Which hour would than be? Oh, just the 8:00 hour, which just so happens to be…Eliot Spitzer’s show:
Every hour but one of CNN’s Tuesday evening news coverage featured at least a mention of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s marital infidelity. Guess which anchor backed away from any mention of the scandal?
Schwarzenegger’s revelation of his fathering a child with a mistress was one of the day’s leading headlines, and merited a mention if not a segment on most every CNN news hour Tuesday. During its 5 p.m.-12 a.m. EDT coverage, CNN reported the story every hour except during the 8 p.m. EDT slot – the prime-time show In the Arena with Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer made no mention of the story.
Spitzer was embroiled in a scandal of his own just three years ago as governor of New York. A federal wiretap linked him to a high-end prostitution ring, and he resigned his office abruptly after the news was made public.
I’m sure it was merely an editorial oversight.
media bias hypocrisy!
CNN host: That felon who shouldn’t have had a gun in the FL school board shooting would have been stopped if we had stronger gun control laws
Let that bit of idiocy sink in as you watch the video clip with former
john governor Eliot Spitzer advocating stronger gun control laws.
Aaron Worthing makes the logical conclusion that is lost (perhaps willfully so) on the left:
The fact is this guy was not supposed to have a gun in the first place. He was a convicted felon. The synopsis of that previous crime was this:
In October 1999, Duke threatened to kill a Florida woman, and when she attempted to flee, he used a handgun to “shoot out the victim’s rear tire of the vehicle that she was operating.”
Duke, wearing a bulletproof vest, told the woman he had “been watching her for the past six months and was planning to kill her, several other people, then himself,” according to probation officers.
And like in most states, Florida tells felons they may not possess firearms. But still, he had one. Because that is what criminals do: they don’t obey the law. Indeed, the notion that a man would decide to commit a murder-suicide would then be deterred by a law telling him he isn’t supposed to own a gun is self-evidently silly.
Only a liberal would conclude that a man intent on breaking the law when it comes to shooting people would somehow be dissuaded from obtaining a gun if only it were illegal…which it already is…so I guess it should be “more illegal“?
Not only are George W. Bush and Elliot Spitzer’s dad’s Monopoly terrorism responsible for Little Elliot’s decision to solicit hookers, but yet another cuplrit has been discovered: Wall Street. From the UK:
Yet in one key respect, Spitzer’s self-inflicted ordeal differs from the Monica extravaganza that stained Bill Clinton’s presidency as severely as it did her blue velvet dress.
There are intriguing reports in New York that the man who was once dubbed Eliot Ness – after the “untouchable” FBI crime-buster – may have owed his fall at least in part to the bankers he once pursued with ruthless moral zeal.
Was the governor a victim of Wall Street’s revenge? “Only one thing is certain – it’s an Eliot mess,” declared one former prosecutor.
I’m waiting for the “Wall Street supplied the hookers, as well as the ‘inability to resist hooker charm’ serum” story any day now. In the meantime, I’d be content with just a little more, oh, I dunno…proof!
The MSM is scrambling (to the point of absurdity) to find someone, anyone to blame for Spitz’ hooker fetish, other than the obvious candidate. For those of you on the left, “the obvious candidate” refers to Ellito Spitzer himself, and not Dick Cheney, Halliburton, Diebold, or Exxon/Mobil.
I would write about something other than Eliot Spitzer (D-NY), but I couldn’t pass this up. Spitzer was destined to hook up with prostitutes because, among other things (including Bush)…his daddy treated him badly at Monopoly. To think, this whole thing could have been averted had only Little Elliot secured Boardwalk!
Wow. Just. friggin’. wow!
Come on, folks…you knew this was coming, right? From Radio Equalizer:
Determined to make lemonade out of their partisan lemons, a fast- growing group of libtalkers, bloggers, feminists, San Francisco media types and other assorted kooks are pushing a theory that fallen New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was somehow “set up” by the Bush Administration.
It proves once again that liberals are not about to allow Spitzer’s self- destruction hurt their party’s chances in November.Though certainly not alone with her assessment of the true motives behind Spitzer’s troubles, libtalker Randi Rhodes delivered a typically over- the- top analysis of the situation at the beginning of Wednesday’s show:
RHODES: The more you look at this the more you understand this man was set up. Now now, wait, I know I just said that. He was easier to set up then Lincoln logs. He was easier to set up then a Christmas train set, which is difficult.
This was easy. This was no I I mean he admitted that he did this thing. But the idea that the guy who ran the escort service that caused Eliot Spitzer to get caught that this man was an enrolled IRS agent running an escort service and it was the IRS who became suspicious because of money transfer is so on its face a set up, it’s unbelievable. However, you know he did do it, there’s no question. He did it.
When the left resorts to pathetic conspiracy- mongering, you know they’re worried sick about how the downfall of a high- profile partisan might hurt their movement. You can bet your Zapruders they aren’t going to give up on this idea anytime soon.
Moonbats: the gift that keeps on giving!
I received an e-mail from a friend who wanted to know how my libertarian views on prostitution square with my belief that Spitzer (who, by his own admission, is guilty) and Vitter (who hasn’t specifically admitted guilt to solicitation, but to being a scumbag…but that’s semantics, I guess) should be prosecuted. That’s a fair question, but it has an easy answer: prostitution is illegal.My friends, many of you will disagree with me on this, and that’s cool, but I think prostitution should be legalized for a couple of reasons.
1. It is not the responsibility of the government to get involved with the voluntary contract between two willing, legally consenting individuals. If a woman wants to charge a fee to provide gratification to a man, and he is willing to pay that fee, than both should be free to do so.
2. There are crimes much more severe than a girl giving a dude an orgasm.
3. If prostitution were legal, it would be subject to health regulations (like restaurant workers, bar owners, etc.) and to federal taxation (income and SS/Medicare).
Many argue that prostitution undermines the family (in the case of married participants). So does adultery of any kind, but that’s not a crime, now is it? Others argue that it leads to the spreading of diseases. That may or may not be true, but that’s where subjecting it to health regulations would be helpful. Besides, unprotected sex of any kind leads to the spreading of diseases, but unprotected sex isn’t a crime, now is it? Adding the element of money somehow makes it less acceptable than giving it away?
Finally, this is about personal responsibility and freedom. If you are free to hook up with a hooker, then you are going to have to be responsible for whatever happens to you: nothing, or divorce, or getting a disease, or getting her pregnant, or whatever else may happen. If you don’t like the risks, don’t get with a hooker. Period. I don’t like the risks, so I’ve never gotten with a hooker. Your risk tolerance may be different than mine.
Anywho, the point is that while I believe that prostitution should be legal, the simple fact is that it is not legal. It is a crime, whether I like it or not, and as such, anyone who violates the law and commits a crime should be punished accordingly: Spitzer, Vitter, or any other hooker or john.
From Game Politics:
Media content has gotten more graphic, more violent and more sex-based… Currently, nothing under New York State law prohibits a fourteen-year old from walking into a video store and buying… a game like ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ which rewards a player for stealing cars and beating people up. Children can even simulate having sex with a prostitute…
The quote was from none other than soon-to-be-former governor Elliot Spitzer (D-NY), when he was A.G. and still tappin’ that hooker #ss.
Excellent and damning column about the MSM’s role in abetting disgraced soon-to-be-former governor Elliot Spitzer (D-NY). Do yourself a favor and read the column (it’s quick reading). Excerpts:
The fall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer holds many lessons, and the press will surely be examining them in coming months. But don’t expect the press corps to delve into the biggest lesson of all — its own role as his enabler.
Journalists have spent the past two days asking how a man of Mr. Spitzer’s stature would allow himself to get involved in a prostitution ring. The answer, in my mind, is clear. The former New York attorney general never believed normal rules applied to him, and his view was validated time and again by an adoring press. “You play hard, you play rough, and hopefully you don’t get caught,” said Mr. Spitzer two years ago. He never did get caught, because most reporters were his accomplices.
Journalism has many functions, but perhaps the most important is keeping tabs on public officials. That duty is even more vital concerning government positions that are subject to few other checks and balances. Chief among those is the prosecutor, who can use his awesome state power to punish, even destroy, private citizens.
Funny how when the MSM thinks that Bu$hitler McCheneyburton is destroying the lives of private citizens (especially Al Qaeda), they get madder than Barney Frank at a wet t-shirt contest. But when a Dem does it? Eh, not so much. Continuing:
Yet from the start, the press corps acted as an adjunct of Spitzer power, rather than a skeptic of it. Many journalists get into this business because they want to see wrongs righted. Mr. Spitzer portrayed himself as the moral avenger. He was the slayer of the big guy, the fat cat, the Wall Street titan — all allegedly on behalf of the little guy. The press ate it up, and came back for more.
(Examples of MSM adoration AND Spitzer abuses of power here… – Ed.)
On the substance, his court record speaks for itself. Most of Mr. Spitzer’s high-profile charges have gone up in smoke. A New York state judge threw out his case against tax firm H&R Block. He lost his prosecution against Bank of America broker Ted Sihpol (whom Mr. Spitzer threatened to arrest in front of his child and pregnant wife). Mr. Spitzer was stopped by a federal judge from prying confidential information out of mortgage companies. Another New York judge blocked the heart of his suit against Mr. Grasso. Mr. Greenberg continues to fight his civil charges. The press was foursquare behind Mr. Spitzer in all these cases, and in a better world they’d share some of his humiliation.
Instead, remarkably, they continue to defend him. Ms. Masters, his biographer, was on CNN the day Mr. Spitzer’s prostitution news broke, reassuring viewers that the governor really was a “lovely” guy. Other news reporters were reporting what a “tragedy” it was that such a leading light in the Democratic Party could come to such an ignoble end.
There’s little that’s tragic about Mr. Spitzer, unless you consider his victims (which would appear to include his own family). The press would do well to meditate on that, and consider how many violations they winked at and validated over the years. Politicians don’t exist to be idolized by the press, at least not by any press corps doing its job.
Nope…no shame, and no liberal media bias!
UPDATE (03/10/2008 – 06:19 P.M. EST): As DJ astutely observed, nowhere in the article does it mention that Spitzer is a Democrat. Nor this article, which says that he was caught via a wiretap (Pfffffffff-bwahahahahahaha!). The word appears exactly zero times. Sure, you dig a little bit and find out about his efforts to smear a state Republican, but that’s it. I’m sure it was an oversight, right? Nope…no liberal media bias!
When he wasn’t busy trying to get criminal aliens drivers licenses, the former NY Attorney General, i.e. the chief law enforcement prosecutor, apparently was involved in a prostitution ring. Story here.
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