Thursday, November 27, 2008

Alan Colmes To Leave "Hannity & Colmes"

Alan Colmes is leaving Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" at the end of the year. He'll remain at the network as a commentator and possibly host a weekend program. His 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. radio show will remain on the air.

Many progressives thought of Colmes as the token liberal who played second fiddle to right-wing blowhard Sean Hannity (see my post on Hannity, 11/3/08). For some, he sold out by his very presence on Fox. While Fox is ultimately a propaganda organ of the Republican party, I view Colmes' representation of the liberal perspective there as a case of it's-a-dirty-job-but-someone-has-to-do-it. While I didn't watch "Hannity and Colmes"–I'd become too dependent on Maalox watching Hannity–I saw enough of Colmes' interviews in the blogosphere to know that he was a sharp questioner of conservatives. I featured two of his exchanges, one with Michele Bachmann (11/19/08) and the other with a conservative panel (8/22/08) on the John Edwards scandal.

I recommend Colmes' blog Liberaland and his witty and incisive radio show, clips of which can be heard on the blog. 

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