August 20th, 2013
12:12 PM ET
11 months ago

Crossfire Classic: KKK Grand Wizard in 1982

CNN’s Crossfire never has – and never will - shy away from controversy. Sooner or later, anyone who works on Crossfire hears about a 1982 episode where the guest’s views offended the hosts - and we warn you, those views are no less offensive or repugnant now, 31 years later. Stephanie Cutter shows us why.

Crossfire returns to CNN on September 16, airing weekdays at 6:30 p.m. ET.


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  1. Anthony in California

    Now he's known as a Tea Party member. Yes. I said it.

    August 20, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I remember that broadcast with goose bumps. That guy lived not too far from NYC, in Danbury, Conn.

    August 20, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "those views are no less offensive or repugnant now,"

    those views are no less pervasive or prevalent now,

    FIFY

    August 20, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. J'cincinnati'Redd

    Wow! Your really gonna call the teaparty kkk members?

    August 20, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. J'cincinnati'Redd

    The tea party has its issues, but they are not a hate group. Lets try and be fair about this.

    August 20, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. John

    Will the new Crossfire be just as absurd as when Tucker Carlson hosted? Will Jon Stewart be invited back? Will this new edition reflect CNN's "responsibility to the public discourse" that Stewart asserted, or will it, as former Labor Secretary Robert Reich once said in a program I produced, be "a terrible program" where content is obscured through all the yelling. Yelling. We need more of that in America right now.
    A great topic to start this new day in journalism would be climate change. There was a very brief segment during Around The World today in which it was reported that scientists are now 95% certain that humans are the cause of climate change, up from 90%. That really caught my attention, and I was interested to hear more. Unfortunately for me, more important news regarding the first nappy change of the Royal baby and a video of one of the reporters flying around on one of those old-news Jet-Lev things took precedence. I'm sure Edward R. Murrow would have made the same call. RIght?
    Thinking of Murrow, maybe this new edition of Crossfire could break the current journalistic model and take the baton handed forward from Murrow and Friendly's incredible episode of See It Now where they reported on McCarthy, and focus that same critical lens on our environment. Now that would be a program worth yelling about.

    August 20, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. just asking

    is the democrat robert byrd in his hay day???

    August 20, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I will only watch Crossfire because Stephanie Cutter is a hottie.

    August 20, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Teaparty=KKK!!

    All day long!

    August 20, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Joan

    Grown men actually went around in outfits like this in public! Wow! The hatred from their mouths is almost unbelievable in a civilized country. Too bad it hasn't totally gone away.

    August 20, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. just saying

    J'cincinnati'Redd
    Wow! Your really gonna call the teaparty kkk members?
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    of course they are. that is how they silence people and groups that don't agree with their leftist/progressive/socilaist/communist view points. the constant smear campaign of the lefitsts should be pretty obvious to everyone at this point. how else could they hide and divert attention from their failures and disasters? irs, benghazi, nsa, etc.

    August 20, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. J'cincinnati'Redd

    Just because you share a different political view then the folks in the tea party gives you no right to call that portion of americans kkk members. I swear, You Liberals go to far with your hateful comments.

    August 20, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. KevinInAtlanta

    Tea Party members are not racist. Sure there are racist people in the Tea Party, but that can be said for any group with a large membership.

    Tea Party members are just ultra conservatives that take a very extreme view on certain things. I personally think they are a cancer on America. But they are NOT racists.

    August 20, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "The tea party has its issues, but they are not a hate group. Lets try and be fair about this."

    Tell that to the birthers who are still attacking congresscritters at town halls over the birth certificate, the people who claim Obama's a "secret muslim" who "supports the muslim brotherhood" and other such nonsense, the people yelling for his college transcripts, the people holding up racist signs (things like Obama in black-face paint or as a witchdoctor complete with bone through the nose), the people posting here and elsewhere all over the intertubez their vehement opposition to immigration reform with language and conspiracy theories whose racist underpinnings are not even remotely debatable, the people calling for secession or ramping up Civil War themes in their activist displays, the people who constantly conflate being poor and on social assistance with being a minority, the people supporting Voter ID laws and myriad other electoral process changes clearly intended to suppress and dilute minority and youth votes....the list goes on and on. Yes, they are the remnants of racist Amurikkka and are driven by the racial fears, anger and resentment engendered by recognizing that demographic shifts are going to obliterate the white male hegemony in this country. They are the people who have turned to plutocracy as the last resort for "keeping it out of the hands of "them."" They are the angry bigots who loudly make mistakes that reveal their racial motivations in the middle of their rants about how they're not racists. Don't like it? Don't associate with them and don't facilitate their BS. Otherwise, even if you aren't particularly racist, you're still just as bad.

    August 20, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Bruce

    Not all TEA party members are KKK; but almost all KKK members are affiliated with the TEA/Republican party. Challenge that conclussion in that statement with data...I dare you!

    August 20, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. dan

    Pride comes before the fall!

    August 20, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    of course they are. that is how they silence people and groups that don't agree with their leftist/progressive/socilaist/communist view points. the constant smear campaign of the lefitsts should be pretty obvious to everyone at this point. how else could they hide and divert attention from their failures and disasters? irs, benghazi, nsa, etc.
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    "I don't want to give 'blah' people goverment money," Rick Santorum spoke.

    There are endless examples of racists remarks by Tea Party favorites. And, let's not forget the signs. All they're saying is that the Tea Party attracts the white supremicits and racists in this country for some reason. The logical conclusion is birds of a feather stick together.

    August 20, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    I will always remember the comment from Robert Shelton, a Klan leader in the late 70's and 80's when asked about the 1980 GOP platform, that it was "... a platform a Klansman could be proud of". The efforts of Goldwater, Buckley and Kristol have come to naught, since the language of some in the Tea Party and other so-called " patriot" movements is no different from the language of the Klan and other neo-Nazi hate groups. I want to stress that SOME, NOT ALL Tea Party types cleave to this type of extremism: the problem is that they are not being expelled. The Tea Party is more obcessed with RINOS than wackos.

    August 20, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Mikey

    Many (not all) TP members are looking for scapegoats to blame for their own perceived lack of success. "Those people" (whatever the flavor of those people is this week) are simple targets for their frustration. It's easier than taking responsibility for themselves and competing, win or lose, on a level playing field. They complain about every advantage minorities and the poor are given, while completely ignoring just how much the playing field is slanted in their favor.

    August 20, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. ????

    According to the study of crime conducted by the Department of Justice for the time period from 1976-2005 reveals 94% of African-Americans who died by murder were killed by other African-Americans.

    The KKK, if it even still exists, is not the problem.

    August 20, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. TONE

    They are a bunch of racist, why didn't they come out during bush years and protest? why only when a blackman is in the white house they rear their racist ugly heads.

    August 20, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    Thank you Sniffit!

    August 20, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. PJ

    Amen to John and Sniffitt's comments. The difference between those who comment rationally and those who
    just rant and rave is why I keep coming back to Ticker. It gives me hope that those who truly care about
    the real problems we have in America, from the people to the environment, will eventually prevail and others
    will begin to agree. I know, I've alway been a dreamer, but hope is eternal.

    August 20, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Revolution

    Nowadays blacks are more racists then whites. I see it daily were I work

    August 20, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @J'cincinnati'Redd
    The tea party has its issues, but they are not a hate group. Lets try and be fair about this.

    Like when they carry posters of the President with a bone in his nose? Or when they chant "Kill Him" at political rallies?

    August 20, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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