Accuracy in Media

Eliot Spitzer, who stepped down as the governor of New York in 2008 after it was a revealed he was a customer of a prostitution ring, managed to avoid any mention of  fellow former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “love child” sex scandal on his television show this week.

According to Dylan Stableford of The Wrap, Spitzer did cover the now former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s very public sex scandal including an interview with the lawyer of the alleged victim in this case.

The DSK case didn’t take up the entire show and Stableford reported that Spitzer did find time to interview a Phoenix Suns executive who just announced that he was gay, and the New York attorney general investigating  three Wall Street banks.

He also aired three shorter segments on Pakistan, the Louisiana Spillway floods and Jerome Corsi’s new book on Obama’s birth certificate claims.

That was it.  Not a word, zip, nada about Schwarzenegger fathering a child with a maid while his wife was pregnant.

Perhaps this story hits a little too close to home. By mentioning it Spitzer would have felt obligated to admit his past indiscretion while serving as governor, which he is obviously hoping people will forget, much like the executives at CNN did when they hired him last year.

But in the interest of transparency and full disclosure, Spitzer should have faced this head on rather than completely ignore the story knowing that it would have shined the light on him as well.

CNN already committed one major ethical lapse this week when a story on political sex scandals conveniently left Spitzer out. Now they have compounded the error by ignoring a scandal on a prime time news program that every other network, and virtually every other show on CNN, was covering.

The time to protect Spitzer has passed. CNN might do themselves a favor and consider letting Spitzer go, and spare any further embarrassment to the network and its reputation.

 





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