No, he does not. But CNN will replace the departing Lou Dobbs with mild-mannered touchscreen jockey John King, doubling-down on the admirable straight-news strategy that has catapulted it to the bottom of the cable news race.
King, a former Associated Press reporter, is a devotee of the old school. He once freaked out on CNN management after Larry King hosted an inaugural event for George W. Bush and hugged him on the air. It's kind of quaint, really. Replacing Dobbs' xenophobic self-regarding bluster with King's reasonable, if horserace-obsessed, demeanor is a conscious effort on CNN's part to distance itself from cable demagoguery. From CNN chief Jon Klein's conference call with staffers, via the New York Times:
"John doing that show is obviously a statement about the importance of real nonpartisan news to CNN, and also the importance of political coverage to CNN," Jonathan Klein, the president of CNN/U.S., told employees on a conference call Thursday morning.
We don't really know what to say about CNN. This is the right strategy, but it's a losing strategy. And it can't last long.