Fox News has a new liberal whipping boy.

Former OH-10 Congressman Dennis Kucinich has signed on with Fox News in a multi-year deal to become a regular contributor. He debuts tomorrow on The O’Reilly Factor at 8pm.  Here’s a quick preview:

In the press release announcing the deal, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had this to say:

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

Let me translate that for you:

“I’ve always thought Dennis would make a great token liberal on Fox.  His willingness to let us use him in this way makes him a valuable addition to our overwhelmingly slanted news coverage.”

Congratulations, Dennis.  You’re the new Alan Colmes – which isn’t entirely fair to Alan as he was always more of a moderate.  We’re sure Dennis will give the red meat Fox News fans more of a liberal to hate, but we’re going to also guess that he doesn’t get much leash.

Should be interesting to watch…which is precisely the point.

  • I guess this officially rules out his run for Governor?

  • I guess this officially rules out his run for Governor?

  • John W.

    Yes, unfortunately. I love Dennis Kucinich. He would be a great governor. I’m disappointed that he is going to Fox News as the “token liberal,” as Eric correctly says. I think he is still a great thinker, but he must know that Fox News will not allow him to state his ideas clearly.

  • Red Rover

    Wow, I can’t think of any better way he could have completely blown any remaining progressive credentials he might have had. Accepting a paycheck from the biggest corporate propaganda outfit in the country… just, wow.

  • Wayne B.

    What a profound disappointment! I cannot believe he is naive enough to think that he’ll actually be able to present cogent counter-arguments to the excrement that they routinely spew, so I wonder what in the world he was thinking when he agreed to the deal.

  • anastasjoy

    Even if you worship the ground Dennis walks on, you’d have to ignore reality to think governor would be a good fit for him. He was a failure in his biggest administrative job — mayor of Cleveland. Although his beliefs are a world away, he shares personality traits with John Kasich that make him unfit for such a job, like his inability to collaborate, to solicit outside ideas, and to respect ideas unlike his own. And he’d be a terrible statewide candidate. How on earth would Kucinich get crossover vote all around the state? He was already eroding support in his home district when he lost the primary. He lost 25% of the vote to Marcy Kaptur in the parts of the district he’d previously served. She lost only about 6% in hers, showing his inability to win over people outside his small sliver of northeast Ohio.

    Fox “News” has a fixed agenda which I doubt Dennis or anyone would be able to influence. It is what it is.

  • He is more than a token liberal, he has at times been extreme and uncompromising. I have a lot of respect for him, but I don’t think he is a good example for the extreme right wing to see as a commentator.

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