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FNC Panel Post-Mortem

Monday’s Fox News TCA panel featured some already-noted fireworks, but what else?

• The Sun-Sentinel’s Tom Jicha sees a difference in the tone of certain panels: “Compare the hostility of the Fox News Channel press conference this year to one for [Keith] Olbermann last summer. TV writers did everything but wash Olbermann’s feet.” No comment on Olbermann’s salute-heard-round-the-world two years ago at TCA. MSNBC’s 2008 panel takes place early next week.

Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger admits it wasn’t “a lovefest,” but writes, “It was also far tamer than a comparable session last week for CNN, where reporters tore into the anchors and executives about perceived pro-Obama bias and their focus on the drama of elections rather than the substantive issues.”

• And leave it to Canada to find the funniest exchange from the panel. The Vancouver Sun’s Alex Strachan writes that after new FNC contributor Howard Wolfson finished a lengthy compliment to Rove, Rove reached in his wallet and asked, “Do you take Euros or dollars?”

“Unfortunately,” Wolfson said, “because of the Bush administration, we take Euros now.”

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