbs, who had become a lightning rod for controversy thanks to his crusade against immigration, clashed repeatedly with his bosses at CNN before abruptly departing the network at the end of Wednesday night's episode of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight'.

King is no stranger to the duties of a cable news host, having moderated the weekly 'State of the Union with John King' since January. So how does he plan to fill such a high profile position? By highlighting something strangely absent from cable news these days: journalistic integrity.



"I'm interested in getting the people the info they need, not what they want to hear," he said. "Some other shows don't pretend to be news. They're not. They're entertainment. That's not the ground we want to defend. I'm there to steer traffic and make conversation."

This decision fits into CNN's larger plan to position themselves as an unbiased middle-ground between the more dogmatic opinions served up by Fox News and MSNBC, a strategy that was increasingly at odds with the outspoken Dobbs, who had been with the network since its inception in 1980. Dobbs figures to land on his feet, as rumors are already circulating that he is being wooed by Fox for a show that would compliment his daily radio broadcasts.

CNN and King can only hope that their recovery goes as smoothly.

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