‘Situation’ is under control

Dueling nets pick dual names

Apparently, the situation is more complicated than anyone thought.

After months of brainstorming, MSNBC christened its new primetime vehicle for host Tucker Carlson “The Situation With Tucker Carlson.”

Barely a week later, CNN announced its own revamped and renamed afternoon broadcast helmed by Wolf Blitzer “The Situation Room.”

Great minds thinking alike? Perhaps. But it’s a coincidence tinged with irony.

CNN’s show was remade, in part, to replace Carlson’s “Crossfire,” which prexy Jonathan Klein derided as a failed concept.

Carlson and CNN parted ways with surprising acrimony in January after Klein and Carlson couldn’t agree on his future role.

That led to Carlson’s signing with MSNBC, and then, to the current … um … situation.

“We rolled out the title and did all the graphics, and a week later CNN announced (its remonikered show),” Carlson says.

Carlson says he chose his new show title to imply something broader than his political past — a title that implies he’s at the center of things but not taking himself, or any situation, too seriously. Not even this one.

“I think it says something good about CNN — they reacted in record time,” he quips.

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