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.