Parker- Spitzer debuts on CNN

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Later out came Elizabeth Warren, who received some tough questions from Parker about her being named to head the Consumer Protection Agency that was created by Congress from the financial regulation bill.


Then we had Aaron Sorkin, the genius behind The West Wing and the author of perhaps the best reviewed film of the year in The Social Network, come on and make controversy as he called Sarah Palin "an idiot," and slammed the GOP.  (Fox's Greta Van Susteren didn't like that one bit).


As far as feedback, Spitzer didn't do too badly for never having hosted a television show (I believe he's guest hosted a few shows in the past).  But he's got to stop cutting in on his guest's answers.  Having one Chris Matthews on national cable is bad enough.  But seriously, you literally could not hear the answers by his guests to questions that Spitzer posed.


I've no idea if this show will make, or if it should.  I'm not sure how well Spitzer is going to be received by the public, and besides, his personality is pretty aggressive, which in the past would have been made him "too hot" for the notoriously "cool" medium that television is, or so said Marshall McLuhan back in the 1960's.  But that was before Fox changed all the rules, so we'll have to wait it out.  Or not.

It doesn't get more "prime" than the 8 p.m. time slot for the three major cable news networks.  But for the past several years, CNN hasn't been a player, losing in the ratings not only to the most watched man in cable news, Fox's Bill O'Reilly, but they've also been eclipsed in the past several years by Keith Olbermann at MSNBC.

First Paula Zahn went down in the ratings, then Campbell Brown.  Now, with new management in place, CNN debuted its much heralded Parker-Spitzer broadcast last night, starring syndicated conservative columnist Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer, the former disgraced Attorney General and Governor of the great state of New York whose meteoric career seemingly went down in flames when he

The show started out with a bang (no double entendre intended, but when talking about Spitzer, it's difficult), with Spitzer, who made himself into a star on the left when he took on Wall Street corruption in his eight years as NY AG, called for President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, never a favorite of the progressive community (who should be happy that Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel have left the West Wing).

While Spitzer's opening was dynamic, Parker's was a bit dull, discussing Sarah Palin.

Parker has been one of those conservatives (along with David Frum, David Brooks and others) who have been quite critical of Palin from the beginning, not believing she has the gravitas to play on the big stage.  But in an interesting exchange, Spitzer chastised Parker for the columnist's declaration that since she believes Palin will ultimately not run for President, she should do everybody a favor and announce that right now, before the 2012 campaign begins in earnest.

The show got even better with their first dueling group of guests, conservative blogger Andrew Brietbart and columnist/author Thomas Frank, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and best known for his 2004 book, What's the Matter with Kansas?, and is rarely seen on cable TV.

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