Dennis Kucinich Joins Fox "News"

No, it's not April Fools' Day yet.

No, the link is not from The Onion.

It's true.

Fox News Channel has signed former Congressman Dennis Kucinich as a paid contributor to FNC and Fox Business network. Kucinich, who was for years a liberal stalwart in the House of Representatives, will provide analysis and commentary across all of FNC and FBN’s programs, beginning with Thursday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Response among progressives online is split between "What a sellout" and "Maybe he can change a few minds."

Personally, I say no to both those things. Obviously, he deserves to make himself a little money. But I'd have to think there must be as much of a market for him to appear at events and make high-dollar speeches at leftie events as there is for the air-headed, incoherent Sarah Palin on the right.

As for changing minds, Fox "News" is a little bubble world that has created its own reality and draws viewers who are all-in on that reality. Few minds there are likely changeable.

Fox "News" chairman/CEO Roger Ailes, the man who dedicated himself to using his media outlet to campaign for Mitt Romney, said “I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues."

Odd hiring then, because the station that has featured such provocateurs as Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck has never cared much about "thoughtfulness."

This could get interesting.

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