Spitzer Shocker Was One Year Ago Today

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SpitzerOne year ago today, I was sitting in the dingy confines of CR-2, the primary on air control room at WNYC's old studios on Centre Street. It had been a quiet afternoon so far and my shift as the midday newscaster was nearly over. Then, a little after 2pm, the NY Times broke the news that Governor Eliot Spitzer, the Sherriff of Wall Street, was involved in a prostitution ring. No more quiet afternoon.

A little unsure of how exactly to drop this bomb on our unsuspecting audience, I broke in to To The Point , explained what little we knew and said there was certainly much more to come on this story. Soon, WNYC's Brian Lehrer took over our special coverage and we scrambled to support him. I'm fairly certain that the New York Lieutenant Governor's website had never seen such traffic as it did that Monday afternoon. The website crawled along as we all tried to learn more about David Paterson (former State Senator from Harlem, prominent political family, blind, only one 'T' in his last name -- this one took us a while to get right).

The speed with which this story broke was astounding. Governor Spitzer spoke to 'briefly address a private matter.' Without saying what he was apologizing for, Spitzer said he had violated his obligation to his family and his -- or any -- sense of right and wrong:

Spitzer announced his resignation two days later, saying 'as human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.'

This morning, Brian Lehrer discussed why Spitzer never faced criminal charges.

The latest from the former governor? A real estate deal in Washington DC.

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Prostitution is an act that takes "two to tango." Therefore, it is quite sexist to prosecute only one of the guilty parties. I do not feel that prostitution, in and of itself, is a punishable offense. Rather, it should be inspected because of disease, as it is in Amsterdam. By this standard Spitzer should be treated equally to the prostitute who "served" him-no better; no worse.

Mar. 11 2009 01:19 AM

When I heard about Spitzer, I was on the lovely island of Bonaire, just north of Venezuela. I took a break from sailing and availed of the free wifi at "The Windsurf Place" to check e-mail and news. This was a headline story.

Mar. 10 2009 05:59 PM

I think Spitzer was taken down by illegal wiretaps and spying by the federal government -- Bush, but with Congress looking the other way -- to get him out of the way right before the Big Bang.

The whole story about how he was "discovered" was absurd: some minimum wage back-room bank clerk "noticed" Spitzer withdrew $3,000? That's the dog-walker's tip for rich people like Spitzer.

He was taken down, gotten rid of, eliminated. A few months went by, then "Surprise:" Paulson takes a note from Wall Street to Congress saying "Give me all your money or we'll blow the whole place up." And the public said No, with a load, angry roar. But Congress said: Okay, here's the money.

If they had not taken down Spitzer, he would have used not just the resources of the State of New York to nail these Wall Street Criminals, but he also would have gotten most of the other states to join in.

The most hated man on Wall Street was Spitzer. He was the obstacle between them and their final act: take every last penny and leave this country broke.

He was set up.

Mar. 10 2009 11:11 AM

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