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Eliot Spitzer on ‘In the Arena’: For people ‘who don’t happen to be watching the Knicks or American Idol and want news.’

FishbowlNY contributor Diane Clehane was at her usual perch Wednesday, at Michael’s restaurant where media bigs do lunch. Diane sat down with former New York Governer-turned CNN host Eliot Spitzer.

When I asked Spitzer if he considered himself a journalist or a commentator, he answered simply, “I don’t know. I don’t mean to be vague. When the issue of objectivity comes up, I don’t think there is any such thing as objectivity. I don’t mean to say you infuse everything with bias and don’t try to be rigorously factual, but how you present every fact depends upon the prism through which you see it.”

As for his former co-host Kathleen Parker

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Hoda Kotb Tells Us Her Story

kotbhoda.jpgFishbowlNY Contributing Editor Diane Clehane conducted a lengthy interview with Hoda Kotb, fourth-hour “Today” co-anchor, as a part of the long-running interview series “So What Do You Do?” on What stands out most about Kotb’s professional narrative is the constant tenacity. Kotb recounts how she drove to television stations across the country to hand deliver audition tapes and hunt down her big break, ending up in a small station on Florida’s panhandle.

Kotb also discussed her self-documented battle with breast cancer that, it turns out, eventually inspired her to proactively seek out the “Today” gig she’s currently known for:

When you’re healthy and you don’t see anything coming, and someone tells you something and the next thing you’re talking about is major surgery, a mastectomy, reconstruction and post-treatment — You just can’t believe they’re talking about you. It’s like someone hit you with a baseball bat.

It was one of those things. I journaled. The camera was with me — and sometimes you don’t want to burden someone, so it was nice to just get it out. It was a really hard time. I just pushed through. In my journal, after every entry, I wrote the word ‘forward’ because I kept thinking just, ‘One more day.’ At the end, you’re out of the weeds. I still remember the day I realized there was mini silver lining. I was in bed, and I was jolted out of it when I realized these four words: You can’t scare me. I remember thinking, ‘That’s what I get from this whole thing.’ It changes your perspective on things.

It also made me more fearless professionally to ask for things. I usually waited until I was noticed. This was one of the first times I stepped out and said, ‘I’d like to host the fourth hour.’ I just went and saw Jeff Zucker and Steve Capus and just asked.

> Read the full interview here.

The Ticker (p.m. edition): Adoption, Bohrman, E-Cards…

> TVNewser contributor Diane Clehane writes about her experience, and the experience of others, regarding Chinese adoption on She quotes 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky, who adopted a baby from China in 1996: “Instead of not having the child, they bravely have the child and give it up for adoption.”

> CNN D.C. bureau chief David Bohrman is profiled in the Stamford Advocate (CT), and sums up his job for Neil Vigdor: “I’m the one who tells Wolf [Blitzer], ‘Hey, out of the break we’re going to call (Indiana).’ I’m sort of the final decider in the chain.”

> If you really like MSNBC’s Chuck Todd or Rachel Maddow, maybe you’d be interested in sending an e-card. There are a lot of option, including one card containing the phrase, “intellectually bitchslap Buchanan.”

The Ticker: Brown, Iger, Gifford…

> CNN anchor Campbell Brown will anchor, “Roads to Ruin: Why America is Falling Apart,” tomorrow at 8pmET. The program looks at the nation’s crumbling highways and bridges, with guests from across the country (New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). Roland Martin fills in on CNN Election Center tonight.

> CNBC’s Erin Burnett sat down with Disney CEO Bob Iger (previously president of ABC), for an interview that will air throughout the business day today. CNBC is the sometimes home to the former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner.

> FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane caught up with 4th hour Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at Lunch (at Michael’s), and got Gifford’s take on last week’s uncomfortable segment with ‘Sam the Cooking Guy.’ “I’m big on second chances,” she said. “I forgive — but I don’t forget.” Check out the full awkwardness here, or the highlight below: