Monday, July 19, 2010
How the Mainstream Media sponsored Eliot Spitzer’s comeback.
The Mainstream Media (MSM) loves an underdog. They love people that have fought through adversity. They believe it gives American’s that “If they can do it so can I” type feeling. Whether you are fighting dogs, breaking into another political party’s office or cheating on your spouse you can be forgiven. Although there are certain things you will never be forgiven for (senseless killings and anything involving the harming of children). So it’s not a surprise to see disgraced former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer getting a television show. MSNBC gave him his first start on the comeback trail by re-introducing him to the public. I guess he fancied himself as some sort of political expert and that was enough for him to put his two cents in. I could tell “Morning Joe” co-host Mika “maven of morality” Brzezinski was tight faced when Spitzer started talking. I guess some women are still upset over his whole having sexual relations with a call girl thing. Some guys play golf and others bowl. I guess he needed a hobby because being Governor must be stressful. Well people didn’t complain loud enough when he came on MSNBC so they kept bringing him back. I didn’t see or hear about people standing outside of the network protesting. I guess they only save the picket signs for animal abusers and abortion clinics. I knew it was only a matter of time before Spitzer would be back on the scene. I just didn’t know how. But as we now know, we didn’t have to wait long for the answer.
Side Note: I personally could care less about him cheating on his wife. If she decided to stay with him, that’s on her. It’s none of my business how he conducts his marriage. They might have a lot of vested years that they didn’t want to lose.
Ratings challenged CNN has decided to revive Spitzer’s career by giving him co-hosting duties with a conservative columnist on a TBA (to be announced) program. The program will be taking over the former Campbell Brown 8pm time slot. You remember the snooze fest that Campbell Brown hosted don’t you? Yeah, me neither! I think she was trying to follow Katie Couric’s footsteps but ended up not being able to hold her jock strap but I digress….. Some folks actually thought that Roland Martin was going to get a show at the 8pm time slot….ha ha ha. Only a seasoned comedian or a coked up crack head could tell a funnier joke. In case you haven’t noticed CNN doesn’t have big plans for Roland Martin (hence the title “CNN Contributor” that the network gave him). And it’s not that Martin isn’t hustling because he had a radio show, has books, a blog and another show on TVOne. It’s just that by the MSM standards he is not that popular/cool/well know/ or whatever reason they come up with. Mark Halperin has one bestseller book and MSNBC named him “Senior Political Analyst.” Now granted Halperin has been around since the late 90’s but the hustle is not as prevalent as Martins. The National Association of Black Journalists has complained about the whiteness in television news programs with this recent hire. Or as the MSM hears when the NABJ talks to them…blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Even white women are complaining about white men getting too much play. Too bad Rachel Sklar used “The Daily Beast” to make her complaint. Not even the founder of the on-line website can tell you how many blacks work there. TV isn’t the only place where minorities are losing out.
It's actually quite hilarious if you think about it. The same media that tore Spitzer down is now building him back up. I guess the MSM has decided that they will be the sole controllers of famous peoples’ careers. If they like you, then they will smother you with heaps and praises (i.e. John McCain before he ran for President in 2008). If they don’t like you, then you are going to have a rough time (i.e. Rev Jeremiah Wright talking about America on American soil). Spitzer should be somewhere working on making his marriage stronger and “hooker proof”. Instead he is taking promo shots for his soon to be t.v. show. Sure Spitzer is taking this opportunity away from a seasoned journalist (no matter the color). On the other hand he does have the charisma to pull it off. The man never met a camera he didn’t like. I guess it’s another situation where diversity proponents, white women (that don’t have access) and all the black weekend anchors on CNN will sit around pissed off. Is any of it fair? Probably not! We don’t live in a fair society. We live in a society where there are gatekeepers and people trying to get through the gates. It’s just another day where the people that call the shots are taking the shots too.