Posted by Lauren Horsch
When politicians get bumped out of an election, many go back to what they use to do — whether it be practicing law or government work. Lately though, the American public has been witnessing a trend…Politicians taking over network news shows.
Most notably, former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer was the host of “In the Arena” on CNN.
Many of you might remember his indiscretions with a call girl service. Not unlike many, his scandals were widely publicized and quite frankly, humiliating. His family stayed by his side during the turmoil though, which is commendable.
Spitzer had been on air at CNN for nine months before the networked cancelled his show in early July 2011. This move was only part of the network’s nightly news change-up.
More recently though, former Minnesota governor and 2012 Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty was looking for a news show. According to various media reports, Pawlenty wanted to become a commentator on Fox. The chief of Fox rejected this idea because Pawlenty was about to endorse Mitt Romney.
“I’m not sure I want to sign you as a paid spokesman for Romney,” said Fox President Robert Alies in a report from the Huffington Post.
Do you think that politicians should be making the jump from politics to network news? Or is it too easy to see their bias after knowing what they did during their previous line of work?
In my opinion, I see obvious ethical problems using a former politician to anchor a news show. According to a Pew Research Center report, the American public already believes that media sources are influenced by powerful people and organizations; and having politicians work in the media is just adding to this fuel.