June 23rd, 2010
10:17 AM ET
13 years ago

Spitzer, Parker to host primetime CNN show

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/23/art.spitzerparker2shot.cnn.jpg caption ="CNN announced Wednesday that Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer will host its new 8 p.m. program."]Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host a new hour long CNN primetime news program starting in the fall as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, the network announced Wednesday morning.

The yet-to-be-named “roundtable discussion” program will air at 8 p.m. ET replacing Campbell Brown.

“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 country,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a statement released by the network. “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.”

Klein made the announcement in Wednesday’s network wide editorial conference call with CNN staff.

Parker, whose columns appear in over 400 newspapers twice a week, in April received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She describes herself as a “rational” conservative.

“As a veteran print journalist, I am appropriately respectful of the challenges posed by the medium,” said Parker. “But I'm thrilled by the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to me —and that aren't heard often enough on television—in a conversation with one of the nation's most brilliant, fearless and original thinkers. With Eliot Spitzer as my co-host, Wall Street and Main Street will finally meet. It can't possibly be boring.”

Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned as governor in March 2008 after acknowledging visiting a prostitute, is a well respected political mind and a take-no-prisoners prosecutor who has been often referred to as the “Sheriff of Wall Street.”

“Kathleen is an extraordinary intellect whose sharp observations and wit are certain to resonate with viewers,” said Spitzer. “I look forward to working alongside her in a discussion that will inform, challenge, and entertain. 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.”

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  1. Rush Limbaugh marries ambulance chaser,and were still laughing

    CNN is balanced news,not like Faux News and the Goebels propaganda network.

    June 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. BillE

    This ought to be good! lol

    June 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Molly Weasley

    Two smart people. This could be interesting.

    Maybe now CNN can get rid of some of the more ridiculous and worthless hires it has made in recent months, like Eric Erickson.

    June 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Albertina

    Spitzer never visited a prostitute but rather engaged in physical activities with a prositute. You should correct your article.

    June 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Mike

    Ha ha, this line nearly made me spew my coffee:

    "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 – "

    What a joke! CNN is second only to MSNBC in towing a strictly partisan, unbalanced and bias-bordering-on-hatred approach to anyone or any view not in line with the CNN party line. Look at your commentators! Cafferty? Martin? Opinionated, uninformed, hateful.

    June 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Mesa Mick

    Picking Elliot Spitzer is a brilliant move Mr.Klien – Brilliant!

    The right wing bible banging "family values" regressionists have made it impossible for Mr. Spitzer to serve in public office thus depriving all of us the benefits of one of the greatest political minds of the new century.

    Thank you for giving Mr. Spitzer a legitimate platform that will give us back the benefits of his legal and political expertise and superior intellectual brainpower.

    And Mr. Spitzer gets an added bonus too – He can sleep with whomever he wants for any price and it won't mean a rat's patoot...

    June 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. JB

    That is one show I will not watch. He is NOT interesting and who wants to see him on TV and who cares..........

    June 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. katiec

    Gosh, CNN, you are trying to tell us you do not force feed your bias for the right down our throats?? Wow. Maybe some of the complaints by bloggers and your falling ratings, maybe constant comparison to Fox has opened your eyes?
    I sure hope so as it would be a big plus for a cable TV station to actually become "News you can trust".

    June 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. shame on you, CNN

    As one of the few who watches CNN these days, I'm disappointed that you're giving that liar Spitzer a platform to rehabilitate himself. How much is he paying CNN per hour for this job? I just hope he leaves his socks on. Needless to say, I hope NOBODY watches this new show. Shame on CNN.

    June 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. renee

    what is campbell brown's new future.

    June 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. wake up

    Who the heck is running this ONCE thought of "best name in news".

    Is it that difficult to deliver news and opinion that doesn't secretly have to pacify the far left and obama?

    June 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. all the news that's fit to omit

    Funny CNN, that is why nobody watched Campbell Brown and why nobody watches Bathtub boy on MessNBC, one mind and one vison constantly and no differing views.

    At 08:00 on the "mean network" you have a bellicose host who without question has differing views on EACH AND EVERY NIGHT, not an opinion, but a fact as proven by study after study.

    You are not giving this show a chance to get an audience by putting it on at 08:00 as it is going to get killed as every other show has at 08:00 for over 10 YEARS.

    I like the idea of the panel format with BOTH Dems and Repubs, kind of like Crossfire years ago, also kind of like Fox from 08:00-11:00 every night (Hannity has the Great american panel and a Dem is ALWAYS ON).

    June 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Rob

    Good job CNN maybe this show will have 15,000 view a night! Instead of your usual 10000 viewers a night.

    June 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Trying to escape the Fox Lite, moniker?

    This may be a good start.

    June 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. larry

    I am a LIBERAL NY DEMOCRAT! And its maddening that this man is given any public voice! I personally hold my leaders to a higher standard than Mr. Spitzer has demonstated and want in known that he does not speak for MY Democratic point of view.

    June 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Ben

    Great. Leave it to CNN to bring in a disgraced Governor who consorts with prostitutes. Exactly how is this going to raise their ratings? The short answer is it won't.

    June 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Eric

    You can name this new show "Soon to be Cut for Low Ratings."

    June 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Pam Raynor

    There must be someone else you can hire other than an adulterer and one who had to resign from the governorship???? Done with watching CNN.....

    June 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Harvey

    Spitzer? Boy CNN, you guys are one step below desparate...

    June 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. LooseyGoosey

    Great show! Spitzer is my progressive hero..

    June 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Milan

    Ah no! I loved Campbell!

    June 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Jane Lloyd

    Great fresh faces with hopefully unbiased reporting. Campbell Brown is NOT a good reporter and she puts words in peoples mouths not allowing them to give their opionion and sides.

    Great change. I had stopped watching at this hour due to Campbell Brown. Enjoy John Roberts also.

    June 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Chris

    This is a joke, right? You couldn't get Blago, so you had to settle for disgraced former governer Spitzer? I'm thoroughly disgusted, and I won't be watching.

    June 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Augsbee

    Oh yuck!!!!!!! who wants to see, listen to Spitzer, talk about wasting money and precious time.

    I've listened to Spitzer, he's thinking is so from the past, old school, old thinking, old nonsense, same old, same old, same old. He's probably going to push the 1990's way of thinking, doing things all over again.

    Please CNN, get someone that's keeping up with the realities of today's times, today's competition, not the 1990's.

    June 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. saywha??

    CNN...what are you doing?? Spitzer and Parker??? Both have lots of baggage... I guess I'll be watching elsewhere from now on. You finally lost me!!!

    June 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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