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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

'Parker Spitzer' boots Parker: Unfair?


'Parker Spitzer' boots Parker: Unfair?

Kathleen Parker gets dumped from the CNN show she co-hosted. Was she responsible for the show's low ratings or is she just taking the fall?

Kathleen Parker bids adieu Friday night to CNN's sinking ship, "Parker Spizer." Eliot Spitzer remains on as the show goes in a "new direction."

Best Opinion: Huff. Post, Hollywood Reporter, Gothamist

Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has left the struggling CNN show "Parker Spitzer," which she co-hosted with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat. Rumors about her departure began circulating in January, just three months after the political talk show launched. With ratings lagging, CNN plans to take the show in a "new direction," keeping Spitzer on, and relaunching the program as "In the Arena." Was Parker unfairly blamed for the failure of the critically panned "Parker Spitzer"?

Yes, this reeks of sexism: "Let's face it, CNN has a women problem," says Amy Siskind at The Huffington Post. Seven anchors left the cable news network last year, and five were women. And now we're supposed to believe that Parker, and not her "obnoxious," spotlight-hogging, prostitution-scandal-plagued co-host, was the one holding back their flailing show. Parker's apparently forced exit has "the stench of sexism."

CNN had to make a change: The bottom line is "Parker Spitzer" didn't work, says Lacey Rose in The Hollywood Reporter. The ratings were dismal, and the duo "failed to gin up the sort of buzz the news operation longs for." Now Parker can get back to what she does best — writing — and CNN can try finding a formula that clicks.
"Kathleen Parker out at CNN's 'Parker Spitzer'"

Parker should count herself lucky: "Parker Spitzer" was one of those lousy ideas that never should have been greenlighted, says Jen Chung at Gothamist. Now that Parker has put herself out of her Spitzer-induced "misery," she can get on with her life. Plus, Parker now gets the pleasure of watching her "hooker-loving" former co-host sink on his own.

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aries moon said...

Spitzer may be a slimeball, but he's not completely worthless as far as political commentary goes. The man is very knowledgeable and when I think about some of the current hires at CNN such as Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch, both who have difficulty with facts and knowing what actual journalism is, I can't really come down too harshly on Spitzer. If they really want to complain about anyone on the show, they should focus on ED Hill who instantly proved herself to be completely unworthy of her position on the show. All she did was interrupt and badger and I could see that Spitzer was already exasperated with her. How long will SHE be on the show?

Wow, no more anonymous commenting? I kind of liked it, oh well....

judy said...

Amy Suskind is wrong even if she blogs for the Huffington Post.
I agree women have a place in media, but they have to be the "right women" and Ms. Parker was totally in over her head and had very limited appeal.
Eliot Spitzer was more than gracious when he said she was 'witty." Nora Ephron is witty.
If Ms Parker was witty, she certainly did a good job of hiding it from her viewers. Most of the time she seemed "lost."
Eliot, you're on...
I too miss the annoymous commenting if only because it was well, liberating.