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CNN president defends hiring of Eliot Spitzer

Please check out this video of "Reliable Sources" host Howard Kurtz interviewing CNN President Jon Klein about his hiring of disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to co-host a new prime-time show on CNN starting this fall.

Last week, I wrote of my dismay at the decision, and in his interview Sunday, Kurtz included some of my criticism and asked for Klein's response to it. Read the Z on TV piece to which Kurtz refers here. Nothing Klein said Sunday changed my mind, but Kurtz got by far the most thorough and focused response from Klein to the extensive criticism with which the hiring of Spitzer has been met.

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What seems most ironic to me about the hiring of Spitzer is that I do not think this show will get any kind of ratings. So, why risk the hard-earned credibility and prestige of CNN for this guy?

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