15 items from 2013
A couple weeks ago, I suggested that the Under the Dome writers had accidentally made Big Jim the hero of their story, but even I didn't expect to see him become such a progressive force in Chester's Mill government: between his drug decriminalization efforts and his common sense gun control initiative, the guy is becoming a regular Dennis Kucinich.
It's a relatively interesting evening under the dome this week, particularly as the show alternately explores Big Jim's sketchy past in illegal drug manufacturing and his present effort to reduce gun violence -- the former is a bit obvious at this point, but at least the story's moving now; the latter is most interesting on a meta level for its obliviously apolitical take on a hot-button issue, like an abortion-themed episode that politely acknowledges Roe vs. Wade but never engages with it. Quibbles aside, I'll take a plot line that's interesting »
Fox News Channel has long burnished slogans such as “Fair and Balanced” and “We Report, You Decide.” But it may just as well have used this old chestnut: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
For years, the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-newser has dominated its category, and as such, it’s had little reason to make the schedule and program changes more common at rivals CNN and MSNBC.
In 2013, however, Fnc is planning some changes of its own. Earlier this month, the news outlet announced it will place popular anchor Megyn Kelly in primetime, with a new schedule to be unveiled at a later date. Veteran “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson is moving to a new daytime show from her ayem perch in early fall, while former “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is slated to join the network’s morning program in mid-September. Veteran media reporter and CNN »
- Brian Steinberg
Now in its 12th year, the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the premiere artistic showcases and industry marketplaces for independent cinema. Sundance might still be the place to go to discover new talent on the cheap, Toronto is the festival to generate Oscar buzz, but Tribeca has an eclectic mix that both reflects the soul of native New Yorkers and what the city means to the rest of the world as a cultural international capital. In between tonight’s opener — the music documentary Mistaken for Strangers about the National — and the closing night’s special screening of Martin Scorsese »
- Jeff Labrecque
Fox News has landed another high profile former politician -- of sorts -- hiring Herman Cain, who campaigned for the Republican party's presidential nomination in 2012, as a contributor.
Cain is expected to provide business and political analysis during daytime and primetime programming on both Fox News and Fox Business Channel.
Cain spent a decade as CEO of Godfather's Pizza and was the Gop's front-runner for the presidential nomination in polling during fall 2011. He ultimately suspended his campaign in December 2011 following allegations of sexual misconduct, which Cain vehemently denied. »
Fox News Channel has added Herman Cain as a contributor. The former National Restaurant Association CEO, who ran for the Gop presidential nomination in 2012, will join other recent additions to the cable news network like former senator Scott Brown and former congressman Dennis Kucinich. “Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the Fox News and Fox Business lineup. As a political expert with business savvy, he brings an important voice to the nation’s debates,” said Fnc’s Evp Programming Bill Shine in a statement today. Since dropping out in his bid for the Republican nomination last year, Cain has made frequent appearances on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as a mock president detailing his decision-making process. Related: Dick Morris Says Fox News Fired Him “For Being Wrong” »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Just more than three months after he lost his Massachusetts Senate seat, Scott Brown will be joining Fox News Channel as a contributor, the cable network said today. “Senator Brown’s dedication to out-of-the box thinking on key issues makes him an important voice in the country and we are looking forward to his contributions across all Fox News platforms,” said Bill Shine, Fox News’ Evp Programming today in a statement. The Republican will make his debut tonight on Sean Hannity’s show. Brown, who served less than one full term in the Senate after winning Ted Kennedy’s former seat in 2010, had widely been tipped to run for John Kerry’s seat when the Democrat replaced Hilary Clinton as Secretary Of State. However, Brown said he would not seek the office again. His addition comes as the network has been moving people in and out of late, with Sarah Palin »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
On Wednesday morning’s Fox & Friends, the hosts went after Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-la) who, like President Barack Obama, recently admonished Fox News Channel for spreading what she characterized as disinformation. New Fox News Channel contributor and former House Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-oh) appeared on Fox & Friends where he was asked to defend Landrieu’s attack on his new employer. »
- Noah Rothman
The former Republican Vice Presidential candidate will no longer be on Fox News Channel, the network confirmed today. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors,” Fnc Programming Evp Bill Shine said in a statement. Sarah Palin has been a frequent contributor to Fox News since 2009. Not only did the News Corp-owned network reportedly pay Palin more than $1 million a year, but Fnc even built a studio in her Wasilla home so the former Alaska governor could work from there. However, the relationship was not always ruffle-free. On August 29 last year, Palin took to her Facebook page to complain about Fnc removing her as a talking head for the network’s Gop convention coverage. Fox News said later it was a scheduling issue and not a slight. Palin showed up on Sean Hannity’s show the next night. Fox News »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-oh) was among his own on Sunday night, as a guest at a coalition of environmental advocates' Green Inaugural Ball. Held at the Newseum on Capitol Hill, the event featured leaders of the green movement; a perfunctory, one-song performance by will.i.am, who sang “I've Got a Feeling” and left the stage; actors Jeffrey Wright, Tate Donovan and musician Mayer Hawthorne; and a surprise fired-up speech by Vice President Joe Biden. Retiring from the House of Representatives after 15 years, Kucinich has been one of Congress' most outspoken liberals, an antiwar activist
- Jordan Zakarin
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor. Rice appeared today on Face The Nation, where host Bob Shieffer announced her new CBS gig and welcomed her as a panel participant. In a statement, CBS said Rice would “use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad”. The appointment was made by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes. In addition to serving as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, Rice also was part of the team advising Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on general strategy and on foreign policy. Since leaving office, Rice has worked as professor of political economy and political science at Stanford University and is a founding partner of a consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates. Related: Fox News Hires Ex-Presidential Hopeful Dennis Kucinich As Contributor »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Fox News Channel said Thursday it has re-signed veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove as a contributor through the 2016 presidential election. A day earlier, the network that promotes itself as “fair and balanced” inked a similar arrangement with liberal former Congressman Dennis Kucinich. It was speculated that Rove had been in the doghouse at Fox News ever since berating the network’s own decision desk over what he said was an “early” call that Ohio went for Barack Obama the night the president was re-elected. Reports surfaced shortly thereafter that appearances by Rove -- as well as by contributor Dick
- Paul Bond
Kucinich, a presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008 who ended 16 years in Congress two weeks ago, will make his debut as a Fox contributor on Thursday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, the network said Wednesday.
“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes said. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a »
- Associated Press
Fox News Channel announced today it has brought former Congressman Dennis Kucinich on board as contributor to the top-rated cable news network. He will debut Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor. “I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement Wednesday. The strongly liberal Kucinich had represented Ohio’s 10th District since 1997, but he lost his seat in redistricting in during the fall elections. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and 2008. Here’s Fnc announcement: Fox News Channel (Fnc) has signed former two-time presidential candidate and former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-oh) as a contributor in a multi-year deal, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network. Kucinich will provide analysis and commentary across Fnc’s daytime and primetime programming, as well as on Fox Business Network (Fbn »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Fox News Channel's newest contributor might raise a few eyebrows -- on both sides of the political spectrum. Former congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has signed a multi-year deal with the network to serve as a contributor, the network said Wednesday. Kucinich will make his debut on Thursday's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," before branching out and appearing on other Fox News programs. It's an attention-grabbing union; Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland who went on to serve as a congressman in Ohio, was regarded as one of the more liberal members »
- Tim Kenneally
Dennis Kucinich, who twice ran for the Democratic nomination for president and earned a following with the more liberal and vehemently anti-war wing of the party, has joined the Fox News Channel, a cable news organization that oftentimes maligns his viewpoint. Kucinich, a former U.S. representative from Ohio who once tried to impeach President George W. Bush, has inked a multiyear deal with Fox News, where he will begin as a contributor, debuting Thursday night on the top-rated The O’Reilly Factor hosted by Bill O’Reilly. After that, Kucinich is expected to appear on various shows across Fox
- Paul Bond
15 items from 2013
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