Former Secretary of Education and drug czar Bill Bennett is close to signing an
agreement to join CNN as a political analyst, replacing the departing Robert
Novak, mediabistro.com reported Saturday. CNN declined comment on the report.
Earlier this year, Bennett touched off an uproar when he declared on his daily
radio talk show on Salem Radio Network: "I do know that it's true that if you
wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could
abort every black baby in this country." Previously, Bennett had been a
commentator for the Fox News Channel.