Monday, April 06, 2009

What's That In Spitzer's Hands?

AOL is reporting on former NY Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer's Today Show interview during which he discussed the sex/prostitution scandal which led to his resignation.

, like Duke's President Richard Brodhead now ensnared in the Duke/Durham frame-up scandal, wants to put everything behind him and "move on."

Below is the photo AOL chose to accompany its story. The photo may have been the only one AOL had handy.

Whatever AOL's reason, it was certainly an unfortunate choice for the former governor seeking to rehabilitate his reputation.


Anonymous said...

The background of the still shot is identical to that in the video clip, so it was probably taken on the set before or after the Lauer interview. I can't identify the object in Spitzer's hands, what do you think it is?
MSM is in the process of rehabilitating Spitzer so they can exploit his notoriety. He should be flushed down the toilet of history.
Tarheel Hawkeye

JWM said...

Dear TH,

I think it's an opportunity to have a little fun at Spitzer's expense.

I thought Spitzer's whole career was an abuse of public power for personal political advantage.

BTW - You really nailed it with you mention of Edwards, trial lawyers and their impact on medical costs.

I need to post on that soon.

I continue to appreciate your comments.


bill anderson said...

I thoroughly agree with both of you. A few years ago, I had a conversation with Peter Thiel, one of the "founders" of PayPal. One of the early principals of PayPal, Eric Jackson, had written a book about the company, and I had reviewed it for Regulation Magazine.

As Spitzer did one of his famous shakedowns on PayPal, Jackson and I referred to him as "Mr. Evil." When I told that to Thiel, he corrected me: "No," he said, "It is 'Dr. Evil'."

Indeed, I would agree with him totally. I wrote this article after Spitzer went down last year:

You have to keep in mind that Spitzer now is saying that he was silenced in order to keep him from blowing the whistle on financial fraud on Wall Street. That simply is not true.

Spitzer as governor clearly was out of control. He already was being investigated for abuses of his power, and he was making enemies on both sides of the aisle.

Spitzer was and is a bully and nothing else. He is a power-mad egomaniac and I am very happy that he managed to submarine his own career. It was a wonderful moment to watch this liar twist in the wind, a victim of his own arrogance and dishonesty. Indeed, "Client #9" got what was coming to him.