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Eliot Spitzer Gets Show on CNN -- Bad Example for Our Kids?

Disgraced customer of prostitutes, former governor of New York and father of three Eliot Spitzer has made a remarkable comeback in two short years — he’s just been given a prime-time opinion show opposite Kathleen Parker on CNN. Sure, most kids don’t get who Spitzer is or what he did, but surely news-watching teenagers were aware of the scandal, and what does his short-lived public punishment tell them? Crime not only pays, it makes you more marketable with lucrative opportunities in the near future once there is a new scandal in town that makes yours look minor in comparison.

It’s becoming more difficult to teach our kids that actions have severe consequences when sex tapes are glorified and pay well, when one needs no talent but to be willing to be followed by cameras to be famous and when America loves a good comeback story.  Meanwhile, Spitzer’s prostitute of choice gets an advice column in a major newspaper and poses for Playboy.

But CNN failed to mention Spitzer’s sordid past or demise in its announcement. CNN President Jon Klein says this program won’t “force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view” because it will “be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country.”

“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 added.

Unfortunately taking on the important cause of women relegated to selling themselves wasn’t one of them. No, Spitzer had the means to afford the best at $3500 a night, so why worry about the ones controlled by pimps and addicted to drugs who felt they had no other choice?  Guess what show I WON’T be watching on CNN?

I would have more empathy for Spitzer if he hadn’t been such an arrogant public official who held himself up as the white knight against all evil while breaking the law himself. And if he didn’t have his lovely wife standing at his side during what must have been a humiliating press conference for her. A bigger man would have faced it alone, she suffered enough.

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