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CNN hires former New York AG/Governor

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June 21, 2010

NEW YORK CITY, New York: The cable news network, CNN, in what critics assume is a desperate bid to boast fledgeling ratings, has hired former New York Attorney General and disgraced Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer to co-host an 8 p.m. talk show.[1] This development comes at a time when "CNN is struggling in its ratings war against Fox News and MSNBC."[2] Spitzer, who will be teamed up with "conservative" columnist Kathleen Parker, will replace Campbell Brown, who recently announced she was leaving the network due to poor ratings; his main competitor in the time slot is Bill O'Reilly whose FOX News program, The O'Reilly Factor, has been number one in the cable news ratings for years.[3][4] This move is just the latest in the former Governor of New York's efforts to reshape his national image. Nearly a year after resigning from office in disgrace following a New York Times article that exposed him for his role in an infamous prostitution scandal, Spitzer has served as a columnist for Slate and has made a slew of media appearances.