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CNN founder Ted Turner: ‘The tea party people are mean-spirited’

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Liberal billionaire and CNN founder Ted Turner accuses “the tea party people” in a new magazine profile of him of being “mean-spirited.”

“It’s so heartbreaking to have [them] say that global warming is a hoax,” Turner says in a new Hollywood Reporter profile.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he admits to driving a Prius and supporting President Obama.

“I like Obama,” Turner said. “I don’t know who could do a better job. He’s got an incredibly tough situation, and a good heart and mind.”

The article, authored by Stephen Galloway, was posted online Wednesday and takes a look at the much quieter — and less boozy — life Turner lives now.

He only watches CNN and no other channels on television — not even CNN’s sister HLN. “I haven’t watched in years,” he said. “I want to see serious news.”

The article says Turner “has sold his shares in CNN parent Time Warner, whose plunging stock price following the AOL merger in 2000 cost him $8 billion of his estimated $10 billion fortune.”

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