The only thing worse than the survival of Nevada Senator Harry Reid on election night was seeing serial criminal and abuser of women Eliot Spitzer opining on election results for CNN. Make no mistake about it; if Spitzer was a Republican he’s be making license plates at an upstate New York prison. Spitzer violated the Mann Act, that is, taking a woman across five state lines for the purposes of prostitution. When a Republican New York Supreme Court justice did the same thing in 2009 he was prosecuted and sent to prison. Why does Spitzer walk the streets?
Don’t look for the answer in “Client # 9,” a movie by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney which opened in New York last week. The film is beautifully made and scored. Unfortunately it is revisionist history at its worst. Spitzer, according to Gibney, was taken down by a right-wing plot funded by big Wall Street businessmen, not his own hypocritical tastes for call girls at night while he was pushing tougher penalties for johns who use hookers by day. The problem is Gibney offers not one iota of proof for his lefty conspiracy theory. In fact the supposed funder of the “plot to get Spitzer” denies it on camera. I know. I was there and I have a cameo in the movie.
Gibney even produces a high falllutin law professor who says the johns never get prosecuted. Funny, that New York Supreme Court Justice who is still in stir doesn’t get mentioned. The judge got nabbed in 2009. Spitzer walked in 2008. Professor are you awake, or did Gibney script your lines for you?
Gibney touches on the pre-hooker scandal in which Spitzer used the New York State Police to spy on his political opponents. A partisan hit-job, says Gibney who never gets around to mentioning that the investigation and scathing report on the scandal was conducted by Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and that several Spitzer aids took the fall and were fined even thought there was stone-cold testimony that Spitzer himself OKed the dirty tricks plan to fabricate State Police Documents and leak them to discredit his opponents.
And then there is the troubling issue of the black socks which Spitzer most definitely liked to romp in with his $2000 a hour prostitutes.
In his largely fictionalized movie, Gibney utilizes an actress to assert that Spitzer never wore droopy black socks in his romps with prostitutes. Supposedly the actress is mouthing the denial of a real life call-girl, “‘Angelique” that Gibney declines to identify by her real name. That’s because there is no “Angelique” willing to put their name on this lie. Gibney is not a journalist; he’s a left-wing propagandist with the same disregard for facts as Oliver Stone. He couldn’t find a source so he invented one.