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Conflict of interest on Crossfire

by on September 25, 2013

Stephanie Cutter, one of the four contributors to CNN’s “Crossfire” is getting lots of criticism from left-wing media watchdog FAIR for being a inappropriate choice for the show. If any of you are not familiar with the show, Crossfire creates an environment where the contributors (all from different backgrounds and political beliefs) engage in heated debates.  Cutter advises the white house on communication strategy and so FAIR considers her a bad choice. What do you guys think about this? Personally, I consider the point of Crossfire is to get points of view from biased sources. The point isn’t to be equal, so I think this is a strange argument on the part of FAIR. Can anyone else justify FAIR’s response?


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  1. arazsunshine permalink

    Huh, I think it’s strange that they would advocate against her being a contributor. If their main thing is to intentionally have debates backed by certain backgrounds and beliefs, then how could they want to eliminate Cutter as a contributor? The fact that she has the connection to the White House should be a good thing, and makes her all the more of a better contributor to have on the show.
    In “Crossfire’s” case, I think it makes sense to have the biased viewpoints, because that seems to be their hook.
    In their defense, maybe they’re thinking that her ties to the White House give her an agenda to advance, instead of sharing her own personal ideas. Cutter may be too closely related to the White House for them, but because I’m not sure about who the other panelists have been before her, I can’t say for sure if this is the first incident of it’s kind. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to have someone who speaks from a point that is influenced (and influences) the White House. It’s a total asset to their debates.

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