December 21, 2015
"NO ONE SAYS news has to be boring," says Fox News correspondent and producer Jesse Watters, who'll be out to demonstrate that tonight at 8 p.m. on "Watters World," the second in a series of monthly specials he's doing during the 2016 election cycle. An expansion of the segment Watters has long done for "The O'Reilly Factor," the series is likely to include some of his trademark interviews with unsuspecting - and frequently uninformed - pedestrians. Watters, who grew up in Philadelphia, spoke with Ellen Gray about his not-so-conservative roots, his love of history and what people on the street most often ask him. What can you tell me about your time in Philly?
August 5, 2013 |
I wish I lived in New York, so I could vote for Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. I want them around for a long, long time. Very long. Not that size matters. Theirs, anyway. I don't care what they're running for, just so they win. I want them in the TV news all the time. I need something good to watch, now that the royal baby is all grown up. In fact, I think that we need more wieners in Washington. I bet the country would run a lot better if our politicians spent less time in Congress and more time in the bathroom taking pictures of themselves in their underwear.
July 11, 2013
THERE IS an unofficial rule in journalism that three makes a trend, which means that Mark Sanford (disgraced former governor, now a South Carolina congressman), Anthony Weiner (disgraced former congressman, now running for New York City mayor) and now Eliot Spitzer (disgraced former governor, now running for New York City comptroller) have made 2013 the year of the quick-return-to-politics-after-a-sex-scandal-that-was-supposed-to-end-your-career. Whether this phenomenon is new or not, we find it worrisome and a little sad. It's not that we think that sex scandals should disqualify a person from holding public office.
July 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - First, Anthony Weiner vaulted back from an embarrassing sexting scandal to become a top mayoral contender. Now, Eliot Spitzer has sprinted onto the comeback campaign trail in New York City, where this fall's races are turning into a mini-Olympics of political redemption. Weiner, just two years after a tweeted underwear photo spelled the end of his congressional career, jumped into the race for the nation's biggest mayoral job less than two months before the deadline to get on the ballot.
July 10, 2013
A caption Tuesday with a story on Eliot Spitzer misidentified the post that he held in New York state. He is a former governor.
December 30, 2011 |
In the two weeks since a billboard showcasing presidential candidate Newt Gingrich went up on Route 1 in Bucks County, the one-time Republican front-runner has collapsed at the polls. Could the backing of a "cheaters" website that encourages extramarital affairs be the reason why? Well, no. Gingrich didn't need any help with that. But even as he and other candidates vie for GOP voters' affections in Iowa, the billboard - which reads "Faithful Republican, Unfaithful Husband.
March 19, 2011
A FEW MONTHS back, when the threat of an NFL lockout was just a remote possibility, you only saw stories about the football labor troubles on the sports channels. Oh, sure, there was the occasional blurb on the Internet, or an offhand blog comment, but for the most part, nobody cared. Then something tragic happened. Football season ended and the players all showered. Then they removed their helmets, dressed in suits and told the world what their fight was really about. In case you haven't heard, it's about $9 billion.
November 12, 2010 |
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has a wide range of interests - his next two films are on cyclist Lance Armstrong and Ken Kesey's 1964 bus trip - but what really gets him going is greed and/in politics. He directed and produced "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He won the Best Documentary Oscar for "Taxi to the Darkside," about U.S torture practices, and has also made films on jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff ("Casino Jack and the United States of Money")
November 12, 2010 |
'I did what I did. And shame on me. " That's Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, fessing up to Alex Gibney in the closing minutes of the filmmaker's riveting Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer . Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side , suggests that Spitzer's downfall might have been facilitated by enemies he'd made busting chops on Wall Street and in Albany. Forced to resign from his governorship when it was revealed that he had been frequenting an escort service, Spitzer says the right thing: He did it, and shame.
October 10, 2010 |
Last week, disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer - known as Client 9 to the high-end prostitution ring he used to frequent - launched a prime-time cable news show on CNN. This, as a new movie titled Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer presents a compelling argument that while his problems were of his own creation, his downfall was hastened by political and Wall Street opponents who conspired to take him down. In Louisiana, U.S. Sen. David Vitter - whose phone number was found in the records of the same ring that serviced Spitzer - leads his Democratic opponent by double digits in most polls.