Eliot Spitzer's been back as a full-time cable news host for almost a month now.
So the former New York governor's had plenty of time to warm up for his first grilling from the press about his new show, "Viewpoint," on Current TV, which replaced Keith Olbermann's 8 p.m. broadcast following Olbermann's abrupt ouster from the network on March 30.
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On a conference call Tuesday afternoon, Spitzer described "Viewpoint" as not "fundamentally dissimilar" from his canceled primetime show on CNN, "but I think we'll have a bit more latitude here to be a bit more openly ideological and to have more fun with the guests," he said, thanking Current TV executives Al Gore and Joel Hyatt for giving him the opportunity to get back on the air.
Elaborating on that remark a few minutes later, Spitzer said: "I just think the nature of this show is that we are openly progressive. The avowed purpose of Current is to be a voice for progressive politics, so it's clear. I will not in any way pull my punches from being intellectually rigorous with people on either side, to the left, the right, up or down from me politically. Rigor is the expectation."