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Dennis Kucinich Joins Fox News

January 17, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Mass Media, Progressives with 4 Comments

Dennis Kucinich Fox NewsWhat does Dennis Kucinich, one of the most progressive US lawmakers in living memory, do when he steps down from a stellar career as a lion of the left?

He joins Fox News. That’s right, man who attempted to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney has gone over to the ‘dark side,’ joining the likes of conservative blowhards like Bill O’Reily and Sean Hannity.

Say it ain’t so! Why on earth would he do such a thing?

“Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” the former Ohio Democrat said in a statement. “I look forward to a continuation of our relationship, this time as a Fox News contributor.”

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes had nothing but nice things to say about Kucinich too.

“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” Ailes is quoted in the Washington Post. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”

The scary thing is, you could almost see this coming. Kucinich has been a very regular guest on various Fox programs and he is always treated cordially by the network’s hosts despite his decidedly far-left views.

Kucinich dismisses the widespread notion that his role will be that of the ‘token liberal’ on Fox.

“That’s almost silly,” he told BuzzFeed in a Wednesday phone interview. “I’m way past that in my life and career.”

A little bit more about that career… Kucinich served in the House of Representatives from 1997 until 2013. He also ran for president twice, in 2004 and 2008, and was the only Democratic presidential candidate to oppose the war in Iraq. Speaking about the war in Afghanistan in 2009, Kucinich said the United States was “acting like a latter-day version of the Roman empire.” He signed a letter of solidarity with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2004, advocates the abolition of all nuclear weapons and supports sitting down to talk with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also called President Obama’s decision to wage war against the Gaddafi regime in Libya an “impeachable offense.”

On the domestic front, Kucinich co-sponsored a single-payer, universal health care bill, opposed the Patriot and Military Commission Acts, voted against the impeachment of Bill Clinton and has been a strong critic of the influence of money on politics. He is a strong supporter of, and has spoken at, Occupy Wall Street protests.

Kucinich will make his Fox News debut on Thursday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the network’s– and cable’s– top-rated news show. One wonders how much Ailes is paying him, and it’s difficult not to be a bit perplexed and perturbed at Kucinich for ‘selling out’ to the ‘enemy.’ Fox News will never be “fair and balanced” like they claim to be, but by bringing Kucinich onto their team, the network known for having the most uninformed viewers just bought itself some sorely-needed legitimacy.

At best, Kucinich will be a welcome counterbalance to hot-headed reactionaries like O’Reilly, Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Sarah Palin, John Bolton, Gretchen Carlson, Bernie Goldberg, Ann Coulter, Karl Rove and Greg Gutfeld. At worst, he’ll be their top liberal whipping boy (with apologies to Bob Beckel and Alan Colmes). In any event, like a bad car wreck, millions of Americans won’t be able to avert their gaze. Good luck, Dennis.

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4 Comments

  1. wildJanuary 17, 2013 at 8:20 amReply

    I turned off Fox News Entertainment a long time ago, now with the new employee Kucinich, I’ll continue to avoid that circus. As for the law that was supported, Kucinich voted: FOR the AUMF, around Sept. 18, 2001, there was one lone AGAINST vote, but it certainly was NOT Kucinich. As for supporting the annual record setting Defense Budgets thru out the new millennium, Kucinich voted: FOR.

    wild;)

    • Brett WilkinsJanuary 17, 2013 at 9:11 amReplyAuthor

      True… only Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) voted against the AUMF. As would I have. But we were attacked and although that may be Kucinich’s worst vote, would you not agree that he would have made an infinitely better president than anyone we’ve had in our lifetimes?

  2. wildJanuary 17, 2013 at 5:05 pmReply

    Ya sure, as far as career politicians go… Kucinich brings his own merit as an Fox News Entertainment employee similar to other ‘presidential nominee washouts’ like Huckabee & Buccannan.

    In 2007 or was it 2003 Kucinich was in the running for presidential nomination with the Democratic party, and I was hopeful for Kucinich in that race but I chose to support the Green or Independent party (Nader). Kucinich swims in the politics, and the art thereof, which (perhaps unfairly) lumps him in with the reputation of the Democratic party, for long time now…insisted on going the wrong way with the likes of Obama, or Pelosi (ya Pelosi was flippin the bird to Kucinich & that guy from Detroit, down in the basement trying to impeach GWBush), a whole host of ‘blue dogs’ that ‘just want to get paid’, and endless list of practices that have insulted the people of the United States to the lowest degree we have been betrayed. I equally hate the degradation the leadership of the Republican party has demanded upon my people, generations past, present, & future.

    I cannot support any career politician that expects to lead in the same general direction as we are now.

    wild;)

    • Brett WilkinsJanuary 17, 2013 at 8:28 pmReplyAuthor

      I voted for Nader in ’08…

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