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September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Former CNN staffers and on-air personalities are shedding few tears publicly over the firing of Jon Klein as U.S. president of the cable news network. Miles O’Brien, who had once co-anchored American Morning with Soledad O’Brien but was sidelined two years later, given fill-in work by Klein, who fired him only last week, tweeted on Monday, “There is justice in this world. You just have to be patient.” Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs told TVNewser’s Gail Shister that he regarded Klein’s firing as a birthday present. “I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that today is my birthday … but you’d have to confirm with CNN management that it’s a coincidence.” Former CNN correspondent Jamie McIntyre wrote: “The fact is Jon Klein has overseen the slow, and sometimes not-so-subtle tabloidization of CNN, as he has systematically shed programming that aspired to provide context and perspective, in favor of ratings-seeking formulas aimed more at fanning the flames of outrage and emotion.” And former anchor Aaron Brown, now an instructor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, told that he couldn’t figure out why Klein was being fired now. “It makes no sense to me. It makes perfect sense that they’d blow him up. They have the worst ratings in 10 years. But I’d have blown him up a year ago.”