Eliot Spitzer on CNN – Is CNN’s Decision Incredibly Smart or Seriously Stupid?

Some people's "oops" moments work in their favor.

Has CNN President Jon Klein gone crazy, is he a genius ahead of his time, or is he simply too forgiving? Some could argue all sides with CNN’s controversial decision to place Eliot Spitzer, also known as Client 9, in America’s living rooms during the same time slot (8:00pm) as Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. The questionable move has been described as “head-smacking” and “incredulous,” but Parker Spitzer is happening whether we like it or not… and I bet Klein hopes we tune in to find out.

“Sex sells” has long been a widely-accepted American truth, but CNN, until recently, had seemingly been able to maintain a scandal-free network, shunning anything but their signature hard news style. But relatively low ratings can cause panic for those in a numbers-driven industry… which is where Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker (literally) enter the picture.

Despite, or because of, the former governor’s scandal-ridden history and his poor public reputation, the big guys at CNN thought it’d be a good idea to pair him with his conservative opposite, hypothesizing that the combination might make for good TV. But since when has CNN cared about good TV; haven’t the network’s officials always just cared about good ol’ boring news?

I hate to say it, but we should all tune in to find out whether CNN has made a progressive decision or an irreparable fall. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET.

What do you think? Was CNN’s decision to hire Eliot Spitzer incredibly smart or was it incredulous?

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40 Responses to Eliot Spitzer on CNN – Is CNN’s Decision Incredibly Smart or Seriously Stupid?

  1. Hannah Miet says:

    Once again, I think that we live in a circus.

    I haven’t seen the show yet, so I can’t comment on it’s content. But I’m curious enough to watch it. CNN got me. They will get other people. They’re smart. Whether it was a respectable move is another debate.

  2. Luigi Oriol says:

    I have yet to watch the show either, but I’m disappointed in CNN in their choice. It starts to diminish their character. I almost can’t take them seriously.

  3. Sarah Ewald says:

    I think Spitzer used to write columns or articles for Slate, so I don’t think the problem would be that he’s not intelligent enough for the show (though I’ve never met him personally).

    I think it’s just a stunt and will be a one-season-wonder.

  4. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when CNN looked over Spitzer’s resume and correctly concluded that he is more qualified to be on television than Rick Sanchez.

  5. Diane says:

    Mr. Spitzer is the best host CNN has ever had. This guy was made for TV. His mind is right there on the subject, focused like a laser. always asking the right questions, demanding clarifications when given evasive answers…..

    He is intense….and I love that…. a whole lot. Spitzer just oozes with smarts. In ’92 as chief of the labor-racketeering unit at Manhattan District Attorney’s office Spitzer led the investigation that ended the Gambino organized crime family’s control of Manhattan’s trucking and garment industries. He was New York State Attorney General from ,1999 – 2006 then was elected Governor of New York ….. lasted a yr. Not a very good yr. so I read but hey nobody is perfect.

    I love him, he is well worth watching. I get a happy Vroom Vroom physical charge watching him work. I bet he’d be an excellent foil fencer.

    UNFORTUNATELY THO CNN has shackle him with E.D. Hill and Will Cain. These two zeros actually make me sick to my stomach. I don’t understand their purpose on the show. Neither of them have any actual hands on experience in politics or government. So their opinions are totally irrelevant and a huge waste of air time.

    Give me 100% Spitzer for the whole hour please.

    Again, Spitzer is the most intelligent person on the air !!

    Prostitutes? Men been buying them for thousands of yrs. I don’t see his wife leaving the scene.

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