April 16, 2010

King of Politics: Playboy, Palin and Low Places

Posted: 02:40 PM ET

In a week that started off with the largest gathering ever of foreign leaders in Washington, D.C. for a nuclear security summit and ended with the final stop of the Tea Party Express in the same city, there's been a lot of political news.

However, here are some of the stories you MAY have missed this week (click on the links for the full story!):

1. Former U.S. Secretary of State is 'crazy' for his iPhone.  Who knew?? (USNews)

2. A few months after her divorce with SC Governor Mark Sanford was finalized, former SC First Lady Jenny Sanford has a new boyfriend! (fitsnews)

3. Why did former Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann draw such a huge crowd at a Minn. rally? Bill Maher believes its because they are 'MILFs'.  What's a MILF, you ask?  Click here. (NowPublic)

4. One of these people sang "I Got Friends in Low Places" to the other: Garth Brooks and Senator Dick Durbin. You're first guess is probably wrong. (politico)

5. Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer's call girl posed for "Playboy."  The pictures are out there, but not linking them up here. You can certainly google them, though.

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Filed under: Bill Maher • Colin Powell • Jenny Sanford • Michele Bachmann • Politics • Politics is King

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Smith in Oregon   April 16th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

If the 'true' issue of the Tea Party is fair taxes then they would go after the Republican led Corporations who appear to be the largest tax evaders in American history instead of being largely bankrolled by them.

And when it comes to cleaning up the huge environmental disasters those same Republican led tax evading Corporations cause to the tune of Hundreds of Millions of dollars per site, WHO PAYs the CLEAN UP?

American taxpayers are stuck with that huge tax bill also, the Republican placed Federal Jurists and Appeal Court Jurists routinely disallow huge major settlements against these Corporations for the toxic dumping and cleanup costs.

Smith in Oregon   April 16th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

President Obama wants the same mortgage backed derivatives that were at the root cause of the wall street melt down to be under federal regulation to prevent that from reoccurring.

It is no small surprise that despite their public talking points, the Republican lawmakers are lock step in opposing regulation on future mortgage backed derivatives.

Without federal regulation on mortgage backed derivatives, Wall Street would simply view that as a invite to engage in the same financial disaster.

While all the Democratic Senators are united in having federal regulations placed on mortgage backed derivatives, the minority Republican Senators are vowing to use its filibuster and procedural obstruction policy's to block Banking and Wall Street regulation legislation, go figure!

Smith in Oregon   April 16th, 2010 5:16 pm ET

@ C, this blog topic is 'King of Politics', both of my blog posts in this blog are specifically on target and in regards to the topic at hand.

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 16th, 2010 7:02 pm ET

If we reached a secret deal with the Nobel Prize people and awarded Obama a million dollar prize each and every single day.. I still think he’ll be of less damage to the country. Just think about it.. He’ll be flying out of the country and staying there day after day and everyday thereafter accepting awards, making concession speeches, etc. And away from doing bad business with the government affairs.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 16th, 2010 9:47 pm ET


It called FREEDOM OF SPEECH...and protected by the First Amendment. You can challenge anyone's contributions here and CNN Muderators have the right to remove what they don't understand or do not like, as they have done so often in the past. You can also turn a blind eye to what is written here, but YOU do not have the right to deny anyone their right to freely express themselves here. You have the right to whine to someone who probably has less of an education than you and only hope you're listened to. Other than that you can decide to understand what it truly means to have that freedom...and how you came to acquire it...and what it takes to protect it...Oh, by the way, your right wing 360 degree flight path to your Tea Party may be hampered by your crippled view of what you think you never knew what you always never did...

Cindy   April 16th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

Why so intolerant of anyone who does not make it quite clear that they are a liberal. I believe what Cheers is talking about is something that has been posted several times. If someone does not like Repubicans or tea party members, Bush/Cheney etc., why does it need to be posted every day under every topic. I happen to be more liberal myself so I don't think what Cheers said necessarily means he/she is part of the tea party or a Republican. You, of course, have had your comments pulled many times so I appreciate your defensiveness. However, one thing of which you are very guilty is underestimating the intelligence of others who post comments. People can be very bright even if they don't agree with you on every point. As you once posted, "lighten up, get a sense of humor." Good evening.

Dodie   April 16th, 2010 11:24 pm ET

@ Cheers
You stated:



Do you work for CNN? Are you privy to their statistics? Are you a mind reader? To make that conjecture without investigation is exactly the creation of ignorance....

Cajazz76:24:8   April 16th, 2010 11:56 pm ET


I can see how my comment can be read to insinuate a lack of education by Cheers, however, I was pinpointing comments removed from here by moderators that are misunderstood. You are correct in pointing that out and also are correct in that I defend mine and other's First Amendment Right's to say whatever they please. We have the right to respond just like you have done and you will never be criticized by me for doing so. You/we can criticize what others say, but to me its most vile to ask that right to be taken away...even/especially by a moderator...when there is no reason other than lack of understanding involved. Good Evening to you as well...and no hard feelings...ever.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 17th, 2010 6:05 am ET


Freedom of Speech........what freedom of speech.........we still have to be careful of what we say regardless. It is called being human and having a conscience in my book.

The tongue is very hard to tame.......and that is biblical by the way too. Cheers to you!

Cheers   April 18th, 2010 9:25 am ET

Aren't you sophisticated calling everyone ignorant except yourself. Yes I know the statistics, 43% to be exact, so who is the ignorant one now. And, yes, you can guess for whom I work.

I truly hope you find yourself some happiness and don't have to continue being so alone. I worry about well.

Dodie   April 18th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

@ Cheers

Your statement makes inferences that every person who watches CNN is on this blog site????

And every person who dropped off CNN LKL blog site is because of these individuals you claim to disrupt the flow?????

Have you personally received letters from everyone who dropped off stating they left LKL because of several bloggers????

If not, then this is still conjecture on your part and not fact!!!!

And it looks as though your blog was tossed in the trash by CNN!

You must be the 5pm Murderator???? who has just been moderated!!! lol Thank you CNN

Cheers   April 18th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

You are so funny acting as though you are on the inside of everything. Let me clarify, ratings have dropped 43% which, of course includes all viewers. I do know that letters have been mailed and phone calls have been made, and apparently those people meant what they said as they did not come back to the blog site. Since you routinely pretend to know the moderators, why don't you ask them and contact your connections and ask about the 43%. It would be inappropriate for me to say from whom I work. You are strange when it comes to anything except opinions; facts seem to throw you. For you, anything other than your opinion, regardless of whether it's another's opinion or fact, is trash. No wonder you feel the way you do about various topics, as apparently you are the almighty. P.S. The first blog of mine on this subject was pulled long before 5 pm. Cheers to you.

SEE...NN...THEN YOU WON'T   April 18th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Mr. King’s audience dropped 43 percent for the quarter and 52 percent in March. He dropped to 771,000 viewers for the quarter from 1.34 million in 2009. More alarming perhaps, Mr. King, whose show has been regularly eclipsed by Rachel Maddow’s on MSNBC (and is almost quadrupled by Sean Hannity’s show on Fox), is now threatened by a new host, Joy Behar on HLN (formerly Headline News.)

Cheers   April 18th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Thanks for confirming that I am not "ignorant." It is sad to think Joy Behar is a threat. She does, however, often times keep it lighthearted, and it would be good if Mr. King would have lighthearted interviews more often such as the one with Willie Nelson. Maddow and Hannity cover both sides of the political landscape (to extremes, of course), thus a different approach by Mr. King could help garner back viewers. Just my opinion.

Dodie   April 19th, 2010 7:06 pm ET

@ Cheers

It is quite obvious to everyone that neither you nor I work for CNN. It is all over the news that LKL has dropped 43%.

Your original statement I questioned was…..

You inferred that the drop in viewers was solely due to several bloggers. I am only pointing out the fact that this is a false analogy! The drop could be a result of many causes. Not everyone who watches CNN or LKL has access to the blogs or even has the inclination to pull up a blog. This alone gives credence that your statement was not accurate and just based on your opinion. You have a right to your opinions as do I. However, your blog was inferring this was a fact! Your personal attacks only demonstrate and validate my point!

Theresa   April 20th, 2010 7:48 am ET

OMG....maybe Mr. King's ratings dropped because he's not the interviewer he once was. He interrupts his guests,is quite forgetful @ times. My goodness when he says Kate Gosselin is a wonderfiul person & a great mother you know right there something is wrong. To start an almost argument about why his ratings have dropped, criticizing some bloggers, stating they're responsible for this is just plain foolish. People's tastes's all part of the cycle. Maybe his show needs to be put to rest. Good gracious..look @ that's a disturbing situation!!!

Candy-Lei   April 20th, 2010 7:20 pm ET

@ Theresa

I am new to larry king but I certainly agree with you. People move around, get tired of blogging or what ever. I do not believe several bloggers would cause people to leave. I am sure CNN has people which remove nasty blogs. Maybe I am speaking too soon since I am new to CNN, however I have not seen a nasty blog. Maybe differences of opinions.

Beau   September 15th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

It's amazing how everyone is citing there freedom of speech. As adults we must understand responsibliity comes with it. You can't say anything and everything you want. You wouldn't go to work one morning and call your boss a jerk. You may feel like it but you wouldn't do it. You know why because of boundaries and limitations. That is something we must keep in mind.

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