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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