September 30, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Kathleen Parker & Eliot Spitzer

She’s a conservative columnist,
he was a liberal politician.
Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer are
here with a peek at their new CNN show.
Tune in and watch out!



Debbie Reynolds remembers Tony
Curtis, who died yesterday at the age of 85.

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MM Brown   September 30th, 2010 7:17 pm ET

As an every day viewer of CNN, I am very disappointed that CNN is bringing on Spitzer. He still makes my skin crawl when I hear his name or see his face. I think of his infidelities to his poor wife...Bad choice CNN, of all the great, bright people that could have had his spot on the show.

Kate Corbett   September 30th, 2010 8:48 pm ET

CNN has lost one of it long time viewers by adding to it mostly professional and classy anchors, Elliot Spitzer. The disgraced former Governor, who resigned after getting caught with a prostitute, spending an incredible amount of money on such activities, is now to be a respected part of this award winning network?! I am sick. It appears that the format includes repartee between Spitzer and his female counterpart. It borders on flirtation and makes me sicker. It is CNN that is disgraceful now.
The question begs: "Where are your journalistic standards? Please reconsider. Please think!

vic nashville tn   September 30th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

It will be prime time # 1

vic nashville tn   September 30th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I don’t’ care his past as long the show has facts

vic nashville tn   September 30th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

I never miss Campbell Brown show

Eliot Spitzer smart person I won’t miss the show

NotaSpitzerFan   September 30th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I find this appalling. This low life Spitzer, smiling and laughing, so up. He is the scum of the earth for what he did to his wife. And the woman sitting besides him smiling and laughing? She should be ashamed of herself. But I guess money talks. Disgusting.

Robert Palm Beach   September 30th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Spitzer is a discrace to everything we stand for. Lying, cheating, two faces of charging innocent people to improve his stature. You are loosing me as a viewer in that time slot for sure. Spitzer has zero credability.

Robert   September 30th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Larry: There were 8 years of Reagan, 4 years of Papa Bush, 8 years of Clinton of which NEWT with his family valeu and contract with America controlled Congress and Senate for 6 years and then 8 years of Dopey Bush and Cheney. So there were 28 or 26 Years of GOP control and now America wants OBAMA to fix it in 22 months?
Shame on Those who tell Obama is not doing well and TOILET PARTY – T Party people are opportunistic and corrupt and every one needs to expose them.
Come on give country and OBAMA a break from corrupts, cornies and crooks and let America recover before taking congress from Democrats and see America rise.

john   September 30th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

I wouldn't watch any show with Eliot Spitzer. CNN you must be kidding!

Jean Gemmell   September 30th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

You do not need a disgraced male and a fast talking high pitched woman with an irritating voice. I did my eyes closed test and had trouble understanding her. Speaking is not a race.

diane tomlinson   September 30th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

It's nauseating to watch Spitzer and Parker flirting with each other.

Colleen   September 30th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

CNN's new show – Elliott Spitzer and the person he'll be talking over.

Loser show.

Charles   September 30th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Larry, Thanks for having Spitzer and Parker on. I don't see anything that smacks of flirting. I'm sure they want to like each other and also appear to like each other since they will often have opposing views.

I look forward to having two extremely intelligent people discussing various issues. Thanks again, Larry, and good luck to Parker Spitzer.

Charles   September 30th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

LOL. In the spirit of full disclosure, you forgot to mention the Democrat Congress under Bush. Just an accident I'm sure :-). Yea, right.

anthony   September 30th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

I am so deeply disappointed with your selection of E.Spitzer and K.Parker to host this new show . I always thought of CNN as being one of the most professional and respected news network with a classy and professional anchors and now I just had to turn my TV off and will think twice berore I will ever turn it back on. Parker selection is equally disappointing, she appears to be an ice queen with presumtious warmth and very little to add to this horrible selection/decision. Shame on you for lowering your journalistic standards to such a low level.

cesar   September 30th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Let's be real. America will never be unified because there is only 2 major parties...1/2 will be happy and the other half will be disappointed; no matter how good the president,senate or house is.

vic nashville tn   September 30th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

@Robert Palm Beach Lying, cheating, that is his personal we have lot of problems now because we want to know what is going on others personal life

Eliot Spitzer smarter than other network same time slot

tom phillips   September 30th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Elliot Spitzer, proven scumbag, is a disgrace to your network. You're making a huge error in judgment in building a show around this corrupt narcissist. Shame on you. An insult to all viewers, even liberal children of the 60's like me.

Nina   September 30th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Tony Curtis was a wonderful actor. I enjoyed many of his movies. We shared the same birth date except for the year. Tony Curtis will be missed.

Charles   September 30th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Do all those making such negative comments feel the same way when they see President Clinton? Their personal lives are none of our business. And we are never, never in a position to know what anyone "does" or "doesn't do" to their spouse. It's not a threesome with any one of us being the third person so we don't know what goes on.

Carole   September 30th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

I am really going to miss Rick Sanchez. These 2 can't compete with him. In fact I turned off Larry King Live tonight before the show was over.

Mary   October 1st, 2010 12:19 am ET

Open Letter: National Association of Black Journalists Questions Diversity on Cable News Networks

Dear Cable News Executives:

It is 2010, but the National Association of Black Journalists sees our cable news networks moving backward when it comes to who they believe is worthy of anchoring prime time news shows.

NABJ was founded in 1975 to encourage news media companies to hire and to promote more Black journalists. At that time, black journalists originally hired to cover riots during the turbulent 1960s found they were not being assigned to meaningful beats or were only allowed to cover “Black” stories.

NABJ’s advocacy for fair hiring practices paid off. Many of our founders, including columnists Les Payne in New York and DeWayne Wickham in Washington, D.C., and anchor Maureen Bunyan in Washington, D.C. remain prominent figures in the media.

NABJ continues this advocacy today. To be candid, we have been focusing our talks with media executives on ways they can increase the diversity of their news management teams. It is our belief that a diverse management team improves coverage decisions and hiring practices. It seems, though, that the companies have taken that to mean that we don’t care about who is on the air. We’re watching, and we do.

Over the past several years, NABJ Executive Board members have met with leaders of the top media companies. Our message: “Let us help if you are looking for diverse talent.”

Some of the companies have reached out, but the names we have submitted never seem to be called in for interviews.

Three years ago, Ebony magazine’s Kevin Chappell noted, “While CNN has the most Black news anchors with eight, the other cable networks don’t fair as well… and none of the national cable stations has any Blacks in prime-time slots.”

Nothing has changed. NABJ questions CNN’s decision to hire former New York governor/attorney general Eliot Spitzer to co-host a new show in Campbell Brown’s old time slot. The company missed another opportunity to place a person of color in prime time. It just seems that cable news can never find diverse candidates who are good enough to meet their standards. We want to know your standards.

Are you telling us that CNN could find no one better than an ex-politician who quit being New York governor after consorting with prostitutes to grace America’s living rooms each night?

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   October 1st, 2010 3:46 am ET

Sad to hear of Tony Curits's passing. My condolence to his family.
May he rest in peace.
I remember my late dad trying to emulate him. He will buy all the movie mags to copy his clothes and his hair-style.

sandykezzela   October 1st, 2010 5:18 am ET

i was so shocked that Debbie Reynolds was discussing Tony Curtis when Eddie Fisher died 6 days ago–strange???

ED Fl   October 1st, 2010 9:22 am ET

Hopefully it won't be as boring as Sanchez. P S whatever happened to affirmative action for minorities. Not so fair and balanced anymore.

Jerjol   October 1st, 2010 9:18 pm ET





Congratulations to ERICA HILL, and BETTY NGUYEN both now at CBS


Lynn   October 1st, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I completly DISAGREE with CNN'S choice of firing Rick Sanchez. Cnn you have lost a long time viewer! Rick was a great guy, as well as a great reporter, and to fire him for a stupid LITTLE mistake, is beyond appauling!

frank   October 1st, 2010 11:34 pm ET

? how many of your viewers even know what the T E A party stand for

Grant   October 2nd, 2010 2:00 am ET

Larry having a great show with the most interesting guests, I;m sorry ro see they moved his show to the later time slot.

adela   October 2nd, 2010 3:59 am ET

No Rick Sanchez/ bye bye CNN

Jerjol   October 2nd, 2010 1:02 pm ET

Hey Folks.

How do you define a BLUNDER.

In my opinion it is spelled SPITZER.

Kathie   October 2nd, 2010 5:44 pm ET

I will miss Rick Sanchez and always enjoyed his daily "conversation" as he described it on CNN. But, Rick's comments were hateful, disrespectful and insensitive. CNN did the right thing. but dannot watch Spitzer.

Sajid Ali Khan   October 3rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Why two years from now Mayor Booker's star will begin to fade.

The 100/200 million dollars that Mayor Booker has secured for his district will go so far as to fix the buildings, hire better and more teachers, expand school programs, provide more courses, provide the latest computers and lab equipment, provide better nutrition to the students, create more efficient after school programs etc. It will indeed help in achieving higher standards of education in his Newark district. But how much better will the standards become considering the fact that the Newark district already has a bloated education budget of close to a billion dollars.

But in reality this money will give only a few years boost to the education standards and that too to create only a small bump upwards. The reason is simple; Mayor Booker's millions will again be poured into areas where hundreds of billions of dollars have already been poured into without much success. This money will go to tweaking improvements in the area of education that does not need fixing that much, the area of regular intelligence such as math and science. The real mess is in emotional intelligence education. It is very clearly reflected in the standards of the emotional intelligence of students entering the Newark school system from pre-K -12 and beyond.

The human mind runs on two wheels. One is regular intelligence and the other is emotional intelligence. Both are essential to developing the compound super mature human intelligence. When it comes to regular intelligence we have hundreds of courses that teach math and science and everything in between. When it comes to emotional intelligence we have no compulsory subject.

When it comes to regular education the child is taught from the appropriate pre-K stage. The nature of emotional intelligence is such that it starts in the fetus stage in the womb. Fortunately for the majority the womb is a big cushion of constant positive feedback; the right emotional education for the brain. The main variable factor of emotional intelligence education starts from birth onwards and by the time most children start schooling the brain's biochemical neural activity is almost jelled physically into a set pattern of emotional intelligence.

As I have divided the brain/mind development into the following four stages; each child who enters the classroom comes with one of the four basic emotional intelligence levels:

1) Premature emotional intelligence (-2): These children whose emotional brain pattern is on way to being set on the premature level are totally unprepared emotionally for school. They are the ones who need special aid in education. Unless their well set biochemical neural patters are not addressed the !00 million or even 10 billion dollars will not improve their emotional intelligence or their regular education standards.

2) Immature emotional intelligence (-1): These children whose emotional intelligence is on way to becoming set on the immature level are only partly prepared for regular eduction. They will need specially trained brain therapists who will have to employ ways to alter their neural patterns.

3) Mature emotional intelligence (+1). These children whose emotional brain pattern is on way to becoming mature are mostly prepared for regular eduction. Most will be well motivated to study and others can be nudged into becoming great students.

4) Super mature emotional intelligence (+2). These children whose emotional brain pattern is on way to becoming super mature are well prepared for regular education.

So we need to develop text books that teach new parents how to raise their kids to become +2 super mature. We also need to create text books for teachers that help identify the emotional mind level of each child so that the child can be taught appropriately through other text books that also need to be created; to develop his/her emotional intelligence to the +2 level.

Text books have also got to be created for older students and adults where the focus is on how to deprogram the emotionally ignorant brain to develop to the super mature level.

Even though there are thousands of scientific papers validating the connection of the biochemical factor to thought processing through neural activity in the brain; main stream education is yet to connect the dots. The mind works at the emotional level but the thought has to be processed by the brain physically at the biochemical level. This is why preaching, pleading and/or punishing say a dishonest student to become honest does not work. When the student is dishonest at the biochemical level then even the student can't help but be dishonest. All the lectures on honesty will go in through one ear and go out the other ear. The mind may know that dishonesty is wrong but the brain at the neural activity level will not understand. The brain of the student has to be deprogrammed!

Our current emotional intelligence eduction is like there is a glass(brain) full of old stale water. We put a clean drop of water, in the form of +2 knowledge through preaching, pleading, threatening with punishment; into this glass where the clean drop of water gets mixed with the dirty stale water. The new drop of water becomes dirty too, so there is little change in the quality of the water in the glass. Emotional intelligence education is about removing all the stale water and replacing it with clean water. This is done gradually over along period of time where the student is not aware that his brain is being deprogrammed.

In fact if Mayor Booker takes the steps needed to help his students to master their emotional intelligence he will be creating a vast opportunity for the whole country and the world at large. One of the fundamental factors why our eduction for the last many years has not improved much in spite of all the research and all the commissions is because this big mess in emotional intelligence education is not even on the radar screen. Suppose we have a car where the starter is broken and each time we try to examine and research what is wrong with the gear box then how can we fix the car?

Even the hundreds of millions of dollars that our states are getting from the race to the top program will only go so far for the real mess is in the lack of emotional intelligence education.

There is a huge historic opportunity here for my friend Mayor Booker. He can put aside a small fraction of this money for funding the creation of text books that teach emotional intelligence not just to students but also to teachers, parents and adults, companies, groups and countries! I have it all worked out.

It is in his hands; he can let this money go the way it has been done before, where it will again produce some improvement in regular eduction but I guarantee you that it will not make much of an improvement because the Newark education is messed up in emotional intelligence. And predictably in a couple of years time he will have not much to show for his 200 million dollars investment in Newark schools. It has been done before and it is still being done the same old way with ordinary results. It is like the disease is in the brain but the doctor keeps tweaking the heart to cure the disease! If the brain needs medicine then by taking medicine for the heart the patient will remain sick.

This is not just his big opportunity; it is also a responsibility and his duty to place on the table all his options, including my options which I have already shared with him. He will mostly blow it or he can become a pioneer of emotional intelligence education which is in a real mess right now, not only in Newark but also in our whole country and the world.

Sam   October 4th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Eliot Spitzer a Princeton and Harvard law school graduate. Shouldn't Spitzer conduct not reflect a higher morality code of conduct or is there a serious shortage of talented talk show host? Could this have any thing to do with he is of Jewish faith ? Oops CNN. Did I break house rules ?

Nana   October 4th, 2010 12:46 am ET

Is there a shortage of bright talk show host? Or does apologizing in Public dissolve all crimes and bad behavior ? Spitzer is artful in manipulating and deceiving is this what impressed CNN poor choice.

JBK   October 4th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

As others have said in these comments I find CNN 's hiring of ex-Governor Spitzer disappointing...When this was discussed on Larry King, the atmosphere was more jovial than reflective...I think prostitution should be safe and legal...That being said, what troubles me is that Spitzer is getting a bonus of a new and lucrative public life while the call girl is swept under the rug as a dirty after thought.

I'm certainly not qualified to cast any first stones myself. However, I think what would fit better for society is Spitzer's direction be more of service to his community rather than self promotion......Perhaps viewers will make their voices heard with the sponsors...I hope so...Needless to say, outside of thoughts of sponsor contact, I will not be watching... This matter is a sad turn of events under unfinished business of all kinds in the public square...

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