Of course, cable TV loves a scandal-shamed former governor enough to give him his own TV show—and New York, be proud that CNN loves our prostitute-frequenting former governor! Eliot Spitzer, the allegedly socks-on john, will be teaming up with columnist Kathleen Parker for an 8 p.m. CNN "roundtable discussion" show. CNN president Jon Klein said, "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 count. 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."
Politico's Mike Allen met the pair and wrote, "Spitzer is controversial and Parker is spicy. The two met for the first time recently, at Spitzer’s office... In their first joint interview, the two sounded slightly playful, and Parker made it clear she’ll stand up to Spitzer."
Asked how they’ll make it exciting rather than snoozy, Parker said: “Rather than snoozy!? Come one, Mike, you really think we’d be boring?”
Spitzer: “I don’t think boredom is the issue. The issue is how you transform cantankerous argument into thoughtful conversation. And the answer there is fact — facts and cleverness. Kathleen will be the wit and the charm. And we’ll come back to facts over and over again, because so much of what you hear on TV these days is ideology untethered from facts. What we’re going to do is be rigorous about coming to facts and being true to them.”
If Parker is the wit and the charm, what is Spitzer?
“He’s brilliant, and experienced in public policy,” she said. “He is the politician. I’m a reporter. So it ought to be interesting to see how we interact.”
Spitzer's CNN quote includes, "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." The cable news network's ratings have been falling steadily.