Talk about hitting the floor running,
It's hard not to be impressed by what he's already done: Started to make CNN suddenly seem a couple of decades younger. It's like watching an aggressive and skilled general manager rebuild a baseball team from the bottom up -- first adding younger but already tested major-league talent to the roster while releasing some one-time big names that were no longer productive.
You get Jake Tapper,
And all of a sudden, we've got some speed on the base paths, and an on-air talent that is talking about today and not telling political war stories from the 1980s and '90s -- and playing over-the-top caricatures of right and left wing partisans.
Tapper is a brilliant hire. I loved him as substitute Sunday morning host at
But I really became a fan when he and I seemed like the only two people in mainstream media criticizing Team Obama for its 2009 campaign to discredit
And I am almost as eager to see what the network-smooth Chris Cuomo, who left ABC News Tuesday to join CNN, looks like as a morning host in cable news. If Zucker offers
But perhaps the most intriguing hire is Nichols from
All three hires are attractive and engaging on-screen figures, but all three are also journalistically sound. Zucker's approach so far has allowed CNN to have it both ways.
I don't pretend to have any inside knowledge as to whom or what Zucker wants to add or drop next. I don't think too many folks at CNN do either.