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CNN Seeks to Be Funny On Purpose

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Can any CNN personality be funnier than Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs and Jack Cafferty? The network is about to find out, as it gives a Saturday 10 p.m. live show to comedian D. L. Hughley. Hughley, a Bill Maher regular and former costar of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will interview guests and riff on the news of the week.

On the plus side, Fox News’s Half Hour News Hour set the bar pretty low for cable-news comedy shows. On the minus side, it’ll be interesting, to say the least, how this fits in to CNN’s recent positioning of itself as the nonpartisan player in between Fox and MSNBC—given that Hughley has not been a fan of Bush in the past. (Even when there were more people who were fans of Bush.)

Is a new network slogan in order? “CNN: Funniest Political Team on Television!” OK, fourth funniest? Fifth?