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Kathleen Parker’s out at CNN

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Feb. 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm with 10 Comments »
February 25, 2011 3:15 pm

CNN announced today that Kathleen Parker, whose syndicated column used to run on The News Tribune opinion pages, is leaving the show she co-hosted with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer the last four months.

That departure has been rumored for a while; word was that she thought Spitzer was hogging the show and CNN honchos weren’t happy with her and were looking for ways to get the program out of the ratings cellar.

I blogged about the “Parker Spitzer” show last month when rumors started surfacing that there were problems with the low-rated program and the co-hosts’ lack of chemistry.

Parker says she’s leaving the show to focus on her writing and that it had been “a difficult decision to scale back my column.” That’s why we’re not running her column now. She cut back from two columns a week to one – but didn’t cut her price in half.

We’ll be talking about whether to bring back her column. Any thoughts on that, readers?

We’re still missing David Broder, who has been on extended medical leave. He came back briefly, but then he appears to have taken a turn for the worse and is off again. His syndicate has been substituting with Dana Milbank’s column.

Leave a comment Comments → 10
  1. I prefer the more thoughtful columnists over the caustic. Parker and Brooks seem to fill that role on the right these days.

  2. I agree with derekyoung; as right wing columnists go, Parker is one of the few that are at all thoughtful & sensible.

  3. whitecap says:

    Parker has a more moderate voice that would help to balance the strong left and right views of Pitts, Leonard, and Krauthammer. I’d like to see her back.

  4. I have always enjoyed Kathleen Parker’ columns. They are thoughtful and well-written, and she often has a perspective that others are not writing about. I encourage you to bring her column back.

  5. dustdevil11 says:

    I too would recommend bring Parker’s column back. Combining the costs of running E. Robinson along with F. Harrop almost everyday leaves very little doubt who’s columns are worthless (pun intended).

  6. blakeshouse says:

    On CNN she would be considered a conservative but she is just a more moderate liberal is all. Even if the P&S show was CNN’s highest rated they still would have an audience of about 50. Good riddence to bad rubbish and we don’t need a Robinson or Pitts lite back in the tNT

  7. TacSeaTraveler says:

    Bring her back, please!

  8. nwcolorist says:

    I agree with whitecap. Balance is the key. Sorry to hear about David Broder’s illness. He’s one of the the best.

    I heard that Eliot Spitzer was the driving force behind her leaving.

    Too bad that CNN doesn’t permit more open debate. It seems to threaten the party line too much. (also Juan Williams being fired from PBS)

  9. Roncella says:

    Comon, all You Liberals/progressives, you can spin and spin all you want to, but Parker is a RINO, she hardly resembles a Conservative at all….

  10. Ashford98304 says:

    Parker matured intellectually over time and I wouldn’t mind seeing her back; Broder the opposite, maybe because of health issues. I never read Krauthammer anymore, he’s rabid. Brooks is sincerely disingenuous. I wish there was one weekly columnist who would be intellectually honest, well-informed on the issues and heir history, and who is willing to challenge anyone from any party with a critical analysis and rational argument. I do enjoy columns by Paul Krugman and Robert Reich (altho he tries too hard to be cute).

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