Accuracy in Media

If you didn’t think that California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom had national political ambitions, then think again. It was announced yesterday that Current TV has hired Newsom to host his own show beginning in May.

Newsom, who served as mayor of San Francisco for seven years, was elected to his current post in 2010 and becomes the first sitting politician that I can recall hosting a nationally cablecast television show. While he was mayor, he hosted a local radio call-in show, but that is very different from a daily television show.

Current, which is trying to move past its debacle with Keith Olbermann, will be paying Newsom an unspecified salary, which his spokesperson said he would donate to charity.

And he won’t have to go very far as Current is based in San Francisco.

Here is part of what Current said in announcing the hiring of Newsom:

The hour-long talk show will have a decidedly California touch as Newsom interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond. “The Gavin Newsom Show” will be executive produced by Mia Haugen a former executive at The Street, Forbes and CNN.

“Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change,” commented Current TV Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore. “First as a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as Mayor of San Francisco, and now as Lieutenant Governor, Newsom touches many worlds – business, politics, entertainment and activism. We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television.”

And even more importantly to Current, his decidedly liberal political view.

Newsom now gets his shot at the national stage, thanks to Current. But with the network’s miniscule ratings, he may find that it really won’t do much for his national ambitions.

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  • Robert Johnson

    As with all the other talking heads on Current he will be preaching to his own choir only. Why would any viewer, other than a liberal viewer, waste his time watching this channel? There are a wide variety of media alternatives available to anyone wanting to hear a liberal view without having to put up with the arrogance of the speakers located here. Newsome will fit in without a ripple of discord because he really does believe he has all the answers to life’s thorny problems. Answers which will, undoubtly, call for a large dose of government involvement and interference in citizens’s lives. He ran San Francisco that way, he’ll run his show exactly the same. No best wishes from me, I’m just happy some of his time will be taken up by the show thus helping to minimize his time in California politics.