'CBS This Morning' Yawns at Latest Spitzer Scandal; ABC, NBC Cover
February 15th, 2016 5:57 PM
CBS This Morning was the sole Big Three morning newscast on Monday to not cover the assault allegation against former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer that emerged over the weekend. By contrast, NBC's Today aired a full two-plus minute report on Spitzer "facing another potentially embarrassing scandal," as Kristen Dahlgren put it. ABC's Good Morning America gave a brief on the story, but didn't…
Alec Baldwin Producing Documentary on Barney Frank, 'a Personal Hero o
March 28th, 2014 7:11 PM
Little more than a month after Alec Baldwin declared “goodbye to public life,” the liberal actor is back in the news after signing on as an executive producer of a documentary entitled Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, which will debut on April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival in lower Manhattan.
Barney Frank -- an openly gay, recently retired Congressman from…
Spitzer: Weiner Should Not Be Mayor of New York
July 29th, 2013 5:49 PM
Disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer on Monday said he wouldn’t be voting for Anthony Weiner, and that the embattled sexter should not be mayor of New York City.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball, Spitzer was cornered by host Chris Matthews to say who he was going to vote for in the upcoming election.
Laughable: Eliot Spitzer Photoshops NY Times Headline in New Ad... Tim
July 26th, 2013 6:57 AM
Jim Swift at Bomble.com noticed Eliot Spitzer did something amazingly sleazy with the New York Times – something the paper hasn’t noticed yet. In a new TV ad pitching himself as the scourge of Wall Street, he edited a July 9 Times subheadline to exclude that in addition to "Instant Pushback" from high finance to his bid for city comptroller, he’s also opposed by unions and politicians.…
CNN Tries to Rehabilitate Scandal-Tainted Eliot Spitzer (Again
July 18th, 2013 12:07 PM
Would Eliot Spitzer be getting such a boost from CNN if he were a Republican? The former Democratic New York governor resigned in 2008 over a prostitution scandal, but less than three years later he snagged a prime-time show on CNN. On Wednesday night he enjoyed a nice promotion from CNN's Piers Morgan as he runs for New York City comptroller.
Morgan largely avoided Spitzer's 2008 scandal –…
New York Magazine Writer Prat-Fawns Over Mrs. Weiner
July 16th, 2013 6:53 AM
Isaac Chotiner at The New Republic exposed New York magazine writer Mark Jacobson as a Huma Abedin shoe-polisher. “Abedin always gets good press, but this piece takes it to a new level. As a public service, I have chosen the four silliest/creepiest tidbits.”
1. “She approached in a knit white top and navy-blue business skirt, her dark, almost black hair down to her shoulders. She wore…
Whining Spitzer, Who Beat the Rap Because of Who He Is: Zimmerman Verd
July 15th, 2013 12:59 PM
On ABC's This Week yesterday, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer -- who resigned in 2008 when caught dead to rights illegally purchasing the services of prostitutes but was never prosecuted because, as announced two days after Election Day in 2008, the Department of Justice decided that "the public interest would not be further advanced by filing criminal charges" -- called the verdict in…
MSNBC’s Michael Smerconish Fawns over Spitzer and Pushes for Legaliz
July 10th, 2013 6:00 PM
While serving as guest host of Tuesday's Hardball, Michael Smerconish closed the program by pushing for a legalization of prostitution. He claimed not to see anything wrong with women selling their bodies for money, calling it “the private affairs of consenting adults.” It's no coincidence that Smerconish's defense of the sex trade came just two days after gushing over prostitution patron…
Shock: MSNBC's O'Donnell Mocks Spitzer and Weiner Return to Politics
July 9th, 2013 2:41 PM
On Monday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell not only mocked disgraced former Democratic officeholders Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer for their efforts to return to political office, but he even suggested that former President George W. Bush is setting a better example by working to fight cancer in Africa.
After playing clips of Weiner and Spitzer talking…
ABC Again Touts Eliot Spitzer: 'Infamy Might Work to His Advantage,' S
July 9th, 2013 12:06 PM
For the second day in a row, the journalists at Good Morning America failed to identify prostitution patron Eliot Spitzer as a Democrat. Yet, in a story on the politician's comeback, reporter Claire Shipman made sure to highlight former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford as a Republican. Regarding Spitzer's bid to be the New York City comptroller, Shipman enthused, "A new political lesson for…
Nothing to See Here: CNN Largely Omits Tainted Eliot Spitzer Was Once
July 9th, 2013 10:36 AM
CNN mentioned Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal in every single report on his comeback bid in politics on Monday and Tuesday, but hid that he was recently a CNN prime-time host in five of the seven reports.
Spitzer was originally hired by CNN as a liberal voice, to co-host a prime-time show with "conservative" Kathleen Parker that debuted in October of 2010. When Parker left the show…
Spitzer's Feeble Defense: Hey, Politicians Lie All The Time About All
July 9th, 2013 10:20 AM
As defenses go to the charge of having lied to the people of New York about illegal activities, Eliot Spitzer's was feeble at best. Hey, politicans lie all the time about all sorts of stuff, was the essence of Client #9-turned-Comptroller-candidate's response.
Spitzer's lame defense [he literally said: "I think we all know that politicians dissemble all the time about negotiations, on…
MSNBC's Smerconish to Spitzer: Was Your Resignation 'Unwarranted?' 'En
July 8th, 2013 6:29 PM
Hardball guest host Michael Smerconish on Monday was so gentle with reformed prostitution patron Eliot Spitzer that even the former governor seemed uncomfortable. Talking about Spitzer's new run for New York City comptroller, Smerconish enthused, "Governor, does running now mean that resigning was unwarranted?"
He continued, "Would a Spitzer victory mark the of end of the sex scandal as…
CBS Omits Spitzer's Political Opponent Allegedly Provided Him With Pro
July 8th, 2013 3:51 PM
Monday's CBS This Morning twice mentioned Kristin Davis, one of Eliot Spitzer's electoral opponents, during an interview of the disgraced former New York governor, but failed to mention that she claims to be the madam who sold Spitzer the services of prostitutes. Norah O'Donnell wondered, "Did you just look at the role of comptroller and say, 'look, I'd be running against Kristin Davis. I could…