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CNN Prez Jon Klein's Anti-Atlanta, Pro-Youth Agenda, Where Carol Lin Was Only the Latest Casualty / Jossip
CNN Prez Jon Klein's Anti-Atlanta, Pro-Youth Agenda, Where Carol Lin Was Only the Latest Casualty
— Tue, Dec 19, 2006 —


Carol Lin's termination from CNN is not the "spend more time with her family" scenario CNN brass would like you to believe. As TVNewser first reported yesterday, Lin is leaving the network at the end of the year — but not voluntarily, we hear. As Variety hints at, Lin was asked to leave the anchor desk and transition to a national correspondent gig, but being a single mother (her husband passed away) of a toddler, it clearly wasn't a position Lin could take.

And CNN president Jon Klein knew it. In fact, that's why he offered it to her: to create a nice way of saying "get the hell out of here" while still maintaining a public image of fairness. In fact, he did that just a few months ago to 13-year CNN veteran Kelly Wallace.

A CNN insider tells us Lin and Wallce's dismissals are part of a larger push by Klein to rid the network of women over 40. It was just a couple weeks ago that the network told 12-year CNN veteran Daryn Kagan it wouldn't be renewing her contract. Three is a trend, right?

Meanwhile, not only is Klein making a push for younger talent, our well-placed insider tattles that the axings are also part of a push to "diminish the power of the Atlanta based anchors, and is trying to keep the focus on New York shows and talent, and getting rid of some established women is in Atlanta is one way he's doing it." Anderon Cooper, anyone?

Lin, meanwhile, will be sorely missed. We hear "she's a true fighter with a great spirit, and probably the hardest working anchor in Atlanta. She is the one person who will take a challenge, like not being well liked by the new president, and work on every level to overcome it."


No. 1
not surprised says:

This whole sad trend is nothing surprising, unfortunately. These days, hiring is trending toward younger, less experienced (and less expensive) "talent."

December 19, 2006 4:16 PM
No. 2
RealityCheck says:

I wonder how old Klein's beard is? Do you think this bothers her? His unnatural love for his little Andy Pandy poobear! Do you think his beard is afraid of being replaced? Maybe by Anderson Cooper!

What a scumbag firing a single Mother. This is the kind of dirty Jew scumbag people need to be going after.

December 19, 2006 4:17 PM
No. 3
Falseinfo says:

This item is totally wrong. KAGAN was the one to leave months ago, after 13 years. WALLACE left a couple weeks ago, and she WANTED to go to CBS.

December 19, 2006 4:24 PM
No. 4
Peter says:

FalseInfo, get a clue. Kelly Wallace left CNN three months ago, in September, after Klein yanked her American Morning job away from her after she had a baby. Daryn Kagan was at CNN from 1994-2006, 12 years.

December 19, 2006 4:53 PM
No. 5
RealityCheck says:


Keep posting your false info, falseinfo. Both those stories of Kagen and Wallace sudden departure were widely reported on the internet as firings. Let see what would I believe the truth or Klein.....I'll take the truth cause Klein will tell you black is white.

December 19, 2006 4:57 PM
No. 6
Kwame says:

Is it Klein's fault Lin is a single mother? She was acoustically offensive and made my ears bleed.

December 19, 2006 5:28 PM
No. 7
kerry_zaputz says:

I was no fan of Carol Lin, but this was a crummy thing to do. Never trust a guy with a cheesy hairpiece.

December 19, 2006 6:10 PM
No. 8
Linda216 says:

Nice timing, Klein. What goes around - comes around.

December 19, 2006 7:36 PM
No. 9
Susan says:

Jesus Christ, is EVERY media company owned by a fucking jew?!

December 19, 2006 9:43 PM
No. 10
Craig says:

Jesus Christ, is every woman named Susan a bigoted asshole fucking cunt?

December 19, 2006 10:14 PM
No. 11
RealityCheck says:

Kwame - It might not be Klein's fault she's a single Mother but I haven't heard Klein didn't kill her late husband, so we don't really know. Are you black by any chance? Read it slowly and you will understand the big words.

Susan - he doesn't own CNN he just runs it into the ground.

Craig - no but every man named Craig is a big dick and that's not a compliment.

December 20, 2006 8:25 AM
No. 12
Kwame says:

RealityCheck, no I'm not black I just masquerade as one while online. And FYI the comment was meant as sarcasm. Btw, Tvnewser has a very telling email from Ms. Lin.

December 20, 2006 1:15 PM
No. 13
Linda says:

The Variety reporter responded on tvNewser as well, and he stands by his story. His response is clear and to the point, unlike Lin's rambling novel about herself and her own accomplishments. Note to Lin, don't go on about yourself on a TV Blog. It's kind of pathetic.

December 20, 2006 5:46 PM
No. 14
Peter says:

It should have ended better for her. Another fine mess created by Jonathan Klein's madness machine.

December 20, 2006 10:44 PM
No. 15
Pinky and the Brain says:

What no one has addressed here or anywhere else is the FACT that we all now know that Klein HATES WOMEN. Men who hate women are generally gay. Funny thing is that all of the sudden since December 2004, when Klein started at CNN, Anderson Cooper has many, many female stalkers and women are just an all round problem to Anderson Cooper, and I think we all know about Klein and his mancrush on Anderson. You never hear in the mass media, just from an insider chat called the Datalounge that Anderson Cooper has a gay male fan following him all over Manhattan but CNN or Klein never state it publically that gay men are a problem.

IMO, Klein is gay and CNN is skewing public perception one way about Anderson to keep the gay viewers because 80% of Anderson's total viewers are gay men then what else will they lie about?

December 31, 2006 8:58 AM
No. 16
Christopher says:

Pinky and the brain...So true!!! I could not have said it any better. Most men in Hollywood are gay. I hate to say it,( no I don't. ) but most Jewish men are very, very feminine. Except me. But I am mixed.

I for one, worship women. Love them..!!!

So...Susan? What does it feel like to be an asshole? I wouldn't know. Thought I might ask an expert on the subject.

RealityCheck, Susan refered me to you, she said you are as big an asshole as they come.
I agree.( read this passage slowly, sweetheart, those words might be a little too big for you. )

Craig, you da man! Or should I say, "Big Dick"?( psssssss...I think RealityCheck likes you..!!! )

December 31, 2006 10:30 AM
No. 17
gabby says:

chris you like to start trouble 2 much 4 a 20 year old !!!lol

December 31, 2006 2:15 PM
No. 18
XT says:

Klein is GAY?

He does have a lot of love for Anderson. There's an AC360 marathon on CNN today.

December 31, 2006 7:13 PM
No. 19
Christopher says:

I maybe twenty years of age...but I am a child at heart.

January 1, 2007 9:20 AM
No. 20
don cole says:

I have gotten totally disgusted with cnn's management. They seems to want to go down hill! Carol was ones of the hardest working people they had left. I hope she is picked up by the competion soon.

February 7, 2007 12:03 AM
No. 21
Paula says:

I wondered where Carol Lin was. I liked her calm demeanor. I must say I am disappointed with CNN. I didn't like Aaron Brown's dismissal either. I hope he is doing well and I have nothing but best wishes for Carol.

March 3, 2007 11:26 PM
No. 22
yosh naka says:

I noticed that most of the older women anchors have left
CNN. This is a typical action of top men executives who
really don't understand . the young and physical good looks always trump brains and talent. how sad

March 17, 2007 9:14 PM
No. 23
scott kendall says:

Jon Klein, I've been a fan of Daryn Kagen since I first saw her in 1994. Since you failed to renew her contract I don't get to see her anymore. May the same happen to you.

April 5, 2007 2:23 PM
No. 24
gigi says:

Now, Soledad O'brien has been fired off of American Morning, though she is doing some correspondent work. I wonder why all the liberal womens's groups haven't called for a boycott of CNN. Oh, I forgot, Liberals don't boycott other liberals.

April 29, 2007 4:37 PM

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