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Kathleen Parker Keeps Her Chin Up (Parker-Spitzer)
National Review Online ^ | October 19, 2010 | Robert Costa

Posted on 10/20/2010 9:36:57 AM PDT by tom h

New York – In the inner sanctum of CNN, high above Lincoln Center, Kathleen Parker’s office is tucked in the back, a few steps from the outer rim of newsroom cubicles. Inside, she keeps a neat workspace, with political histories on the bookshelf and framed pictures of her family on the windowsill. A stray pair of heels lie on the floor

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Parker Spitzer, the primetime program she co-hosts with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer

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Their talk show, which debuted earlier this month, has struggled in the ratings. Its main timeslot competitors, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News and Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, have easily kept their spots atop the heap, even though CNN poured large sums of money into a promotional campaign for its new evening keystone. Scathing reviews from numerous outlets have also rattled its initial run.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cnn; kathleenparker; news; parkerspitzer; vichyrepublicans
I've watched the show briefly, and the reviewers are right. Spitzer is a lousy host and is odd looking -- he looks like a New York prosecutor, which he was before becoming Governor -- and Parker is too nice to have much punch.

That said, I can't help but like the show because I've had a mild crush on Kathleen Parker for years, back when she was a South Florida journalist, ever since she exchanged emails with me after a particularly hard-hitting column about fatherhood.

She looks like the pretty housewife next door:


1 posted on 10/20/2010 9:37:02 AM PDT by tom h
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To: tom h

She have her chin up searching for bedbugs!


2 posted on 10/20/2010 9:40:42 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: tom h

Miss Parker is attractive until she opens her mouth.


3 posted on 10/20/2010 9:41:06 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: tom h

I lost all respect for her during the 2008 election cycle, and her constant bashing of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, conservatives in general, since then.

The fact she took the second seat alongside a guy that has a penchant for hookers that resemble his daughter speaks to HER character, and her willingness to drop any principals at the drop of a hat.

JMHO.


4 posted on 10/20/2010 9:42:15 AM PDT by Badeye (I can see NOVEMBER from My HOUSE.)
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To: tom h

Unfortunately her head seems to be a moral vacuum. As usual with these “balanced” talk shows, the left is represented by a corrupt leftist, and the right is represented by a “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along” airhead.


5 posted on 10/20/2010 9:46:53 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Rush said the other day that CNN should re-name the show “Spitzer and the Ditzer”.


6 posted on 10/20/2010 9:47:07 AM PDT by BobbyinCT
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To: tom h

Try to transfer your crush to a someone worthwhile. Look to the north, young man. (As in the 49th state)


7 posted on 10/20/2010 9:50:07 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: UB355
"Miss Parker is attractive until she opens her mouth."

I agree with you -- unless the mouth-opening has nothing to do with talking.

Shhhhh!!! But I confess to also having a huge crush on Susan Sarandon ... yea, who needs to have a conversation with her either.

Guess these lovely, middle-aged feminine gals do something for me.

8 posted on 10/20/2010 9:50:38 AM PDT by tom h
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To: tom h

I clicked over to CNN last night during that show. They had former green czar Van Jones on.. I will not ever do that again.


9 posted on 10/20/2010 9:53:37 AM PDT by ColdOne (GOP. Gutless Old Politicians :^)).....Tolerance for thee but none for me)
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To: Carl LaFong
"Try to transfer your crush to a someone worthwhile. Look to the north, young man. (As in the 49th state)"

Alaska? Or Delaware? The resemblance is actually somewhat astonishing.


10 posted on 10/20/2010 9:55:38 AM PDT by tom h
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To: tom h

I remember her fatherhood articles. They were the only thing I’ve read by her that was worthwhile or that I remember. That said, she’s a negative for conservatives politically and a media and social set climber. In bed with the libs. Perhaps literally.


11 posted on 10/20/2010 9:57:39 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: tom h
Finally Kathleen has expose her true self - after posing as a conservative in her newspaper column for years, she joins liberal Spitzer on the most liberal cable news show available.

You've blown your cover kathleen...(like we didn't already know it)
12 posted on 10/20/2010 10:07:59 AM PDT by FrankR (You are only obligated to obama to the extent you accept his handouts.)
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To: tom h

Giving a corrupt, incompetent and morally bankrupt hack like Spitzer his own tv show is enough to keep me away. I predict that Parker will live to regret an association that might stay with her for years to come.


13 posted on 10/20/2010 10:11:08 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: tom h

What is this “CNN” of which you write?


14 posted on 10/20/2010 10:18:34 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: November 2010
"I remember her fatherhood articles. They were the only thing I’ve read by her that was worthwhile or that I remember."

I agree with you here. I remember thinking, 10 years ago, that she might become a refreshing voice on the right -- a traditional voice from a traditional gal,not stridently right. But somewhere along the way she began morphing into a leftist of sorts. I'm not a Florida resident so I only read her online; frankly I was surprised to hear that she got a CNN TV show. Surely there were more prominent "conservatives" that CNN could have found, safe conservatives for their network ...

15 posted on 10/20/2010 10:30:45 AM PDT by tom h
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To: tom h
She is a liberal to the tenth power... pro abortion... anti Second Amendment and she voted for obama... according to her close friends (huffington) and she should be the liberal on that show.

LLS

16 posted on 10/20/2010 10:31:22 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: tom h

She is the ultimate semi-educated, inside-the-Beltway RINO. The fact that she got an AA Pulitzer for her vapid column doesn’t change the basic facts.


17 posted on 10/20/2010 10:35:39 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Badeye
"The fact she took the second seat alongside a guy that has a penchant for hookers that resemble his daughter speaks to HER character, and her willingness to drop any principals at the drop of a hat."

I can't help but agree with you, although were I to be offered the chance of a lifetime, I might make the same decision. While he's certainly a slimebucket, Spitzer did apologize and, apparently has reformed his behavior. So did Chuck Colson; so did many others who committed equally heinous or worse sins or crimes.

Parker, because she is relatively nice, would be better alongside a girly-man like Matt Lauer. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand Lauer, he's such a p-ssy and a wimp -- but there is a market need for nicer, non-confrontational, non-crossfire type shows, and the two of them (Parker and Lauer) would work well. Kind of like Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel in the 1980s, before Gumbel became the obnoxious leftist that he is.

18 posted on 10/20/2010 10:38:33 AM PDT by tom h
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She’s not strong enough to go up “against” Spitzer. He’s a full blown, no morals, leftist. He’s drank the left’s koolaid and just spits it out at the audience. A show with Spitzer and Buchanan would make more sense. She makes no contribution to the show and he’s dull and wrong.


19 posted on 10/20/2010 10:51:35 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: tom h

Who in the world would give a TV job to Eliot Spitzer? Oh yeah CNN.


20 posted on 10/20/2010 10:56:03 AM PDT by FreedomGuru
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To: tom h

‘I can’t help but agree with you, although were I to be offered the chance of a lifetime, I might make the same decision.’

She was a nationally syndicated columnist. While it might be a ‘chance of a lifetime’ to you or I, it wasn’t to her.

Anyway, we just agree to disagree on this.


21 posted on 10/20/2010 11:01:53 AM PDT by Badeye (I can see NOVEMBER from My HOUSE.)
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To: tom h
Spitzer and Parker together on their first night at CNN

“I’m not a partisan, and I’m certainly not an ideologue,” Parker explains in our interview. “I got labeled a conservative by the marketplace. I’ve never actually declared myself a conservative.”

So.... why did Klein hire her? If not as a balance to Spitzer and her politics are unremarkable, what audience is she hoping to draw? She certainly can't compete with the women on FOX.

22 posted on 10/20/2010 1:12:35 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrats are for free speech. Just not for you.)
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To: November 2010

I agree. The show will die because she is milquetoast and Spitzer is too dogmatically leftist. He’s also arrogant and derisive, something with a new journalist can’t afford to be.


23 posted on 10/20/2010 4:51:27 PM PDT by tom h
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To: Cicero; tom h
Unfortunately her head seems to be a moral vacuum. As usual with these “balanced” talk shows, the left is represented by a corrupt leftist, and the right is represented by a “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along” airhead.

Which is exactly why she got the gig.

It's unwatchable -- the highest form of derision in the medium. And it will be gone -- forever -- by the New Year.

Bad career move for Kathleen. But, after her performance leading up to 2008, she richly deserves it.

24 posted on 10/20/2010 5:03:36 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: tom h

Well put.


25 posted on 10/20/2010 5:06:21 PM PDT by November 2010
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To: tom h

“...a traditional voice from a traditional gal,not stridently right...”

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Ahem.

The more “strident” the better.

We are in a full blown war with professional power zealots on the Left, who take no prisoners.


26 posted on 10/20/2010 5:09:33 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: tom h

“...a traditional voice from a traditional gal,not stridently right...”

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Ahem.

The more “strident” the better.

We are in a full blown war with professional power zealots on the Left, who take no prisoners.


27 posted on 10/20/2010 5:09:44 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: tom h

I enjoy the show. I also am a long time fan of Parker’s


28 posted on 10/21/2010 2:16:33 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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