‘Crossfire’ May Return As CNN Starts To Pull Back On Missing Plane Coverage

CNN apparently intends to bring back the debate program “Crossfire” in the near future, a sign that the channel might be ready to finally wind down its breathless coverage of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

A spokeswoman said Wednesday that “Crossfire” will be returning to air “soon,” according to Politico.

The political debate program, once a flagship show for CNN that was revived last year, last aired on March 10.

Since then, CNN has accommodated its relentless coverage of the missing plane with an extended version of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” that’s aired in place of “Crossfire.”

CNN’s coverage of the missing plane — replete with analysis of wild conspiracy theories and the garbage found in the ocean — has drawn a ton of mockery. It’s also resulted in a big ratings boost for the struggling channel.

Ratings for “Crossfire,” on the other hand, were grim before its hiatus began nearly a month ago.


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