Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University, and one of the leading popular culture critics around, slams Eliot Spitzer, in Nancy Franklin's New Yorker piece on CNN: ‘Name ten thousand people that you think might be O.K. on television,’ Eliot Spitzer’s name would not be on that list.”
In the same article, Reese Schonfield, one of the founding executives of CNN, adds these comments about Spitzer:
Schonfeld plainly doesn’t think the Spitzer-Parker show is a good idea. I reached him at home in New York recently (he was watching BBC World News when I called), and he said, “I don’t get it. I can’t think of any reason to put that show on the air.” His assessment of Spitzer, who, he pointed out, has been a lawyer and a politician for his entire career and has no news experience, is that, “at best, he’ll be another shouter.” At the same time, when it comes to news coverage CNN “has a weak starting lineup, and no visible bench. There’s a feeling of insecurity at the network.”
Lotsa luck, CNN!