Eliot Spitzer: ‘Nobody’s Watching’ Al Gore’s Current TV Network

-By Warner Todd Huston

Client Number 9, otherwise known as Eliot Spitzer, happens to have a job as a TV anchor on Al Gore’s Current TV Network, not that anyone knows anything about it. Why? Because according to Spitzer, “nobody’s watching” it.

At a recent luncheon, Spitzer was asked about his Current TV gig. The one-time political powerhouse said he loved the TV job, but ratings are a bit of a problem.

“Nobody’s watching, but I’m having a great time. I don’t mean to be facetious, but I am really enjoying myself. It’s like having a cocktail party with friends every night.” Pausing for a moment he added, “Somebody needs to buy the network.” And perhaps they will, he mused, if for no other reason than to snap up Current’s distribution system. Either way, New York’s former governor isn’t quitting his day job, so to speak. “I’m glad all my investments are in real estate, not media companies, but if someone can make money at it, great.”

Spitzer will be remembered most for having thrown away a promising career in public life when he got caught up in the New York prostitution scandal that ended his political career — hence his nickname of “client number 9.” After that disgraceful exit, Spitzer tried his hand as a CNN talker but lost that job due to poor ratings. He then migrated to the little known, little seen Current TV Network started by the “inventor of the Internet,” Al Gore.

Shall we say Current TV’s ratings is an “inconvenient truth”? I think we shall.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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