Cable News Nets Blanket Spitzer Resignation
March 12, 2008 12:41 PM
If Osama bin Laden were captured today, odds are that the cable news nets would have run it as a crawl as they all offered minute-by-minute coverage of the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who admitted that he was linked to a prostitution ring.
Of course, bin Laden was not found today, so why do I bring this up? Remember the “shoe bomber,” the terrorist who got by security onto a flight from Paris to Miami and threatened the safety of that plane shortly after 9/11? That news first appeared on a crawl on CNN, while talking heads blathered about whatever was the story du jour. Only later did it become THE news of the week.
And did you know the Capitol was briefly shut down today as a plane strayed into restricted space? The incident turned out to be pilot error, not a terrorist attack.
Indeed, the Spitzer story, a real-life morality play, makes for great TV. Spitzer, who as New York’s attorney general was widely praised for cleaning up Wall Street, in the end proved that he was not cleaner than Caesar’s wife.
And you haven’t seen the last of Spitzer, now destined forever to be remembered as Client 9 at the Emperors Club. Today all of the cable news nets, even CNBC, promised wall-to-wall specials tonight about the rise and fall of the governor, who steps down on St. Patrick’s Day.
Is this overkill?