Jon Friedman on CNN Hiring Carl Bernstein: “Why, I Don’t Know”

By Alissa Krinsky 

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In his MarketWatch column, titled CNN Hires Carl Bernstein; Why, I Don’t Know, Jon Friedman doesn’t mince words as he comments on CNN retaining Carl Bernstein as a 2008 campaign analyst. Friedman wonders why the network is interested in someone “based on his groundbreaking work of 30-plus years ago.”

“Yes, Bernstein recently wrote a well-received biography of Hillary Clinton,” Friedman writes. “But the pinnacle of his career occurred in the era of disco and Archie Bunker…”

A CNN spokesperson referred TVNewser to its press release on the Bernstein announcement, in which CNN-U.S. President Jon Klein said, “Carl stands out as one of the pre-eminent journalists of our time and a respected, well-connected commentator on the American political scene. We are delighted to have him as part of the Best Political Team on Television and look forward to his insightful analysis.”

> More from the CNN spokesperson, who adds, “Unless someone thinks Hillary Clinton’s a has-been — the fact is that Carl Bernstein’s best-selling biography about her has been hailed as one of the best books of the year.”