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joe klein interview

Time magazine columnist Joe Klein expressed his dissatisfaction with CNN’s lack of news coverage, saying that the network has “gone in the toilet:”

It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has.

Klein made his remarks to PBS’ Jeff Greenfield at New York City’s 92nd Street Y on Monday night.

What bothers Klein is CNN’s incessant coverage of the missing Malaysian flight MH370, which has crowded out most news on the network. It has forced the liberal Klein to turn to Fox News, of all places, to get his news fix at 6 p.m., a time he would prefer to be watching Wolf Blitzer:

I miss being able to watch a straight newscast, and it turns out the only place you can go to get one at 6 o’clock at night is Fox.

Klein said the other option is to turn to MSNBC and watch the Rev. Al Sharpton, who he “still considers to be a major criminal.” Klein finds it incredible that Sharpton has a network job despite never having apologized for his role in the Tawana Brawley scandal.

Time and CNN are currently owned by Time Warner, but that relationship is about to change with the spinoff of Time Inc. this quarter. That apparently made Klein feel that it was okay to burn a few bridges on the way out.

CNN may get the last laugh, however, as Time Warner will saddle Time Inc. with $1.4 billion in debt, at a time the magazine industry faces an uncertain future in a digital age.

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