ORIGINAL CO-HOST OF “CROSSFIRE” DIES

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TOM BRADEN (FAR LEFT OF COURSE): ONLY THE ORIGINAL “CROSSFIRE” COULD GET ROCKER FRANK ZAPPA ON THE SAME STAGE AS CONSERVATIVE PUNDIT BOB NOVAK

Tom Braden who, along with Pat Buchanan, was one of the original co-hosts of the CNN show “Crossfire” died Friday. He was 92.

Although it was later ridiculed out of existence by Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, Crossfire was a groundbreaking television show. It’s concept of having a liberal and conservative host argue their points on live television was later picked up by shows like Hannity & Colmes on Fox News. Braden was a Crossfire host from 1982-89. He was the liberal to Buchanan’s conservative.

Many shows have since surpassed it, but Crossfire was the first political, issues-oriented, debate show in national tv history. Braden and Buchanan were the guys who started it, first on radio as far back as 1978.

One other tidbit about Braden. He was the inspiration for the hit  ’80s tv show “Eight is Enough.” Braden wrote the book that the series was based on. He sold the rights to his book to NBC for the princely sum of $1,000.

 

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