It seems like progressive political views are not the only prerequisite for hosting
a show on Current, Al Gore’s fledgling cable television station. Gore, who was
involved in a high-profile divorce after his alleged fondness for being “massaged” by women in hotel rooms came to light, seems to hire mostly male hosts who have a
pattern of treating women badly.
The New York Times reports that Current hired Gavin Newsom,
California’s lieutenant governor and ex-mayor of San Francisco, to host “The
Gavin Newsom Show,” which will begin in May.
Newsom, who will be a sitting public official with a national show, was involved in a scandal while he was mayor of San Francisco when he had an affair with the
wife of his friend and former deputy chief.
Of course, Current’s biggest hire to date, Keith Olbermann, who had a history of
public misogyny, blew up in Current’s face, and Current had to fire Olbermann,
which was followed by childish public tantrums and accusations from the belligerent host.
Olbermann is currently unemployed and suing Current and Gore for roughly
$50 million he claims he is still owed.
After Current fired Olbermann, Gore and the Current brass replaced Olbermann
with none other than Eliot “Client 9” Spitzer, who was involved in an infamous prostitution scandal with call girl Ashley Dupre. Spitzer may have violated
federal money laundering laws in addition to laws against interstate transferring
of prostitutes but remains free to host another show after his previous gig and
show on CNN was a ratings disaster and got canceled.
If Newsom’s and Spitzer’s shows do not work out for the low-rated Current, there
are other potential hosts Gore can target.
If Current wants some regional diversity, former North Carolina Senator and
two-time presidential candidate John Edwards probably fits in with Current and
Gore’s ethos. Edwards cheated on his cancer-stricken wife, who has since
passed away, with his campaign’s videographer, Rielle Hunter, and had an out-
of-wedlock child with her.
Edwards is awaiting trial in North Carolina
because he may have illegally used campaign funds to hide the affair during the
2008 campaign. Of course, as Edwards was cheating with Hunter and possibly
visiting high-priced escorts in New York during the 2008 campaign, his friends
in the mainstream media did not even look into these stories, which were right
under their noses.
If Current needs racial diversity, Antonio Villaraigosa, the Hispanic mayor of Los
Angeles and Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, would be a
prime candidate. Villaraigosa separated from his wife after he had an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a reporter for a local Spanish language television station.
Villaraigosa also cheated on a previous wife of his while she was battling thyroid
Liberals can try to gin up the phony “war on women” rhetoric all they want, but
their most progressive television station is showing a pattern of employing and
spotlighting liberal men who have treated women poorly and have showed no
regard for the women in their lives.
It seems like progressives at Current, by prominently spotlighting its roster
of “men behaving badly,” are the ones that are waging a war on women.