February 21, 2002
Bennett joins CNN team; Zahn adds weekend duties
by Jim McConville
In a move that some media pundits may be an indication that CNN is trying to balance its liberal image, the 24-hour news channel has hired conservative Republican and one-time Drug Czar William Bennett as a contributing editor to CNN.
Bennett will offer commentary 2-to-3 times a week on social and cultural issues primarily on CNN's "American Morning with Paula Zahn," starting March 4. But he won't do politics, said CNN officials, who downplayed Bennett's hire, saying it doesn't represent a political statement by the network.
In other news, CNN is giving anchor Paula Zahn another show. Zahn, host of CNN's "American Morning," is also becoming host of CNN's "People In the News" starting Feb. 23. The Saturday morning show will also be expanded to a full hour to run 11 a.m. to noon ET.