Dennis Kucinich Joins Fox News
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.