Van Jones Decided to do ‘Crossfire’ as a Tribute to his Dad

By Chris Ariens Comment

The publicity machine behind the revival of CNN’s “Crossfire” is in full swing. We shared Friday’s New York Times profile of Newt Gingrich with you yesterday. Meanwhile, the New York Daily news features one “Crossfire” host interviewing the other. S.E. Cupp, who would be “from the right” (assuming the new show, like the old one, uses that intro) interviews Van Jones, “from the left.”

S.E. Cupp: What made you decide to come back to D.C., albeit as a commuter, to do “Crossfire”?

Van Jones: I used to watch “Crossfire” with my dad. My father was a hardworking, Southern, black guy who had been a cop in the military — so he usually disagreed with both the liberals and the conservatives on the show. He didn’t think either side understood real life or the struggles of ordinary people. He died in 2008. In tribute to him, I hope to bring some of his kind of perspective to our program.