When it was announced earlier this week that Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker would host a new 'Crossfire' type program to replace Campbell Brown it was Jon Klein coming full circle at CNN.
When Klein joined the cable channel his first big change, in January of 2005, was to cancel Crossfire.
(video of the original Crossfire with Jon Stewart as a guest after the jump)
Here's what Klein had to say back then about why he made that move:
"I think he (Jon Stewart) made a good point about the noise level of these types of shows, which does nothing to illuminate the issues of the day. Viewers need useful information in a dangerous world and a bunch of guys screaming at each other simply doesn't accomplish that."
If you have never seen Jon Stewart's guest appearance on the original Crossfire that caused all the commotion take a look:
By all accounts Klein is quickly running out of time to rescue CNN primetime. We've read that this may be his make or break moment. He is scheduled to appear with Howie Kurtz on Sunday's Reliable Sources to talk about the new program and his ratings problems. We'll have more on that for you in the coming days.