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What CNN’s story on political sex scandals left out: Eliot Spitzer

A TVNewser reader Tweeted at us today:

@tvnewser @HowardKurtz: Did CNN really exclude Spitzer from Malveaux package on Sex Scandals & Politics? Hmm..

The answer: yes it did.

Suzanne Malveaux‘s story, which aired at 2:30pmET, made mention or showed images of politicians ranging from John F. Kennedy to John Edwards; also former Governors James McGreevey and Mark Sanford, and former Sen. Larry Craig and current Sen. David Vitter, former Pres. Bill Clinton, and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — their private indiscretions made very public. But no mention of Eliot Spitzer who resigned as Governor of New York after it was revealed he had patronized a prostitution service. Spitzer now hosts CNN’s 7pm show “In the Arena.” We’ve learned the producer/editor on the story, who use their own judgment on what to use and what not to use, chose not to include Spitzer in the story.

CNNPolitics.com has a slideshow of 17 recent political sex scandals. On it, Spitzer is #10.

Cake for all, celebrating 15 years of FOX News Sunday

The youngest of the Sunday morning public affairs shows is now 15 years old. And this morning Chris Wallace celebrated FOX News Sunday’s anniversary with a quick look back at few of the show’s big stories: Tony Snow‘s 2-hour post-9/11 broadcast, this tense interview Chris Wallace did with Bill Clinton, and Wallace’s near 2-year long effort to interview Barack Obama.

ABC Slates Barbara Walters Heart Surgery Special

ABC has scheduled a new primetime Barbara Walters special focusing on people that have undergone heart surgery.”A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death” will air Friday, February 4 at 10 PM and will feature interviews with former President Bill Clinton, Robin Williams, Charlie Rose and Regis Philbin. It also features an interview with late night host David Letterman, who rarely sits down with interviewers.

Larry King to Howard Kurtz About SNL Parodies: ‘It means you accomplished something’

Outgoing CNN host Larry King talked to Howard Kurtz on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” about everything from interviewing presidents to being made fun of on “Saturday Night Live.”

Kurtz asked King about how he felt about former president Bill Clinton saying “I can now bypass you people in the press because Larry King liberated me by giving me to the American people directly.”

King responded:

“I was in the audience. I was so embarrassed. I mean, the press are friends of mine. I love — I love journalism. I love the people in it. I love newspapers. I love the reporters. And to have a president say that, of course, a compliment, but it was extremely embarrassing. However, with the rise of cable news, he may have been prophetic not just that he can go to Larry King.”

When Kurtz asked King about the SNL parodies, he seemed not fased by the whole thing:

“To be made fun of on ‘Saturday Night Live’ is fine. You know, it means you’re being recognized. It means you accomplished something. It’s OK to be satirized. It ain’t that important, Howie.”

With Former President Bill Clinton Set to Appear, Here’s How The Final ‘Larry King Live’ Will End

We already told you that “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest will be appearing on tonight’s final installment of “Larry King Live.”

Well, earlier today Seacrest tweeted a picture from the rundown for the final show. While it doesn’t name any other guests, it does describe how King will be going out. Update: Seacrest has deleted his tweet, but we saved a copy of the picture.

While Seacrest may not name names, we will. TVNewser hears that former president Bill Clinton and current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be among those paying tribute to King tonight. Schwarzenegger has even declared today “Larry King Day” in California.

Spoiler: The picture from Seacrest’s rundown is after the jump.

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Bill Clinton Takes Over Briefing Room. Pres. Obama: ‘I’m going to take off…You’re in good hands’

Pres. Barack Obama met at the White House today with former President Bill Clinton — the first time since the midterm elections — on how to respond to the big Democratic losses and Obama’s deal with the GOP to extend the Bush era tax cuts.

The White House press corps was “summoned at a moment’s notice” to the briefing room for the news conference. And not long after the two presidents appeared together at 4:23pmET, it became AAB — all about Bill (or Bubba, take your pick).

All the cable news and business channels carried some, or all, of the news conference. About 10 minutes in, with Pres. Clinton in command at the podium, Pres. Obama excused himself. Obama: “I’ve been keeping the first lady waiting for about half an hour, I’m going to take off. I don’t want to make her mad. You’re in good hands and [Press Secy. Robert] Gibbs will call last question.”

And that didn’t come for another 20 minutes. MSNBC and CNN were still carrying the Q&A between the Press Corps and the former president, who officially left the White House 10 years ago next month. Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who happened to be broadcasting from Washington, DC today, did not stay with the Clinton newser, but rather did his own Q&A with Clinton’s former chief of staff Mack McLarty.

Among those getting in questions for the former president ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller and NBC’s Mike Viquiera.

Phil Simms Out This Week With Back Injury

NFL on CBS lead analyst Phil Simms won’t be in the booth this week while recuperating from scheduled surgery on an ailing back.

Dan Fouts will replace Simms and work alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz. The duo will call the San Diego-Oakland game on Sunday.

Simms is expected to return next week.

Stories About Athletes Overspending Are Always Fun

We’re going back to England.

In Sabatoge Times (yeah, not really sure what it is), Rohan Ricketts writes about the trials and tribulations of being a young, rich athlete.

Ricketts, who played for squads including Arsenal, Tottenham, England’s U-21, and Toronto FC, offers up some telling anecdotes. Read more

From Reality TV Star to Fake Sports Star

Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, formerly of Real World/Road Rules Challenge fame, shocked the world (we guess?) Monday night when he won the WWE championship on Monday Night Raw. This, of course, isn’t exactly newsworthy… but couldn’t you make the argument he’s the most successful of all the MTV reality stars? That’s an accomplishment in some sense.

We’ll let the announcers do our talking for us: “Ladies and gentlemen, the era of awesomeness has begun on Monday Night Raw.” Sure, that’s one way to put it.

(Snagged from Bill SimmonsTwitter feed.)

Katie Couric, Matt Lauer Attend Bill Clinton’s Birthday Bash

Former “Today” co-anchors Matt Lauer and Katie Couric were reunited yesterday. The NY Post‘s “Page Six” reports that Couric and Lauer were among the guests at former President Bill Clinton‘s birthday party in the Hamptons. Other guests inlcuded Sir Paul McCartney, Vera Wang and Jimmy Buffett.

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