Paul Jacob

Likewise, I’m not so quick to let Parker off the hook. She writes that she doesn’t condone his behavior. Great. But by arguing that Spitzer’s “intelligence . . . outweighed his other record” and by teaming up with his “celebrity” to co-host a television show, she performs all the “condoningMerriam-Webster’s lexicographers could hope to define.

A little over two years ago, Spitzer resigned as New York’s governor after it was discovered that he had an illicit relationship with a prostitute. As Client No. 9 he acted, he confessed at the time, “in a way that violates my obligation to my family, that violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong.”

So let us wish Spitzer well . . . in some other job. Not as a television personality investing his infamy to gain increased celebrity.

Watching Parker Spitzer would send a bad message, the too-common message that unethical behavior deserves a handsome reward.

Would I feel the same way were Spitzer a conservative? You betcha. But don’t hold your breath: CNN will not likely make equal time for some conservative oath-breaker and lech.

In the network’s defense, there are more disgraced politicians than available time slots. Even with CNN’s ratings.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.