Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Van Jones To Co-Host CNN's 'CROSSFIRE'


CROSSFIRE was previously the longest running political debate program on television.  On the show Mr. Jones, an outspoken political commentator who has a long track record of activism and deep community involvement, will continue to break down his views on the current political climate while highlighting his unique perspective.

CROSSFIRE airs weekdays at  6:30pm Eastern on CNN.  Last week Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and New York Rep. Charlie  Rangel joined CNN’s S.E. Cupp and Van Jones.  They debated the  Congressional showdown over the budget and the potential federal  government shutdown over the House GOP plans to defund Obamacare through  the budget process. 

CROSSFIRE reignites its historical significance. Here is a 1984 vintage clip which shows a classic moment of Angela Davis,  activist and Communist party candidate for Vice President, discussing  communism in the United States:  

Van Jones is the founding president of Rebuild the Dream, an  organization that promotes innovative policy solutions for the U.S.  economy. He is a Yale-educated attorney and author of two The New York Times best-selling books, “The Green Collar Economy” and “Rebuild  the Dream.” He is the founder of four thriving not-for-profit  organizations. Jones is also the recipient of numerous awards,  including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation;  one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done” in  2012; one of Time Magazine’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The  World.” In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor for the Obama  administration. 

CROSSFIRE, which aired weeknights from 1982 to 2005, examined political  and social issues in a televised debate. Conservative Pat Buchanan and  liberal Tom Braden were the original hosts of the program, but over the  years CROSSFIRE featured various hosts from the right and from the left,  including Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Paul Begala.  Guests on the program were frequently top lawmakers from across the  political spectrum, but also included an eclectic mix of other  personalities: Bob Hope, Rupert Murdoch, Charlton Heston, Kareem Abdul  Jabbar, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Rush Limbaugh, Christopher Reeves, Arianna  Huffington and Howard Cosell.”

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