Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has been hired by CNN to host a daily roundtable discussion program, airing weeknights at 8:00 pm ET. His co-host for the program debuting this fall will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kathleen Parker.
The announcement from CNN describes Spitzer as “a legendary prosecutor and progressive governor. Nowhere does it mention that he was forced out of office in disgrace due to a scandal over his frequenting of high-priced hookers.
Parker is described as “an iconoclastic conservative commentator.” The two will exchange opinions – and no doubt clash – and be joined in the discussion by guests and a group of regular contributors.
“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country. Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes,” said Jon Klein, President of CNN/US.
“As a veteran print journalist, I am appropriately respectful of the challenges posed by the medium. But I’m thrilled by the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to me —and that aren’t heard often enough on television—in a conversation with one of the nation’s most brilliant, fearless and original thinkers. With Eliot Spitzer as my co-host, Wall Street and Main Street will finally meet. It can’t possibly be boring,” said Parker in the CNN news release.
“Kathleen is an extraordinary intellect whose sharp observations and wit are certain to resonate with viewers. I look forward to working alongside her in a discussion that will inform, challenge, and entertain. I am grateful to CNN for the opportunity to co-host a show that will advance the discussion of the defining issues of our time,” said Spitzer.
RBR-TVBR observation: We were frequently critical of Spitzer for his abuse of power and sticking his nose into areas where the Attorney General of New York had no authority. But now he has no power or authority whatsoever, so it may be interesting to hear him express his views.