Bob's Grill #5: Former CNN President Jon Klein

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A billboard stands next to the road May 5, 2005 showing the changed status of Jennifer Wilbanks in Duluth, Georgia.

It's the latest and last installment of Bob's Grill, and we've got a special guest chef (it's Brooke). 

The year was 2005, and CNN was focused on a big story with wall-to-wall coverage. The story was, of course, The Runaway Bride. Jennifer Milbanks had cold feet and disappeared a few days before her wedding. She made tabloid headlines and left tracks all over the cable news channels, including CNN - which covered her day and night for a week. Coincidentally, the network’s new president Jonathan Klein, had just months before been promising more rigorous journalism and less sensationalism. So OTM called him up. In this interview, Klein and Brooke butt heads over what constitutes news, and whether stories need justification.

Post-script: Jon Klein left CNN in 2010.