Jones, who was once an advisor to the Obama administration and
currently president of Rebuilding the Dream (a progressive political action organization), and a regular political pundit on cable news channels, will be joining CNN as part of it new revamped Crossfire program.
The original Crossfire program, which first began on CNN
in 1992 was notorious for setting the current template where pundits from the right
and left basically scream at each other. After sinking ratings and reputation,
the show was cancelled in 2005.
However, the new head of CNN, Jeff Zucker, now believes it’s the right time to bring back the
show, with Jones, along with another former White House advisor, Stephanie Cutter, and conservative commentator
S.E. Cupp – who is currently on MSNBC’s The Cycle with Toure, though one assumes that she will
be leaving that show sometime soon.
This new incarnation of Crossfire will be hosted by none
other than Newt Gingrich, which means
the show could be a train wreck waiting to happen. One hopes that Jones is well
aware of what he’s getting himself into.
The network said the show will premiere this fall, but no
start date has been announced yet.