Fox News’ Glenn Beck Mocks CNN And ‘Hooker Guy’ Spitzer

by | October 18, 2010 at 10:42 AM | Cable News, TV News

Glenn Beck and Eliot Spitzer (Fox News Channel/CNN)

Glenn Beck and Eliot Spitzer (Fox News Channel/CNN)

Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck used a speaking engagement to blast CNN and label its newest prime-time talk host, Eliot Spitzer, “the hooker guy.”

Beck got around to referring to the ex-governor of New York in a speech harshly critical of CNN for lacking creativity in the development of its programming. Spitzer co-hosts CNN’s new ‘Parker Spitzer’ (with Kathleen Parker) weeknights at 8/7c.

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“CNN is the king of risk,” Beck said sarcastically, according to an account in The Hollywood Reporter. “Paula Zahn’s not working, so we’re gonna go way out on a limb: We’re gonna bring in Campbell Brown.”

Beck was the keynote speaker Saturday at the Talk Media Conference in Marina Del Rey, Calif. – a gathering of 300 talk-radio execs and talk-show hosts. The Reporter said that in his speech, Beck was making a point about what it takes to “connect with an audience” – a concept he apparently feels CNN doesn’t understand.

In addition to his references to the hooker scandal that led to Spitzer’s resignation as New York governor, Beck referred to Spitzer’s CNN co-host, Kathleen Parker, as “some chick.”

“Campbell Brown didn’t work out,” Beck said, adopting the “voice” of a CNN executive. “We gotta get change in here…. Then they go to Eliot Spitzer. There’s a change, if you just have a guy who frequented hookers on by himself. But you can’t do that. That’s too risky. ‘Let’s not have the hooker guy on by himself, let’s have some chick on with him. Now America will watch’!”

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Beck also outlined his own personal history, detailing how he hit “rock bottom” in the 1990s, battling alcoholism and going through a divorce. “My whole life was a sham,” Beck said. “I remember being on the ground saying a prayer. ‘Lord, just give me another chance’.”

What do you think of Beck’s “hooker” remarks? Is Spitzer fair game, or did Glenn hit him below the belt?