Yesterday, CNN announced that former governor Eliot Spitzer would be co-hosting a "roundtable discussion" show (a format CNN once sneered at), and naturally the Post has all the best Spitzer-hating comments. An "exasperated worker at the once-dominant cable station" said, "CNN just lost the struggle for its soul. It's the destruction of a brand. It's like Campbell's Soup putting O.J. Simpson on the can."
The Post even calls MSNBC's Keith Olbermann a "powerhouse" at the 8 p.m. slot (well, the Post said he and the time-slot winner, Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, were powerhouses), as the source says, "Everyone thinks it's a 'Hail Mary' to get the ratings up." Well, duh! Another source says the hiring was "ugly, even from a distance... Are they this desperate?" Connie Chung offered, "It's sadly comical... and this is terribly disillusioning. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will give you more solid journalism than this program could possibly give."
NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen told the NY Times, “I’m not surprised that Spitzer has made a comeback. That seemed inevitable from the moment he left office. I am surprised that it has come in this form." And Eric Burns, a former NBC News correspondent and Fox News host said, "The most troubling aspect of it to me is that there is an example being set here: that one can be rewarded for vice as easily as virtue, if one gets enough attention... [In cable news these days] What matters is a name, not how one gets the name."
In an interview with the Daily News, Spitzer says he's not trying to repair his hooker-loving image, "No, it is just an effort to try to be useful, to participate and contribute. I'm excited to have the privilege."