The big news among those who follow such things: Kathleen Parker, a thoughtful and occasionally illuminating newspaper columnist, has been ousted from CNN’s ill-conceived Parker Spitzer.
We have plenty of backstage gossip and some accusations of sexism, the latter especially pointed because remaining co-host Eliot Spitzer is the guy who left office in a prostitution scandal. (The woman in question also embarked on a journalism career of sorts.)
What now for CNN, which sometimes manages to cling to its old reputation as a fair-minded news-gathering organization with an industry-leading Web presence and international credibility? Will they shun the ratings wars with Fox and MSNBC and stick with actual journalism?
So if I wanted a TV pundit career, which is far more lucrative than all this work and research, should I say something idiotic or do something idiotic? And can we convince Ted Turner to buy back CNN?