Parker vs. Spitzer…

The New York Post’s Tara Palmeri writes about Kathleen Parker not being happy with her co-host. Do note CNN’s non-denial denial concerning the alleged incidents cited by Palmeri…

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker actually stormed off the set of the “Parker Spitzer” show during a pre-taping a few weeks ago — furious that her co-host is continually allowed to take charge of their nightly CNN chat-fest, the insiders said.

Although still fuming, Parker did return to wrap up the segment, they said.

But she’s angry that the show’s producers are allegedly doing nothing to play up her strengths on the ailing show, the sources said.

Some staffers said Spitzer — the hard-charging, former state attorney general who resigned as governor in 2008 after admitting to patronizing prostitutes — thrust himself up front and center right out of the gate, leaving Parker without a chance.

But other insiders said the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parker has only herself to blame.

26 Responses to “Parker vs. Spitzer…”

  1. Oh please. Parker’s “strength” was trashed during the first minute of the first show, when she decided to act like a flirty schoolgirl with a man who lost his career over high-priced hookers. The Kathleen Parker I knew on Hardball and Meet The Press was an interesting, intelligent commentator. That person was nowhere to be found the first week of Parker/Spitzer. Haven’t watched since. Won’t. Brooke Baldwin at 8!

  2. There’s no chemistry at all between the two hosts. Spitzer obviously thinks she’s a lightweight and thus dismisses her out of hand and Parker hasn’t given us any signs she’s not a lightweight.

    The closest on air host duo they can be compared to is Joe & Mika but she lacks even Mika’s limited range.

    I expect she will be replaced by a stronger personality from the right in the next few months. Some in house possibilities; Erik Erikson, Bob Bennett or my fave Ed Rollins. If it has to be a female then maybe Gloria Borger although she would be from the center.

  3. A CNN veteran like Borger wouldn’t be caught dead as Spitzer’s sidekick.

  4. Sure she would. You pay a pundit enough and give them a host gig and they would happily appear opposite Spitzer.

    What makes Bolger any different than Parker. Lots of women have appeared with Spitzer both at CNN & MSNBC.

  5. First of all, Borger is no centrist. Secondly, this show is dead and buried already. Nothing short of Parker revealing she is pregnant with Spitzer’s baby will revivle this thing.

    Everyone on this site spotted this show as DOA from the moment it was announced.

  6. Borger is a Commie lib blah blah blah. Bull.

  7. Now Joe, I didn’t call her a commie lib, but she offers a reliably Democratic viewpoint. Go comb through her editorials on CNN’s website and link to the one supporting a conservative side of the issue.

  8. ^ No need, I know how the game is played. If you’re not a “fair and balanced” conservative, you’re a liberal. Which makes CNN “liberal”. I could claim “centrist” for this or that person/organization all day long, and you would have none of it.

  9. savefarris Says:

    But she’s angry that the show’s producers are allegedly doing nothing to play up her strengths

    Sarah Palin hatchet jobs?

  10. Sarah Palin hatchet jobs?

    I don’t know why you guys can’t handle her criticism of Palin. Saying she’s not a serious thinker does not qualify as a “hatchet job”.

  11. “First of all, Borger is no centrist.”

    ^ What joe said.

    “Secondly, this show is dead and buried already.”

    Not necessarily so. Spitzer could carry a show if it had the right format. Something like the Fareed Zakaria GPS but with a more Wall Street/Washington beat could do well if Spitzer was able to get some smart guests to debate. He’s not stupid just a philanderer. Not being able to keep in their pants hasn’t hampered Vitter or Ensign and neither of those two are ever going to be mistaken for Rhodes scholars.

  12. How does anyone call another out for not being a “serious thinker”?

    We have a supposed “intellectual” in there now as POTUS, and look at the mess we’re in. He’s brought in all these “geniuses” from academia who don’t know a thing about real world economics.

    Could it get any worse?

  13. That’s a lovely shot at “my side”, Missy, but it ignores my point: Kathleen Parker thinks Sarah Palin is a narcissitic dunderhead. So do a lot of people. It’s not a “hatchet job”, it’s an opinion about the obvious.

  14. mlong5000 Says:

    Her attacks on Palin every night seem to be the only thing she brings to the show and even people with the most severe case of PDS (Joe)will get tired of it real fast.

  15. I’m sure she repeats it too often – which would be one more reason not to watch – but Parker’s dismay with the thin-skinned narcissist is warranted.

  16. mlong5000 Says:

    “but Parker’s dismay with the thin-skinned narcissist is warranted.”

    What dose Olbermann have to do with this?

  17. That’s a good comeback, Mlong, but Olby isn’t being presented as a leader of a political movement with a shot at the White House.

  18. missy5537 Says:

    I have no deep admiration for Sarah Palin, and as shallow as she may be, 0bama is twice as much so. The media got him elected, yet it shows no remorse for his failures in office.

    But because she’s a pro-life white woman and conservative, Sarah falls into no victim class, and is badgered repeatedly. I guess I could even go on TV and say some rotten things about her; it’s a sport at this point.

    Look at all the other idiotic things politicians say and do, yet their stories go ignored. My favorite this week is that of John Conyers’ son reporting the vandalization of his Cadillac Escalade (well, not really his, but a vehicle owned by the “Congressional District”), and of course old man Conyers knew nothing about it. The kid had $27,000 worth of concert tickets ripped off, plus two Macbooks, which may be the two ripped off by his mom when she worked on the Detroit City Council.

    Talk about a culture of corruption.

  19. That’s crap, Missy. You’re pretending that many people – including many conservatives – are going after Sarah Palin because she’s a conservative pro-life woman..not because she’s a thin skinned, shallow narcissist who constantly plays victim while comparing herself to Ronald Reagan, accusing the senior Bushes of being “blue bloods” intent on picking the ’12 candidates, and hinting that she’ll run for President if nobody else ‘good enough’ comes along.

    I’ll grant – as I’ve been reminded by reliable sources many times – that Palin absorbed some cheap shots a couple years ago, but the criticism she’s getting now is warranted..and accurate. And it’s NOT because she’s pro-life..

  20. missy5537 Says:

    Joe, I am saying that she is not in a protected “victim class”, so that anyone can say anything they want about her. And since when did she compare herself to Ronald Reagan?

    And the Bushes do not own the GOP. And her comments about running if no one else viable was in contention had to do with her positions, not whether anyone was “good enough” to run.

  21. Joe, I am saying that she is not in a protected “victim class”, so that anyone can say anything they want about her. And since when did she compare herself to Ronald Reagan?

    Huh? Nobody in politics is a “protected victim”.

    She has repeatedly referenced Reagan’s beginnings as an actor as a justification for being a political person with a travel show. Translation: “I’m like Reagan.”

    My point about her comments about running for President is that she considers herself “good enough” for the job, which qualifies her as worthy of a full-court press of her positions, thoughts, and character. So far, her positions are vague and simplistic; her thoughts are self-absorbed and vapid; and her character is…self-absorbed and vapid. The fact that conservatives in this country would even consider Pretty Girl For President is embarrassing.

  22. Watched the other night with E.D. Hill co-hosting. Didn’t take long for me to notice that Gov. Spitzer hogs the show. He was ok for a bit but then I just wanted him to shut up. Instead of finishing the show I decided to watch a dvr’d Dirty Jobs.

  23. …show I decided to watch a dvr’d Dirty Jobs.

    Kinda redundant, dontcha think? 😉

  24. missy5537 Says:

    E.D. was on w/ Spitzer?

    And Joe, “The fact that conservatives in this country would even consider Pretty Girl For President is embarrassing.”

    Kinda like what the dems did with the empty suit POTUS we’re stuck with now?

  25. Kinda like what the dems did with the empty suit POTUS we’re stuck with now?

    Sorry, but if you want to talk about a different politician I’m sorely disappointed in, we can, but it’s not a substitute for addressing my points about Palin.

  26. — Kinda redundant, dontcha think? 😉 —

    Some things even Mike Rowe won’t do..

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