John Fugelsang from the Jan. 7, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”
You’ve probably heard by now that Eliot Spitzer has moved on from “Viewpoint.”
I first met Eliot when he was serving as New York’s attorney general and was amazed that such a brilliant and analytical politician could be so focused on real solutions to Wall Street corruption.
Throughout his career, both in politics and broadcasting, the governor has consistently been a fearless defender of the middle class — a true public servant who understands where the system is broken and can actually offer real solutions on how to fix it.
Eliot Spitzer inherited a tireless and capable staff and proceeded to turn this broadcast into a daily master class on political malfeasance and economic justice. Whether going after Barclay’s for bid-rigging or fighting for a budget that benefited more than just the aristocracy, he brought a warmth, grace and ferocious intelligence to every segment of the show.
When Eliot Spitzer went after an issue his goal was always to bring more light than heat. He wasn’t a cynical talk-radio loudmouth, and he didn’t want to fight — he wanted to get to the core of an issue with the most thoughtful, thought-provoking questions possible. His guests consistently expressed admiration at the quality of his interviews, and both conservative and progressive guests always enjoyed their experiences in this studio.
As a fan of quality TV, I’ll miss Eliot Spitzer’s smart commentary and analysis. It’s been an honor to work with him, both as a contributor to this show and on Current’s live coverage of last year’s election season.
In the days and weeks to come, there will, of course, be many changes to this broadcast and this network. I’m here to tell you that the staff and studio crew here at “Viewpoint” — who have brought us two excellent and very different TV shows — will continue to bring you a series that’s entertaining, informative and part of the solution.
So as we bid you goodnight, I’d like to thank Eliot Spitzer for his service. He’ll continue to fight for all Americans, even his detractors. I’ll continue to read his insightful columns, and I know I speak for many when I say I hope I get the chance to one day vote for him again.
That’s “Viewpoint” for tonight. Have a great evening. I’ll see you tomorrow.