John King has his own show again. CNN announced that King will the new host of "Inside Politics," a show that has a long history at the network. The 30-minute weekend program is set to debut on Sunday at 8:30 AM, according to CNN's Sam Feist who tweeted the news Thursday.
CNN is experimenting with a possible half-hour weekend show hosted by John King, Politico reported Monday. "The Source with John King" would be a panel show with guests with journalists, network insiders told Politico. Though CNN president Jeff Zucker has tinkered with some of the network's talent and programming since taking over at the beginning of the year, this is the first of his experiments involving King.
CNN's John King says he is embarrassed after wrongly reporting last week that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested, calling the mistake a "double kick in the head" because he's a Boston native. "When you do something like this, it's embarrassing," King, the network's chief national correspondent, told WTOP on Tuesday. "The one thing you have to do is look straight in the camera and say, 'We were wrong.'" CNN was criticized for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. On Wednesday, it was one of at least four major news organizations that cited anonymous sources when reporting an arrest had been made. The Associated Press, Fox News and the Boston Globe also disseminated the inaccurate news.
Like a lot of Americans, when I woke up on Friday morning and found out there was a manhunt in the Boston area for the remaining suspect in Monday’s bombing at the marathon, I turned on CNN. It’s a common impulse, although less common than it used to be. The news audience has been chopped up into ideological camps, and CNN’s middle way has been clobbered in the ratings. The legacy networks’ news divisions can still flex powerful muscles on big stories, and Twitter and other real-time social media sites have seduced a whole new cohort of news consumers.